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The Effects of Yoga among Adults with Type 2 Diabetes: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis

The purpose of this meta-analysis was to examine the effects of yoga for glycemic control among adults with type 2 diabetes (T2DM). Comprehensive electronic databases searches located 2559 unique studies with relevant key terms. Studies were included if they (1) evaluated a yoga intervention to promote T2DM management, (2) used a comparison group, (3) reported an objective measure of glycemic control at post-intervention, and (4) had follow-up length or post-test of at least 8 weeks from baseline.

Prevalence of Complementary and Alternative Medicine and Herbal Remedy Use in Hispanic and Non-Hispanic White Women: Results from the Study of Women's Health Across the Nation

To investigate the prevalence of complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) use, including botanical/herbal remedies, among Hispanic and non-Hispanic white women from the Study of Women's Health Across the Nation (SWAN), New Jersey site. We also examined whether attitudes toward CAM and communication of its use to providers differed for Hispanic and non-Hispanic women. Read more here.

Building a Reiki and Healing Touch Volunteer Program at an Academic Medical Center

As the patient experience gains more attention, hospitals are responding by offering a broader range of options to support patient health and healing. One type of integrative therapy is biofield therapy or energy-based therapy and includes practices of Reiki and Healing Touch. At 1 large Midwest medical center, a small group of care providers came together to address increasing patient interest and requests for Reiki and Healing Touch. The group developed a volunteer program in response.

Early Folic Acid Supplement Initiation and Risk of Adverse Early Childhood Respiratory Health: A Population-based Study

Folate plays a vital role in biologic functions yet women often do not meet the recommended dietary intake in pregnancy. It has been suggested that high folic acid intake during pregnancy may increase the risk of respiratory diseases in offspring. However, findings from observational studies in human populations are inconclusive. Read more here.

A Qualitative Investigation of Australian Psychologists' Perceptions about Complementary and Alternative Medicine for Use in Clinical Practice

This study explored psychologists' knowledge of, attitude toward, and experience with complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) use for clinical purposes. Using a qualitative design, 18 Australian psychologists participated in a semi-structured interview. Psychologists had some understanding about CAM; yet, there was a mismatch between their perceived and actual knowledge. While psychologists were, in general, open toward using CAM with clients they were also sceptical.

Cancer Impact, Complementary/Alternative Medicine Beliefs, and Quality of Life in Cancer Patients

The purpose of this study was to explore the relationships among cancer impact, belief in complementary and alternative medicine (CAM), CAM use, and quality of life (QOL). Read more here.

Does Nurses’ Role, Health or Symptoms Influence their Personal Use of Ingestible Complementary and Alternative Medicines?

To investigate the influence of work-related characteristics, health, health behaviours and symptoms on ingestible biologically-based Complementary and Alternative Medicine (CAM) use within the Australian nursing and midwifery workforce. Read more here.

Traditional Healer Treatment of HIV Persists in the Era of ART: A Mixed Methods Study from Rural South Africa

Human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) substantially contributes to the burden of disease and health care provision in sub-Saharan Africa, where traditional healers play a major role in care, due to both their accessibility and acceptability. In rural, northeastern South Africa, people living with HIV often ping-pong between traditional healers and allopathic providers. Read more here.

Sasang Constitutional Types for the Risk Prediction of Metabolic Syndrome: A 14-Year Longitudinal Prospective Cohort Study

To examine whether the use of Sasang constitutional (SC) types, such as Tae-yang (TY), Tae-eum (TE), So-yang (SY), and So-eum (SE) types, increases the accuracy of risk prediction for metabolic syndrome. Read more here.

Massage Therapy in Outpatient Cancer Care: A Metropolitan Area Analysis

Massage offers cancer patients general quality of life benefits as well as alleviation of cancer-related symptoms/cancer-treatment–related symptoms including pain, anxiety, and fatigue. Little is known about whether massage is accessible to cancer patients who receive treatment in the outpatient setting and how massage is incorporated into the overall cancer treatment plan. Outpatient cancer centers (n = 78) in a single metropolitan area were included this mixed-methods project that included a systematic analysis of website information and a telephone survey.

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