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Dieter beware: Herbal weight loss ingredient used as a substitute for ephedra may have risks
People taking (2004-08-27)

Do moles provide the answer for cost effective drainage?
Cranfield University's Centre for Sports Surfaces, together with TurfTrax Ground Management Systems Ltd, has won a £62.5K research grant from the Football Foundation to undertake research into alternative pitch drainage methods for winter sports pitches on heavy clay soils. (2004-08-19)

MCG students discover medicinal role for pancake mix
Chicken liver may seem like an odd component of a medical procedure, but for thousands of patients over the past generation, the cuisine has been doctor's orders to help diagnose gastrointestinal disorders. Perhaps not for much longer, though, based on the results of a recent Medical College of Georgia School of Allied Health Sciences student project. (2004-08-09)

Dispersing asylum seekers may increase HIV burden
Doctors are concerned that the UK policy of dispersing asylum seekers may lead to increased HIV transmission, according to a paper in this week's BMJ. (2004-08-05)

K-State researcher working to improve alternatives to equine antibiotics
While antibiotics can save lives, the increasing occurrence of antibiotic-resistant bacteria presents a number of challenges for researchers in medicine — both human and animal. (2004-07-22)

'You may have overstepped the mark' cancer expert warns Prince of Wales
In this week's BMJ, a leading breast cancer expert warns the Prince of Wales that he may have overstepped the mark with his public support for alternative medicine. (2004-07-08)

Endometrial cells can originate from donor-derived bone marrow cells
Donor derived endometrial cells were detected in biopsy samples of four women who received bone marrow transplants to treat leukemia. (2004-07-06)

Vacuum assisted deliveries are safe alternative to forceps
Vacuum assisted deliveries are a safe alternative to forceps deliveries, despite a warning by the US Food and Drug Administration in 1998 that vacuum assisted deliveries may result in fatal complications, say researchers in this week's BMJ. (2004-07-01)

Controlling ADHD
Not all children with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder respond to stimulant drugs such as Ritalin. A new method of assessing brain biochemistry may allow physicians to accurately predict which children are unlikely to respond to stimulants, reducing the exposure of ADHD patients to drugs that are unlikely to be effective. (2004-06-22)

MRI scans could be 'acceptable alternative' to x-rays
Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) could be set to replace the traditional x-ray and autopsy, according to an editorial in this week's BMJ. (2004-06-10)

OUP launch a new Open Access Journal on Complementary and Alternative Medicine
This month sees publication of a brand new journal from OUP entitled eCAM (Evidence-based Complementary and Alternative Medicine). Whilst offering the academic, research, and medical communities a new journal in an area currently under-represented, the journal has also been developed to be available for free online. (2004-06-08)

Many cancer patients turn to complementary therapies for healing
People with cancer believe that it takes more than modern medicine to help them. A study of 750 patients found that most rely on prayer, relaxation techniques, exercise, and sometimes herbs or mega-vitamins, to improve their health. But fewer than half of them discuss using complementary therapies with their doctors. (2004-06-08)

Helpful or harmful? Medicinal value of marijuana remains unclear
Despite limited evidence of effectiveness, many epilepsy and multiple sclerosis patients believe marijuana is an effective treatment and are actively using it, according to two Canadian studies published in the June 8 issue of Neurology, the scientific journal of the American Academy of Neurology. (2004-06-07)

More than one-third of US adults use complementary and alternative medicine
According to a new nationwide government survey, 36 percent of U.S. adults aged 18 years and over use some form of complementary and alternative medicine (CAM). When prayer specifically for health reasons is included in the definition of CAM, the number of U.S. adults using some form of CAM in the past year rises to 62 percent. (2004-05-27)

ADAM: Good enzyme for Alzheimer disease
Alzheimer Disease (AD) is a neurological disorder characterized by amyloid beta-peptides (AB peptides) forming plaques in the brain. Researchers at the University of Mainz, Germany, now show that the enzyme, alpha-secretase, might be a useful AD therapeutic target, and that AD might result from alpha-secretase impairment. Mice with increased expression of ADAM10, the alpha secretase gene, had reduced AB peptide and plaque formation, while ADAM10 loss resulted in increased number and size of amyloid plaques. (2004-05-17)

Alternative states in the ocean
Ecologists expect natural communities to vary. However, variation can be abrupt and lead to formation of alternative and potentially persistent states. In Ecology Letters, July, Paine and Trimble describe a dramatic assemblage shift on a rocky intertidal shore in Washington State (USA). The study emphasizes the ecological importance and generality of size escapes, a mechanism also characterizing potentially permanent transformations of terrestrial grasslands to forests. (2004-05-13)

Alternative medicine therapy now being tested for heart disease
Rush University Medical Center is enrolling patients in a study that tests whether chelation is a safe treatment for patients who have had a heart attack and whether it prevents second heart attacks in these patients. (2004-05-06)

MDCT angiography is an effective tool for diagnosing blockage of the mesenteric artery
MDCT angiography is a simple, rapid, noninvasive and accurate method of evaluating the patency of superior mesenteric vessels in patients with suspected acute blood restriction in the superior mesenteric artery, which supplies blood to the small bowel, (mesenteric ischemia), say researchers from the Assaf Harofeh Medical Center in Zerifin, Israel. (2004-05-03)

Electromagnetic breast imaging tested as alternative to mammography
Researchers are testing three promising new electromagnetic imaging techniques to help detect breast abnormalities, including cancer. Electromagnetic imaging poses no radiation risk and causes less discomfort than mammography. (2004-05-03)

Many Americans use prayer for health concerns
An estimated one-third of adults use prayer, in addition to conventional medical care and complementary and alternative therapies, for health concerns, according to an article in the April 26 issue of The Archives of Internal Medicine, one of the JAMA/Archives journals. (2004-04-26)

Making a friendlier mosquito
Genetically modified mosquitoes that cannot transmit malaria are one hope for battling the disease that still kills over one million people a year. But that plan faces some serious snags, according to UC Davis researchers who are suggesting an alternative strategy. (2004-04-20)

Supplement use growing among children and adolescents
More than 50 percent of all young children and more than 30 percent of all adolescents in the United States have used a dietary supplement, according to research by a pediatrician at Brenner Children's Hospital and reported in the April issue of Pediatric Annals. And, she says, the increased use of these alternative therapies brings increased risk. (2004-04-19)

Men with family history of prostate cancer accurately predict higher risk, UMHS study finds
When a man is diagnosed with prostate cancer, his brothers are twice as likely to develop the disease as well, often at an earlier age. New research from the University of Michigan Health System finds these brothers are aware of their increased risk and many have taken vitamins or supplements to improve their health. (2004-04-01)

Chronic stress researcher to speak at NCCAM's Distinguished Lecture Series
On March 31, the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM), part of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), will host the first of two Distinguished Lectures in the Science of Complementary and Alternative Medicine for 2004. Bruce McEwen, Ph.D., of The Rockefeller University, will present (2004-03-24)

Almost half of rural North Carolina Adults report using 'home remedies'
Almost half of the adults in rural western North Carolina use home remedies, not only for specific ailments but also to enhance their mental health and general well-being, according a report by a Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center researcher and his colleagues in the current issue of Complementary Health Practice Review. (2004-03-23)

Stem cells appear not to turn into heart cells
Two studies published in the online issue of Nature report no evidence to suggest that hematopoietic stem cells, which usually produce blood cells, can turn into heart cells after injection into the heart. These studies raise a cautionary note for interpreting the results of ongoing clinical studies in which hematopoietic stem cells are injected into the heart after a heart attack. (2004-03-21)

Complementary and alternative therapies can be harmful and should be tested rigorously
More and more women are turning to complementary and alternative therapies during and after treatment for breast cancer, yet few of these therapies have been adequately evaluated and some may be positively dangerous, Dr Eric Winer the 4th European Breast Cancer Conference . (2004-03-18)

Complementary and alternative therapies: Who uses them and why, their potential and their dangers
The use of complementary and alternative therapies (CAMs) is widespread amongst cancer patients, and their use appears to be increasing in Europe, Dr Gillian Bendelow told the 4th European Breast Cancer Conference; while Professor Edzard Ernst said CAMs may have a role to play in palliation for cancer patients, but there is little evidence of their usefulness in the prevention or treatment of breast cancer. (2004-03-18)

Breast self examination increases women's concerns but has no effect on mortality
Breast self-examination (BSE) should not be seen as a cheaper alternative to mammography, and people who still advocate it as an effective way of reducing breast cancer mortality are doing women a disservice, a scientist will say at the 4th European Breast Cancer Conference next week (Tuesday 16 March). (2004-03-10)

Topical vaccine protects against inhaled ricin
An experimental vaccine that can be applied directly to the skin or via a patch protects mice from lethal exposure to aerosolized ricin. Researchers present their findings today at the American Society for Microbiology's (ASM) Biodefense Research Meeting. (2004-03-08)

Complementary, alternative therapies for neurological disorders detailed in new book
A new book by Barry Oken, M.D., a neurologist at Oregon Health & Science University's School of Medicine, recommends complementary and alternative medicine therapies as part of a (2004-03-03)

Many children with autism may receive complementary or alternative treatments
A significant percentage of children recently diagnosed with autism receive complementary or alternative medicine treatments, some of which are potentially harmful, according to a study from The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia. In a chart review of 284 patients evaluated at the Hospital's Regional Autism Center, researchers found that 90 children, (32 percent of the total) were using complementary and alternative medicine, with 25 children (9 percent of the total) receiving a potentially harmful approach. (2004-01-14)

Oral fluid testing proves comparative accuracy to urinalysis in detecting drug use
A study in the December issue of Drug and Alcohol Dependence indicates that the use of oral fluid analysis may be an effective alternative to urinalysis in detecting drug use in detecting opiate or methadone use. The ease of administration of the oral fluid test makes it an attractive alternative to urinalysis, but with several limitations. Further clinical testing is needed to determine if it is effective in detecting drug use in a non-treatment setting. (2003-12-11)

Echinacea not effective in treating colds in children
Echinacea is not effective in shortening the duration or decreasing the severity of upper respiratory tract infections in children, according to a study in the December 3 issue of The Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA). (2003-12-02)

NCCAM funds Developmental Centers for Research on Complementary and Alternative Medicine
The National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM) is forging new partnerships between complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) institutions and major research universities in an innovative effort to advance research on widely used CAM practices. The first two Developmental Centers for Research on Complementary and Alternative Medicine (DCRC) will help to build a collaborative CAM research community that will enhance the scientific rigor in this field. (2003-10-29)

NCCAM funds Centers of Excellence for Research on Complementary and Alternative Medicine
The National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM) has made the first two awards in a new program to establish Centers of Excellence for Research on complementary and alternative medicine (CAM). The purpose of these new centers is to bring the highest level of scientific rigor to research on CAM. (2003-10-29)

Treating blood clots, a half-century later
The first new oral drug in 50 years to prevent blood clots after knee-replacement surgery was superior to the standard treatment in a clinical trial of about 2,300 patients led by the University of Rochester Medical Center. Researchers also have tested the new drug, ximelagatran, for prevention of stroke, heart attacks and deep vein thrombosis. (2003-10-29)

NCCAM awards planning grants for International Centers for Research
The National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM) is funding new partnerships between U.S. and international research teams in a novel effort to study traditional medical approaches as they are practiced in other cultures. These partnerships have been given planning grants to create the infrastructure and scientific foundation for multidisciplinary research on complementary and alternative medicine. (2003-10-29)

Simpler, cheaper way to make and fit prosthetics developed
Researchers at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis have developed an easier and less expensive way to make sockets for prosthetic limbs. (2003-10-25)

Arsenic remedy for arsenic poisoning?
A homeopathic remedy made from arsenic oxide could ease the suffering of the hundreds of millions of people at risk from arsenic poisoning worldwide. Research, published this week in BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine, suggests that Arsenicum Album reduces the liver damage caused by arsenic poisoning. (2003-10-21)

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