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


Health-Care Providers Are More Frequently Prescribing Complementary And Alternative Medicine (CAM)

More than a third of Americans use some form of complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) and that number continues to rise attributed mostly to increases in the use of mind-body therapies (MBT) like yoga, meditation, and deep breathing exercises. The results of the study appear in the May 9 issue of theArchives of Internal Medicine.

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Researcher Kevin Smith

Bioethics Expert Says That Homeopathy Is ‘Dangerous And Wasteful’

A bioethics expert from the University of Abertay Dundee has denounced the public funding of homeopathy at a time where Scotland’s health budget is under unprecedented pressure. Speaking in the esteemed journal ‘Bioethics’, Dr. Kevin Smith says that Homeopathy is ‘ethically unacceptable’ and should be ‘actively rejected’ by healthcare and education providers.

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Low Carbohydrate, High Fat Diet May Reverse Kidney Failure In People With Diabetes

Researchers from Mount Sinai School of Medicine have for the first time determined that the ketogenic diet, a specialized high-fat, low carbohydrate diet, may reverse impaired kidney function in people with Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes. They also identified a previously unreported panel of genes associated with diabetes-related kidney failure, whose expression was reversed […]

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Complementary And Alternative Medicine Dialogue Among Patients And Providers Is Lacking

Despite their high use of complementary and alternative medicine (CAM), Americans over the age of 50 often do not discuss CAM use with their health care providers, a survey indicates. The results, from AARP and the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM) at the National Institutes of Health were released today. Check the […]

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Vitamin D

African-Americans May Have Reduced Risk Of Cardiovascular Disease With Vitamin D Supplementation

In recent years supplementation with Vitamin D has been shown to reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease (CVD) in people who are deficient in the vitamin. Now new research from the Georgia Prevention Institute at Georgia Health Sciences University in Augusta indicates that supplementation with the “sunshine vitamin” may be particularly beneficial for overweight African-American […]

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Researcher Anna Enblom

Actual Or Simulated Acupuncture Reduces Nausea In Patients Receiving Cancer Treatment

Simulated acupuncture – sometimes referred to as placebo – is just as beneficial as real acupuncture for treating nausea in cancer patients undergoing radiotherapy, according to a study from Karolinska Institutet and Linköping University in Sweden. Patients, who received only standard care including medications for nausea, felt significant more nausea than patients in both the […]

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Acupuncture For Pain Is No Better Than Placebo And Can Lead To Serious Side Effects

Although acupuncture is commonly used for pain control, some questions remain about its effectiveness and safety. Investigators from the Universities of Exeter & Plymouth (Exeter, UK) and the Korea Institute of Oriental Medicine (Daejeon, South Korea) critically evaluated systematic reviews of acupuncture as a treatment of pain in order to explore this question. Reporting in […]

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