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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.

Green Tea Intake as an Adjunct to Mechanical Periodontal Therapy for the Management of Mild to Moderate Chronic Periodontitis: A Randomized Controlled Clinical Trial

To evaluate and compare the beneficial effects of green tea intake on the total antioxidant capacity of gingival crevicular fluid (GCF) and plasma, and to examine its role as an adjunct to nonsurgical periodontal therapy for the management of chronic periodontitis. Read more here.

Oral Treatment with Lactobacillus rhamnosus Attenuates Behavioural Deficits and Immune Changes in Chronic Social Stress

Stress-related disorders involve systemic alterations, including disruption of the intestinal microbial community. Given the putative connections between the microbiota, immunity, neural function, and behaviour, we investigated the potential for microbe-induced gut-to-brain signalling to modulate the impact of stress on host behaviour and immunoregulation. Read more here.

The Effect of Pomegranate Paste on Neonatal Jaundice Incidence: A Clinical Trial in Women during Pregnancy

Some topics such as women’s life style and nutrition and using some special medicines during pregnancy have been discussed and demonstrated as effective factors on infant’ health. Based on recommendations in Iranian traditional medicine, we aimed to evaluate the efficacy of pomegranate paste consumed by women during their pregnancy on the neonatal jaundice incidence. Read more here.

Inquiry-Based Stress Reduction Meditation Technique for Teacher Burnout: A Qualitative Study

An inquiry-based intervention has been found to have a positive effect on burnout and mental well-being parameters among teachers. The aim of the current study was to qualitatively evaluate the effect of the inquiry-based stress reduction (IBSR) meditation technique on the participants. Semi-structured interviews were conducted before and after the IBSR intervention and were analyzed using the interpretative phenomenological analysis method.

Quality of Medical Service, Patient Satisfaction and Loyalty with a Focus on Interpersonal-Based Medical Service Encounters and Treatment Effectiveness: A Cross-Sectional Multicenter Study of Complementary and Alternative Medicine (CAM) Hospitals

Treatment effectiveness holds considerable importance in the association between service quality and satisfaction in medical service studies. While complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) use grows more prominent, comprehensive evaluations of the quality of medical service at CAM-oriented hospitals are scarce. This study assesses the quality of medical services provided at a CAM-oriented hospital of Korean medicine using the service encounter system approach and analyzes the influence of treatment effectiveness on patient loyalty.