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Brain 'Switch' Helps Doctors Deal With Patients' Pain
Doctors are able to switch off the part of their brain that helps them appreciate the pain patients experience during treatment, and instead turn on a brain area that controls emotions, according a study by American and Taiwanese researchers. Because they sometimes have to inflict pain on patients while treating them, doctors have to develop the ability not to be distracted by the suffering of patients, explained co-author Jean Decety, a psychology and psy ...
Healthday - Thu. Sep 17
Experts Issue Guidelines on Treating Low Back Pain
Primary care doctors shouldn t routinely order MRIs, CT scans and other diagnostic tests for patients with nonspecific low back pain, according to new joint guidelines released by the American College of Physicians and the American Pain Society. The guidelines, which are published in the Oct. 2 issue of the journal Annals of Internal Medicine , include a method to guide primary care doctors and other clinicians in gathering and interpreting information dur ...
Healthday - Thu. Sep 17
Acupuncture Cuts Need for Post-Op Painkillers
Powerful opioids taken after surgery can have powerful side effects, but new research finds that using acupuncture before and during an operation cuts a patient s need for the painkillers. From a pain perspective, you can reduce the amount of morphine that the patient uses and improve the quality of analgesia and pain control, said lead researcher Dr. Tong J. Gan, a professor and vice chairman of anesthesiology at Duke University Medical Center, in Durham, ...
Healthday - Thu. Sep 17
Acupuncture May Aid In Vitro Fertilization
Women undergoing in vitro fertilization can increase their chances of becoming pregnant by up to 65 percent if they also have acupuncture, a preliminary study suggests. About 10 percent to 15 percent of couples have difficulty conceiving, and many opt for in vitro fertilization, in which a woman s egg is fertilized in a laboratory and then transferred into her womb. There had been some evidence that acupuncture can increase the success rate of this procedu ...
Healthday - Thu. Sep 17
Acupuncture Eases Side Effects of Head, Neck Cancer Treatments
Two of the more common and unpleasant side effects of treatment for head and neck cancer patients may be relieved by the ancient Chinese practice of acupuncture. A new study found significant reductions in both dry mouth and pain and shoulder dysfunction after neck dissection in patients receiving acupuncture. Although further studies are needed, this does support the potential role of acupuncture, said study author Dr. David Pfister, chief of the head and ...
Healthday - Thu. Sep 17
Many Cancer Patients Turn to Complementary Medicine
As many as 61 percent of cancer patients use complementary therapies such as prayer, relaxation, meditation and massage, researchers from the American Cancer Society report. This new study echoes findings of other, smaller studies that also found that many cancer patients use complementary treatments. The kinds of methods used were influenced by sex, race, age, education, type of cancer and how far the disease has spread. Many complementary methods are ext ...
Healthday - Thu. Sep 17
Acupuncture Eases Breast Cancer Treatment Side Effects
Lifesaving treatments for breast cancer come at a cost -- many women experience hot flashes, fatigue, night sweats and more. Now new research suggests that acupuncture may help ease some of these side effects, and it may be more effective than antidepressants for relieving hot flashes and more. This study compared the effectiveness of acupuncture to drug therapy, and we found acupuncture was just as effective and had no side effects, said study author Dr. ...
Healthday - Thu. Sep 17
Placebo Acupuncture Tied to Higher IVF Pregnancies
Compared to real acupuncture, placebo acupuncture was associated with significantly higher overall pregnancy rates among women undergoing in-vitro fertilization IVF , says a University of Hong Kong study. In real acupuncture, fine needles are inserted into particular points on the body. In placebo acupuncture, blunt needles that look identical to real acupuncture needles retract into the handle of the needle when pressed on the skin, but still give the sen ...
Healthday - Thu. Sep 17
Smokeout '08: The Perfect Time to Quit
Everyone knows smoking is bad for you. Really bad. But just last week, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said that the United States won t meet the Healthy People 2010 objective of reducing the adult smoking rate to 12 percent or less. That means that continued high levels of smoking-related health problems, deaths and lost productivity will continue to plague the nation for years to come. It s an enormously important time to help people ...
Healthday - Thu. Sep 17
38% of U.S. Adults Use Alternative Treatments
An estimated 38 percent of U.S. adults and 12 percent of children use some type of complementary and alternative medicine, a new U.S. government survey finds. Complementary and alternative medicine -- sometimes called CAM -- is an umbrella term for a collection of wide-ranging medical and health care systems, practices and products that aren t generally considered conventional medicine. It includes herbal supplements, meditation, chiropractic treatment and ...
Healthday - Thu. Sep 17
New Guidelines Issued for Management of IBS
A leading organization of gastroenterologists has released new guidelines on the management of irritable bowel syndrome IBS . The guidelines, issued by the American College of Gastroenterology and published in the January issue of The American Journal of Gastroenterology , essentially replace a 2002 document. The world of IBS is changing quickly because of more therapies and an increased awareness. It is considered a real disease, said Dr. Lawrence Brandt, ...
Healthday - Thu. Sep 17
Pain-Relieving Powers of Acupuncture Unclear
When used to treat pain, acupuncture offers only limited relief that may not be clinically relevant. So say Danish researchers who examined data from 13 acupuncture pain studies that included more than 3,000 patients. The studies compared real acupuncture, placebo acupuncture and no acupuncture for a wide range of painful conditions such as knee osteoarthritis, migraine, low back pain and postoperative pain. Compared to placebo acupuncture, real acupunctur ...
Healthday - Thu. Sep 17