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Acupuncture Really Does Help Relieve Pain: Study
Acupuncture alters the way that the brain perceives and processes pain, a finding that suggests the traditional Chinese treatment can effectively relieve pain, according to a new study. German researchers used functional MRI scans to measure brain activity in 18 people who received painful electrical currents from a device fitted to their left ankle. The researchers then placed acupuncture needles on the participants right side -- including between the toe ...
Healthday - Thu. Sep 17
Acupuncture Might Treat Certain Kind of Lazy Eye
Acupuncture may be an effective way to treat older children struggling with a certain form of lazy eye, new research from China suggests, although experts say more studies are needed. Lazy eye amblyopia is essentially a state of miscommunication between the brain and the eyes, resulting in the favoring of one eye over the other, according to the National Eye Institute. The study authors noted that anywhere from less than 1 percent to 5 percent of people wo ...
Healthday - Thu. Sep 17
Study Finds Third of Cancer Patients on Opioids Are Confused
About a third of cancer patients taking opioid painkillers experience cognitive problems such as confusion, disorientation and forgetfulness, a new study finds. Research analyzing 1,915 cancer patients from 17 health-care centers around Europe indicated that 32.9 percent on high-strength opioid drugs such as morphine scored lower on observer-rated mental tests measuring orientation to time and place, attention and word recall, among other skills. Patients ...
Healthday - Thu. Sep 17
Acupuncture May Take Edge Off Menopause Symptoms
Acupuncture may help reduce the severity of hot flashes and other symptoms of menopause, according to a small study. The research included 53 postmenopausal women, with about half receiving traditional Chinese acupuncture twice a week and the others given sham acupuncture treatments. After 10 weeks, the women in the traditional acupuncture group had significantly less severe hot flashes and mood swings than those who d gotten the fake treatment. There were ...
Healthday - Thu. Sep 17
Acupuncture May Help Ease Hot Flashes Tied to Prostate Cancer Treatment
Acupuncture might help reduce the hot flashes that frequently affect prostate cancer patients while they re on hormone therapy, a small study suggests. The findings don t confirm that the ancient Chinese discipline relieves hot flashes, and only 14 men participated in the study, which was conducted by researchers at New York Methodist Hospital and Weill Cornell Medical College of Cornell University. Still, our study shows that physicians and patients have ...
Healthday - Thu. Sep 17
Smoking-Cessation Drug Chantix Linked to Heart Problems
The quit-smoking drug Chantix may lead to a small but increased risk of heart problems in people with cardiovascular disease, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration said Thursday. In a study of 700 smokers with cardiovascular disease who were undergoing treatment with Chantix or a placebo, researchers saw a small but statistically significant greater risk of chest pain, non-fatal heart attacks and other cardiovascular problems in patients taking the quit-sm ...
Healthday - Thu. Sep 17
Pregnant Women May Go to Great Lengths to Induce Labor
Walking, sex, spicy foods and nipple stimulation are among the techniques most commonly used by pregnant women who want to induce labor, a new survey finds. Other methods women reported trying include exercise, acupuncture, masturbation, laxatives and herbal supplements, according to a poll of 201 women conducted by Ohio State University researchers. Just over half of the women surveyed said they d tried some method to jump-start labor. Women who attempted ...
Healthday - Thu. Sep 17
Delving Into the Mystery of Placebos
A new study finds that the power of the placebo effect left asthma patients thinking that real and fake drugs were doing the same level of good, even though the real medication actually had a much greater physical effect on their lungs. The effect was so strong that it convinced patients they were breathing much better even if they hadn t taken a real drug and hadn t actually improved much, as measured by a breathing test. The placebo doesn t change the ac ...
Healthday - Thu. Sep 17
Antipsychotic Doesn't Ease PTSD in Vets, Study Finds
An antipsychotic drug widely used to treat soldiers with post-traumatic stress disorder PTSD may not be as effective as once thought. A new study in the Aug. 3 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association found that six months treatment with risperidone did not reduce veterans PTSD symptoms, including anxiety, paranoia and depression, or improve their quality of life. Obviously, this gives us pause about using risperidone to treat patients who ...
Healthday - Thu. Sep 17
Many Health-Care Workers Have Turned to Alternative Medicine
Three out of every four U.S. health-care workers use some form of complementary or alternative medicine or practice to help stay healthy, a new report shows. What s more, doctors, nurses and their assistants, health technicians, and healthcare administrators were actually more likely than the general public to use any number of wide-ranging alternative medicine options, including massage, yoga, acupuncture, Pilates or herbal medicines. No one has really do ...
Healthday - Thu. Sep 17
Hormonal Treatment of Hot Flashes Still OK for Some: Experts
Women do have options when it comes to treating hot flashes and other symptoms of menopause, and these still include the short-term use of hormone replacement therapy using estrogen alone, experts conclude in a new consensus report. Hormone replacement therapy should be considered a very reasonable option for recently menopausal women who have moderate-to-severe hot flashes or night sweats, said Dr. JoAnn E. Manson, chief of the division of preventive medi ...
Healthday - Thu. Sep 17
Acupuncture Safe for Children, Review Finds
When done by well-trained professionals, acupuncture can be a safe treatment for children, new research suggests. In an analysis of 37 studies or case reports, Canadian researchers found that in over 1,400 children treated with acupuncture, just 168 experienced a mild adverse reaction, such as crying or pain. The investigators found 25 reports of serious adverse events. In trained hands, acupuncture seems safe in children, said the study s senior author, D ...
Healthday - Thu. Sep 17