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Archive for the 'Osteopathic' Category

Osteopathic manipulation to treat back pain during pregnancy

Tuesday, February 15th, 2011

Manipulation during the 3rd trimester was studied by researchers at the University of North Texas Health Science Center, in Fort Worth. (more…)

Cranial manipulation and echinacea for middle ear infection

Sunday, October 5th, 2008

 Among the more common complementary therapies used in young children with recurrent otitis media are Echinacea purpurea and cranial osteopathic manipulative treatment (OMT).

This study, by researchers at the University of Arizona, is the first well-designed study of each treatment. (more…)

Why does the Australian government support CAM?

Thursday, July 31st, 2008

Dr. Hans Baer from the University of Melbourne in Victoria, Australia thinks he knows.

It might be a window on what would occur with government funded universal healthcare in the US. (more…)

Medical students in Wales want more education on CAM

Saturday, January 19th, 2008

In 2000, the House of Lords Select Committee’s Report on CAM recommended familiarization with CAM for medical students and doctors.

According to this article, little has been done. But it confirms an interest in greater exposure to CAM education among medical students in Wales. (more…)

Regulating CAM in the UK

Saturday, January 5th, 2008

Presently, “Anyone can set themselves up as an acupuncturist, homoeopath, herbalist, or other complementary therapist,” reports TimesOnLine.

This will change in April 2008. (more…)

Teaching CAM in allopathic and osteopathic medical schools

Sunday, October 28th, 2007

Yes, they teach CAM at osteopathic and allopathic medical schools.

This survey concludes we need less advocacy and more reliance on evidence-based medicine (ie, combining research evidence with clinical expertise and patient values).


No more OTC meds to treat colds in children younger than 6 years old?

Friday, October 19th, 2007

“The data that we have now is they don’t seem to work,” said Dr. Sean Hennessy, a University of Pennsylvania epidemiologist and one of the experts who testified to the FDA today.

But what about CAM as an alternative? (more…)

AMSA makes recommendations to integrate CAM into medical education

Sunday, September 2nd, 2007

The American Medical Student Association (AMSA) Foundation has completed a pilot study designed to develop a curriculum for including CAM training in MD and DO programs nationwide.

The money quotes from AMSA follow. (more…)

A critical review of spinal manipulation

Friday, November 10th, 2006

Spinal manipulation (SM) is a traditional treatment practiced by chiropractors, osteopaths, physiotherapists, and other healthcare providers mostly (but not exclusively) to treat musculoskeletal problems. SM can be described as the use of hands or force applied to the patient to achieve a therapeutic outcome.

The literature supports SM for treating back pain, but not much else.


The Quick-and-Dirty Guide to Complementary Therapies

Saturday, August 12th, 2006

In 1995, the American Medical Student Association prepared an introductory guide to complementary medicine.

It is available online at no charge. And it’s still the first place to turn for introductory information on everything from art therapy, to osteopathy, chiropractic, chelation therapy, and more.