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Research explores new diagnostic strategies to detect glaucoma

Research explores new diagnostic strategies to detect glaucoma

Research exploring several new diagnostic strategies to find the earliest changes in the eye to detect glaucoma is underway at the University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Optometry. One optometrist says awareness of this eye disorder is just as important as continuing to study it. [More]
Healthy Directions launches Krill Omega Defense

Healthy Directions launches Krill Omega Defense

Healthy Directions, LLC, today announced the launch of Krill Omega Defense™, a unique krill supplement formulated by Julian Whitaker, MD, that supports and maintains the health of the body's key biological functions and systems—from the heart, brain, and nerves to the eyes and bones. [More]
Combination of infused vitamin C and conventional chemotherapy drugs stops ovarian cancer

Combination of infused vitamin C and conventional chemotherapy drugs stops ovarian cancer

Scientists at the University of Kansas Medical Center have determined that high doses of vitamin C, administered intravenously with traditional chemotherapy, helped kill cancer cells while reducing the toxic effects of chemotherapy for some cancer patients. [More]

Older adults with low back pain are interested in receiving co-managed care, shows study

The Foundation for Chiropractic Progress (F4CP), a not-for-profit organization dedicated to raising awareness about the value of chiropractic care, promotes the findings of a new study, "Perspectives of older adults on co-management of low back pain by doctors of chiropractic and family medicine physicians: a focus group study" (BMC Complementary & Alternative Medicine, 9.16.2013). [More]
New study reports first evidence of specific molecular changes in the body with meditation

New study reports first evidence of specific molecular changes in the body with meditation

With evidence growing that meditation can have beneficial health effects, scientists have sought to understand how these practices physically affect the body. [More]
Longer looks: Parents' crusade on rare diseases; fighting obesity; experts' view of alternative medicine

Longer looks: Parents' crusade on rare diseases; fighting obesity; experts' view of alternative medicine

In the beginning, Chris Hempel noticed the clumsiness. Her girls tripped over toys on the floor. Their grandfather said he couldn't teach them to pedal their tricycles. … The Hempels learned of people who called themselves citizen-scientists. Many shared research papers and their day-to-day experience. Some talked of their willingness to try any promising drug. Others sought a role as equal partners with researchers. Scientists, while sympathetic, generally believe their work should be left to experts. Families are encouraged to raise money if they want to help, but the traditional view is that amateurs can't shape research or find cures. The Hempels found a maddening gap between the search for scientific knowledge and the search for treatments (Amy Docker Marcus, 11/2013). [More]
BIDMC pilot study shows promise for age-related cognitive disorders

BIDMC pilot study shows promise for age-related cognitive disorders

It's well known that the brains of meditators change, but it's not entirely clear what those changes mean or how the changes might benefit the meditator. A new pilot study led by researchers at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center suggests that the brain changes associated with meditation and stress reduction may play an important role in slowing the progression of age-related cognitive disorders like Alzheimer's disease and other dementias. [More]
Disruption of brain signals contributes to increased pain sensitivity in fibromyalgia patients

Disruption of brain signals contributes to increased pain sensitivity in fibromyalgia patients

New research indicates that a disruption of brain signals for reward and punishment contributes to increased pain sensitivity, known as hyperalgesia, in fibromyalgia patients. Results published in Arthritis & Rheumatism, a journal of the American College of Rheumatology, suggest that this altered brain processing might contribute to widespread pain and lack of response to opioid therapy in patients with fibromyalgia. [More]
Lifestyle of veterans influences their post-deployment wellness

Lifestyle of veterans influences their post-deployment wellness

A new study in the American Journal of Health Promotion finds that the lifestyle of veterans both pre- and post-deployment influences their post-deployment wellness. [More]
Certain blood pressure medications may reduce risk of dementia due to Alzheimer's disease

Certain blood pressure medications may reduce risk of dementia due to Alzheimer's disease

A Johns Hopkins-led analysis of data previously gathered on more than 3,000 elderly Americans strongly suggests that taking certain blood pressure medications to control blood pressure may reduce the risk of dementia due to Alzheimer's disease. [More]

Barriers to incorporating CAM and IM training into family medicine residency program identified

Investigators at Boston University School of Medicine have identified that lack of time and a paucity of trained faculty are perceived as the most significant barriers to incorporating complementary and alternative medicine and integrative medicine training into family medicine residency curricula and training programs. [More]

Longer looks: Chinese medicine; revolutionary doctors; frozen embryos

A few years ago, while visiting Beijing, I caught a cold. My wife, who is Chinese, and wanted me to feel better, took me to a local restaurant. After we sat down, she ordered a live turtle. [More]
Doing yoga during menopause linked to less insomnia

Doing yoga during menopause linked to less insomnia

Taking a 12-week yoga class and practicing at home was linked to less insomnia-but not to fewer or less bothersome hot flashes or night sweats. The link between yoga and better sleep was the only statistically significant finding in this MsFLASH (Menopause Strategies: Finding Lasting Answers for Symptoms and Health) Network randomized controlled trial. [More]
Memorial Sloan-Kettering initiates to reduce cancer and cardiovascular health disparities in U.S. South Asian

Memorial Sloan-Kettering initiates to reduce cancer and cardiovascular health disparities in U.S. South Asian

Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center is leading an innovative initiative to reduce cancer and cardiovascular health disparities in South Asian immigrant communities in the United States. [More]

Alert to CAM use in asthma

Researchers from Canada say that physicians should be aware of the high prevalence of complementary and alternative medicine use among patients with asthma. [More]
New manual by psychologist explains basics of hypnotherapy

New manual by psychologist explains basics of hypnotherapy

Hypnotic Relaxation Therapy: Principles and Applications (Springer Publishing) is a new training manual by Gary Elkins, Ph.D., director of the Mind-Body Medicine Research Laboratory at Baylor University. [More]
NAMS announces recipients of Society's 2013 awards for clinical, research and humanitarian contributions

NAMS announces recipients of Society's 2013 awards for clinical, research and humanitarian contributions

The North American Menopause Society (NAMS) is pleased to announce the recipients of the Society's 2013 awards. The awards are given in recognition of exceptional contributions to menopause research, practice, and education; community service; and media. [More]

First Edition: August 23, 2013

Today's headlines include reports on what's becoming of the potential for a deficit deal, as well as the political posturing related to the House GOP efforts to block health law funding even if it means shutting down the government. [More]

Phase III trial evaluates impact of Wisconsin Ginseng on fatigue levels of cancer patients

Millions of cancer patients find themselves exhausted completing the most mundane of tasks, and extra sleep doesn't seem to help. Today, they find hope in a supplement that medical researchers have shown to be effective in boosting their energy levels: Wisconsin Ginseng. [More]
Women diagnosed for menopause after breast cancer may vary with type of doctors

Women diagnosed for menopause after breast cancer may vary with type of doctors

Hormonal treatment for breast cancer causes menopause in over 80% of women in the first year of therapy, but now new research, published in the peer-reviewed journal Climacteric, has found that how these women are diagnosed and treated for menopausal symptoms can vary substantially according to which type of doctor a woman sees. [More]