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

Archive for March, 2011

Consumer Alert: X-Hero and Male Enhancer

Wednesday, March 30th, 2011

FDA lab analysis of X-Hero found the product contains sulfosildenafil, the analogue of the active ingredient of an FDA-approved drug (sildenafil, Viagra, Revatio) used to treat erectile dysfunction.

In addition, FDA analysis of Male Enhancer found it contains tadalafil (Cialis, Adcirca), the active ingredient of an FDA-approved drug used to treat erectile dysfunction. (more…)

Neuropsychological effects of cannabis in patients with MS

Tuesday, March 29th, 2011

Researchers at the University of Toronto, in Ontario studied the relationship. (more…)

Review: CAM for infantile colic

Monday, March 28th, 2011

Almost all babies go through a fussy period. When crying lasts for longer than about 3 hours a day and is not caused by a medical problem (such as a hernia or infection), it is called colic.

Prof. Ernst and colleagues evaluated nutritional supplements and other complementary and alternative medicines. (more…)

The best evidence on homeopathy

Monday, March 28th, 2011

Prof. Ernst searched the Cochrane review database for the term “homeopathy” in the title, abstract, or keywords. (more…)

Vitamins C, D, and mood disturbance in hospitalized patients

Sunday, March 27th, 2011

Low blood levels of vitamins C and D are prevalent in acutely hospitalized patients.

Researchers at McGill University, and Jewish General Hospital, in Montreal, Quebec, looked for a change in mood after raising blood levels of these vitamins. (more…)

Improving effectiveness of tai chi to prevent falls

Saturday, March 26th, 2011

Researchers at the University of Vermont, in Burlington, compared 3 different options. (more…)

Cochrane Library reviews real world chiropractic for early low back pain

Saturday, March 26th, 2011

It’s one of the most common and costly musculoskeletal problems.

The authors evaluated the effects of combined chiropractic interventions on pain, disability, back-related function, overall improvement, and patient satisfaction in adults with low back pain. (more…)

Policosanols as nutraceuticals: Fact or fiction

Saturday, March 26th, 2011

Researchers at the University of Manitoba, Winnipeg, pound what might be the final nail in the policosanol coffin. (more…)

Water exercises following stroke

Friday, March 25th, 2011

Researchers in Germany reviewed the effects of water-based exercises on disability after stroke. (more…)

Light therapy improves sleep in soldiers with post-traumatic stress syndrome

Friday, March 25th, 2011

Researchers at the University of South Carolina in Columbia report; “bright light therapy produced a significantly greater improvement than placebo in sleep disturbances specific to post-traumatic stress syndrome (PTSD).”

The study (see abstract 0706) will be presented during the 24th annual meeting of the Associated Professional Sleep Societies LLC. (more…)

Multidimensional benefits of yoga for patients with fibromyalgia

Friday, March 25th, 2011

Just once a week improved pain, fatigue, and depression, according to researchers at Oregon Health & Science University, in Portland. (more…)

Cannabinoids to treat chronic non-cancer pain

Thursday, March 24th, 2011

Effective options to treat patients with chronic pain are limited.

Researchers at the University of Toronto reviewed lots of different forms of cannabis. (more…)

Treating impotence with red ginseng

Thursday, March 24th, 2011

Prof. Ernst and researchers from the Korea Food Research Institute in Sungnam reviewed the evidence. (more…)

Fish oil and the risk of bleeding following surgery

Wednesday, March 23rd, 2011

Concern over bleeding due to changes in platelet function has led to prohibiting omega-3 supplements before surgery.

Researchers at the Hospital for Special Surgery, in New York City, reviewed the records of spinal surgery patients in order to determine the risk of bleeding. (more…)

Treating tardive dyskinesia with Ginkgo biloba

Tuesday, March 22nd, 2011

Tardive dyskinesia is a disorder that involves involuntary movements, especially of the lower face.

Researchers at Peking University, in Beijing, China studied the value of EGb-761, a standardized extract given in capsule form, in patients with schizophrenia. (more…)

Review: Chiropractic for children and adolescents with ADHD

Tuesday, March 22nd, 2011

68% of parents of these patients seek help from alternative practitioners, including chiropractors, according to researchers at Macquarie University, in Sydney, Australia.

Their review evaluates the evidence for chiropractic care to reduce inattention, impulsivity, and hyperactivity for young people with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). (more…)

Using the Internet to manage headache in children

Tuesday, March 22nd, 2011

The benefits of 2 self-help training programs (multimodal cognitive-behavioral training [CBT] and applied relaxation [AR]) presented via the Internet were compared by researchers from the University of Göttingen, in Germany. (more…)

A checklist for higher quality CAM studies

Tuesday, March 22nd, 2011

Researchers from Taiwan observed inconsistencies in the results of massage therapy studies. In this article, they list the issues in study design that have plagued past studies.

No CAM researchers should be permitted to conduct research until they memorize this list and apply it to their studies. (more…)

Tanorexic: Signs and symptoms of addiction to indoor tanning

Monday, March 21st, 2011

Researchers at the University at Albany, State University of New York report the prevalence of addiction to indoor tanning among college students and its association with substance use and symptoms of anxiety and depression. (more…)

Massage after heart surgery

Monday, March 21st, 2011

Researchers at the Mayo Clinic, in Rochester, Minnesota, studied role of massage therapy following surgery. (more…)