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Traditional Chinese Medicine Self-Care and Lifestyle Medicine Outside of Asia: A Systematic Literature Review

Chinese medicine, when applied as a whole system of care, traditionally incorporates self-care techniques and patient understanding as key aspects of patient recovery and health maintenance. Read more here.

Hypoglossal Acupuncture for Acute Chemotherapy-Induced Dysgeusia in Patients with Breast Cancer: Study Protocol of a Randomized, Sham-Controlled Trial

Distortion of taste sensations is a common chemotherapy-induced side effect; however, treatment evidence is limited. Pilot data indicated that acupuncture might be able to improve symptoms of dysgeusia. Thus, the aim of this study is to investigate the effects and side effects of hypoglossal acupuncture in the treatment of dysgeusia in patients with breast cancer undergoing chemotherapy. Read more here.

Mindfulness‐Based Cognitive Therapy for Children and Adolescents with Anxiety Disorders At‐Risk for Bipolar Disorder: A Psychoeducation Waitlist Controlled Pilot Trial

Previous studies suggest that Mindfulness‐Based Cognitive Therapy for Children (MBCT‐C) is feasible and may improve anxiety and emotion regulation in youth with anxiety disorders at‐risk for bipolar disorder. However, controlled studies are warranted to replicate and extend these findings. Read more here.

Feasibility and Acceptability of a 3-Day Group-Based Digital Storytelling Workshop among Caregivers of Allogeneic Hematopoietic Cell Transplantation Patients: A Mixed-Methods Approach

Family caregivers are essential partners for patients undergoing hematopoietic cell transplantation (HCT). The caregiving role is emotionally, physically, and financially demanding. Intervention efforts to provide relief for caregiver stress during HCT are highly warranted. Read more here.

Stop, Listen, and Learn: Using Mixed Methods to Add Value to Clinical Trials

This commentary discusses the concept of value-based or value-focused health care as a rationale for researchers to incorporate mixed methods study designs a priori into clinical trials evaluating traditional, complementary, alternative, and integrative medicine (TCAIM). Along with assessing patient outcomes, information about patients’ experiences and preferences are needed to determine the value of an intervention. Incorporating a mixed-methods approach can improve the quality of clinical trials and provide important information about the potential value of the intervention.

Self-Administered Acupressure for Chronic Low Back Pain: A Randomized Controlled Pilot Trial

Chronic low back pain (CLBP) is associated with fatigue, pain, poor sleep, and disability. Acupressure is a low-risk treatment option used to manage symptoms in other groups, but its efficacy, particularly on fatigue and sleep, is unknown in CLBP. This study examined preliminary effects of two types of self-administered acupressure (relaxing and stimulating) on fatigue, pain, sleep, and reported disability. Read more here.

Efficacy of the Mindfulness Meditation Mobile App “Calm” to Reduce Stress Among College Students: Randomized Controlled Trial

College students experience high levels of stress. Mindfulness meditation delivered via a mobile app may be an appealing, efficacious way to reduce stress in college students. Read more here.

Protocol for the Development of Consensus-Based Clinical Case Reporting Guideline Extension: CARE for Acupuncture

Health research reporting guidelines for case reports (CARE - CAse REport) published in 2013 and 2017 have become a generally accepted standard for publishing case reports. The CARE guidelines represent an architectural framework for writing an evidence-based case report that can be customized as need for a specialty (or disease) if needed. Read more here.

Traditional Chinese Medicine Preparation Combined Therapy May Improve Chemotherapy Efficacy: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis

Whether traditional Chinese medicine preparation combined therapy can improve the efficacy of chemotherapy is controversial. This meta-analysis evaluates the efficacy of traditional Chinese medicine preparation combined with chemotherapy. Read more here.

Evaluation of in vitro Embryotoxicity Tests for Chinese Herbal Medicines

Chinese herbal medicines (CHMs) have been widely used during pregnancy, but feto-embryo safety tests are lacking. Here we evaluated in vitro embryotoxicity tests (IVTs) as alternative methods in assessing developmental toxicity of CHMs. Ten CHMs were selected and classified as strongly, weakly and non-embryotoxic. Read more here.

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