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“Dancing on the Edge of Research”- What is Needed to Build and Sustain Research Capacity Within the Massage Therapy Profession? A Formative Evaluation

A recent study sought to explore and identify the structures, processes, and resources required to enable viable, sustainable and high quality MT research activities in the Canadian context. Read more here.

The Effects of Aroma Massage and Regular Oil Hand Massage on the Blood Cortisol and Serotonin Level of Elderly

Modern society has seen an increase of opportunities to enter facilities due to the rise of diseases in aging population and the decrease of family members. This research is a quasi-experiment study conducted to verify the effects on facility elders’ blood cortisol and serotonin level by applying aroma oil hand massage and regular oil hand massage to them, in order to help improve their stress and depression. Read more here.

Identifying Complementary and Alternative Medicine Usage Information from Internet Resources. A Systematic Review

Advances in Internet research are yet to be used in context of understanding CAM prevalence and perspectives. Such approaches may provide valuable insights into the current trends and needs in context of CAM use and spread. Read more here.

Complementary Medicine Health Literacy among a Population of Older Australians Living in Retirement Villages: A Mixed Methods Study

Older Australians are consumers of high levels of complementary medicines. The aim of this study was to examine health literacy in a population of older Australians related to their use of complementary medicine. Read more here.

Effects of Probiotic Type, Dose and Treatment Duration on Irritable Bowel Syndrome Diagnosed by Rome III Criteria: A Meta-Analysis

Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) is one of the most common functional gastroenterological diseases, affecting 11.2 % of people worldwide. Previous studies have shown that probiotic treatment may benefit IBS patients. However, the effect of probiotics and the appropriate type, dose, and treatment duration for IBS are still unclear. The aim of the current study was to assess the efficacy of different probiotic types, doses and treatment durations in IBS patients diagnosed by Rome III criteria via a meta-analysis of randomized controlled trials (RCTs).

Safety and Immunologic Effects of High- Vs Low-Dose Cholecalciferol in Multiple Sclerosis

To study the safety profile and characterize the immunologic effects of high- vs low-dose cholecalciferol supplementation in patients with multiple sclerosis (MS). This study provides Class I evidence that cholecalciferol supplementation with 10,400 IU daily is safe and well-tolerated in patients with MS and exhibits in vivo pleiotropic immunomodulatory effects. Read more here.

Anti-Inflammatory Nutritional Intervention in Patients with Relapsing-Remitting and Primary-Progressive Multiple Sclerosis: A Pilot Study

The aim of this work was to assess the influence of nutritional intervention on inflammatory status and wellness in people with multiple sclerosis. This study indicates that a healthy nutritional intervention is well accepted by people with multiple sclerosis and may ameliorate their physical and inflammatory status. Read more here.

Anti-Inflammatory Nutritional Intervention in Patients with Relapsing-Remitting and Primary-Progressive Multiple Sclerosis: A Pilot Study

The aim of this work was to assess the influence of nutritional intervention on inflammatory status and wellness in people with multiple sclerosis. This study indicates that a healthy nutritional intervention is well accepted by people with multiple sclerosis and may ameliorate their physical and inflammatory status. Read more here.

Changes of Local Blood Flow in Response to Acupuncture Stimulation: A Systematic Review

This systematic review aimed to summarize and evaluate the findings of studies investigating the local microcirculatory effects following acupuncture stimulation. The current evidence regarding the local effects of acupuncture in terms of blood flow remains insufficient for reliable conclusions due to few well-designed studies. Additional well-designed studies are needed to clarify these issues. Read more here.

Pragmatic Model for Integrating Complementary and Alternative Medicine in Primary Care Management of Chronic Musculoskeletal Pain

Integration of complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) into conventional care is driven by patients’ needs for holistic care. This study aimed to develop a model for integration of CAM into primary healthcare in close collaboration with patients suffering from chronic musculoskeletal pain. Read more here.

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