Even More Healthcare Posts at the Michael H Cohen Law Group Healthcare & FDA Law Blog

For regular readers of the CAM Law Blog, we're adding new articles to our updated blog on our law firm website.

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Physicians and chiropractors navigate functional medicine legal issues

Physicians, naturopathic medical doctors, chiropractors, nutritionists, psychologists, and other healthcare providers must navigate legal and liability rules to successfully practice functional medicine. Continue Reading...

Relationships are transcendental and compelling

When I began studying energy healing and morphing from my career as a Wall Street lawyer into a legal academic, then medical academic, then healthcare & FDA attorney, I could not have imagined the way all these threads would integrate professionally and in being.

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HIPAA advanced course offers HIPAA training

An advanced HIPAA training course is available for healthcare providers and facilities (covered entities) and their business associates who wish to satisfy their HIPAA compliance requirement of HIPAA training.

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Hollywood's Healer Aiden Chase Hosts Retreat

The 7 Senses Retreat in the South of France is presented by Celebrity Intuitive, “Hollywood’s Healer” Aiden Chase.

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Past Wife, Past Life

These lines of poetry came to me while contemplating the completion of a relationship.

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What is the future of Complementary and Alternative Medicine under the Affordable Care Act?

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Unsupported Weight Loss Claims Continue to Trigger FTC Enforcement

Weight loss claims continue to trigger enforcement by FTC for false and deceptive advertising.

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The heart of healing is now

"The heart of healthcare reform is not about insurance and economics, but about bringing together all the dimensions of healing within our systems of care, and developing legal frameworks to support this integration."

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Complementary and integrative medicine - best cities

Best cities for complementary, and alternative / integrative medicine including San Francisco and Denver.

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Retail Clinics - Legal Issues Continue

Retail clinics with boutique (or concierge medicine) practices are on the rise, a study finds, but legal challenges continue.

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Mobile medicine apps are the future: legal issues remain

 Mobile medicine apps are the future, as we move increasingly into digital, virtual communication; yet FDA medical device and other legal issues remain.

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OIG Unfavorably Reviews a Laboratory Management Company's Proposed Provision of Allergy Testing and Related Services in Exchange for a Percentage of Gross Collections

A new OIG fraud and abuse Advisory Opinion sheds makes percentage-based MSO arrangements questionable, where Medicare is involved.

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11:11:11 to the 11:11:11th power

11:11:11 came in with prosperity blessings as the transformational shift awaited for centuries....

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Medicare Options for Physicians: Participation, Non-Participation, or Opt Out

Physicians sometimes unwittingly run afoul of Medicare legal rules by not knowing the difference between non-participation, their default status short of participation, and opting out, which requires doctors to take specific action steps.

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HCG - FDA drug approval / legal issues for weight loss

Texas has told weight loss clinics to stop marketing HCG for weight loss.

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Stark laws were violated as a matter of law, federal judge finds

A federal judge ruled that an acute care hospital violated Stark laws by submitting claims to Medicare that were induced by referrals.

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Accountable Care Organizations to Include Complementary Medicine

Accountable care organizations (ACO) could include complementary and alternative medicine (CAM).

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Spiritual care lowers depression, study finds

A study spearheaded by a colleague of mine, Sara Warber MD at University of Michigan medical school, finds that drumming, guided imagery and other techniques helps heart patients.

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National Animal Rights Conference 2011 continues the journey home

I found myself drawn to the National Animal Rights conference in Los Angeles and was surprised by many things, mostly internal.

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National Cancer Institute director explains complementary medicine

The National Cancer Institute director explains complementary medicine; and a university hospital offers information about a stunning array of complementary therapies, from hypnosis to electromagnetic therapy.

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Meditation Amps The Gray Cells, Study Shows

Research shows meditation helps "ze little gray cells," as Hercule Poirot used to say.

 

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Concierge medicine raises legal issues

Concierge or boutique medical practices raise legal issues requiring knowledge of insurance laws, contract legal issues, and ethical rules applicable to medical doctors and other clinicians.

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Fish oil helps female mice

Fish oil helps female mice fight cancer, according to new research.

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The Girl With an Apple

My Dad sent me this story called, "The Girl with An Apple."  It is a love story and a tale of transcendence.

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Laws governing massage therapy continue to broaden patient access

Massage therapy goes even more mainstream with its proven medical benefits.

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Telemedicine law - legal rules continue to confuse and inspire

Telemedicine laws are the Rubik's Cube of future health care and statutory research the Penrose staircase of salvation.

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Holistic healing laws practice of ayurveda

Can practitioners legally offer Ayurveda to patients?

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Acupuncture used in the military to help soldiers heal

Battlefield acupuncture is helping soldiers heal from wounds physical and mental.

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Community Acupuncture Provides Affordable Alternative Healthcare Options

Community acupuncture through the Community Acupuncture Network provides affordable alternative healthcare options.

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Integrative medicine is here for good

Integrative medicine is here for good, says Hospital Stay, and it's embedded into the Affordable Health Act.

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Fire therapy treatment for weight loss

Our lawyers regularly advise clients about legal issues for more arcane therapies you won't find in a conventional medical office, such as of HCG for weight loss, but have you heard of fire treatment in Singapore?

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Medically unnecessary stents waste taxpayer dollars

Finance Leaders Release Report Detailing Relationship Between Doctor, Medical Device Manufacturer, Possible Pattern of Wasteful, Medically Unnecessary Stent Implantations

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Healing on a Cellular Level - Legal

If you're a New Age kind of person you'll often hear claims that products and services accomplish "healing on a cellular level."

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What Chicken McNuggets Really Look Like

Chicken McNuggets look like pink toothpaste thanks to Advanced Meat Recovery which robotically sucks the meat out of the bones of dead, de-beaked chickens.

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Traditional oriental medicine helps pets, CAM helps diabetic patients

News from the Gulf is that CAM practices help diabetic patients; more locally, yoga is scientifically shown to improve mood.

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Research validates (duh) that massage therapy works

The profession of massage therapy still has practitioner and facility licensure but has come a long way from the day when it was outlawed as prostitution or peep holes were required.

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Telemedicine inroads from California to Canada

California is one of many states enacting laws for telemedicine and tele-health.

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Texas amends its telemedicine rule

The Texas Medical Board has amended one its significant telemedicine rules.

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Telemedicine used on mobile phones to enhance health care

Physicians and patients are increasingly moving into telemedicine models of health care.

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Alternative therapies for mesothelioma; homeopathy certificates

Homeopathy certificate programs abound - though non-licensed homeopaths still face considerable legal pressures including risk of prosecution for unlicensed practice of medicine.

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Acupuncture demonstrated efficacious for back pain again

Once again researchers are proving that acupuncture helps with back pain.

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Complementary regulation in Canada very mixed

Canadian health law is often as muddled as U.S. law when it comes to homeopathy and traditional oriental medicine.

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More healing at the borderland of medicine and religion

No surprise that religious professionals are using alternative therapies to help heal people.

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Homeopathy resists calls for ban by NHS

Homeopathy still is going strong in the UK despite calls to ban it from national health insurance plans.

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Experts disagree on dietary supplements for children

Should children receive half doses of dietary supplements?

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Radcliffe offering massage therapy

Radcliffe is offering massage therapy.

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"I am becoming a vegan freak"

The truth about attorney vegan, lawyer vegan, holistic health care vegan animal rights lover post-vegetarian complementary medicine, spiritual law guy.

 

 

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Telemedicine includes live chats on integrative medicine

Live chats are being included as part of a University of Maryland integrative medicine initiative.

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Do supplements take away belly fat?

Researchers are skeptical about the legality and veracity of claims made by dietary supplement manufacturers promising to reduce belly fat.

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Acupuncture can help cancer patients

Latest studies show that acupuncture may help cancer patients.

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Holistic vet care and army bliss forts bring new care

Holistic pet care is gaining popularity.  And the army has a Bliss Fort to provide integrative medicine.

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Podiatrists add CAM to their practice

Acupuncture and myo-fascial release are among the popular therapies.

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Energy healing on the rise

Forget guns, germs and warfare and welcome to health, wholeness and healing.

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Combine homeopathy and acupuncture and what do you get?

The answer: homeopuncture.

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Bio-identical hormones make a splash

Our law office routinely advises physicians and other health care clients regarding consent forms and legal issues surrounding bio-identical hormones and functional medicine.

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The Bulldog at Yale Gets No Tail

The Bulldog at Yale Gets No Tail (we used to sing that at Columbia), But he can get integrative medicine CME.

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The Dog that Ate the World

These and other fascinating stories enliven this week's discussion of law and alternative medicine / holistic health care.

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Integrative medicine hits the main stream

Integrative medicine is mainstream with a slew of articles devoted to alternative therapies.

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Traditional medicine rocks in Singapore

We call our health care system "traditional," so do they.

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Medical marijuana laws, CAM push

A drug company is pursuing MJ research; CAM is urged as part of health reform.

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L-carnitine not great for athletes, studies suggest

If you're taking L-carnitine to boost your muscles or endurance, think again.

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Naturopathic doctors are not magicians

Naturopathy is not a magic show, one proponent argues.

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Happiness in 2030 Through Mind-Body-Spirit Techniques

I predict global happiness by 2030, despite what the WHO says about top health concerns in that era.

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Lower your blood pressure through meditation

Meditate, walk your dog, and lower your blood pressure, studies show.

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Turkey studies use of complementary and alternative medicine

CAM use gets tested in Turkey.

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Integrative medicine center achieves new status

Kudos to Kathi Kemper for an upgrade of her integrative medicine center.

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Ecconomy needs holistic medicine

Does the economy need holistic medicine?

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Homeopathic vaccines and other mysteries questioned

Homeopathic vaccines are being questioned in Australia; meanwhile Queensland sponsors a conference on complementary medicine.

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Table salt good or bad and other complementary medicine news

Whether CAM will enter the health care reform debate more prominently remains to be seen; meanwhile NaCl is not the same as sodium.

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Massage, Reiki help chemo patients

Massage, Reiki and other CAM therapies help cancer patients.

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Homeopathy touted, yoga studied, and other news

Tennis player-turned-TV presenter Annabel Croft describes how her life has been transformed by homeopathy.

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Spiritual attorney Newport Beach

Googled recently did I (that's "Yoga grammar") under spiritual attorney Newport Beach and found Michael H. Cohen pop up.

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Conscious evolution includes holistic medicine

The Obama Administration has asked the "Evolutionary Leaders" to communicate about how we can change the course of the unprecedented events that are challenging this planet.

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Integrative medicine report showcases rise of IM

Integrative medicine and the dietary supplement business are booming.

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Quantum field EMF clearing devices and FDA registration

Not all firms claiming to have FDA medical device registration may be in compliance.

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Environmental medicine addresses toxic conditions

An environmental medicine presentation will address healing from toxicities.

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AHRQ releases report on CAM and back pain

Can chirorpactors really help treat back pain?

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Benefits of mantra meditation make mainstream headlines

Gingko? Forget about it! And other mysteries including the power of mantra.

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Integrative medicine practice and legal issues continue to surface

Integrative medicine CDs, NCCAM survey, and thoughts on naturopathic medicine continue to bring legal and practice issues to the surface.

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CAM survey discussed

The new survey on complementary and alternative medicine use by Americans is being widely discussed.

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Pediatric CAM use rising, CDC reports

Pediatric CAM use is rising, reports the CDC.

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Program on Integrative Medicine gets press

The Program on Integrative Medicine at the University of Arizona gets some press for graduating an integrative medicine doc.

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The end of pharma liability?

The U.S. Supreme Court heard oral argument on Wyeth v. Diane Levine today, raising questions about the limits of federal preemption.

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Reiki and good ol Southern Comfort

That's the comfort of massage therapy and other healing arts, not the beverage.

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CAM for cancer care and dietary supplements for arthritis

What do CAM for cancer care and dietary supplements for arthritis have in common?

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When Andy Weil Speaks

...people listen.

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Homeopathy touted, herb-drug interactions warned against

Homeopathy has some new research behind it for pain management.

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Glycadia Pharmaceuticals website

Glycadia Pharmaceuticals features innovative products for complications of diabetes, including nephropathy, retinopathy and cardiovascular disease.

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Alternative medicine and You

More information abounds on the Web about you and alternative health care.

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March of the alternative meds

If you liked "March of the Falsettos," you'll like this post on march, march, march of the alternative meds.

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Medical use of qigong noted

Cinnamon-eating mice have lower blood pressure--this and other medical mysteries explored within.

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Reiki, views on CAM, and inroads into pharmacy

A practitioner considers Reiki to be 'beyond massage therapy.'

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CAM cancer cures and evidence-based medicine

Today's health roundup brings both information and criticism regarding complementary care approaches to health.

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Holistic dog online reports on CAM treatments

Care for your holistic dog, and learn whether CAM is a treat or treatment.

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CAM and cancer care; Ayurvedic herbs and contamination

Health trends include a new book on CAM and cancer care, a discussion contamination issues in Ayurvedic herbs, AIDS and nutrition.

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CAM for epilepsy, Reiki in the military, CAM groups band

Complementary medicine remains in the news with greater utilization in the military, and greater cohesion among fragmented CAM groups.

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Today's complementary and alternative medicine trends

Bloggers discuss research on acupuncture and chiropractic, Tai Chi for health, and CAM and MS.

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Hospital tai chi, and other integrative medicine developments

A hospital announces Tai Chi and Qigong classes and other complementary and alternative medicine news.

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CAM for functional bowel disorders, HIV, and stress management; herbal medicine on "Lost"

Physicians should discuss CAM use and effectiveness with their patients and refer patients if appropriate, concludes one recent study.

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Qigong for cancer care

Health trends include qigong for cancer care with a video by MD Anderson.

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Complementary therapies for allergies, Reiki for police

Complementary therapies for allergies, Reiki for police, mindfulness movement, green energy and energy medicine.

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CAM can help with hospital stays

A psychiatrist and neurologist writes that complementary and alternative medicine can help with hospital stays.

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Progressive Medicine makes a pitch

Something called "Progressive Medicine" makes a pitch for its blend of complementary and alternative medicine therapies. Continue Reading...

Acupunture meets nanotechnology

Acupunture meets nanotechnology in a new product called the "health recovery chip." Continue Reading...

A dog named trouble

The power of guided imagery and visualization fits in this story of a dog named Trouble. Continue Reading...

Health Affairs' Top 10 Journal Articles From 2007

Here is the Year in Review: Health Affairs' Top 10 Journal Articles From 2007. Continue Reading...

Mainstreaming Complementary Therapies: New Directions In Health Care

Mainstreaming Complementary Therapies: New Directions In Health Care analyzes the integration of CAM therapies into hospitals and mainstream health care settings. Continue Reading...

Advances in multiple sclerosis research cited

New advances are helping patients suffering from multiple sclerosis. Continue Reading...

Liver cirrhosis may soon be reversible

Research shows liver cirrhosis may soon be reversible. Continue Reading...

Dog performs Heimlich manuever

A golden retriever performed a life-saving Heimlich manuever. Continue Reading...

Revolution Health Blog by Brad Jacobs MD

Brad Jacobs MD, an integrative medicine physician, has a great blog through Revolution Health. Continue Reading...

Misdiagnosis concerns highlighted by CNN

CNN points out that misdiagnosis of a disease that you don't have is quite common. Continue Reading...

The Mixed Predictive Value of Medical Science

The story that medical research tells sometimes leads to misleading conclusions, as evidence keeps changing as it accumulates. Continue Reading...

Adverse drug reactions on the rise

Reported adverse drug reactions are rising, as the FDA has made adverse event reporting easier. Continue Reading...

Cats predict death, dogs forestall disease

Not only can dogs detect bladder cancer, but animals generally seem to have a sixth sense for illness and even imminent death. Continue Reading...

Chapel Hill Integrative Medicine Associates expands integrative medicine offerings

Chapel Hill Integrative Medicine Associates announces the expansion of its integrative medicine family medicine practice. Continue Reading...

Are skincare microcapsules mainstream or alternative medicine?

Maybe the question is moot if all we care about is whether these skin therapies work. Continue Reading...

Cinnamon touted for medicinal properties

Cinnamon has long been prized for its medicinal properties but now the biblical origins of this healing quality are being probed. Continue Reading...

Laughter therapy at Cleveland Clinic

The Cleveland Clinic now offers laughter therapy. Continue Reading...

Medical and complementary and alternative medical uses of the iPhone

An MD points out that medical uses of the iPhone far exceed simply calling up health related videos. Continue Reading...

Compassion and the Art of Medicine series coming soon

The annual hosted by Baylor College of Medicine in Houston opens soon. Continue Reading...

Music therapy as complementary and alternative medicine

Music as a CAM therapy is profiled at last. Continue Reading...

Sleep journal questions some CAM therapies

According to Sleep, many common oral non-prescription treatments for insomnia have no beneficial effect.

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Electronic bullying becoming problematic

Add e-bullying to your list of existential anxieties.

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Ozone-emitting products may not be good with many household products

Dr. Andrew Weil's comments on ozone-emitting air purifiers help update my 7th grade science fiction story "The Freon."

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Clear that colon

Detoxification information coming to you in North Carolina.

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Updates from Arab Health

Updates from Arab Health include a healthcare industry congress, health law changes in Dubai, and a new smoking ban.

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Yes to Life offers cancer support (conventional and complementary)

Yes to Life is a new nonprofit offering cancer alterantives.

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Productivity alert: lose that schedule

Lose that schedule if you want to be healthier, happier, wiser and more productive.

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Complementary and alternative medicine services offered in new Providence cancer center

A new Providence cancer center is offering CAM therapies.

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The end of fruit loops?

And ad-inflated sugar highs, with Kellogs returning to its founder's original mission.

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doorbell cams, wi-fi sniffers, RFID passes, bag searches, and photo lookups

The death of privacy is here.

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Half of Canadians have used alternative therapies

A Canadian survey suggests that half of Canadians have used alternative therapies.

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You are becoming unglued

But fortunately your robot is watching you.

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How to survive the end of the universe

Four easy steps: First become a Type I civilization.

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Pesticides linked to brain tumors

Holistic health theories sometimes call attention to real links even if dismissed as conspiracy paranoia.

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Stem cells could help restore vision in patients with macular degeneration

The BBC reports progress by UK scientists on use of stem cells to restore vision.

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Cost-effectiveness of integrative medicine suggested in stdy

A study of integrative care in HMOs suggests success.

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CAM Hits So-Cal

Complementary medicine hits Southern California with "Unconventional medical treatments gain in popularity: Many patients are now combining alternative therapies with traditional medicine for 'the best of both worlds.'"

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World Tai Chi Day

We probably have a World Day for every healing modality; here is World Tai Chi Day.

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Detoxification and colon therapy seminar

The Carolina Center for Integrative Medicine will discuss detoxification and colon therapy.

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Qigong used to cope with anxiety

Qigong helped people cope with anxiety following the SARS outbreak, according to research in the April issue of the UK-based Journal of Clinical Nursing.

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Reducing inflammation may help prevent cancer

Reducing inflammation may help prevent cancer, say research studies from the Mayo Clinic.

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Planet of the apes

Chimps are smarter than humans in some ways, reports the New York Times.

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UCSF offers "mini-medicine" courses including CAM

UCSF is offering its mini-medical school courses on a variety of topics including mind-body-spirit and wellness information.

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Herbal Kelp Supplements Problematic

A UC Davis study has found high arsenic levels in herbal kelp supplements.

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Cellphone may be killing us

Or at least the world's bees, which has an impact on the world food supply, since bees pollinate flowers (and of course have lives of their own).

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Periodontal disease test gains momentum

Good news for tooth- and gum- conscious persons: a new portable saliva test could work in minutes to detect periodontal disease.

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Anti-aging medicine profiled and challenged

Anti-aging medicine is profiled and challenged in an analysis of its claims as a field.

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Natural health advice for better sleeping

Natural health advice for better sleeping includes herbal medicine and the usual things such as avoiding over stimulation prior to bedtime.

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The Bionic Human is Here

Watching I Robot on cable tonight reminded me of how real and non-futuristic the robot bartenders and conscious robot protagonist seemed.

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Lifestyle equals life extension, according to "Chasing Life"

The premise of Chasing Life is that a healthy lifestyle equals health extension, which suggests an integrative medicine approach of bringing together the best of conventional medicine and holistic health care.

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Experts muse anti-aging science

If the human body were deliberately designed rather than produced by evolution, its natural perfection would be maintained and its flaws reduced, according to experts.

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Anti-CAM Rhetoric Returns

The anti-complementary medicine rhetoric of the late-19th century through circa 1998 returns with a new sweeping statement that CAM has no basis in scientific evidence.

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Consumer-driven health care good for CAM, troubles other doctors

Marcia Angell, MD still 'longs for the days when doctors still advised,' but alas, time moves forward and consumer autonomy now prevails over old medical paternalism.

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Surgeon capabilities predicted by video play

Surgeons who play video games may be more skilled than those who do not.

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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'Meditating to Physical and Mental Health' Features CAMlaw

Meditating to Physical and Mental Health by health care attorney Jayne E. Juvan of Juvan's Health Law Update recently featured the Complementary and Alternative Medicine Law Blog.

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Web-based medicine through online health information

Entrepreneurs increasingly are putting together health websites hoping to draw consumers into creating 'on-line dashboards' of their health profiles.

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Integrative medicine future could be high-tech, high-touch

High-tech, high-touch may be the future of integrative medicine, according to a Harvard Medical School professor who lectured today in Complementary and Alternative Medicine: Health Law & Policy.

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Pallone named as chair of Congressional subcomittee on health

Rep. Frank J. Pallone Jr., D-N.J., was named to chair the Energy and Commerce subcommittee on health, one of the most powerful in Congress.

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Complementary and Alternative Medicine service helps animals

The Complementary and Alternative Medicine service at the University's Small Animal Clinic in St. Paul is full of patients.

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Active ingredient in chillies may target cancer cells

Capsaicin, the chemical that burns the mouth when one consumes chillies and an active ingredient of some over the counter drugs, may be able to kill cancer cells with little or no harmful side-effects.

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Dems Introduce Legislation Requiring Negotiation of Medicare Drug Pricing

'On Friday, Congressman Dingell, on behalf of himself and 189 co-sponsors, introduced H.R. 4 to amend the Social Security Act to require the negotiation of prices for Medicare Part D covered drugs.'

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University of Arizona Program in Integrative Medicine new women's health courses

The University of Arizona Program in Integrative Medicine has introduced two new women's health courses in its Botanicals in Medicine online series.

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Holistic pet care cited

Holistic health care for pets is growing, according to a San Francisco report.

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Health care laywer's new podcast to air

Health care laywer Jayne Juvan will air Juvan's health law podcast.

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Centers for Disease Control delivers health information through health marketing

The National Center for Health Marketing at the Centers for Disease Control delivers health information through a health marketing blog.

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Anti-aging medicine and advice from anti-aging medicine man

Anti-aging medicine researcher Aubrey de Grey discusses radical life extension therapies in a blog about becoming immortal.

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"Health courts" proposed to enhance consumer safety

Health courts are receiving support as a means to enhance patient safety, the notion being that health courts will function like other specialized courts (i.e., tax, bankruptcy, admiralty, etc.), with an eye to cultivate "a culture of transparency regarding medical errors and the creation of mechanisms to gather and analyze data on medical injuries."

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Tai Chi and mind-body therapies offered on cruise ships

Cruise ships are offering tai chi and mind-body therapies among their exercise menus.

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Cancer patients lacking nutritional support

According to an online poll conducted on CancerCompass.com, an online cancer community, only 30 percent of cancer patients are offered nutritional guidance.

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Therapy dogs, fresh flowers, and a healing environment reduce bacteria

Therapy dogs, fresh flowers, and a healing environment reduce bacteria, study of one observer shows.

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Chronic fatigue syndrome is real, experts (finally) tell us

Chronic fatigue syndrome affects millions of Americans, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

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Climate changes requires action with urgency sans fear and chaos

A wanderer searching for and sharing creativity and inspiration, who regularly comments on massage governance, on the teaching and practice of massage, on the pursuit of science and mathematics, and on family and community, offer this.

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Climate Change Language Creating Its Own Chaos

Though climate change is serious, the language of fear and chaos is creating a self-fulfilling prophecy, generating needless fear for the sake of controlling political agendas.

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Toxic benzene makes breathing deadly

The air in Portland is particularly filled with deadly benzene particles, making breathing problematic.

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Goodbye, and Thanks for all the Fish

This was a famous facetious tag-line in the popular book (and film), The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy. Now it appears to be true.

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Consumer reliance on online health information dangerous

The Pew Internet and American Life Project's August survey found that many people go online for health-related information, but few verify the information they receive.

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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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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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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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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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Hospitalizations from Drugs Threatening Public

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

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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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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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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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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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Vegetables React to Stress Like Humans, Pumping Out Chemicals

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

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Complementary and Alternative Health Care Gaining

Alternative Care Gains Acceptance, reported Reuters via Health Decisions.

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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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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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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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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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Kill Cancer With Protons

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

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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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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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U.S. Government Uses Internet for Anti-Drug Videos

You-Tube for public health measures--the U.S. government has figured it out.

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International Esthetics Show

Coming to Orlando in October.

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Complementary Medicine Used to Improve Sleep

A study shows increased use of complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) to alleviate insomnia.

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Ruppies Pulled to Medical Spas

"Ruppies" or "retired urban people" apparently are being pulled toward medical spas as part of the overall business upswell of spa profits.

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Japanese Study Shows Green Tea Prolongs Life

A study of more than 40,000 men and women in Japan has found that those who drink a lot of green tea live longer.

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Korean Pine Nut Could Help Those With Obesity

According to a report in Reuters, research suggests that an extract from the Korean Pine Nut could be useful in appetite suppression.

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Ayurvedic Remedies May Help With Alzheimer's

Researchers studied five plants commonly used in Ayurvedic medicine, and found that the plants acted to prevent the breakdown of neurotransmitters, improving memory and concentration in people with Alzheimer's disease.

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Obesity Continues to Threaten World

"The world now has more fat people than hungry ones, according to World Health Organisation figures."

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Pharmaceutical Fraud Highlighted by Alternative Medicine Proponents

Consider this quote: "If you have a long, drawn-out, incurable but treatable disease, it's unfortunate for you but great for pharmaceutical companies. While you're suffering indefinitely, you're also buying expensive pharmaceutical drugs to make the disease "manageable."

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Costs of Car Add to Health Concerns

"Contenment Without A Car" points out the financial and mental health savings made by one individual who also helped cool the peak oil phenomenon through her own choices.

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Mercy Medical Center Starts Quiet Hour Program

Mercy Medical Center in Cedar Rapids, Iowa started a Quiet Hour Program.

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Juice Might Prevent Alzheimer's Disease, Study Suggests

Drinking fruit or vegetable juice several times a week could help protect against Alzheimer's disease, according to a study.

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Face Transplants to Create Ideal Beauty in the Future

"We are subtlely being conditioned by the digital face and heading towards a face which no human being could have been born with."

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AMA Amends Alternative Medicine Resolution

The revised text of the June 2006 AMA alternative medicine resolution is below.

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H.R. 5688: Healthcare Truth and Transparency Act of 2006

Some Inconvenient Truths (to quote Al Gore) may be lurking behind the all-too-transparent Healthcare Truth act, according to one critique.

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AMA Scope of Practice Partnership

It's time to became aware of the AMA Scope of Practice Partnership, which has implications for conventional as well as CAM providers.

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Chinese Version of Complementary/Integrative Medicine Education Resources Website Available

MD Anderson announces a Chinese version of its web-based resource center for patients, families, clinicians and researchers concerning integrative oncology.

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American Medical Association Supports Alternative Medicine

Yes, you read that correctly.

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Legal and ethical issues relating to use of complementary therapies in pediatric hematology/oncology

This article was recently published discussing integration of complementary therapies in pediatric care; it adds to the recently published "Pediatric use of complementary therapies: ethical and policy choices," also below.

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One in Four Hospitals Now Use CAM, Health Forum Survey Shows

More than a quarter of surveyed hospitals are offering complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) programs to the patients they serve, according to a new report released today by Health Forum, a subsidiary of the American Hospital Association (AHA).

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Long Term Consequences of Teen Drinking

In an article on the neurophysiology of drinking, the New York Times recently exposed the myth that teenage drinking doesn't cause immediate harm.

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Brainstorm: A Tale of Bipolar Disorder

This is an incredibly courageous report by a woman who suffered a breakdown and was diagnosed with bipolar disorder.

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Side Effects (of Pharmaceutical Drugs): The Movie

For those interested in side effects of pharmaceutical drugs, check out Side Effects.

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Traditional oriental medicine gets a boost

The San Francisco Chronicle reported favorably on rising use of Chinese medicine in the U.S.

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Stem Cells Help Paralyzed Rats Walk

And they could help humans, too.

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Obesity is Leading Cause Death--Almost

At least one journalist has concluded that within his or her state, obesity "could overtake tobacco as the leading cause of preventable death."

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Evidence-Based Eddy Makes News Again

An article on evidence-based medicine in Newsweek makes EBM sound alternative and unorthodox--which indeed it was when first controversial proposed.

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If You're a Teen (or Younger), Don't Smoke

Bill Clinton may not have inhaled (or exhaled, depending on perspective), but even one puff could have been deadly.

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Bloodless Surgery Done by Boosting Red Cells

A new approach known as "bloodless surgery" boosts red blood cell counts before and after an operation, and cut blood loss during surgery.

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Modified Mice Beat Cancer

Scientists at Wake Forest University School of Medicine identified a mouse resistant to even the most aggressive cancers, and now have prevented cancer in ordinary lab mice by injecting them with white blood cells from cancer-resistant mice bred from the original.

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Ordinary Soap May be Dangerous

According to a recent environmental study, many ordinary household products are indeed, as suspected, highly toxic.

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Birds Spared Us Flu Virus

The number of bird flu cases in Europe has decreased so dramatically compared with February.

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Flight Socks Lauded

Research has revealed that wearing flight socks can reduce by 90% the risk of developing deep vein thrombosis, DVT, a potentially fatal condition that affects thousands of people every year.

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Cloning Pork

Science fiction is becoming science fact, as we begin unraveling the mysteries of cloning and contemplate turning to cloning animals for food.

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American Herbal Products Association Honors Botanical Researchers

The American Herbal Products Association (AHPA) honored two outstanding individuals and one excellent company with its new AHPA Herbal Awards.

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Female Rodents Have Lower Stress than Male Rodents

And there is an explanation.

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Diagnosis After Death

"When you're dead, you're dead," the medics used to say, but now it turns out we can learn a lot about preventing disease by studying the brains of the deceased.

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No Smoking Please, We're British

In England, the parliment has voted for a blanket smoking ban in public places.

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Health Costs to Double in 10 Years

"National health-care spending will double to $4 trillion a year over the next decade, outpacing the growth of wages, inflation and the U.S. economy as a whole, according to new government projections released yesterday."

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New York Times Tackles Complementary Therapies

In today's article, the Times took a crack at trying to define the CAM phenomenon.

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Managing Your Mind

A new Boston-based program in mindfulness based stress reduction and other techniques aims to help lawyers improve productivity, clarity, and work satisfaction.

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Napping Works

In a lecture to the Complementary and Alternative Medicine Conference (CAMCON) in Tucson, sleep therapist Dr. Rubin Naiman opined that restorative naps are the answer to the sleep deprivation suffered by 76% of Americans.

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Blogging and Boundaries

Blogs have changed boundaries by extending the boundary between personal and public, but they have also troubled parents whose teens are perhaps excessively sharing.

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Integrative Medicine Wave Hits Japan

A survey on integrative medicine in Japan by Yano Research Institute (YRI) showed that the market for integrative medicine reached 2,358.6 billion yen ($20.3 bil) in 2004, a 17% rise from 2002.

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Five Things Everyone Needs to Say

I was reading Integrative Oncology from cover to cover, when I came across this statement under "Search for Meaning" in the final chapter (by Matthew Mumber, MD) on palliative and end-of-life care.

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Integrative Oncology

Integrative Oncology: Principles and Practice (edited by Mathew P. Mumber; Taylor & Francis, 2005) brings together resources and information for those interested in approaches additional to conventional cancer treatment.

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Of Mice and Human Brains - The Interspecies Connection

An article by Rick Weiss in the Washington Post ("Human Brain Cells Are Grown in Mice," Dec. 13, 2005) disclosed how California scientists injected embryonic stem cells to create living mice with working human brain cells.

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Organic Milk Not as Advertised

Although organic milk suggests a higher level of purity and holism than the other sort, all is not as it seems.

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Personalized Medicine Coming Soon

"The age of personalized medicine is on the way," reported the New York Times in "A Special Drug Just for You, at the End of a Long Pipeline."

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Global Pandemic Warning from Scientific American

"Epidemiologists have warned that the next pandemic could sicken one in every three people on the planet," reported Scientific American in its October 25 report, "Preparing for a Pandemic."

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My Supreme Court Nomination

Last night the phone range--it was the White House asking if I would consider nomination as a Supreme Court Justice.

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Learning to Love the Law

Attitudes toward the law range from reverence to cynicism. This was most recently evidenced during a talk I gave at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine on legal rules and advice pertinent to establishing a complementary and integrative medicine center.

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Obesity and Children: The Next Generation

The obesity epidemic is rapidly affecting the next "seven generations," according to recent reports--impacting life expectancy.

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Nutritional Genomics Back in the News

The science of nutritional genomics echoes the claim by alternative health practitioners that nutrition, like many other health care interventions, must be individualized.

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European "Greens" Want More Alternative Medicine Funding

The Greens and the European Free Alliance in the European Parliament have called for a stronger homeopathy presence in Europe and urged the Commission to fund research into alternative medicine in the next framework programme.

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Early Socialization Reduces Health Risks

Socializing our new puppy early (rides on the subway, introduction to new people and play with other dogs) appears to have impressed a calm, gentle demeanor on his young personality--it also apparently reduces cancer risks.

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Breast Cancer Recurrence Is Cut in Half by a Drug

Continuing the emphasis on preventative care, a new drug may cut the risk of breast cancer recurrence in half.

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Preventative medicine looking like Integrative Medicine

New emphasis on preventative medicine (diagnosing and treating "pre-disease") is starting to look a lot like the emphasis on "holistic" health care and self-care.

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