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Health News - Complementary Medicine

New data show value of oral nutritional supplements given in preoperative setting
Abbott has announced a new study, published in the Journal of the American College of Surgeons, that demonstrated preoperative standard oral nutritional supplements (ONS) provide similar benefits... (Medical News Today)

Clinical trials of unscientific, 'alternative' medicines denounced by experts
Experts writing in the Cell Press journal Trends in Molecular Medicine call for an end to clinical trials of "highly implausible treatments" such as homeopathy and reiki. (Medical News Today)

Therapy plus antidepressants help patients with severe, nonchronic depression
Patients with severe, nonchronic depression had better rates of recovery if they were treated with cognitive therapy (CT) combined with antidepressant medication (ADM) compared to ADMs alone. (Medical News Today)

Pioneering online treatment for people with Bipolar Disorder
The first effective web-based treatment for Bipolar Disorder based on the latest research evidence has been developed by psychologists. (Medical News Today)

Patient education and empowerment can improve health outcomes for diabetes patients
A holistic approach to educating and empowering patients with diabetes can significantly improve their health, according to a new study led by diabetes nurse educators from NewYork-Presbyterian... (Medical News Today)

Activation of functional brain areas of stroke patients improved by acupuncture at Waiguan
Both acupuncture at Waiguan (SJ5) and sham acupuncture can activate/deactivate several brain regions in patients with ischemic stroke, but there are some difference in Brodmann areas 4, 6, 8... (Medical News Today)

For a healthy brain, eat baked or broiled fish every week
A new study suggests that weekly consumption of broiled or baked - not fried - fish is good for the brain, regardless of how much omega-3 fatty acid it contains. (Medical News Today)

Diabetes-fighting potential spotted in culinary herbs
A new study shows extracts of rosemary, Mexican oregano, and marjoram contain compounds that can inhibit two enzymes that play a role in insulin secretion and insulin signaling. (Medical News Today)

In older patients with mild cognitive impairment, acupuncture at the Taixi activates cerebral neurons
Previous findings have demonstrated that acupuncture at the Taixi (KI3) acupoint in healthy youths can activate neurons in cognitive-related cerebral cortex. (Medical News Today)

Social contact, peer support and self-help can positively benefit people with dementia
The results and evaluation of the Mental Health Foundation's Dementia Self-Help project in partnership with Housing and Care 21 have been released. (Medical News Today)

Patients with advanced cancer can benefit from programs combining exercise and nutritional advice
Patients with advanced cancer can benefit from a rehabilitation program combining exercise, nutritional counselling and symptom control, according to an evidence review in CMAJ (Canadian Medical... (Medical News Today)

Neuronal edema in Alzheimer's disease rats reduced by acupuncture and moxibustion
Aberrant Wnt signaling is possibly related to the pathological changes in Alzheimer's disease (AD). (Medical News Today)

Acupuncture may reduce severity and frequency of menopausal hot flashes
Hot flashes are one of the most common symptoms during menopause. But a new study suggests that acupuncture could help to reduce their severity and frequency. (Medical News Today)

You can overcome your obsessions with internet treatment: no talking, just writing
A group of German investigators reports on the affects of internet based treatment on obsessive symptoms in Psychotherapy and Psychosomatics. (Medical News Today)

'Lost in translation' issues in Chinese medicine
Millions of people in the West today utilize traditional Chinese medicine, including acupuncture, herbs, massage and nutritional therapies. Yet only a few U.S. (Medical News Today)

St. John's wort can cause dangerous interactions
St. John's wort, the leading complementary and alternative treatment for depression in the United States, can be dangerous when taken with many commonly prescribed drugs, according to a study by... (Medical News Today)

New wearable device uses breathing patterns to track state of mind
A new piece of self-tracking equipment called Spire claims to offer something unavailable elsewhere: monitoring breathing to provide benefits for both mind and body. (Medical News Today)

Ceremonial PTSD therapies favored by Native American veterans
Native American veterans battling Post Traumatic Stress Disorder find relief and healing through an alternative treatment called the Sweat Lodge ceremony offered at the Spokane Veterans... (Medical News Today)

Self-administered hand shiatsu may help your body prepare for sleep when you suffer chronic pain
There was a time, back in Nancy Cheyne's youth, when she combined the poise and grace of a ballerina with the daring and grit of a barrel racer. (Medical News Today)

Animal-assisted therapy: is it undervalued as an alternative treatment?
Animal-assisted therapy is growing in popularity. But should there be more research in the field to better determine its benefits? And could it replace standard medication? (Medical News Today)

Can virtual reality therapy help alleviate chronic pain?
Chronic pain due to disease or injury is common, and even prescription pain medications cannot provide acceptable pain relief for many individuals. (Medical News Today)

Researchers examine health benefits of yoga for asthma sufferers
Yoga has long been promoted as a method for improving physical and mental well-being. (Medical News Today)

Relief for fibromyalgia patients offered by vibration exercise
A pilot study by Indiana University researchers found that whole-body vibration exercise may reduce pain symptoms and improve aspects of quality of life in individuals diagnosed with fibromyalgia. (Medical News Today)

Study shows dementia patients benefit from holistic exercise program
While dementia patients can often suffer from depression and declining physical and mental ability, exercise has been shown to help improve both their physical and psychological wellbeing. (Medical News Today)

Neuronal activation by acupuncture at Yongquan and sham acupoints for DOC: A PET study
Acupuncture is a traditional Chinese medicine technique that is often used to help improve the level of consciousness in patients with disorder of consciousness (DOC). (Medical News Today)

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