Massage and bodywork membership questioned

Massage therapy licensure, certification, and national examination issues are canvassed in a piece questioning membership requirements.

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Web portal to manage doctor-patient communication

Electronic medical records were a novelty only a few years ago, but now are becoming increasingly standard.

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Robots learning emotions from people

Robots are learning emotions from people, and they'll be reading this blog before long.

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Malpractice verdict of $4.1 million for nursing home negligence

A $4.1 million medical malpractice judgment was awarded for negligence by a Tennessee nursing home.

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Health freedom legislation proposed for Iowan CAM health care practitioners

Health freedom legislation has been proposed for Iowan CAM health care practitioners.

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Chimps should make love not weapons

We humans are not the only ones to beat our ploughshares into swords.

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Internet addiction treated through electric shock

Internet addiction is treated through electric shock in Chinese clinics, yet the so-called addicts are not using acupuncture and other modalities in which the region is rich with history.

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Twilight Brigade talk on compassion in dying

Twilight Brigade founder Dannion Brinkley will speak on compassion in dying.

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Licensure of non-medical professionals: researching information

How do you know whether a specific CAM practice -- say, hypnotherapy -- is 'legal' or 'illegal' in a specific state?

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Complementary and Alternative Medicine use rising in Ireland

Complementary and Alternative Medicine use is rising in Ireland, according to a new survey.

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States considering taxing plastic surgery and cosmetic medicine

States are considering taxing plastic surgery and cosmetic (retail) medicine.

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InforSense Launches HealthSense; Broadens Application Portfolio

InforSense Ltd., a leading provider of embedded enterprise analytics, delivers InforSense HealthSense to the healthcare market.

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Court upholds right to investigational new drugs

A D.C. court has eased the ability of patients to obtain investigational new drugs.

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Robot companions

Following "robot phone home," the next prediction from the AAAS meeting is that, within a decade cars could start driving themselves on highways and in less than 25 years automakers may be producing vehicles "smart" enough to chauffeur passengers through city streets.

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Robots with feelings phone home

Abraham Maslow explored the 'farther reaches of human nature' with a positive psychology of motivation; now, robot psychology is being used industrially to guide motivation of android helpmates.

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Virtual reality used to treat PTSD

Virtual reality is being used to treat soldiers returning from Iraq with post-traumatic stress disorder.

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Cyborg technology helping patients

Robotic therapy is shown to help restore hand use after stroke.

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Crushing garlic may preserve healthy compounds

Who would have guessed that crushing garlic may be the best way to preserve the herb's healthy compounds during cooking?

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Department of Pre-Crime Might Be Established After All

Harking to the Department of Pre-Crime in 'Minority Report,' scientists now say they can predict intention with some comfort.

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Health benefits of 'green' cleaning supplies emphasized

If the household cleaner smells noxious, it's probably toxic - so goes my philosophy.

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Online pharmacies continue to generate fears of fraudulent scams

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has warned about consumers getting the wrong (and sometimes dangerous) drugs through online orders.

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Neural Implants Gaining Momentum

Science fiction once again becomes science fact as neural implants gain momentum, aiding those suffering from spinal cord injuries.

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Spiritual care at end of life emphasized by researcher

Spiritual care at the end of life receives emphasis in a new report by a clinical oncologist.

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Peanut butter alert by FDA

The federal food and drug administration (FDA) has put out an alert on certain brands of peanut butter.

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Religious belief and spiritual practice may aid stroke recovery

Strong religious beliefs can protect strokestroke patients from emotional distress, perhaps aiding recovery, according to a new study.

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Quantum computers claimed to prove existence of parallel universes

Wired posts an interesting interview with the scientist who invented the notion of quantum computers with the aim of proving the existence of parallel universes.

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Holistic health curriculum offered online

LearningAndLife.com has announced educational and informational online resources.

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Online Prescriptions Styled Public Health Threat

The Chicago Accident Law Blog takes up the argument that Internet prescription drug overdoses are a threat to public health in the United States.

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Toxic flowers undermine 'love' industry

Flowers, the emblem of essence, are often smothered with toxic chemicals, according to a new report.

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SEC to craft rules to protect corporations, executives and accounting firms from investor lawsuits

The SEC is beginning to craft rules to protect corporations, executives and accounting firms from investor fraud-related actions.

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Retail medicine making inroads at walk-in health clinics

Retail medicine are making inroads at walk-in health clinics, undercutting conventional care and bypassing hospital fees.

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"Change must come from within"

The phrase comes from: (a) a Zen monk after hours of meditation; (b) Yoda; (c) a hospital executive.

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Alternative medicine article in Malaysia questions regulatory adequacy

An alternative medicine article in Malaysia offers a comparative snapshot of legal and regulatory issues.

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Robot ad raises mental health issues

The Medical Humanities Blog reported on a controversial ad showing a robot having serious mental health issues.

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American Herbal Products Association urges medical disclosure of dietary supplement use

The American Herbal Products Association (AHPA) has urged doctors and healthcare practitioners to ask patients about their use of herbs in an effort to foster communication on the issue.

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ET Phone Princetown: ESP lab closes

The Princeton Engineering Anomalies Research laboratory, or PEAR, will close, not because of controversy but because, its founder says, it is time.

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Critics argue '24' offers selective view of torture

The New Yorker reports criticism of the popular show '24' as unreliastically using high-velocity narrative in repetivie 'ticking time bomb' scenarios.

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Eco-travel blog suggets Caribbean tourism needs to integrate with wider economy

An ecotravel blog suggets Caribbean tourism needs to integrate with Caribbean nations' wider economies.

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Vitamin D for Cancer Prevention

Two new vitamin D studies using a sophisticated form of analysis called meta-analysis, have revealed new prescriptions for possibly preventing up to half of the cases of breast cancer and two-thirds of the cases of colorectal cancer in the United States.

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Nanofoods Rock - or do they

Remember when Michael J. Fox told his mom (in "Back to the Future"), "hey mom, you sure know how to hydrate a pizza!"

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Please have compassion

Global warming isn't all in Al Gore's head. A picture is worth a thousand words.

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Shrinkwrap Purgatory

High responsibility and low power or control can lead to imabalance and thus disease, runs the accepted wisdom; so how do we ameliorate the current state of shrinkwrap purgatory?

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Man diagnosed by television viewer

Telemedicine rules aside, a television appearance by a government official was viewed by someone knowledgeable, who fortunately called in a diagnostic warning.

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CAM Prize to be Awarded By Canadian

For the first time, a major cash prize is being offered to a researcher or practitioner working in the field of complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) in Canada.

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Silicon-based life may merge with carbon-based life

Remember the Star Trek episode where the computerized gizmo runs amuck trying to destroy 'carbon-based life-forms' on the Enterprise?

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Florida researchers probe dark side of nanotechnology

And they are doing so in a very structured, scientific way.

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Antioxidant vitamins may help scuba divers

A new study, published in The Journal of Physiology, shows that acute oral intake of largely accepted antioxidants Vitamin C and E prior to a scuba dive can reduce alterations in cardiovascular function, particularly acute endothelial dysfunction, that are caused by a single field air dive.

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Portland reports use of Chinese medicine to ward off winter colds

A Portland newspaper reports on use of Chinese medicine and other complementary therapies to ward off winter colds and flues.

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