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Health News - Complementary Medicine

Dishwashing could help relieve stress
Though often seen as a mundane chore, a new study suggests dishwashing can be an effective stress-relieving tool if we focus solely on the task at hand. (Medical News Today)

Task Force recommends behavioral interventions and medication to help smokers quit
The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force recommends counseling and pharmaceutical interventions to help adults and pregnant women quit smoking. (Medical News Today)

Yoga may improve symptoms of arthritis
A new study suggests yoga may lead to improvements in physical and mental wellbeing for individuals with osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis. (Medical News Today)

Yoga improves arthritis symptoms and mood, study finds
A randomized trial of people with two common forms of arthritis has found that yoga can be safe and effective for people with arthritis. (Medical News Today)

Mindfulness meditation linked to false memory recall
Researchers suggest just 15 minutes of mindfulness meditation may impair the ability to correctly distinguish between the recall of real and imagined experiences. (Medical News Today)

Toxins in herbal medicines "can harm our health"
People who take unregulated complementary medicines are at a higher risk of being contaminated by heavy metals, a medical scientist has warned. (Medical News Today)

Pharmacists have a real role in advising on use of complementary medicines, Australia
The Pharmaceutical Society of Australia, the peak organisation representing pharmacists across all sectors of the profession, has issued a position statement recognising that complementary... (Medical News Today)

Acupuncture reduces hot flashes in breast cancer survivors
Findings also highlight acupuncture's ability to induce a stronger placebo effect than oral medicationsAcupuncture may be a viable treatment for women experiencing hot flashes as a result of... (Medical News Today)

Spinal manipulation works for back pain - in some people
Depending on whom you ask or what scientific paper you read last, spinal manipulation is either a mercifully quick, effective treatment for low-back pain or a complete waste of time. (Medical News Today)

High use of alternative medicine in senior oncology patients
Many seniors with cancer are also using complementary or alternative medicines that could interfere with their cancer treatmentAlternative medicines are widely thought to be at least harmless and... (Medical News Today)

Anti-aging tricks from dietary supplement seen in mice
Alpha-lipoic acid stimulates telomerase in vascular smooth muscleIn human cells, shortened telomeres, the protective caps at the ends of chromosomes, are both a sign of aging and contribute to it. (Medical News Today)

Acupuncture may reduce high blood pressure
Trial shows electroacupuncture - acupuncture that uses low-intensity electrical pulses - can lower high blood pressure for up to 6 weeks in untreated hypertensive patients. (Medical News Today)

Research from Harvard and Johns Hopkins shows surge in journal articles on yoga therapy
During the last 10 years, the number of articles in peer-reviewed journals worldwide about clinical trials of yoga therapy to alleviate disease-related symptoms increased 3-fold. (Medical News Today)

Detecting Viagra's active ingredient, other dietary supplements' hidden ingredients
To lose weight, boost energy or soothe nerves, many consumers turn to dietary supplements. But some of these products contain undeclared substances. (Medical News Today)

High prevalence of alternative menopause therapies despite lack of evidence of efficacy and safety
Almost half a million Australian women aged between 40 and 65 years could be using complementary and alternative medicines for the treatment of menopausal symptoms, despite evidence they can be... (Medical News Today)

Mindfulness meditation may help smokers quit - even those with no willpower
An intention to quit smoking may be less important than targeting self-control mechanisms, according to experts who have reviewed the evidence. (Medical News Today)

Acupuncture has 'similar mode of action to psychiatric drugs'
A controlled study in rats finds acupuncture to be effective against chronic stress and reveals clues about how this form of traditional Chinese medicine might work. (Medical News Today)

Most chronic pain patients use alternative therapies, but many don't tell their doctors
More than half of chronic pain patients in a managed care setting reported using chiropractic care or acupuncture or both, but many of these patients didn't discuss this care with their primary care... (Medical News Today)

Homeopathy: harmful and unscientific or misunderstood?
Two doctors have taken to The BMJ to debate the merits or otherwise of homeopathy, arguing whether it helps patients or could be harmful. (Medical News Today)

Acupuncture can improve outcomes in dermatological conditions
Medical evidence supports the potential for acupuncture to be significantly more effective in the treatment of dermatologic conditions such as dermatitis, pruritus, and urticaria than alternative... (Medical News Today)

Cognitive behavioral therapy for insomnia with psychiatric, medical conditions
Cognitive behavioral therapy is a widely used nonpharmacologic treatment for insomnia disorders and an analysis of the medical literature suggests it also can work for patients whose insomnia is... (Medical News Today)

Partnership developing self-care tool for MSK pain
A new tool that helps people manage chronic pain brought on by musculoskeletal disorders (MSK) will draw on the expertise of an alliance of leading organisations in the field of rheumatology and... (Medical News Today)

Is yogurt good for you?
Yogurt is a simple pleasure packed with nutrients, good bacteria, and is a great way to boost protein levels. However, do all yogurts prove to be a healthy choice? MNT finds out. (Medical News Today)

What are the health benefits of barley?
Find out about the potential health benefits of consuming barley including maintaining blood pressure, bone structure and strength, decreasing the risk of heart disease and cancer. (Medical News Today)

Knowledge about alternative medicine connected to education, income
People with lower educational levels and incomes are less likely to know about yoga, acupuncture, natural products and chiropractic medicine, according to a new study from San Francisco State... (Medical News Today)

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