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Complementary Medicine for Treatment of Agitation and Delirium in Older Persons: A Systematic Review and Narrative Synthesis

Agitation and delirium frequently occur in cognitively impaired older people. We conducted a systematic review with narrative synthesis of the literature aiming to assess effectiveness of complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) modalities to address these conditions. Read more here.

Dairy Intake Is Protective against Bone Loss in Older Vitamin D Supplement Users: The Framingham Study

Previous studies showed beneficial effects of specific dairy foods on bone health in middle-aged adults. Read more here.

Caregiver-Reported Religious Beliefs and Complementary and Alternative Medicine Use among Children Admitted to an Epilepsy Monitoring Unit

Complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) includes a wide range of practices and products that are generally outside the use of conventional medicine as practiced in Western cultures. Use of CAM in persons with epilepsy is high, even compared to individuals with other chronic health conditions. In this study, we surveyed caregivers of children admitted to a regional epilepsy monitoring unit (EMU) in the southeast United States to assess CAM use among patients (N = 225).

Systematic Review of the Methodological Quality of Controlled Trials Evaluating Chinese Herbal Medicine in Patients with Rheumatoid Arthritis

We appraised the methodological and reporting quality of randomised controlled clinical trials (RCTs) evaluating the efficacy and safety of Chinese herbal medicine (CHM) in patients with rheumatoid arthritis (RA). Read more here.

Acupuncture for the Treatment of Adults with Posttraumatic Stress Disorder: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis

Acupuncture has been suggested as a treatment for posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD), yet its clinical effects are unclear. This review aims to estimate effects of acupuncture on PTSD symptoms, depressive symptoms, anxiety symptoms, and sleep quality for adults with PTSD. Read more here.

Comparing Complementary and Alternative Medicine Use With or Without Including Prayer as a Modality in a Local and Diverse U.S. Jurisdiction

Few studies to date have examined the utilization of complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) in a local, ethnically diverse population in the United States (U.S.). Fewer have addressed the differences in their use based on inclusion or exclusion of prayer as a modality.

Integrative Acupuncture and Spinal Manipulative Therapy Versus Either Alone for Low Back Pain: A Randomized Controlled Trial Feasibility Study

The objective of this study was to assess the feasibility of conducting a large-scale randomized controlled trial (RCT) examining whether an integrative care model combining spinal manipulative therapy (SMT) and acupuncture can lead to better outcomes for low back pain (LBP) than either therapy alone. Read more here.

The Nexus Between Patient-Centered Care and Complementary Medicine: Allies in the Era of Chronic Disease?

Complementary medicine (CM) holds an established place of value for health care consumers around the world. Consumers seek CM specifically for the type of clinical care provided by CM practitioners, which is perceived as holistic and individualized. The holistic approach of CM has been described as patient-centered and there are indeed many parallels between the philosophy of holism and the paradigm of patient-centered care (PCC). In light of the contemporary movement toward PCC as a means of improving health care delivery, it is worth exploring CM as a potential existing resource of PCC.

Traditional Oriental Herbal Medicine and Natural Killer Cells for Cancer Patients: A Systematic Review and Meta-analysis

Traditional oriental herbal medicine (HM) is used by cancer patients to improve immunity. Natural killer (NK) cells are associated with development and progression of tumor and survival of cancer patients. This literature review examined randomized controlled trials (RCTs) in four electronic databases until October 2015 to evaluate the effects of oral HM on NK cells in cancer patients. Data were pooled and computed in a meta-analysis. The methodological quality was assessed according to the Cochrane risk of bias tool. Sixteen RCTs involving 1326 cancer patients were identified.

Patient Health Literacy and Patient-Physician Communication Regarding Complementary and Alternative Medicine Usage

In Japan many patients have chronic diseases and Complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) has been drawing attention, but the relevant factors regarding patient–physician communication are still unclear. The aim of this study was to investigate complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) disclosure, and examine the relationship of communicative and critical health literacy (HL) with patient–physician communication with regard to CAM in Japanese patients with chronic diseases.

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