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Complementary and Alternative Medicine: Fair, Balanced, and to the Point

Archive for June, 2009

A pharmacogenomic-CAM connection in diabetes

Monday, June 29th, 2009

Dr. Andrew Levy from Technion-Israel Institute of Technology in Haifa makes the case for a new pharmacogenomic blood test that can be used to identify diabetes patients at highest risk for cardiovascular disease.

Presently, medical costs of treating cardiovascular complications of diabetes are more than $100 billion per year in the US. (more…)

Music-therapy for spinal anesthesia

Monday, June 22nd, 2009

Since pre-medication isn’t widely accepted in spinal anesthesia, researchers from Saitama Medical University, in Kawagoe, Japan studied the potential benefits of music therapy to control anxiety. (more…)

Chewing gum aids bowel motility after caesarean

Sunday, June 21st, 2009

 Researchers from Ain Shams University, in Cairo, Egypt report it’s safe, well tolerated, and associated with rapid resumption of intestinal motility and shorter hospital stay. (more…)

Consumer Alert: Stamina-Rx

Friday, June 19th, 2009

FDA is removing a product sold under the name Stamina-Rx off the market. (more…)

Cannabis to treat H1N1 swine flu symptoms?

Monday, June 15th, 2009

 Perhaps you’ve heard that a company called Cannabis Science Inc. has offered Homeland Security Administration (HSA) Secretary Janet Napolitano to produce 1 million doses of its whole-cannabis lozenge, and provide them to HSA for distribution at cost. (more…)

Treating Meniere’s syndrome with acupuncture

Thursday, June 11th, 2009

Meniere’s syndrome damages the balance and hearing parts of the inner ear.

Researchers from the University of Leeds, in the UK reviewed the effects of acupuncture. (more…)

Acupuncture for Alzheimer’s disease?

Monday, June 8th, 2009

 Acupuncture is often used as a treatment for dementia.

Prof. Ernst has reviewed the evidence for acupuncture to treat Alzheimer’s disease. (more…)

Influence of religion and spirituality on health

Monday, June 8th, 2009

Researchers at the University of Chicago report, “patients are likely to encounter quite different opinions about the relationship between their religion and spirituality (R/S) and their health, depending on the religious characteristics of their physicians.”

This conclusion is based on survey responses from 2000 practicing US physicians from all specialties. (more…)

Does byakkokaninjinto interact with antibiotics?

Sunday, June 7th, 2009

 Researchers from Aichi Medical University School of Medicine, in Japan studied the potential for the Kampo medicine, byakkokaninjinto (aka BN), to alter the metabolism of 2 antibiotics (ciprofloxacin (Cipro) and tetracycline). (more…)

Swiss patients rate their satisfaction with homeopathy

Friday, June 5th, 2009

This study was part of a nationwide assessment of complementary medicine in Switzerland.

The main objective of this report was to rate patient satisfaction and perception of side effects in homeopathic compared to conventional primary care. (more…)

Medical residents don’t know dietary supplements

Thursday, June 4th, 2009

That’s the result from a survey of internal medicine residency programs in the US. (more…)

Might exercise benefit diabetics with fatty liver?

Thursday, June 4th, 2009

Researchers from Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine in Baltimore, Maryland believe this is the first study of its kind.

The results were presented during the annual meeting of the American Association of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation. (more…)

Lavender oil as a source of allergic antigens

Thursday, June 4th, 2009

 The results of this study by researchers at Göteborg University in Gothenburg, Sweden have important implications for people who use lavender oil as aromatherapy. (more…)

Lowering cholesterol with phytosterols + omega-3

Wednesday, June 3rd, 2009

 Fish oils rich in omega-3 fatty acids reduce triglycerides and raise HDL- (good) cholesterol blood levels, while phytosterols reduce total cholesterol and LDL- (bad) cholesterol blood levels.

But what are the combined effects on the lipid profile in people with high cholesterol levels? (more…)

Naturopaths wanted

Monday, June 1st, 2009

 The University of Toronto and The Centre for Innovation and Complex Care are conducting an online research study and need your views and ideas concerning pediatric immunization and the potential of communicating information about immunization in Second Life.

Interested? More information is here.

Contact Leslie Beard at the University of Toronto.