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A Randomized Controlled Trial of the Effects of Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR[BC]) on Levels of Inflammatory Biomarkers Among Recovering Breast Cancer Survivors

The purpose of this substudy of a large randomized controlled trial was to evaluate the efficacy of the Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (Breast Cancer) (MBSR[BC]) program compared to usual care (UC) in normalizing blood levels of pro-inflammatory cytokines among breast cancer survivors (BCS). Read more here.

Effect of a 16-Week Bikram Yoga Program on Heart Rate Variability and Associated Cardiovascular Disease Risk Factors in Stressed and Sedentary Adults: A Randomized Controlled Trial

Chronic activation of the stress-response can contribute to cardiovascular disease risk, particularly in sedentary individuals. This study investigated the effect of a Bikram yoga intervention on the high frequency power component of heart rate variability (HRV) and associated cardiovascular disease (CVD) risk factors (i.e. additional domains of HRV, hemodynamic, hematologic, anthropometric and body composition outcome measures) in stressed and sedentary adults.

Complementary and Alternative Medicine Use and Its Association with Emotional Status and Quality of Life in Patients with a Solid Tumor: A Cross-Sectional Study

Complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) has been used widely in various populations for various purposes, including emotional support and improvement of quality of life (QOL). However, CAM use and purposes for using CAM are less clear among Korean patients with a solid tumor. The purpose of this study was to determine the prevalence and type of CAM use, and the association between CAM use and anxiety, depression, and QOL in patients with a solid tumor. Read more here.

L-Carnitine Supplementation for the Management of Fatigue in Patients with Hypothyroidism on Levothyroxine Treatment: A Randomized, Double-Blind, Placebo-Controlled Trial

Hypothyroid patients experience fatigue-related symptoms despite adequate thyroid hormone replacement. Thyroid hormone plays an essential role in carnitine-dependent fatty acid import and oxidation. We investigated the effects of L-carnitine supplementation on fatigue in patients with hypothyroidism. In total, 60 patients (age 50.0 ± 9.2 years, 3 males, 57 females) who still experienced fatigue (fatigue severity scale [FSS] score ≥ 36) were given L-carnitine (n = 30, 990 mg L-carnitine twice daily) or placebo (n = 30) for 12 weeks.

UCLA Center for East-West Medicine presents a Publishing Competition Improving the Safe and Effective Use of Chinese Herbal Medicine

The UCLA Center for East-West Medicine presents a Publishing Competition Improving the Safe and Effective Use of Chinese Herbal Medicine

$10,000 IN PRIZES



· Prizes

o 1st—$5,000

o 2nd—$3,000

o 3rd—$1,500

o Honorable mention—$250 each

· Awardees are invited to attend the herbal medicine summit on July 15, 2017. Prize winners will be notified in advance and will receive awards at the summit.


Submission Instructions:

Multiple Nutritional Factors and the Risk of Hashimoto's Thyroiditis

Hashimoto's thyroiditis (HT) is considered to be the most common autoimmune disease. It is currently accepted that genetic susceptibility, environmental factors, and immune disorders contribute to its development. With regard to nutritional factors, evidence implicates high iodine intake and deficiencies of selenium and iron with a potential relevance of vitamin D status.

Clinical Practice Guidelines on the Evidence-Based Use of Integrative Therapies during and After Breast Cancer Treatment

Patients with breast cancer commonly use complementary and integrative therapies as supportive care during cancer treatment and to manage treatment-related side effects. However, evidence supporting the use of such therapies in the oncology setting is limited.

A Randomized Clinical Trial Comparing the Effectiveness of Electroacupuncture versus Medium-Frequency Electrotherapy for Discogenic Sciatica

To investigate the short- and long-term effects of electroacupuncture (EA) compared with medium-frequency electrotherapy (MFE) on chronic discogenic sciatica. Read more here.

Results of a Randomized, Prospective, Double-Dummy, Double-Blind Trial to Compare Efficacy and Safety of a Herbal Combination Containing Tropaeoli majoris herba and Armoraciae rusticanae Radix With Co-Trimoxazole in Patients with Acute and Uncomplicated C

To demonstrate non-inferiority of an herbal combination (horseradish root and nasturtium herb) to an antibiotic (co-trimoxazole) in acute uncomplicated cystitis. Read more here.

A Survey of Probiotic Use Practices among Patients at a Tertiary Medical Centre

Probiotic use has skyrocketed in recent years. Little is known, however, about patient knowledge and practices regarding probiotic use, especially in the context of antibiotic use. An invitation to complete a short, anonymous, electronic survey was sent by email to 965 patients at a tertiary medical centre in California who had agreed to be contacted for participation in research studies. Questions were asked about both probiotic and antibiotic use in the prior three months.