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Acupuncture for Insomnia after Stroke: a Systematic Review and Meta-analysis

Insomnia is the common complaint among patients with stroke. Acupuncture has increasingly been used for insomnia relief after stroke. The aim of the present study was to summarize and evaluate evidence on the effectiveness of acupuncture in relieving insomnia after stroke. Read more here.

Probiotics and the Microbiome in Coeliac Disease: A Randomised Controlled Trial

There is limited research investigating the composition of the gastrointestinal microbiota in individuals with Coeliac disease reporting only partial symptom improvement despite adherence to a strict gluten free diet. The aim of this research was to determine if the gastrointestinal microbiota could be altered by probiotic bacteria and provide a potential new therapy for this sub-group. Read more here.

Metabolic Syndrome Increases the Risk for Knee Osteoarthritis: A Meta-Analysis

Studies revealed that metabolic factors might contribute substantially to Osteoarthritis (OA) pathogenesis. There has been an increasing interest to understand the relationship between knee OA and the metabolic syndrome (MetS). The purpose of this study was to explore the association between metabolic syndrome and knee osteoarthritis using meta-analysis. Methods: Databases, including PUBMED, EMBASE and the Cochrane Library were searched to get relevant studies. Data were extracted separately by two authors and pooled odds ratio (OR) with 95% confidence interval (CI) was calculated.

Clinical Effects of a Standardized Chinese Herbal Remedy, Qili Qiangxin, as an Adjuvant Treatment in Heart Failure: Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis

Qili Qiangxin capsule is a standardized Chinese herbal treatment that is commonly used in China for heart failure (HF) alongside conventional medical care. In 2014, Chinese guidelines for the treatment of chronic HF highlighted Qili Qiangxin capsules as a potentially effective medicine. However, there is at present no high quality review to evaluate the effects and safety of Qili Qiangxin for patients with HF. Read more here.

Does Complementary and Alternative Medicine (CAM) Use Reduce Negative Life Impact Of Headaches for Chronic Migraineurs? A National Survey

Chronic migraine is a disabling condition that impacts multiple aspects of migraineurs’ lives. Although pharmacological treatments can help to treat the pain associated with migraine headache, chronic migraineurs often experience side-effects of pharmacological treatments. Those experiences may contribute to the observed growth in complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) use among migraineurs. Relatively little is known about the patterns of CAM treatment and the characteristics of chronic migraineurs.

Mind-Body Exercises for Nurses with Chronic Low Back Pain: An Evidence-Based Review

Chronic low back pain (CLBP) among nurses is a growing health concern. The multimodal nature of mind-body exercises has potential to impact physiological and psychological processes associated with chronic pain, affording possible advantages over conventional unimodal therapies. This paper summarizes the prevalence of and risk factors for CLBP among nurses, reviews the effectiveness in treating pain and disability of mind-body exercises (yoga and tai chi) for CLBP among the general and nursing population, and describes implications.

“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.