Acupuncture Relieves Chronic Pain in Osteoarthritis Patients

Acupuncture helped patients with chronic pain to due osteoarthritis of the knee or hip.

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Health Law Institute Established by Georgetown

A new health law institute has been established to study global and national health law.

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Noni Juice Claims Draw Fire

Noni juice may be a CAM therapy, or it may be just another elixir, based on one of nature's secrets, whose proponents' claims take complementary and alternative medicine too far outside legal safety.

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FDA Attacks Continue

FDA attacks continue unabated over failure to adequately measure drug risks prior to new drug approval.

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Body, Mind and Spirit Treated at New Michigan State University Integrative Medicine Clinic

The Family Medicine Clinic at MSU is treating "body, mind and spirit" through new integrative medicine services.

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Negligent Supervision of Nurse by MD Basis for Successful Malpractice Lawsuit

Negligent supervision of non-physician health care providers (such as nurses) can be a basis for a medical malpractice (negligence)lawsuit, whether the therapy involved is conventional or complementary (alternative).

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Floods, Draughts, Famine Ahead

Mary's Message to the World, published in the 1990's, predicted massive global failures, which could be averted by prayer.

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Personalized Therapies: Alternative Medicine, Conventional, or Integrative?

Alternative medicine proponents have frequently criticized conventional medicine for 'cookbook' techniques and ignoring the individual, thereby committing the twin sins of materialism and reductionism.

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Complementary and Alternative Medicine Law and Regulation Criticized

Complementary and alternative medicine law and regulation, particularly with respect to dietary supplements, has been labeled a "futile effort costing taxpayers tens of millions of dollars a year."

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Blogging About Blogging: Seth Speaks

The original Seth Speaks was highly entertaining (and informative) in providing an alternative view of personal reality.

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Health Care Blog Summit

The Medical Blog Network
is hosting a health care bloggers summit on December 11, 2006
at Omni Shoreham Hotel in Washington, DC, co-located at Consumer Health World.

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Florida Law on Physician Presence Challenges Spa Owners

A new Florida law for cosmetic laser and light technology is challenging for spa owners, reports TampaBays.com.

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Legal Blow to Spa Clinic's Bid

A spa clinic's bid to open in Burlingame, California was rejected by a local planning commission on the ground that nurses must legally be present during Botox injections, converting the spa into a "medical office."

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Massage licensing, credentialing and the NCBTMB

Massage licensing, credentialing and the NCBTMB (National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork): some comments and corrections from a massage therapist who tracks regulatory trends.

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Teach Peace

Teach Kids Peace is a wonderful website whose latest message is about violence as an epidemic and the way certain political entities inculcate violence in youngters.

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Massage Therapy Licensure and Regulations

Massage therapy licensing requirements vary by state (some states regulate by town ordinance), although once again the Department of Labor website has some helpful information about massage therapy licensure rules.

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Psychologists, Counselors, and Mind-Body Professionals

Psychologists, Counselors, and Mind-Body Professionals: what's the difference?

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Association for Comprehensive Energy Psychology Creates nergy Psychology Certification Program

The Association for Comprehensive Energy Psychology announced a pilot program for energy psychology certification.

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Chiropractor who writing a book about well-being and health is former member of "The Clash"

Now a chiropractor in Essex, Terry Chimes, drummer with the Clash, says he'd rather "get someone healthy" than remain a retired former rock-n-roll star.

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Scientists warned of hubris by the Pope

The Pope compared scientists bent on taking technology to its limits to Icarus.

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HIPPA (Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996) Happy 10th Birthday

HIPPA turned 10 on Aug. 21, 2006.

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Overdose of non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs increases health risks

NSAIDs (non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs) are commonly used "to help relieve conditions such as chronic pain and arthritis," but can be dangerously overdone.

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Reimbursement Skews Treatment, Doctor Confesses in WSJ

Insurance reimbursement creates a " bias to pay doctors more for performing a test or procedure than for using our heads to make a diagnosis or manage a disease."

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Vegetables (cup a day) keep memory failure away

Eating two to three servings of vegetables every day might help keep the mind sharp in old age, a new study suggests.

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Gum Disease Potentially Treated by Powerful Pill

US scientists have developed a tiny plastic pill that they say can prevent tooth loss by treating gum disease.

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Monetize That Blog!

The Bioethics Blog gave this neat link to find out how much your blog is worth.

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Hospital CEO Seeks Feedback

Hospital CEO Paul Levy wants to know if his Running a Hospital Blog is reaching the public.

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Spa Treatments Criticized as Insufficiently Unregulated

Spa treatments such as Botox and Restalyne have been criticized by NYT reporter Alex Kuczynski's in her new book, Beauty Junkies.

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Hospitalizations from Drugs Threatening Public

Thousands hospitalized annually in U.S. from bad reactions to drugs.

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Evidence-Based Medicine Questioned

Evidence-based medicine, the Holy Grail of modern health care, again is being questioned.

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Midwives Get Hospital Privileges for Deliveries in Ontario, Canada

Ross Memorial Hospital in Ontario, Canada, has given delivery privileges to five midwives.

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UK Legal Resources

Having passed the QLTT exam for admission as a solicitor, I'll be collecting UK legal resources.

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FDA Accelerates Approval for Certain Generic Drugs

The Food and Drug Administration will accelerate its reviews of certain generic drugs.

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Lawyers Must Blog

Law "firms need to enter the 'blogosphere' if they want to compete in the 21st century."

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Man Does Not Live By Bread Alone

And in fact, "a diet high in refined cereals, and bread in particular, is associated with an elevated risk of renal cell carcinoma (RCC), the main type of kidney cancer, according to a study in Italy."

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Decaffinated Coffee Still Caffinated

"Decaf coffee is often not totally caffeine-free, a new study shows."

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Mind-Body Effect Confirmed by Blood Pressure Study

In Positive emotions linked to lower blood pressure, Reuters noted that "having a positive outlook makes life more enjoyable, and it may also lower blood pressure in older adults."

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Magnets Failed as Alternative Therapy

"Magnets failed to provide pain relief after surgery for patients in a new study," reported WebMD.

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Personalized Medicine Changing Health Care

Personalized medical services will become part of integrative medicine, partly bridging the gap between conventional and complementary therapies.

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Humanity Saved By The Internet

Actually, the news from the Department of Homeland Security is just the opposite, according to Boing Boing citing Reuters on Chertoff: The internet is turning people into terrorists.

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Privacy, Individuality Eroded by Creation of the Communal Self

Personhood could shift in coming years as technology continues to raise privacy concerns by changing the way humans interconnect.

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DHEA Not Impressing

The dietary supplement DHEA, touted as a "fountain of youth," lacks the benefits claimed, according to Reuters, reporting on a study in The New England Journal of Medicine.

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Bacteria Have Grammar Rules Like Humans Do

And according to a paper in the prestigious scientific journal Nature, that is how they work.

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Deceased Barbados Churchgoers Correct the Record

And they are insisting that I correct some things said and unspoken in Barbados Tourism and the Empowered Exhalation. Continue Reading...
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Naturopathic Licensing Urged to Follow Marketing

The Mind-Body-Spirit Journal suggests that naturopathic physicians need to rebrand themselves so as to better distinguish "medically-trained" MD's from lay naturopaths, both of which are sometimes known as "naturopathic doctors."

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The Practice of Integrative Medicine: A Legal and Operational Guide

The Practice of Integrative Medicine: A Legal and Operational Guide is now available from Springer. Practice of Integrative Medicine.jpg

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Alternative and Complementary Medicine Research and Legal Resources

Alternative medicine legal and research resources are now copiously listed by Georgetown Law Library.

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Medical Malpractice Canvassed

Medical malpractice is ably canvassed in a Florida blog, referencing law beyond the state as well.

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Hospital Use of Television Questioned

Hospitals use televisions to quiet, calm, sedate (?), and ostensibly assist suffering patients.

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Dietary Supplements Legislation in India

Dietary supplements are now explicitly regulated in DSHEA-like fashion in India.

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Alternative Therapies Popular for Pet Use

CAM therapies are widely used in pet care, and include herbs, nutritional supplements, chiropractic care and acupuncture, according to a recent study.

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Hospital Executive Starts Health Care Blog

Hospital executive Paul Levy of Beth Israel Deaconess runs a blog on health care, medicine, hospitals, and whatever else falls in those domains.

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Law Faculty Visit to Barbados

Law faculty were visited at the University of West Indies in Barbados on trip number 3.

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Integrity Creates Market Advantage in International Transactions

Avoiding local corruption is advisable in any international transaction, urges Going Global.

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Reducing Legal Risks When Outsourcing to China

The China Law Blog provides an impressive array of information regarding the legal issues involved in doing business with China.

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Defamation Law Applies to Blogs Too

Bloggers can be sued for defamation, notes Lexblog, picking on a Washington Times article.

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Barbados Tourism and the Empowered Exhalation

Continuing the adventures of a Barbados visit to discuss law, lawyering, legal systems, attorney perspectives, law faculty exams, and much else.

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Vegetables React to Stress Like Humans, Pumping Out Chemicals

Does the carrot in your kitchen have fight-or-flight syndrome?

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Disciplined Health Care Provider Sues State

When a state medical or other health care regulatory board has been heavy-handed with discipline--for example, repeatedly disciplining an MD who has integrated complementary therapies--can the provider strike back with a lawsuit?

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Complementary and Alternative Health Care Gaining

Alternative Care Gains Acceptance, reported Reuters via Health Decisions.

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"Healing at the Borderland of Medicine and Religion" Published

Healing at the Borderland of Medicine and Religion has been published by UNC Press.

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Legality of Peaceful Death Debated in Italty

The "peaceful death" is misunderstood in Italy as well as here.

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Medical Spa Legal Issues: Laser Therapy

Physician supervision requirements can make delivery of medical spa therapies expensive.

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Peaceful Death Still Misunderstood

Ethical issues relating to the peaceful death are still misunderstood, according to LawPundit's review of new evidence regarding brain activity during a "vegetative state."

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Homeopathic Medical Society of the State of New York

The Homeopathic Medical Society of the State of New York is having its annual convention in November in New York City.

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Lifestyle Trends Falsely Predicted and Diagnosed by Pseudo-DNA Tests

The "gene-diet/lifestyle connection" has been exploited by a number of companies and caught in a "sting" operation by the General Accounting Office.

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Patient Lawsuit Claims Chiropractor Broke Woman's Ribs

A chiropractic broke a patient's ribs during an examination, according to a recently filed Illinois lawsuit for chiropractic malpractice.

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Healthy Life After Death, Digitally

In Digitial Life After Death, Scientific American.com writes of the possibility of surviving death by downloading ourselves into a sophisticated computer program.

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Dietary Supplements Pose Dangers, Health Canada Warns

Dietary supplements and benefits associated with alternative medicine approaches (including nutrition) must be balanced against the potential dangers.

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Cola Increases Risk of Osteoporis

Findings in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition suggest that cola may contribute to lower bone mineral density in older women, a condition which increases risk for osteoporosis.

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Energy Healing Finds Support in Physics Theory of Parallel Universes

Skeptics scoff at the 'weakest link' in the integrative medicine chain, the notion of 'human energy fields' that have not, to date, found satisfactory scientific evidence of efficacy or mechanism.

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Chemotherapy Affects Brain Function Including Memory and Concentration, Study Finds

A study of 21 women is published in Breast Cancer Research and Treatment showed that patients suffering from cognitive symptoms after chemotherapy have specific alterations in brain metabolism.

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Law and Economics Professor Posner's Opinions Now Online

Boing Boing reported that legal decisions by the famous Judge Posner are now searchable on-line.

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Pets Cut Allergy Risk But Why

A study in the Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology, September 2006 found that pet owners had a lower risk of allergies.

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Mice Teach Us Companion to MS Gene Helps

A companion gene to the MS gene helps mitigate the effects of MS, according to new research.

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Study Finds Physician Errors Source of Medical Malpractice Claims

According to a study published in the Annals of Internal Medicine, physician errors are a factor in about 60% of medical malpractice claims that involved patients allegedly injured because of missed or delayed diagnoses

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Kill Cancer With Protons

This space-age therapy is being pioneered for tumor destruction.

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More Conflict of Interest Rules Planned

Good news for those concerned about physician conflicts of interest.

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Now Stems Cells Used for Anti-Aging

"Is it live or is it Memorex?" the ad for cassette tapes chimed--and now the headline reads :Anti-aging innovation, or bunch of bull?"

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Massage Establishment Laws Nip Massage Therapy

One massage therapy institution has found itself under attack from massage establishment laws in a local town.

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Alternative Therapy for Hot Flashes Not Proven Effective

A new study alternative medicine for hot flashes, which has included the use of soy products, Chinese herbs and hypnosis, has not found these treatments effective.

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Medical Spa Franchise Expands to Asia

Dermacare franchise is expanding its laser and skin care clinics from Phoenix to Asia, showcasing the growing trend in this expanding industry.

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International Law: Making Teaching Culturally Relevant

If you want to make your international law teaching culturally relevant and sensitive, you have to plug in to what is of concern locally.

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