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

Archive for February, 2010

Dirt exposure has no effect on development of asthma

Sunday, February 28th, 2010

Researchers in Brazil studied infants from low-income families with high risk of asthma.

Their results were reported during the 2010 Annual Meeting of the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology and reported in Medical News Today. (more…)

Resistance training + chiropractic for fibromyalgia

Sunday, February 28th, 2010

Researchers from Florida State University, in Tallahassee report that chiropractic treatment improved adherence to resistance training.

But did their condition improve? (more…)

Pollen extract to treat chronic pelvic pain syndrome

Saturday, February 27th, 2010

Men with chronic prostatitis or chronic pelvic pain syndrome (CP/CPPS) have persistent discomfort or pain in the pelvic area that lasts several months, often longer. Discomfort is usually at the base of the penis and around the anus and lower back. Sometimes it spreads into the testes. The cause isn’t known.

Researchers at Justus-Liebig-University of Giessen, in Germany studied the response to pollen extract (Cernilton). (more…)

Pet therapy for sundowners

Tuesday, February 23rd, 2010

Dr. Ann-Marie Wordley from the University of Adelaide in Australia presented the preliminary results during the Alzheimer’s Association Dementia Care Conference. (more…)

The effect of mindfulness on smoking cessation

Sunday, February 21st, 2010

Smoking cessation is a major life stressor that has many consequences, including persistent negative affect.

Researchers from The University of Texas M. D. Anderson Cancer Center, in Houston report their findings. (more…)

Effects of branch-chain amino acids during exercise training

Saturday, February 20th, 2010

Researchers at Otsuka Pharmaceutical Co., Ltd., in Saga, Japan studied the effects on muscle soreness, muscle damage and inflammation during an intensive training program. (more…)

Creatine supplements during inactivity and immobilization

Saturday, February 20th, 2010

 Muscle and strength loss occur during periods of physical inactivity and immobilization.

Researchers from St Francis Xavier University, in Antigonish in Canada report the effects of creatine supplementation on upper limb muscle mass and performance after immobilization. (more…)

Auricular acupuncture in obese women

Saturday, February 20th, 2010

There were changes in hormones, but these women won’t being buying a smaller dress size. (more…)

Zinc reduces diarrhea in HIV patients

Friday, February 19th, 2010

Zinc supplementation cut the episodes of diarrhea in half, according to researchers from Florida International University in Miami during the International AIDS Conference in Mexico City. (more…)

Cannabinoids and disturbed behavior in dementia

Friday, February 19th, 2010

The discovery of specific cannabinoid receptors in the central nervous system has lead to much research to determine the main effects of these compounds.

This Cochrane review reports on the clinical effectiveness of cannabinoids in the treatment of dementia. (more…)

Using massage to reduce pain after exercise

Thursday, February 18th, 2010

In this study by researchers at the University of Iowa in Iowa City, massage reduced delayed onset muscle soreness by almost half. (more…)

Using Tai Chi to improve sleep in older adults

Thursday, February 18th, 2010

Researchers from the Cousins Center for Psychoneuroimmunology in Los Angeles report tai chi chih improves sleep quality in older adults. (more…)

Mum’s fatty acid profile and fetal growth

Wednesday, February 17th, 2010

About 1 in 13 babies in the US is born weighing less than 5 pounds, 8 ounces (2,500 grams). They’re considered low birth weight and at increased risk of serious health problems.

Might preventing low birth weight be another benefit of omega-3 fatty acids? (more…)

Multisensory stimulation for patients with Alzheimer’s disease

Monday, February 15th, 2010

Researchers from the University of Missouri, Kansas City measured changes in inappropriate behavior. (more…)

Does chocolate lower your risk of stroke?

Monday, February 15th, 2010

During the American Academy of Neurology Annual Meeting this June, researchers at McMaster University, in Hamilton Ontario will report the results of their review. (more…)

Everything you need to know about St. John’s wort

Monday, February 15th, 2010

Dr. Joanne Barnes, from the University of Auckland, in New Zealand distilled the evidence.

And it takes less than 300 words plus references. (more…)

Traditional Chinese Medicine and stroke recovery

Sunday, February 14th, 2010

Researchers from China and Italy reviewed the evidence. (more…)

Review: Qigong to treat pain

Sunday, February 14th, 2010

Qigong is an internal martial art in which one learns to sense the Qi (the circulating life energy) moving in their body.

Prof. Ernst reviewed the research on qigong to treat pain. (more…)

Vitamin C lowers fracture risk

Sunday, February 14th, 2010

Researchers at the American Society for Bone and Mineral Research 30th Annual Meeting reported that taking vitamin C supplements might reduce the risk for hip and nonvertebral fracture. (more…)

Exclusion diet + nutraceutical therapy to treat juvenile Crohn’s disease

Saturday, February 13th, 2010

Encouraging findings in a small group of patients are reported by researchers at Columbia University College of Physicians & Surgeons, in New York. (more…)