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Mahdieh Abbasalizad Farhangi, Parvin Dehghan, Siroos Tajmiri, Mehran Mesgari Abbasi
BACKGROUND: Hashimoto's thyroiditis is an autoimmune disorder and the most common cause of hypothyroidism. The use of Nigella sativa, a potent herbal medicine, continues to increase worldwide as an alternative treatment of several chronic diseases including hyperlipidemia, hypertension and type 2 diabetes mellitus (T2DM). The aim of the current study was to evaluate the effects of Nigella sativa on thyroid function, serum Vascular Endothelial Growth Factor (VEGF) - 1, Nesfatin-1 and anthropometric features in patients with Hashimoto's thyroiditis...
November 16, 2016: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine
Peter S Cahn
An increasingly common goal of health professions education is preparing learners to collaborate with the full range of members on a health care team. While curriculum developers have identified many logistical and conceptual barriers to interprofessional education, one overlooked factor threatens to undermine interprofessional education and practice: language. Language reveals the mental metaphors governing thoughts and actions. The words that faculty members and health care providers use send messages that can-consciously or not-undermine explicit lessons about valuing each member of the care team...
November 1, 2016: Academic Medicine: Journal of the Association of American Medical Colleges
Maria Claudia Rodríguez, Perla Villamor, Tatiana Castillo
INTRODUCTION: Pain is a disease by itself and it's a public health concern of major implication in children, not just because of the emotional component of the child and his family, but also due to the potential morbidity and mortality involving it. A proper assessment of pain it's a challenge in the pediatric population, due to their lack of understanding and verbalization of hurt. Additionally, a satisfactory treatment of pediatric pain can be arduous due to a lack of clinical knowledge, insufficient pediatric research, and the fear to opioid side effects and addiction...
November 2016: International Journal of Pediatric Otorhinolaryngology
David B Larson, Lane F Donnelly, Daniel J Podberesky, Arnold C Merrow, Richard E Sharpe, Jonathan B Kruskal
In September 2015, the Institute of Medicine (IOM) published a report titled "Improving Diagnosis in Health Care," in which it was recommended that "health care organizations should adopt policies and practices that promote a nonpunitive culture that values open discussion and feedback on diagnostic performance." It may seem counterintuitive that a report addressing a highly technical skill such as medical diagnosis would be focused on organizational culture. The wisdom becomes clearer, however, when examined in the light of recent advances in the understanding of human error and individual and organizational performance...
September 27, 2016: Radiology
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Youth incarceration is an international public health concern among developed and developing countries. Worldwide, youth are held in incarceration, detention, and other secure settings that are inappropriate for their age and developmental stages, jeopardizing their prosocial development, and reintegration into society. Youth incarceration lacks evidence and cost-effectiveness. The well-being of youth is a key indicator of the welfare of families, communities, and society at large; therefore, the Society for Adolescent Health and Medicine (SAHM) supports a paradigm shift in the role of the justice system as it relates to treatment of youth...
October 2016: Journal of Adolescent Health: Official Publication of the Society for Adolescent Medicine
Eran Ben-Arye, Shoshana Keren Rosenberg, Noah Samuels
Oncologists are frequently asked about herbal remedies claiming to "cure" cancer, or at least delay its progression. While complementary and integrative medicine (CIM) should be aimed primarily at improving quality-of-life (QOL) related concerns, "wonder cures" are part of an alternative health belief model providing hope for a "miracle" where conventional treatment has failed. We describe a physician with extensive small-cell lung cancer (SCLC) undergoing chemotherapy, with significant toxicities and impaired daily function...
August 2016: Translational Lung Cancer Research
Lu Tang, Sung-Eun Park
: Skin cancer is the most common cancer affecting the U.S. POPULATION:, a virtual bookmarking social media site, has the potential to disseminate skin cancer-related information among young women, the group with the fastest increase in skin cancer diagnosis. This article presents a quantitative content analysis of pins about skin cancer on Pinterest guided by agenda-setting theory and the health belief model. Overall, sun exposure and tanning beds were most frequently discussed as the causes of skin cancer, and alternative therapies such as herbal medicine were discussed more than traditional biomedical treatment or prevention...
September 2, 2016: Health Communication
Taryn Jade Lores, Miriam Henke, Anna Chur-Hansen
Context • Interest has been rising in the use of complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) for the promotion of health and treatment of disease. To date, the majority of CAM research has focused on exploring the demographic characteristics, attitudes, and motivations of CAM users and on the efficacy of different therapies and products. Less is known with respect to the psychological characteristics of people who use CAM. Previous research has not investigated the usefulness of integrating mind-body therapies with natural products in a combined mood intervention...
2016: Advances in Mind-body Medicine
Yaping Liu, Jihui Zhang, Siu Ping Lam, Mandy Wai Man Yu, Shirley Xin Li, Junying Zhou, Joey Wing Yan Chan, Ngan Yin Chan, Albert Martin Li, Yun-Kwok Wing
OBJECTIVES: To determine the prevalence and correlates of help-seeking behaviors for insomnia in Hong Kong Chinese middle-aged adults and their offspring. METHODS: A total of 2231 middle-aged adults (54.2% females, mean age 45.8 years) and 2186 children and adolescents (51.9% females, mean age 13.4 years) completed a questionnaire on insomnia symptoms, daytime functioning, health condition and treatments sought for insomnia. RESULTS: A total of 40% of adults and 10% of children and adolescents with insomnia reported having sought treatment for insomnia...
May 2016: Sleep Medicine
Eugene C Rich, James D Reschovsky
The Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act (MACRA) introduces incentives for clinicians serving Medicare patients to move away from traditional "fee-for-service" and into alternative payment models (APMs) such as accountable care organizations and bundled payment arrangements. Thus, MACRA creates strong reasons for various teaching clinical services to participate in APMs, not only for Medicare patients but for other public and private payers as well. Unfortunately, different APMs may be more or less applicable to the diverse teaching physician roles, academic clinical programs, and patient populations served by medical schools and teaching hospitals...
July 2016: Academic Medicine: Journal of the Association of American Medical Colleges
Manimbulu Nlooto, Panjasaram Naidoo
BACKGROUND: The roll out of antiretroviral therapy in the South African public health sector in 2004 was preceded by the politicisation of HIV-infection which was used to promote traditional medicine for the management of HIV/AIDS. One decade has passed since; however, questions remain on the extent of the use of traditional, complementary and alternative medicine (TCAM) by HIV-infected patients. This study therefore aimed at investigating the prevalence of the use of African traditional medicine (ATM), complementary and alternative medicines (CAM) by adult patients in the eThekwini and UThukela Health Districts, South Africa...
2016: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine
Janet E Fulton, Susan A Carlson, Barbara E Ainsworth, David Berrigan, Cynthia Carlson, Joan M Dorn, Gregory W Heath, Harold W Kohl, I-Min Lee, Sarah M Lee, Louise C Másse, James R Morrow, Kelley Pettee Gabriel, James M Pivarnik, Nicolaas P Pronk, Anne B Rodgers, Brian E Saelens, James F Sallis, Richard P Troiano, Catrine Tudor-Locke, Arthur Wendel
PURPOSE: Develop strategic priorities to guide future physical activity surveillance in the United States. METHODS: The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the American College of Sports Medicine convened a scientific roundtable of physical activity and measurement experts. Participants summarized the current state of aerobic physical activity surveillance for adults, focusing on practice and research needs in three areas: 1) behavior, 2) human movement, and 3) community supports...
October 2016: Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise
Hen-Yu Liu, Chiung-Fang Huang, Chun-Hao Li, Ching-Yu Tsai, Wei-Hong Chen, Hong-Jian Wei, Ming-Fu Wang, Yueh-Hsiung Kuo, Mei-Leng Cheong, Win-Ping Deng
Antrodia camphorata has previously demonstrated the efficacy in treating cancer and anti-inflammation. In this study, we are the first to evaluate Antrodia camphorata alcohol extract (ACAE) for osteoporosis recovery in vitro with preosteoblast cells (MC3T3-E1) and in vivo with an osteoporosis mouse model established in our previous studies, ovariectomized senescence accelerated mice (OVX-SAMP8). Our results demonstrated that ACAE treatment was slightly cytotoxic to preosteoblast at 25 μg/mL, by which the osteogenic gene expression (RUNX2, OPN, and OCN) was significantly upregulated with an increased ratio of OPG to RANKL, indicating maintenance of the bone matrix through inhibition of osteoclastic pathway...
2016: Evidence-based Complementary and Alternative Medicine: ECAM
Kirtigandha Salwe Carter, Robert Carter
Stress can be associated with many physiological changes resulting in significant decrements in human performance. Due to growing interests in alternative and complementary medicine by Westerners, many of the traditions and holistic yogic breathing practices today are being utilized as a measure for healthier lifestyles. These state-of-the-art practices can have a significant impact on common mental health conditions such as depression and generalized anxiety disorder. However, the potential of yogic breathing on optimizing human performance and overall well-being is not well known...
April 16, 2016: World Journal of Clinical Cases
Anna María Nápoles, Nicole Appelle, Sara Kalkhoran, Maya Vijayaraghavan, Nicholas Alvarado, Jason Satterfield
BACKGROUND: Digital health interventions using hybrid delivery models may offer efficient alternatives to traditional behavioral counseling by addressing obstacles of time, resources, and knowledge. Using a computer-facilitated 5As (ask, advise, assess, assist, arrange) model as an example (CF5As), we aimed to identify factors from the perspectives of primary care providers and clinical staff that were likely to influence introduction of digital technology and a CF5As smoking cessation counseling intervention...
2016: BMC Medical Informatics and Decision Making
Rui S Oliveira, Ying Ma, Inês Rocha, Maria F Carvalho, Miroslav Vosátka, Helena Freitas
The widespread use of agrochemicals is detrimental to the environment and may exert harmful effects on human health. The consumer demand for organic food plants has been increasing. There is thus a rising need for alternatives to agrochemicals that can foster sustainable plant production. The aim of this study was to evaluate the potential use of an arbuscular mycorrhizal (AM) fungus as an alternative to application of chemical fertilizer for improving growth performance of the medicinal and aromatic plant Coriandrum sativum...
2016: Journal of Toxicology and Environmental Health. Part A
Myra L Muramoto, Judith S Gordon, Melanie L Bell, Mark Nichter, Lysbeth Floden, Amy Howerter, Cheryl K Ritenbaugh
INTRODUCTION: Brief behavioral intervention (BI) is a tobacco-cessation best practice well established among conventional healthcare practitioners. Complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) practitioners treat significant numbers of tobacco users, but do not systematically receive BI training. The CAM Reach study developed and evaluated a tobacco cessation BI training program/practice system intervention adapted specifically for CAM practitioners, and evaluated in real-world CAM practices...
August 2016: American Journal of Preventive Medicine
Yoshitoku Yoshida, Md Harun-Or-Rashid, Yasuko Yoshida, Md Abdul Alim
Bangladesh is now facing the public health problems of deficiency of iron and iodine, especially for women. The Ministry of Health and Family Welfare of Bangladesh has implemented strong countermeasures to enhance the health condition of the nation. On the other hand, based on the concept of the Declaration of Alma-Ata, complementary and alternative medicine should be used more vigorously to enhance public health in the world. The usage of complementary and alternative medicine such as ayurvedic medicine (AM) should be increased in Bangladesh...
February 2016: Nagoya Journal of Medical Science
D Lucas, M Badia-Fabregat, T Vicent, G Caminal, S Rodríguez-Mozaz, J L Balcázar, D Barceló
The emergence and spread of antibiotic resistance represents one of the most important public health concerns and has been linked to the widespread use of antibiotics in veterinary and human medicine. The overall elimination of antibiotics in conventional wastewater treatment plants is quite low; therefore, residual amounts of these compounds are continuously discharged to receiving surface waters, which may promote the emergence of antibiotic resistance. In this study, the ability of a fungal treatment as an alternative wastewater treatment for the elimination of forty-seven antibiotics belonging to seven different groups (β-lactams, fluoroquinolones, macrolides, metronidazoles, sulfonamides, tetracyclines, and trimethoprim) was evaluated...
June 2016: Chemosphere
Lowell S Kabnick, Marc Passman, Steven E Zimmet, John Blebea, Neil Khilnani, Alan Dietzek
Whereas advancements in medicine offer potential alternatives for better treatment outcomes, these additional therapeutic options can make health care decision-making more difficult for patients, referring physicians, payers, and policy makers. In a complex and ever-changing medical world, quantifying quality care is a challenge, while the need to promote higher quality care is even more important. Many of the key developments in the field have come into common use without the opportunity for formal training for physicians already in practice, regardless of specialty background...
January 2016: Journal of Vascular Surgery. Venous and Lymphatic Disorders
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