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  • Help sought from complementary, alternative medicine to remedy health problems
    It found that complementary and alternative medicine is being used in connection with various health problems, particularly in situations where help provided by conventional medicine is considered by the patient to be inadequate.
    Published: October 19, 2017, 8:10 am
  • Yoga and aerobic exercise together may improve heart disease risk factors
    Heart disease patients who practice yoga in addition to aerobic exercise saw twice the reduction in blood pressure, body mass index and cholesterol levels when compared to patients who practiced either Indian yoga or aerobic exercise alone, according to new research.
    Published: October 19, 2017, 7:09 am
  • No evidence that widely marketed technique to treat leaky bladder/prolapse works
    There is no scientific evidence that a workout widely marketed to manage the symptoms of a leaky bladder and/or womb prolapse actually works, conclude experts.
    Published: October 16, 2017, 4:04 pm
  • Despite effectiveness women remain skeptical of hormones at menopause -- what's the problem?
    Women today have more options than ever before for treating their menopause symptoms, although hormone therapy still ranks as the most effective treatment for debilitating symptoms such as hot flashes. A new study demonstrates, however, that women remain skeptical regarding the safety of hormone therapy and prefer less proven options.
    Published: October 11, 2017, 6:18 am
  • Tai chi holds promise as cardiac rehab exercise
    The slow and gentle movements of Tai Chi -- which can increase in pace -- hold promise as an alternative exercise option for patients who decline traditional cardiac rehabilitation. The study is the first to suggest that Tai Chi may improve exercise behaviors in this high-risk group.
    Published: October 11, 2017, 6:17 am
  • Black tea may help with weight loss, too
    Black tea may promote weight loss and other health benefits by changing bacteria in the gut, research indicates for the first time.
    Published: October 4, 2017, 5:49 am
  • Adulteration of proprietary Chinese medicines and health products poses severe health risks
    Traditional Chinese medicine is widely used as a form of complementary medicine all over the world for various indications and for improving general health. Various reports have documented the adulteration of pCMs and health products with undeclared agents, including prescription drugs, drug analogues, and banned drugs. Such adulteration can have serious and even fatal consequences.
    Published: October 2, 2017, 5:48 am
  • One in three older adults take something to help them sleep but many don't talk to their doctors
    Sleep doesn't come easily for nearly half of older Americans, and more than a third have resorted to some sort of medication to help them doze off at night, a new national poll finds. But most said they hadn't talked to their doctor about their sleep, even though more than a third said their sleep posed a problem. Half believe -- incorrectly -- that sleep problems just come naturally with age.
    Published: September 27, 2017, 6:33 am
  • Milk-alternative drinks do not replace the iodine in cows' milk
    Consumers of milk-alternative drinks may be at of risk iodine deficiency, according to the findings of a new study.
    Published: September 26, 2017, 6:14 am
  • Chronic pain common in people living with HIV
    All people living with HIV should be screened for chronic pain, which affects 39 to 85 percent of people with the condition, recommend new HIVMA guidelines. Those who have chronic pain should be treated using a multidisciplinary approach focused on non-drug options ranging from yoga to physical therapy, note the guidelines. Opioids should never be a first-line treatment.
    Published: September 14, 2017, 5:40 am
  • Regular exercise, stress can both make a big difference in lupus, study finds
    Waking up in the morning with the joint pain, swelling and stiffness that accompanies lupus doesn't exactly inspire a workout. But research in mice and a related pilot study in humans are showing how regular activity and stress reduction could lead to better health in the long run.
    Published: September 13, 2017, 4:29 pm
  • Man develops cyanide poisoning from apricot kernel extract
    A 67-year-old man developed cyanide poisoning from apricot kernel extract, reveal doctors in a new article.
    Published: September 12, 2017, 2:05 pm
  • Yoga, meditation improve brain function and energy levels, study shows
    Practicing brief sessions of Hatha yoga and mindfulness meditation can significantly improve brain function and energy levels, according to a new study.
    Published: September 6, 2017, 7:34 am
  • Asthma medicine halves risk of Parkinson's
    Using data gathered from 100 million Norwegian prescriptions, researchers have found that asthma medicine can halve a patient's risk of developing Parkinson´s disease.
    Published: August 31, 2017, 3:03 pm
  • Yoga and meditation improve mind-body health and stress resilience
    A new research article investigates the effects of yoga and meditation on people by looking at physiological and immunological markers of stress and inflammation. By studying the participants of an intensive three-month yoga and meditation retreat, the researchers found that the practices positively impacted physiological and immunological markers of stress and inflammation, and in addition improved subjective wellbeing.
    Published: August 22, 2017, 7:48 am
  • Licorice is a hot trend in hot flashes, but could interact with medications
    Licorice roots have a flavorful history, having been used in ancient Egyptian teas and in traditional Chinese medicines, all the way to today as a flavoring agent and candy. And some women now take licorice extracts as supplements to treat menopausal symptoms. But scientists caution that licorice could pose a health risk by interacting with medications.
    Published: August 21, 2017, 5:57 am
  • Acupuncture, electrotherapy after knee replacement associated with reduced and delayed opioid use
    An analysis of drug-free interventions to reduce pain or opioid use after total knee replacement found modest but clinically significant evidence that acupuncture and electrotherapy can potentially reduce and delay opioid use; evidence for other interventions, such as cryotherapy and preoperative exercise, had less support, according to a new study.
    Published: August 16, 2017, 8:26 am
  • Using alternative medicine only for cancer linked to lower survival rate
    Patients who choose to receive alternative therapy as treatment for curable cancers instead of conventional cancer treatment have a higher risk of death, according to researchers.
    Published: August 10, 2017, 9:04 am
  • Yoga effective at reducing symptoms of depression
    A multi-week regimen may be an effective complement to traditional therapy for depression, multiple studies suggest.
    Published: August 3, 2017, 12:29 pm
  • An end to cavities for people with sensitive teeth?
    An ice cold drink is refreshing in the summer, but for people with sensitive teeth, it can cause a painful jolt in the mouth. This condition can be treated, but many current approaches don't last long. Now researchers report the development of a new material with an extract from green tea that could fix this problem -- and help prevent cavities in these susceptible patients.
    Published: August 2, 2017, 7:28 am