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June 30, 2009

Another Day on the Job

A recent article published in the Washington Post describes how general practioners are integrating alternative medicine into their practice. As one interviewee states

"I love what I do, every day I'm learning more ways of thinking of things. I can't imagine going back and practicing [only conventional medicine]."

News: Washington Post, June 9, 2009.

Posted by mpence at 02:12 AM

June 22, 2009

How Might Health Care Change?

Regardless of the outcome of planned future changes for health care, the changes are already coming. A recent article written by former NIH director Bernadine Healy, M.D., for U.S. News and World Report, alternative medicine will probably be recommended more, as a lower cost alternative to traditional health care.

Article: US News and World Report June 10, 2009.

Posted by mpence at 02:26 AM

June 15, 2009

Acupuncture Alleviates Dyspepsia During Pregnancy

A recently published study in Acupuncture in Medicine shows that acupuncture can aid in the alleviation of heartburn during pregnancy.
Digestive disorders constitute one of the most frequent complaints of pregnancy. The symptoms worsen as pregnancy progresses. Although in the majority of cases heartburn is not severe, it causes a considerable drop in the quality of life during pregnancy.

During the study period, the average heartburn intensity decreased by at least a half in 15/20 (75%) of patients in the study group and in 7/16 (44%) of those in the control group (p = 0.044).

More information about the study can be found in the abstract.

Abstract: Acupuncture in Medicine June, 2009

Posted by mpence at 01:10 AM

June 07, 2009

Josephine P. Briggs Video - Current CAM Use in the United States

The National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM) is the United State's lead agency for scientific research on complementary and alternative medicine. NCCAM Director Dr. Josephine P. Briggs discusses current CAM use in the United States in a 4 minute video.

Video: NCCAM Q&A January, 2009

Posted by mpence at 11:24 AM

June 02, 2009

More on Low Back Pain Relief and Acupuncture

The NICE (National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence) the British equivalent to the United State's National Institute of Health, submitted a report recommending acupuncture as an alternative source of treatment to traditional methods. This was the first time that the NICE had recommended alternative therapies. A complete report describes the studies conducted and the results.

Report: Clinical Guidelines CG88 May, 2009

Posted by mpence at 12:12 AM