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Gender Specific Association between the Use of Complementary and Alternative Medicine (CAM) and Alcohol Consumption and Injuries Caused by Drinking in the Sixth Tromsø Study

Alcohol is consumed almost worldwide and is the most widely used recreational drug in the world. Harmful use of alcohol is known to cause a large disease-, social- and economic burden on society. Only a few studies have examined the relationship between CAM use and alcohol consumption. To our knowledge there has been no such research in Norway. The aim of this study is to describe and compare alcohol consumption and injuries related to alcohol across gender and different CAM approaches.

Complementary and Alternative Medicine Use in Patients Before and After a Cancer Diagnosis

Cancer patients are increasingly seeking out complementary and alternative medicine (cam) and might be reluctant to disclose its use to their oncology treatment team. Often, cam agents are not well studied, and little is known about their potential interactions with chemotherapy, radiation therapy, or biologic therapies, and their correlations with outcomes. In the present study, we set out to determine the rate of cam use in patients receiving treatment at a Northern Ontario cancer centre.

Utilization of Chinese Herbal Medicine and its Association with the Risk of Fracture in Patients with Parkinson's Disease in Taiwan

Traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) has been used for over two thousand years to treat motor impairments corresponding to the clinical manifestations of Parkinson's disease (PD). Read more here.

An Assessment of the Use of Complementary and Alternative Medicine by Korean People Using an Adapted Version of the Standardized International Questionnaire (I-CAM-QK): A Cross-Sectional Study of an Internet Survey

In Korea, there are two types of medical doctors: one practises conventional medicine (hereafter called a physician), and the other practises traditional medicine (hereafter called a Korean medical doctor). This study aimed to compare the provision of complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) by these providers to CAM use per self-judgement in Korea. Read more here.

Mindfulness and Avoidance Mediate the Relationship between Yoga Practice and Anxiety

There is accumulating evidence that yoga and mindfulness meditation can alleviate symptoms of anxiety, although the mechanisms by which this occurs remain unclear. The purpose of this study was to examine the relationship between yoga practice and self-reported anxiety as well as the potential mediating roles of mindfulness and emotional avoidance. Read more here.

Complementary Health Practices for Treating Perinatal Depression

This article provides a focused review of the evidence for several complementary health approaches (ie, omega-3 fatty acids, folate, vitamin D, selenium, zinc, magnesium, B vitamins, physical activity, yoga) in the treatment of perinatal depression. There is evidence that some of these treatments may be reasonable to consider in women during pregnancy or the postpartum period. However, there are little data on the comparative safety and efficacy of these relative to traditional treatments (eg, psychotherapy, pharmacotherapy).

Use and Perceived Effectiveness of Complementary Therapies in Parkinson's Disease

Complementary therapies are commonly used by people with Parkinson's disease to relieve symptoms not fully addressed by pharmacologic and rehabilitation therapies currently available through medical clinics and programs. Three prior surveys in the US have shown that 40–85% of patients have used complementary therapies. We were interested in understanding what complementary therapies (CTs) our patients had used, to treat what symptoms, and whether they felt that the treatments were effective.

Integrative Effect of Yoga Practice in Patients with Knee Arthritis: A PRISMA-Compliant Meta-Analysis

Benefits of yoga practice in patients with knee osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis remains controversial. This study performs a meta-analysis to quantify the efficiency of yoga exercise for patients pain reduction, functional recovery, and general wellbeing. Read more here.

Complementary and Alternative Medicine in Hospice and Palliative Care: A Systematic Review

The aim of palliative care is to improve quality of life for patients with serious illnesses by treating their symptoms and adverse effects. Hospice care also aims for this for patients with a life expectancy of six months or less. When conventional therapies do not provide adequate symptom management or produce their own adverse effects, patients, families and caregivers may prefer complementary or alternative approaches in their care. Read more here.

Yinzhihuang Oral Liquid Combined With Phototherapy for Neonatal Jaundice: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis of Randomized Clinical Trials

Neonatal jaundice affects at least 481,000 newborns every year. Phototherapy is recommended but it’s effects are limited and adverse reactions can occur. In China, phototherapy combined with Yinzhihuang oral liquid is also used for this condition. This systematic review evaluated the effectiveness and safety of combination therapy with Yinzhihuang oral liquid and phototherapy compared to phototherapy alone for treating neonatal jaundice. Read more here.