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Covers all topics related to complimentary and alternative medicine, with particular focus on health psychology and behavioral medicine related topics.


Cherry Juice Significantly Improves The Duration And Quality Of Sleep

Drinking cherry juice significantly improves both the quality and duration of sleep, according to new findings from Northumbria University. Researchers from the School of Life Sciences have found that Montmorency cherry juice significantly increases the levels of melatonin in the body, the hormone which regulates sleep, and could benefit those who have difficulty sleeping due […]

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Yoga And Stretching Exercises Beneficial For Chronic Low Back Pain

Yoga classes were found to be more effective than a self-care book for patients with chronic low back pain at reducing symptoms and improving function, but they were not more effective than stretching classes, according to a study published Online First by the Archives of Internal Medicine. The research was carried out by Karen J. […]

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Doctors And Nurses Often Self-Treat With Holistic Medicine

U.S. health care workers, especially doctors and nurses, use complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) far more than do workers in other fields, according to a new study. CAM includes diverse therapies outside the realm of conventional medicine. Overall, 76 percent of health care workers report CAM usage, compared with 63 percent of the general working […]

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No Benefits Found From St. John’s Wort Or Citalopram Over Placebo For Minor Depression

An extract of the herb St. John’s Wort and a standard antidepressant medication both failed to outdo a placebo in relieving symptoms of minor depression in a clinical trial comparing the three. The results of this study, consistent with earlier research, do not in support the use of medications for mild depression.

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Alternative Health Practices Show Benefits For Treating Chronic Pain

A variety of complementary and alternative health practices — including meditation and relaxation techniques, manual therapies such as massage and spinal manipulation, meditative exercise forms such as yoga, Tai Chi, and ancient health practices such as acupuncture — show promise for contributing to the management of pain according to research presented today at the Annual […]

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Herbal Remedies Offer Hope As New Antibiotic Treatments

Cancer treatments often have the side effect of impairing the patient’s immune system. This can result in life-threatening secondary infections from bacteria and fungi, especially since bacteria, like Staphylococcus aureus, are becoming multi-drug resistant (MRSA). New research published by BioMed Central’s open access journal Annals of Clinical Microbiology and Antimicrobials investigates the potency of Indian […]

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Coffee Reduces The Risk Of A Specific Form Of Breast Cancer

Recently published research shows that coffee drinkers enjoy not only the taste of their coffee, but also a reduced risk of cancer with their java. More detailed research published today in BioMed Central’s open access journal Breast Cancer Research shows that drinking coffee specifically reduces the risk of antiestrogen-resistant estrogen-receptor (ER)-negative breast cancer. Check the […]

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