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Archive for the 'Electronic Media' Category

Exergaming for older adults

Thursday, January 26th, 2012

At first, I was skeptical, but research suggests there are benefits.

Researchers at Skidmore College, at Saratoga Springs, New York, studied the effects of stationary cycling virtual reality tours (“cybercycle”) on executive function and clinical status. (more…)

Using Twitter to spot cholera: it’s what’s trending now

Thursday, January 12th, 2012

During infectious disease outbreaks, data collected through health institutions and official reporting structures may not be available for weeks, hindering early epidemiologic assessment.

Researchers in Boston and Quebec studied informal media as an option to provide earlier estimates of epidemic dynamics. (more…)

Need to go to the emergency department? Call ahead.

Tuesday, November 29th, 2011

Due to emergency care overcrowding, it’s necessary to provide the best care in a timely manor.

Researchers at Sophia Children’s Hospital, in Rotterdam, The Netherlands, attempted to validate a computer-based Netherlands Triage System developed for physical triage at emergency departments and telephone triage at general practitioner cooperatives. (more…)

Telephone-delivered CBT and exercise to treat chronic widespread pain

Sunday, November 27th, 2011

Researchers at the University of Manchester, in the UK, studied the clinical impact of telephone-delivered cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) and exercise alone vs both for patients with chronic widespread pain. (more…)

Using the Internet to treat migraine

Thursday, October 13th, 2011

The value of the Internet has been demonstrated for behavioral treatment of headache disorders, but not specifically for migraine.

In this study, researchers at the University of Gavle, in Sweden, developed and evaluated Internet-based behavior treatment. (more…)

Using mobile phones to improve HIV drug thearpy

Saturday, April 30th, 2011

Researchers in Kenya and Canada studied the effects of mobile phone communication between healthcare workers and patients starting antiretroviral (antiviral) therapy in Kenya. (more…)

Teleconferencing for fatigue managment in MS patients

Saturday, April 23rd, 2011

Fatigue is a common symptom of multiple sclerosis (MS) that challenges patients in their daily activities.

Researchers at the University of Illinois at Chicago compared teleconference to face-to-face, group-based fatigue self-management. The results were reported during the Joint Consortium of Multiple Sclerosis Centers and America’s Committee on Treatment and Research in Multiple Sclerosis meeting. (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…)

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…)

What do chiropractic students think about evidence-based medicine

Monday, March 7th, 2011

Researchers at Palmer College of Chiropractic, in Davenport, Iowa, conducted an international survey.

Eidence-based medicine (practice) is an approach to healthcare that aims to apply the best available evidence based on the scientific studies to clinical decision making. (more…)

Using the Internet to help manage fibromyalgia

Thursday, March 3rd, 2011

Researchers at The University of Michigan, in Ann Arbor, developed an Internet-based exercise and behavioral self-management program to complement routine care for fibromyalgia. (more…)

Failure of self-managment couseling in heart failure patients

Monday, February 21st, 2011

Researchers at Rush University Medical Center, in Chicago tell us, “Motivating patients with heart failure to adhere to medical advice has not translated into clinical benefit.”

They think past studies were flawed. So, in this study, they studied the value of self-management counseling + heart failure education, compared with heart failure education alone. (more…)

AHA endorses Nintendo Wii gaming system

Sunday, November 28th, 2010

The AHA logo will soon appear on the Nintendo Wii video gaming system.

“We have to engage consumers and citizens and the public where they are,” says Dr. Clyde Yancy, president of the American Heart Association (AHA). “The burden of heart disease and stroke is too much.”

But will the Wii really make a difference in heart health? (more…)

Effects of the Wii Balance Board in patients with multiple sclerosis

Monday, October 18th, 2010

During the 26th Congress of the European Committee for Treatment and Research in Multiple Sclerosis (ECTRIMS), researchers at the AISM Rehabilitation Center in Genoa, Italy, compared Wii to a traditional rehabilitation program in patients with multiple sclerosis (MS). (more…)

Telephonic diabetes management in elderly Americans

Sunday, September 19th, 2010

It’s an effective option, according to researchers in the US. (more…)

Internet-based arthritis self-management

Thursday, June 10th, 2010

Researchers from Stanford University School of Medicine in California studied arthritis patients who were unable or unwilling to attend a small-group arthritis self-management program (ASMP). (more…)

Telephone therapy for depression

Wednesday, May 12th, 2010

Researchers at Brigham Young University, in Provo, Utah studied cognitive behavioral therapy–telephone treatment (CBT-TT) as a stand-alone treatment for adult depression. (more…)

Web- and computer-based smoking cessation programs

Sunday, April 4th, 2010

Researchers from South Korea and California reviewed the evidence. (more…)

Do fancy keyboards improve work-related arm, neck, or shoulder complaints?

Monday, December 14th, 2009

Ergonomic adjustments (modified keyboard layouts and ergonomic advice) play a major role in treating most work-related complaints.

This Cochrane review concludes that the scientific support is underwhelming. (more…)

My broad definition of CAM

Friday, August 7th, 2009

Among the more than 2000 entries to this blog are issues that the purest would not include in a typical list of CAM options. Diet and exercise are examples.

Therefore, an explanation (beyond the fact that a topic interests me) and my rationale for including other “CAM” topics is necessary.