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Complementary Therapies in Medicine

Kathi J Kemper
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October 2016: Complementary Therapies in Medicine
Maricarmen Vizcaino, Elaina Stover
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October 2016: Complementary Therapies in Medicine
Crystal L Park, Lucy Finkelstein-Fox, David M Barnes, Carolyn M Mazure, Rani Hoff
OBJECTIVES: Because the use of complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) is increasing among veterans, understanding more about the characteristics of veterans who use CAM is increasingly important. Studies reporting on predictors of use almost always discuss CAM in the aggregate, yet each CAM modality represents a unique approach to healthcare, and each may have different correlates as well as different effectiveness. Very little information is available about veterans' use of each distinct modality, and about psychosocial correlates of various forms of CAM use...
October 2016: Complementary Therapies in Medicine
Arlene A Schmid, Marieke Van Puymbroeck, Jennifer D Portz, Karen E Atler, Christine A Fruhauf
OBJECTIVE: To examine the feasibility and benefits of the Merging Yoga and Occupational Therapy (MY-OT) intervention. DESIGN: This is the primary analysis of a non-controlled pretest-posttest pilot study to understand the feasibility and impact of MY-OT on balance, balance self-efficacy, and fall risk factor management in people with chronic stroke. SETTING: University research laboratory. PARTICIPANTS: People with chronic stroke were included in the study if they: had sustained a fall or had fear of falling, were able to stand, and hand impaired balance and were at risk for falls (≤46 on the Berg Balance Scale (BBS))...
October 2016: Complementary Therapies in Medicine
Ji-Young Choi, Sin-Ae Park, Soo-Jin Jung, Ji-Young Lee, Ki-Cheol Son, Youn-Joo An, Sang-Woo Lee
The objective of this study was to identify the optimal index of greenness in terms of psychophysiological responses and subjective preference. We recruited 103 adult (51 male, 52 female) participants, who were examined individually in an interior space (lab) setting at Konkuk University, Seoul, South Korea. Participants observed plants in the space for 3min per experimental index of greenness (5%, 20%, 50%, and 80%). During this period, heart rate variability (HRV) and electroencephalographic (EEG) physiological responses were measured, and the participant's preference for index of greenness and subjective index of greenness was determined via surveys...
October 2016: Complementary Therapies in Medicine
Sang Hyuck Kim, Dong Wook Shin, You-Seon Nam, So Young Kim, Hyung-Kook Yang, Be Long Cho, Keeho Park, Heui-Sug Jo, Chang-Yeol Yim, Sin Kam, Jong-Hyock Park
BACKGROUND & AIMS: This study sought to identify discrepancies between the expectations of patients with cancer and oncologists regarding the efficacy of complementary and alternative medicines (CAMs), and to determine how patients evaluate CAM efficacy after its use. METHODS: Data from the Cancer Patient Experience Study, a nationwide survey, were used. Seven subdivided efficacy domains were included in the survey. An oncologist-patient matching analysis was done to assess the concordance of CAM efficacies between oncologists and patients with cancer...
October 2016: Complementary Therapies in Medicine
Patricia Daly, Thaddeus Pace, Judith Berg, Usha Menon, Laura A Szalacha
UNLABELLED: While pediatric anti-obesity lifestyle interventions have received considerable attention, few show sustained impact on body mass index (BMI). Using the Information-Motivation-Behavioral Skills Theory as a framework, we examined the effects of a satiety-focused mindful eating intervention (MEI) on BMI, weight and mindful awareness. METHOD: HASH(0x456e620) DESIGN AND SETTING: Utilizing a two-group, repeated measures design, 37 adolescent females with a BMI >90th percentile, recruited from a public high school in a Latino community in the Southwestern United States, were randomized 2:1, one third to the group receiving a 6-week MEI and two thirds to the comparison group (CG) receiving the usual care (nutrition and exercise information)...
October 2016: Complementary Therapies in Medicine
Sara A Chacko, Gloria Y Yeh, Roger B Davis, Christina C Wee
OBJECTIVE: This study aimed to develop and test a novel mindfulness-based intervention (MBI) designed to control weight after bariatric surgery. DESIGN: Randomized, controlled pilot trial. SETTING: Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Boston, MA, USA. INTERVENTIONS: Bariatric patients 1-5 years post-surgery (n=18) were randomized to receive a 10-week MBI or a standard intervention. MAIN OUTCOME MEASURES: Primary outcomes were feasibility and acceptability of the MBI...
October 2016: Complementary Therapies in Medicine
Vitsarut Buttagat, Thitipong Narktro, Kamonporn Onsrira, Chaithawat Pobsamai
OBJECTIVE: To investigate effects of traditional Thai massage (TTM) on electromyographic (EMG) activity, muscle tension and pain intensity in patients with upper back pain associated with myofascial trigger points (MTrPs). DESIGN: A single-blind, randomized clinical trial. SETTING: The Department of Physical Therapy, School of Health Science, Mae Fah Luang University, Thailand. INTERVENTION: Fifty patients were randomly assigned to receive a 30-min session of either TTM or control (sham microwave diathermy)...
October 2016: Complementary Therapies in Medicine
Gemma V Espí-López, Marta Inglés, María-Arántzazu Ruescas-Nicolau, Noemí Moreno-Segura
OBJECTIVE: Fibromyalgia is a pathological entity characterized by chronic widespread musculoskeletal pain and the presence of "tender points". It constitutes a significant health problem because of its prevalence and economic impact. The aim of the present study was to determine the therapeutic benefits of low impact aerobic exercise alone or in combination with music therapy in patients with fibromyalgia. METHODS: A single-blind randomized controlled pilot trial was performed...
October 2016: Complementary Therapies in Medicine
Maryanna D Klatt, Cynthia Sieck, Gregg Gascon, William Malarkey, Timothy Huerta
OBJECTIVE: To compare healthcare costs and utilization among participants in a study of two active lifestyle interventions implemented in the workplace and designed to foster awareness of and attention to health with a propensity score matched control group. DESIGN AND SETTING: We retrospectively compared changes in healthcare (HC) utilization among participants in the mindfulness intervention (n=84) and the diet/exercise intervention (n=86) to a retrospectively matched control group (n=258) drawn for this study...
August 2016: Complementary Therapies in Medicine
Thomas Ostermann, Erik Baars, David McDaid
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August 2016: Complementary Therapies in Medicine
W Huang, S N Halpin, M M Perkins
OBJECTIVES: To evaluate clinical effects of auricular acupuncture treatments for pain based on a revised auricular mapping and diagnostic paradigm (RAMP-uP). DESIGN: Retrospective chart review. SETTING: A major US Veterans Affairs Medical Centre located in the Southeaster United States. MAIN OUTCOME MEASURES: Pain and efficacy rating scores based on visual analogue scales during each clinical visit. Duration of acupuncture treatment effects based on clinic notes documentation...
August 2016: Complementary Therapies in Medicine
Philip R Baldwin, Kenia Velasquez, Harold G Koenig, Ramiro Salas, Peter A Boelens
Depression is a global health concern and when rooted in childhood adversity is particularly difficult to treat. In a previous study, we found that healing prayer was effective in reducing depressive symptoms. Subjects suffering with depression according to HAM-D scores underwent task-based brain functional MRI (fMRI) prior to and after a 6-week prayer intervention, and depression symptoms were assessed at both time points and at a 12-month follow-up. Average HAM-D scores decreased from 21.6±3.0 prior to the intervention to 4...
August 2016: Complementary Therapies in Medicine
Chia-Yu Liu, Pin-Hao Ko, Hung-Rong Yen, Chen-Hung Cheng, Yu-Hsien Li, Zih-Han Liao, Chung-Hua Hsu
BACKGROUND & AIMS: This study examined the effects of a traditional Chinese medicine decoction, Kuan-Sin-Yin (KSY), on patients with chronic hepatitis C (CHC) in a randomised and placebo-controlled clinical trial. METHODS: This trial enrolled 70 subjects with CHC who were randomised into 2 groups each with 35 participants. In total, 29 participants in the therapeutic group took 100mL of the herbal decoction daily, whereas 28 in the control group took an herbal placebo with the same dose and frequency for the 6-week study...
August 2016: Complementary Therapies in Medicine
M Demiray, H Sahinbas, S Atahan, H Demiray, D Selcuk, I Yildirim, A T Atayoglu
Adenoid cystic carcinoma (ACC) is an aggressive malignant neoplasm of the secretory glands. Conventional chemotherapy has poor effectiveness against metastatic ACC. Thus, a novel effective therapy is needed against metastatic ACC. A majority of ACCs (up to 94%) express c-kit. Imatinib is monoclonal antibody with specific activity against c-kit but has not been found to be effective in treating patients with ACC in which c-kit is overexpressed and activated. The NF-κB and mTOR pathways have been shown that ubiquitously and concurrently activated, indicating that the inhibition of these pathways may represent a novel treatment approach for patients with ACC...
August 2016: Complementary Therapies in Medicine
Suzanne Rybczynski, Elana Katz, Scott Schultz, Cynthia Salorio
OBJECTIVE: To examine factors that influence parents' decision to accept or decline complementary therapies on an inpatient rehabilitation unit. DESIGN/SETTING: Parents of children aged 2-21 admitted for acute pediatric rehabilitation were provided a survey regarding their child's use of massage, energy therapy and acupuncture during admission. They were also asked about religious beliefs, education, perceived severity of injury and perceived response to the therapies...
August 2016: Complementary Therapies in Medicine
Phoebe Lyssandra Tan Lee, Ka-Wai Tam, Mei-Ling Yeh, Wei-Wen Wu
UNLABELLED: Researches have accumulated using non-pharmacologic interventions including acupoint stimulation, massage therapy and expressive writing to manage breast cancer-related symptoms. Results from randomized controlled trials (RCTs) can get contradictory. OBJECTIVE: A systematic review and meta-analysis were conducted to determine the effects on the quality of life, negative emotions and disease-related symptoms among women with breast cancer. METHODS: Two independent researchers performed a structured search using data sources including MEDLINE, CINAHL, Cochrane Central Register of Controlled Trials, EMBASE, PubMed and PsychINFO from the beginning of time until the first week of January 2015...
August 2016: Complementary Therapies in Medicine
Gabrielle M Bryden, Matthew Browne
OBJECTIVE: This study evaluates a revised version of the I-CAM-Q, the R-I-CAM-Q, which is a shorter scale, and suitable for use as a brief, summative measure of CAM utilisation. DESIGN: Online survey with an Australian sample (n=2697). ANALYSIS: The psychometric properties of the I-CAM-Q were analysed using Mokken Scaling Analysis and Structural Equation Modelling. RESULTS: A subset of items were identified as having an adequate uni-dimensional structure that can be aggregated to yield a scalar measure of CAM utilisation...
August 2016: Complementary Therapies in Medicine
Felicity L Bishop, George T Lewith
OBJECTIVES: To explore how patients conceptualise acupuncturists, the meanings ascribed to the therapeutic relationship and valued therapeutic behaviours. DESIGN: Qualitative study. Semi-structured face-to-face interviews explored patients' experiences of acupuncture. A diverse sample of 35 participants took part; they had used acupuncture for a variety of predominantly chronic conditions. Inductive thematic analysis was used to identify themes. SETTING: Southern England...
August 2016: Complementary Therapies in Medicine
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