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Health News - Complementary Medicine

DNA barcoding used to check authenticity of Ginkgo biloba, other popular herbal supplements
Dr. Damon Little, Associate Curator of Bioinformatics in the Cullman Program for Molecular Systematics at The New York Botanical Garden, has just published a new study in the journal Genome... (Medical News Today)

Yoga comparable with walking, biking to improve cardiovascular risk
Researchers from the US and Netherlands find that yoga may provide the same cardiovascular disease risk factor reduction as traditional activities such as biking or brisk walking. (Medical News Today)

New data shows popular alternative medicines can pose a risk to cancer patients
The ten most commonly asked about complementary medicines all interact with conventional treatments, potentially posing a threat to patient health and reaffirming the need for complementary or... (Medical News Today)

Saatchi Bill threatens to undermine Hippocratic Oath
The Medical Innovation Bill tabled by Lord Saatchi and currently making its way through the UK's House of Lords "strikes at the heart of evidence-based medicine" and risks "opening the door to the... (Medical News Today)

Mindfulness treatment as effective as CBT for depression and anxiety
Group mindfulness treatment is as effective as individual cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) in patients with depression and anxiety, according to a new study from Lund University in Sweden and... (Medical News Today)

Task Force finds insufficient evidence to recommend for or against routine vitamin D screening
The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) found insufficient evidence to assess the benefits and harms of screening for vitamin D deficiency in asymptomatic adults. (Medical News Today)

Special report from Medical Care: Complementary and alternative medicine for veterans and military personnel
Special issue reports progress, but more work needed to incorporate CAM into military health settingsA growing body of research evidence shows that complementary and alternative medicine (CAM)... (Medical News Today)

Many chronic kidney disease patients 'should take statins'
A comparison of two sets of cholesterol management guidelines indicates that the majority of chronic kidney disease patients are recommended to take cholesterol-lowering medicines. (Medical News Today)

Traditional healers in Mozambique contribute to HIV care delays
If you're a native of rural Mozambique who contracts HIV and becomes symptomatic, before seeking clinical testing and treatment, you'll likely consult a traditional healer. (Medical News Today)

Meditation, group support linked to cellular benefits for breast cancer survivors
Mindfulness meditation or group support may offer cellular benefits for breast cancer survivors, according to new research; the activities could prevent telomere shortening. (Medical News Today)

Report card on complementary therapies for breast cancer: meditation and yoga get "A" grade for easing anxiety and mood
Over eighty percent of breast cancer patients in the United States use complementary therapies following a breast cancer diagnosis, but there has been little science-based guidance to inform... (Medical News Today)

Impact of meditation, support groups seen at cellular level in breast cancer survivors
For the first time, researchers have shown that practising mindfulness meditation or being involved in a support group has a positive physical impact at the cellular level in breast cancer survivors. (Medical News Today)

Self-reported cognitive difficulties better for patients with tinnitus in clinical trial
Using the medication D-cycloserine in conjunction with a computer-assisted cognitive training (CT) program to try to improve the bother of tinnitus (persistent ringing in the ears) and its related... (Medical News Today)

Meditation makes you more creative
Certain meditation techniques can promote creative thinking, even if you have never meditated before. (Medical News Today)

Placebos are 'more effective than no treatment' for children's coughs
Both agave nectar and a placebo were more effective at reducing cough symptoms among children under 2 years than watchful waiting, according to a new study. (Medical News Today)

High levels of toxic molds identified in herbal medicines
Researchers from Pakistan found high levels of toxic molds in plants commonly used for herbal medicines, which could have serious implications for human health. (Medical News Today)

Tai Chi may favorably affect the inflammatory system
A randomized controlled trial published in Psychotherapy and Psychosomatics indicates effects of a medictation techniqie, Tai Chi, on the inflammatory system. (Medical News Today)

Music therapy reduces depression in children and adolescents
Researchers at Queen's University Belfast have discovered that music therapy reduces depression in children and adolescents with behavioural and emotional problems. (Medical News Today)

Exposure therapy appears helpful in treating patients with prolonged grief
Cognitive behavioral therapy with exposure therapy (CBT/exposure), where patients relive the experience of a death of a loved one, resulted in greater reductions in measures of prolonged grief... (Medical News Today)

Vitamin D deficiency increases poor brain function after cardiac arrest by sevenfold
Vitamin D deficiency increases the risk of poor brain function after sudden cardiac arrest by seven-fold, according to research presented at Acute Cardiovascular Care 2014 by Dr Jin Wi from Korea. (Medical News Today)

Could honeysuckle tea be used to combat flu viruses?
Researchers have found that a molecule within honeysuckle - a plant that has been used for a century in traditional Chinese medicine - directly targets influenza A viruses. (Medical News Today)

Fighting cancer with the help of green tea
A molecule that is a major ingredient in green tea can be used as a carrier for anticancer proteins, forming a stable and effective therapeutic nanocomplex. (Medical News Today)

Alternative medicine use by pediatric cardiac patients is common, but use often not discussed with physician
The use of alternative therapies such as vitamins and minerals by pediatric cardiology patients in Canada is high. (Medical News Today)

Daily use of certain supplements can decrease health-care expenditures
Use of specific dietary supplements can have a positive effect on health care costs through avoided hospitalizations related to Coronary Heart Disease (CHD), according to a new article published in... (Medical News Today)

Novel rose bengal formulation obliterates lesions in patients with deadliest of melanomas
A formulation of the dye, rose bengal, which has been around for more than a century, has recently been shown to have promise in patients with cutaneous melanoma, one of the deadliest forms of the... (Medical News Today)

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