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NIH-Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center to host town meeting on complementary and alternative medicine
The National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine, NIH, and Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center are hosting a town meeting in Boston (3/15/00) on complementary and alternative medicine. Experts will speak on current developments in complementary and alternative medicine at the local and national levels and at the NIH. (2000-02-24)

Alternative medicines need to be considered in diabetes management
People with diabetes are risking their health by not discussing their use of complementary and alternative therapies with the health professionals managing their conventional treatment. (2007-07-04)

Regulating alternative splicing during neural development
In the July 1 issue of G&D, Dr. Douglas Black (UCLA) and colleagues detail how alternative splicing is reprogrammed during neuronal development. (2007-06-30)

Beliefs about complementary and alternative medicine predict use among patients with cancer
A new study has shed light on how cancer patients' attitudes and beliefs drive the use of complementary and alternative medicine. (2015-05-26)

Help sought from complementary and alternative medicine to remedy health problems
It found that complementary and alternative medicine is being used in connection with various health problems, particularly in situations where help provided by conventional medicine is considered inadequate. (2017-10-19)

Using alternative medicine only for cancer linked to lower survival rate
Patients who choose to receive alternative therapy as treatment for curable cancers instead of conventional cancer treatment have a higher risk of death, according to researchers from the Cancer Outcomes, Public Policy and Effectiveness Research (COPPER) Center at Yale School of Medicine and Yale Cancer Center. (2017-08-10)

Alternative medicine use high among children with chronic conditions: UAlberta medical research
Children who regularly see specialists for chronic medical conditions are also using complementary medicine at a high rate, demonstrates recently published research from the University of Alberta and the University of Ottawa. (2013-01-14)

NIH to hold workshop on complementary and alternative medicine in cardiovascular, lung, and blood research
Alternative medicine practitioners and mainstream researchers will meet next week to exchange ideas, report on current research, and discuss ways to foster collaborative research in cardiovascular, lung, and blood research. (2000-06-07)

Alternative therapy at state expense: Study looks at Medicaid coverage of nonconventional care for children
Three quarters of U.S. states pay for children in low-income families to receive some sort of alternative therapy through their Medicaid programs, a new University of Michigan study finds. Though the total spent is small relative to the programs' budgets, some states say they plan to expand their coverage. (2000-05-12)

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)

Is complementary therapy the medicine of the new millennium?
To coincide with a conference in London next week, organised jointly by the UK's Royal College of Physicians and the US's National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine, several articles in this week's BMJ discuss how complementary and alternative therapies can be integrated into conventional patient care. (2001-01-18)

Discussing alternative medicine choices for better health outcomes
A new study from Sunita Vohra, a professor in the Faculty of Medicine & Dentistry's Department of Pediatrics at the University of Alberta, and a pediatric physician for Clinical Pharmacology with Alberta Health Services, is giving insight into the use of alternative medicines by pediatric cardiac patients and how effective they are seen to be. (2014-10-03)

About 70 percent of older adults use alternative medicine
Nearly three out of every four adults over age 50 use some kind of alternative medicine, such as acupuncture and herbal medicine, according to a new study. While previous research has been limited, this appears to be a higher rate than occurs within the general population, said Gong-Soog Hong, co-author of the study and professor of consumer sciences at Ohio State University. (2005-04-09)

In vivo visualization of alternative splicing
The Feb. 1 cover of G&D features an unprecedented use of fluorescent proteins to visualize developmentally regulated alternative mRNA splicing in a living organism. (2008-01-28)

In vitro fertilization less successful with alternative fertility treatments
The common belief is that it won't hurt to try alternative fertility treatments before reverting to in vitro fertilization (IVF). But a new study from Denmark finds that the success of IVF treatment is 30 percent lower among women who have used alternative medicine. The researchers included over 700 IVF users over a 12-month period. Women who had first tried a combination of alternative treatments, such as reflexology, acupuncture, or herbal and aromatherapy, had significantly lower pregnancy rates after IVF treatment. (2009-08-18)

Use of complementary and alternative medicine before surgery poses risk to patient safety
A new study by Columbia Presbyterian researchers cautions patients about to undergo cardiac surgery on the risk for potential adverse reactions from the use of alternative and complementary medicines. The study suggests that because the use of complementary and alternative medicine is so prevalent, health care providers should be aware of the serious implications for patient safety, especially in acute care situations. (2000-09-21)

Should NICE evaluate complementary medicine?
Demand for complementary and alternative medicine is high despite limited evidence. In this week's BMJ, researchers go head-to-head over whether the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence should review these therapies. (2007-03-08)

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)

Duke Physicians: Clinicians Have Ethical Obligation To Consider Alternative Medicine
Even physicians who subscribe to only conventional medical therapies have an ethical obligation to help their patients who are considering non-traditional treatments, Duke University Medical Center physicians say in Wednesday's (Nov. 11) edition of the Journal of the American Medical Association. (1998-11-10)

EU grants nearly 1.5 million euros ($2.25 million) for complementary medicine research network
A three-year project called CAMbrella will receive nearly 1.5 million euros ($2.25 million) of European Union funding to establish a research network for the study of complementary medicine. The center for complementary medicine research at (2009-11-09)

Younger, more educated Parkinson's patients more likely to use alternative treatments
Parkinson's patients who use alternative treatments such as vitamins and acupuncture are more likely to be younger, more educated and have higher incomes than patients who don't use alternative treatments, according to a study published in the September 11 issue of Neurology, the scientific journal of the American Academy of Neurology. (2001-09-10)

Doctors and patients should discuss use of alternative medicines
Heart patients, do you tell your doctor you're using alternative medicines? Doctors, do you ask your patients if they're using alternative medicines? (2005-11-15)

Annals of Internal Medicine, tip sheet, August 7, 2001
Annals Explores Alternative Medicine in New Series Digitalis, nitroglycerin and graham crackers were once considered alternative medicine. Bleeding, mercury and antimony were once used as medical therapies by elite educated physicians but are not part of the modern physician's arsenal. Complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) has a long, well-established history in the United States. (2001-08-06)

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)

Alternative therapy use by Parkinson's patients
In a study of more than 200 patients with Parkinson's disease, 40 percent used at least one type of alternative therapy, such as vitamins/herbs, massage and acupuncture. Over half of the patients failed to inform their physicians about the use of alternative therapies. (2001-09-10)

Psoriasis patients turn to alternative medicine when traditional treatments fail
A recent survey from the GW School of Medicine and Health Sciences found patients with psoriasis frequently use complementary or alternative therapies to treat their symptoms when traditional treatments fail. (2019-06-20)

Keeping doctors in the dark: Why women don't discuss using alternative treatments for breast cancer
Although recent findings indicate that patients frequently don't tell their medical physicians what kinds of alternative therapies they're using, the reasons for remaining silent have been unclear. Now, a UCSF researcher offers insight into why many women with breast cancer choose to keep their forays into alternative therapies to themselves. (2000-01-26)

Do patients want complementary and alternative treatments and will they pay cash for them?
While complementary, alternative, and integrative medicine treatments such as acupuncture and massage therapy are usually offered in outpatient settings, a new study has shown that the majority of hospitalized patients perceived such integrative services to be helpful. (2017-03-27)

Use of e-cigarettes and alternative tobacco products may lead to increased tobacco use
The increasing use of alternative tobacco products, such as water pipes and e-cigarettes, by children under the age of 18 is a burgeoning public health crisis, researchers from NYU Langone Medical Center write in a commentary in the current issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association. (2015-10-13)

Training more effective teachers through alternative pathways
Sass finds that Florida teachers who enter teaching through a path requiring no coursework in education have the greatest effect on student achievement, substantially larger than that of traditionally prepared teachers. (2015-09-17)

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)

New alternative medicine center opens at OHSU
The NIH has awarded Oregon Health Sciences University with a $7.8 million grant to fund the Oregon Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine in Neurological Disorders. The center will study alternative therapies for Alzheimer's disease, multiple sclerosis and other neurological disorders. (1999-09-30)

Study indicates oral garlic not useful in treating vaginal thrush
In a world-first study, led by the University of Melbourne and the Royal Women's Hospital, researchers have found garlic does not significantly reduce vaginal candida (thrush). (2013-12-16)

Time to re-examine vitamin C in the treatment of cancer
While it has been known for some time that vitamin C prevents scurvy, just how much of it is necessary for good health remains uncertain. In this issue of the Canadian Medical Association Journal, Drs. Sebastian Padayatty and Mark Levine review how understanding of the absorption and metabolism of vitamin C is improving and suggest that the 2 routes of administration are not equivalent. (2001-02-05)

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)

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 treatment options, 'placebo acupuncture,' or no treatment, according to a review of the medical literature published in the Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine. (2015-07-14)

U-M study: Use of alternative therapy for pain treatment increases with age and wealth
In a University of Michigan Health System study, 1 out of 3 patients with chronic pain reported using complementary and alternative medicine therapies such as acupuncture and chiropractic visits for pain relief. (2010-04-29)

Annals series examines complementary and alternative medicine
Digitalis, nitroglycerin and graham crackers were once considered alternative medicine. Bleeding, mercury and antimony were once used as medical therapies by elite, educated physicians but are not part of the modern physician's arsenal. Alternative medicine has a long, well-established history in the United States. But then and now, alternative medicine has fluid boundaries and often changing definitions of what is considered conventional or alternative. (2001-08-06)

Physicians should encourage discussions about alternative therapies
Physicians should encourage patients to talk about their use of alternative and complementary therapies, says National Jewish pulmonologist Esther Langmack. Dr. Langmack will deliver a presentation on alternative therapies, asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), Wednesday at the annual meeting of the American College of Chest Physicians in Philadelphia . She says there is little scientific evidence to support the use of alternative therapies for asthma or COPD, but growing evidence that some, such as ma huang and licorice, can cause harm. (2001-11-07)

Lung ultrasound can help doctors see other diseases that mask as lethal clots in lung
Lung ultrasound can show alternative diagnoses and should be considered when evaluating patients with suspected pulmonary embolism. (2017-01-31)

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