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Open access initiative from the Company of Biologists
The Company of Biologists announces that - from January 2004 - its journals - Development, Journal of Cell Science and The Journal of Experimental Biology - will be offering authors the option of 'open access.' (2003-09-29)

Prescription drug utilization reviews are less than useful
After examining data from six state Medicaid programs, researchers from the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine have concluded that drug utilization review programs do not improve patient health or reduce the rate of prescription errors. Drug utilization review is required by law of all state Medicaid programs and is also used by most private-sector prescription programs. The researchers feel that the current model just doesn't work and that its mandate should be withdrawn. (2003-09-16)

NCCAM announces new research fellowship program
The National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM), a component of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), announces the creation of a new NCCAM Director's Fellowship in Complementary and Alternative Medicine (CAM) Research. The new fellowship program will add measurably to NCCAM's ongoing training activities by sponsoring outstanding research fellows to work in its Division of Intramural Research (DIR), based at the NIH in Bethesda, MD. (2003-09-08)

News from the 11th Congress of the International Psychogeriatric Association
This news release includes summaries of the latest research on Alzheimer's and other mental health issues in the elderly. (2003-08-19)

Penn study: Herb product used to lower cholesterol works no better than placebo
A natural extract often favored by health-conscious Americans as an alternative to manufactured drugs in lowering cholesterol has turned out to be no more effective than a placebo in clinical trials at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine. The Penn research findings on the guggulipid extract will be published in the August 13 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA). (2003-08-12)

Gene test could reduce unnecessary treatment for women with breast cancer
In this week's issue of The Lancet, US researchers describe how gene expression profiles could determine whether or not women with breast cancer would respond to docetaxel treatment. Women who are likely to be resistant to the drug could be given alternative treatment. (2003-07-31)

New study demonstrates bone protein can reverse kidney failure
A new study led by investigators at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (BIDMC) has shown that a protein used to heal fractured bones is effective in repairing and reversing chronic renal disease, a leading cause of morbidity and mortality throughout the U.S. These findings, which are reported in the July 2003 issue of Nature Medicine, could help lead to the development of a therapeutic alternative for the nearly 300,000 kidney disease patients who are currently undergoing dialysis. (2003-06-26)

Osteoarthritis patients can benefit from radiosynoviorthesis
A recent study revealed that radiosynoviorthesis - the application of beta-emitting radionuclides to remove the inflamed membrane - is an effective treatment strategy for patients with osteoarthritis in their fingers. (2003-06-23)

Half of HIV patients choose alternative medicine
UCLA researchers found that half of HIV-infected Americans use alternative medicine to supplement or replace antiretroviral drugs. One-quarter of HIV-positive patients choose alternative medicine that could interact with conventional therapy, yet do not inform their physicians. The findings emphasize the need for doctors to openly discuss alternative medicine practices with their patients. (2003-06-19)

Use of nicotine inhalers could reduce rates of smoking-related illnesses
A study at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis predicts that smokers might significantly reduce the adverse health effects of their habit if they could switch from cigarettes to inhalers that deliver doses of (2003-05-29)

Heat zapps bone tumors
A team of radiologists and orthopedic specialists at Johns Hopkins Medicine has successfully used heat generated by electrode-tipped probes to destroy painful, benign bone tumors in eight of nine patients in a clinical study. (2003-05-12)

Dr. David Spiegel, to speak on the role of Hypnosis and Group Support in Medical Care
On Tuesday, May 6, from 12:00 noon - 1:00 p.m., the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine will host a lecture, titled (2003-05-06)

To control climate change, alternative energy technologies must be developed
Uncertainty in the climate sensitivity to growing levels of atmospheric carbon dioxide has been a stumbling block to policy makers addressing the climate change issue. A new study, however, concludes that huge reductions in fossil-fuel carbon emissions will be required by the middle of this century -- regardless of the likely climate sensitivity. (2003-03-27)

Checklist of claims may signal trouble on internet cancer-treatment sites
Asking a few simple questions can help consumers gauge the reliability of Internet information about complementary and alternative cancer treatments, new findings suggest. (2003-03-01)

Annals of Internal Medicine, tip sheet, February 4, 2003
Highlights of the upcoming issue of Annals of Internal Medicine include: Ephedra much riskier than other herbs and should be banned, experts say; Period at home after hospital discharge dangerous for patients, study finds; Task force says there's insufficient evidence to screen adults for diabetes; and others. (2003-02-03)

Early promise of new treatment to reduce infection associated with chemotherapy
Authors of a fast-track study in this week's issue of The Lancet propose an alternative to antibiotics to treat infection associated with the use of chemotherapy for patients with blood cancer. (2003-01-23)

NCCAM announces opportunities for new research Centers on Complementary and Alternative Medicine
The National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM), a component of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), will establish new Centers for Research on Complementary and Alternative Medicine. This new initiative will include three companion programs: Centers of Excellence for Research on CAM; CAM Developmental Centers; and Planning Grants for International CAM Research Centers. (2002-12-17)

A less invasive fertility procedure could be used to treat some infertile women
A woman with an obstructed cervix has been successfully treated for infertility using a technique known as intraperitoneal insemination (IPI). The technique, described in a case report just published in BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth, is less invasive and cheaper than alternative infertility treatments, which involve the harvesting of a woman's eggs. (2002-11-26)

Researchers evaluate dietary supplement's effect on memory in the aging
Oregon Health & Science University and the National College for Naturopathic Medicine are studying a plant that may have the ability to assist seniors in retaining memory function. In the U.S., the plant, Bacopa monniera, is commonly found in aquariums. (2002-11-20)

Annals of Internal Medicine tip sheet Nov. 19, 2002
Highlights include: AAFP and ACP-ASIM guidelines show how migraines should be treated - and can be prevented, Women over age 75 benefit from mammography, Post menopausal hormones + alcohol substantially increase risk of breast cancer, and more. (2002-11-18)

Physicians offer new solution for blood transfusions
The successful transfusion of a cell-free blood product on a 14-year-old Jehovah's Witness may offer a solution for patients opposed to blood transfusions due to religious or personal beliefs. (2002-11-11)

Expecting a laugh boosts stress-busting hormones
Go ahead, laugh. In fact, look forward to the upcoming positive event. It does the body good. (2002-11-06)

Intensive care specialists reduce hospital death rates by 30 percent
Patients in an intensive care unit (ICU) whose care is managed by (2002-11-05)

Alternative energy sources needed to mitigate global warming, scientists say
Regulations alone will not stabilize atmospheric carbon dioxide levels and curb global warming, an international team of climate and technology experts says. What's needed is the further development of alternative energy technologies that permit worldwide economic development while simultaneously stabilizing carbon dioxide levels and controlling climate change. (2002-10-31)

New study documents burden of irritable bowel syndrome for U.S. sufferers
Results of a survey of patients with irritable bowel syndrome in the United States presented at the 67th Annual Scientific Meeting of the American College of Gastroenterology reveal a substantial burden on patients, including decreased quality of life, high out-of-pocket costs, and losses in productivity among other findings. (2002-10-21)

Desperation drives patients
Oncologists were urged today to be more responsive to cancer patients who want to try alternative medicines. A lack of openness to other forms of treatment is what drives people to alternative therapies. If they feel they cannot discuss it with their physician, it can endanger their lives. (2002-10-18)

Stanford researchers test drug to fight depression faster in elderly
Elderly people who suffer from depression can take the edge off faster by using a drug called mirtazapine, which appears to work more quickly compared to rival drugs. These results come from a study by researchers at Stanford University Medical Center who compared two drugs in an eight-week trial. Although both drugs treated the depression, mirtazapine began working sooner and eased the patient's anxiety - a common effect of depression in elderly people. (2002-10-16)

OHSU ethicist offers guidance for physicians with patients using alternative medicine
Ethicists offer new guidelines for physicians dealing with patients interested in receiving alternative care in addition to, or instead of, conventional medical care. (2002-10-14)

Sex and genetics: Why birds are unfaithful to their partners
Matings between relatives have negative consequences for the offspring, a phenomenon known as inbreeding depression. But what if you end up with a related partner? Initiated by a scientist at the Max Planck Research Centre for Ornithology, a study by an international team of scientists showed that social mates that are genetically similar use alternative reproductive behaviors to avoid paying the price of inbreeding. (Nature, Oct. 10th, 2002). (2002-10-10)

Celebrex may be safe for preterm labor, preliminary study finds
The drug celecoxib may be a safer alternative for treating preterm labor than traditional therapies, according to a preliminary study led by Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis. (2002-09-23)

American Society for Microbiology Journals tipsheet: September 2002
Highlights include: egg yolk a possible alternative to antibiotic treatment of ulcers, bacteria work with diet in heart disease, and chewing tobacco contaminated with bacteria. (2002-09-18)

ExonHit, UMBI announce RNA splicing symposium
The University of Maryland Biotechnology Institute will host an international symposium on RNA splicing a rapidly growing branch of biotechnology. The co-organizer and sponsor is ExonHit Therapeutics, the alternative splicing-based drug discovery company, based in France. (2002-09-16)

Concern over billion dollar alternative medicine bill
An Australian researcher has expressed concern over multi-billion-dollar spending on alternative therapies, and is calling for more rigorous testing of alternative medicines. (2002-09-16)

More than 70 percent of adults with cancer use alternative therapies
More than 70 percent of adult cancer patients in western Washington use alternative therapies and almost all report substantial improvements in well-being as a result of using alternative medicine, according to a Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center survey. (2002-09-04)

Herbal dietary supplement alters metabolism of chemotherapy drug
Researchers in the Netherlands have found that the herbal dietary supplement St. John's wort interferes with the metabolism--and potentially the effectiveness of--the chemotherapy drug irinotecan. Their findings appear in the August 21 issue of the Journal of the National Cancer Institute. (2002-08-20)

Generating genetic diversity in the nervous system
Scientists from Baylor College of Medicine (Texas, USA) and the Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute (Cambridge, UK) have deciphered how neurons can synthesize a diverse range of proteins from a relatively limited number of genes - a discovery with important implications for understanding how complex neural circuitry is formed and maintained throughout our lives. (2002-07-31)

Art work, meditation and group support may help cancer patients live more fulfilling life
Coping with cancer can lead to uncertainty about what kind of life a patient will have in the future. But sometimes it can help to have other things to focus on-to develop a better perspective about the road ahead. A new group support therapy program for cancer patients employing a combination of art, meditation and other support mechanisms is being studied by researchers at Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia. (2002-07-30)

Electroacupuncture trial is NCCAM's first intramural study
The National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM) has launched a clinical trial of electroacupuncture to determine if it reduces the delayed nausea experienced by cancer patients following chemotherapy. This study marks the first clinical trial for NCCAM's Division of Intramural Research, which was established in April 2001, at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) in Bethesda, MD. (2002-06-12)

Mayo Clinic study finds radiosurgery is effective alternative to surgery
A Mayo Clinic study has found that radiosurgery on a rare, typically benign intracranial tumor, is an effective alternative to surgery. (2002-04-24)

As heart patients flock to alternative medicine, hazards may lurk
Nearly three-quarters of heart patients surveyed in a new University of Michigan study used some kind of alternative medicine approach to help them heal, but dietary supplements chosen by one-third of them could actually interact with their heart medications to raise their risk of further health problems. Fortunately, the vast majority of those who used alternative medicine techniques told their doctors about it, and also kept up with their prescription medications. (2002-03-19)

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