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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)

Researchers discover how the brain works during meditation
Meditation is widely used to help boost emotional well-being and reduce stress. Now, researchers say they have discovered how the brain functions during the relaxation practice. (Medical News Today)

Women with urinary incontinence benefit from specialized yoga program
An ancient form of meditation and exercise could help women who suffer from urinary incontinence, according to a new study from UC San Francisco. (Medical News Today)

Ginseng can treat and prevent influenza and RSV in mice, researcher finds
Ginseng can help treat and prevent influenza and respiratory syncytial virus (RSV), a respiratory virus that infects the lungs and breathing passages, according to research findings by a scientist... (Medical News Today)

Circulation improved, muscle soreness eased by massage therapy
Massage therapy improves general blood flow and alleviates muscle soreness after exercise, according to a study by researchers at the University of Illinois at Chicago. (Medical News Today)

Demand for traditional medicines is rising, may lead to increased cultivation of medicinal trees
Formalizing trade in herbal medicinal products has the potential to increase the demand for on-farm grown raw material and raise the level of cultivation of medicinal tree species in smallholder... (Medical News Today)

Study: When depression does not respond to treatment
Notwithstanding numerous advances in the pharmacological treatment of depression, approximately 70% of patients do not remit after first-line antidepressant treatment. (Medical News Today)

Significant potential in treating hepatitis C with new Chinese herbal medicine
Data from a late-breaking abstract presented at the International Liver CongresTM 2014 identifies a new compound, SBEL1, that has the ability to inhibit hepatitis C virus (HCV) activity in cells at... (Medical News Today)

Chinese herbal remedy 'just as effective as methotrexate against arthritis'
A Chinese herbal remedy - Triptergium wilfordii Hook F - is just as effective for treating symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis than commonly used drug methotrexate, a study suggests. (Medical News Today)

Shock therapy improves pain and function in patients with chronic calcific shoulder tendinitis
Shock therapy improves pain and function in patients with chronic calcific shoulder tendinitis, according to an article published in Annals of Internal Medicine. (Medical News Today)

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