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Complementary Religious and Spiritual Interventions in Physical Health and Quality Of Life: A Systematic Review of Randomized Controlled Clinical Trials

To examine whether religious and spiritual interventions (RSIs) can promote physical health and quality of life in individuals. Read more here.

Probiotics Supplementation and Length of Hospital Stay in Neonates with Gastrointestinal Surgery

Any manipulation on open bowel causes interventional impact on gut microbiome, and surgical stress triggers bacterial translocation; thus, it will be fundamental to determine gut microbiome after surgery. Monitoring dynamic changes in microbiome of post-surgical infants who received probiotics and placebo could provide with important information about gut colonization and potential bacterial overgrowth.

Use and Safety of Dietary and Herbal Supplements among Hospitalized Patients: What Have We Learned and What Can Be Learned?—A Narrative Review

The use of Dietary and Herbal Supplements (DHS) is on the rise. It has important safety ramifications, especially among inpatients. We aimed at summarizing the major findings on DHS use among inpatients and identifying areas for future research in the field. Read more here.

Complementary and Alternative Medicine Use in Minority and Medically Underserved Oncology Patients: Assessment and Implications

Complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) use in minority and medically underserved oncology patients is not well documented. We assessed knowledge and utilization of CAM in a sample of these patients receiving treatment at an urban community hospital. Read more here.

Combined Ayurveda and Yoga Practices for Newly Diagnosed Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus: A Controlled Trial

The increasing prevalence of type 2 diabetes in India is a cause for national concern, particularly the spiraling cost burden to the country. As one approach to stop its increase, Yoga medicine has been widely implemented, finding popularity with all social strata. Read more here.

Antidiabetic Effects of Vigna nakashimae Extract in Humans: A Preliminary Study

Vigna nakashimae (VN) extract has been shown to have antidiabetic and antiobesity effects in various animal studies; however, to our knowledge, no data on such effects exist in humans. Read more here.

Balneotherapeutic Effects of High Mineral Spring Water on the Atopic Dermatitis-Like Inflammation in Hairless Mice via Immunomodulation and Redox Balance

Atopic dermatitis (AD) is a chronic relapsing allergic inflammatory skin disease that currently affects millions of children and adults worldwide. Drugs used to treat these inflammatory diseases include anti-histamines, corticosteroids and calcineurin inhibitors but these drugs have their limitations such as adverse effects with their long-term usage. Thus, researcher’s interest in several alternative and complementary therapies are continually growing and balneotherapy is one of these approaches.

Yoga for Epilepsy

This is an updated version of the original Cochrane Review published in the Cochrane Library, Issue 5, 2015.Yoga may induce relaxation and stress reduction, and influence the electroencephalogram and the autonomic nervous system, thereby controlling seizures. Yoga would be an attractive therapeutic option for epilepsy if proved effective. Read more here.

Use of Complementary and Alternative Medicine in Europe: Health-Related and Sociodemographic Determinants

The aim of this research was to study health-related and sociodemographic determinants of the use of different complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) treatments in Europe and differences in CAM use in various European countries. Read more here.

Animal-Assisted Therapy at a University Centre for Palliative Medicine – a Qualitative Content Analysis of Patient Records

Animal-assisted therapy (AAT) is a therapeutic concept, which has only recently been explored in more detail within the palliative care setting. A programme of AAT was begun in June 2014 at the Interdisciplinary Centre for Palliative Medicine of the University Hospital Dusseldorf, Germany. The AAT sessions were performed by two trained and certified dog assistant therapy teams (DATT). To date only very limited scientific data are available with regard to feasibility, therapeutic indications and efficacy of AAT in palliative care.

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