Zap Migraines with Magnetic Pulses

A new study suggests that migraines may be 'zapped' with magnetic pulses.

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St. John's wort did not beat drug in placebo research

St. John's wort has had a mixed success rate in clinical trials, and the latest news does not help the yellow flower.

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Sweet genes explains sugar cravings

The latest news is that our genes our responsible for those trips to the chocolate closet. Continue Reading...

Intestinal bacteria may be key to diabetes and other conditions

Diet and nutrition affect health in ways scientific is only beginning to discover.

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Pediatrician referral for CAM surveyed

A BMJ study of pediatrician referral patterns for complementary and alternative therapies suggests a positive attitude toward CAM.

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Mixed efficacy found for CAM approaches to treating chronic pain

A review in the Journal of Rehabilitation Research and Development has found mixed efficacy for complementary and alternative medicine therapies for back and chronic pain.

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Research team identifies additional genetic risk factors for Crohn's disease

An international research team - including investigators from Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) and the Broad Institute of Harvard University and Massachusetts Institute of Technology - has identified several novel genetic variations associated with the risk of Crohn's disease.

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Tai Chi may help prevent Shingles

Tai Chi may help prevent Shingles, according to a study in the April issue of the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society

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Meditation studies show brain changes

Meditation studies show positive neurochemical brain changes.

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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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Diabetes tests by Exocell/Glycadia indicate kidney damage

Exocell (Glycadia Pharmaceuticals), a biotechnology company located in Philadelphia, has developed a number of tests for early markers of diabetes and diabetic complications, as well as tools for clinical testing of diabetes drugs.

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Alternative medicine study ($5 million) launched by Australian government

Australia will invest $5 million to test alternative medicine, focusing particularly on herbal therapies.

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Common medical procedure challenged as "blind faith"

Use of tiny balloons and metal stents for heart attack patients has been questioned by a major study.

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Blind mice get new vision

Tom Cruise spends a lot of time in the film, "Minority Report," using his eyes to open locked doors, trigger police scanners, and incite talking advertisements.

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Recombinant DNA the precursor to animal-human hybrids

Recombinant DNA was to the 1970s what animal-human hybrids are to this age, argues one Australian source.

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Hybrid human/animal embryos created for research

In Greek mythology, the Minotaur was a hybrid monster: half-man, half-bull; now, UK scientists have applied for a license to create hybrid embryos using human cells and animal eggs for stem cell research to develop new disease treatments.

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Massage may help agitated Alzheimer's dementia patients

Massage may help agitation and depression among dementia patients, according to a review in the Cochrane Library.

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Acupuncture Helped Osteoarthritis Patients

A study published in the November 2006 issue of Arthritis & Rheumatism examined the use of acupuncture as an extension of routine medical care and whether the effects of treatment last after therapy is discontinued.

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Studies of Natural Remedies Find Mixed Results

Two NIH-funded funded studies published this week indicated that glucosamine and chondroitin, did no better than placebo in relieving mild arthritis pain.

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Pediatric Use of Complementary Therapies: Ethical and Policy Choices

"Pediatric Use of Complementary Therapies: Ethical and Policy Choices" by Cohen et al. appeared in the October issue of Pediatrics electronic pages.

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Cardiology Experts Make Complementary Medicine Recommendations

The American College of Cardiology Foundation has issued a Complementary Medicine Expert Consensus Document entitled, Integrating Medicine into Cardviovascular Medicine.

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Complementary Therapies for Chronic Kidney Disease

Advances in Chronic Kidney Disease just came out with an entire issue devoted to alternative therapies.

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Positive Mental Attitude to be Studied

According to psychologist Margaret Chesney, deputy director of the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine, the effect of positive attitudes on health deserves further study.

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Pet Therapy: The Evidence

New anecdotal reports shed light on existing hard evidence that pet therapy has significant medical effects as an adjunct to conventional medical care.

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He Who Laughs Most, Laughs Longest

A recent study by researchers at the University of Maryland School of Medicine and supported by a grant from the National Institutes of Health, showed that laughter can help expand blood flow.

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Acupuncture effectively relieves chronic low back pain

Acupuncture effectively relieves chronic low back pain, concluded a newly published study in the Annals of Internal Medicine.

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Acupuncture found to lower elevations in blood pressure

Acupuncture combined with electronic stimulation can lower rates by as much as 50 percent, according to a new study.

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CAM Best Evidence

The Institute of Medicine Report on Complementary and Alternative Medicine Use showcased the best available evidence regarding CAM therapies in its chapter entitled, "State of Emerging Evidence on CAM."

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Mental Health Center Awarded Grant for Naturopathic Research

The Mental Health Center of Greater Manchester in New Hampshire (MHGCM) was awarded a $40,000 grant to develop a program model that uses complementary and alternative medical therapies for the treatment of mental health disorders.

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NCCAM Releases New 5-Year Strategic Plan

The National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM) announces the release of its new 5-year strategic plan.

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School of Medicine Expands Complementary and Alternative Medicine Program

A new collaboration between U. Penn. School of Medicine and Tai Sophia Institute of the Healing Arts aims to collaborate on education, research and clinical activities in complementary and alternative medicine.

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Clinical Research, the FDA and the NIH

Here are some brief throughts about clinical research, the FDA< and the NIH from Cohen, MH. Complementary and integrative medical therapies, the FDA, and the NIH: definitions and regulation. Derm Ther 2003;16:77-84. The abstract provides a summary of some of the major issues involved in research and clinical practice, and appeared in an issued devoted to review of safety and efficacy of CAM therapies in dermatology.

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When Will My IRB Approve My CAM Study?

So far I've submitted to IRBs that seem to understand clinical research involving complementary and alternative medical (CAM) therapies and apply the same rigorous standards (not higher ones) as they do to studies involving conventional care. But this sense of efficiency and fairness apparently has evolved over time--not without stops and starts. I've heard horror stories at other institutions about IRB's taking a year or more to review a protocol simply because it involves chiropractic, acupuncture, or homeopathy.

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