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Music in Palliative Care: A Qualitative Study with Patients Suffering from Cancer

The palliative care unit is an emotionally challenging place where patients and their families may feel at loss. Art can allow the expression of complex feelings. We aimed to examine how cancer patients hospitalized in the palliative care unit experienced a musical intervention. Read more here.

Bioactive Molecule Icariin Inhibited Proliferation While Enhanced Apoptosis and Autophagy of Rat Airway Smooth Muscle Cells In Vitro

Icariin is the main active compound extracted from epimedium Flavonoids (EFs) and involved in regulation of cell behaviors (proliferation, apoptosis, and autophagy etc.) for many cell types, but the effect of Icariin on airway smooth muscle cells (ASMCs) is still unknown. The aim of the present study is to examine the role of Icariin on rat ASMCs proliferation, apoptosis and autophagy. Read more here.

Acupuncture for the Treatment of Pain – A Mega-Placebo?

Several control conditions, such as penetrating sham acupuncture and non-penetrating placebo needles, have been used in clinical trials on acupuncture effects in chronic pain syndromes. All these control conditions are surprisingly effective with regard to their analgesic properties. These findings have fostered a discussion as to whether acupuncture is merely a placebo. Meta-analyses on the clinical effectiveness of placebo revealed that placebo interventions in general have minor, clinically important effects.

Naturopathic Oncology Care for Pediatric Cancers: A Practice Survey

The majority of pediatric oncology patients report use of complementary and alternative medicine. Some naturopathic doctors (NDs) provide supportive pediatric oncology care; however, little information exists to formally describe this clinical practice. A survey was conducted with members of the Oncology Association of Naturopathic Physicians ( to describe recommendations across four therapeutic domains: natural health products (NHPs), nutrition, physical medicine, and mental/emotional support.

Pattern of Health Care Utilization and Traditional and Complementary Medicine Use among Ebola Survivors in Sierra Leone

It is well established that Ebola Survivors experience a myriad of physical and psychological sequelae. However, little is known about how they seek care to address their health needs. Our study determines the current healthcare seeking behaviour among Ebola survivors and determines the prevalence, pattern of use and correlates of traditional and complementary medicine (T&CM) use among Ebola survivors in Sierra Leone. Read more here.

Acupuncture and Related Interventions for Carpal Tunnel Syndrome: Systematic Review

To synthesize evidence on the effectiveness of acupuncture and related therapies for primary carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS) by conducting a systematic review of randomized controlled trials (RCTs). Read more here.

Conventional and Complementary Medicine Health Care Practitioners’ Perspectives on Interprofessional Communication: A Qualitative Rapid Review

People have multi-faceted health care needs and consult a diverse range of health care practitioners (HCP) from both the conventional and complementary medicine healthcare sectors. The effective communication between HCP and with patients are obvious requisites to coordinating multidisciplinary care and shared decision making. Read more here.

Health Behavior Change and Complementary Medicine Use: National Health Interview Survey 2012

Complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) use has been associated with preventive health behaviors. However, the role of CAM use in patients’ health behaviors remains unclear. This study aimed to determine the extent to which patients report that CAM use motivates them to make changes to their health behaviors. Read more here.

Enrichment of Zein Nanofibre Assemblies for Therapeutic Delivery of Barije (Ferula gummosa Boiss) Essential Oil

The present study intended to produce electrospun zein nano-fibres containing concentrations varying from 1 to 4% w/w of Barije essential oil (BEO): BEO is said to have anti-diabetic and antioxidant properties. The BEO loaded nano-fibres were characterised for chemical composition, morphology, chemical structure, thermal behaviour, α-amylase and α-glucosidase inhibitory action. Read more here.

Value of Qualitative Research in the Study of Massage Therapy

Qualitative inquiry is increasingly used in health research because it is particularly suited to the study of complex topics or issues about which little is known and concerning which quantification cannot easily create or effectively convey understanding. By exploring the lived experience of people providing and receiving massage therapy and the meaning that those people ascribe to those experiences, in-depth understanding of the nature of massage therapy and of how it affects people's lives is possible.