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August 11, 2009

Acupuncture Sensitizes Neurotransmitters

A great series of studies have been published in NeuroImage, describing the relationships between acupuncture and pain neurotransmitter modulation.

An excellent summary article has been written in the LA Times.

Abstracts: NeuroImage September, 2009.

Posted by mpence at 01:58 PM

August 02, 2009

Americans Spend $34B for Alternative Medicine

The big news this week is a report released by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention from a survey of more than 23,000 adults nationwide in 2007. An earlier report from this survey, released in December of this year, found that more than one-third of adults use alternative medicine.

Another interesting article related to this release is the question of why. Why are Americans spending more on alternative medicine? The answers are still unclear, but it is a culmination of factors such as gaps in the current healthcare system and high number of uninsured individuals looking for less expensive and effective alternatives.

News: Associated Press July 31, 2009.

News: ABC News July 31, 2009.

Posted by mpence at 12:25 PM