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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29227277/use-of-complementary-and-alternative-medicine-in-georgia
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I Nadareishvili, K Lunze, N Tabagari, A Beraia, G Pkhakadze
In Georgia, like in most countries globally, people commonly resort to complementary and alternative medicine (CAM). However, not much is known about CAM practices there. The aim of the study was to document common practices of CAM in Georgia and related patient attitudes. We collected data from peoples who commonly use CAM at 20 service provision centers in Georgia using cluster sampling from 300 patients. We admininstered a cross-sectional survey and conducted descriptive statistical analyses. People in Georgia use CAM either for prevention to improve general health (33%) or to treat chronic conditions (36%), spending about 25 Euros per month out of pocket...
November 2017: Georgian Medical News
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29218996/use-of-complementary-and-alternative-medicine-among-newly-diagnosed-breast-cancer-patients-in-malaysia-an-early-report-from-the-mybcc-study
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Aina Farhana Zulkipli, Tania Islam, Nur Aishah Mohd Taib, Maznah Dahlui, Nirmala Bhoo-Pathy, Nabilla Al-Sadat, Hazreen Abdul Majid, Samsinah Hussain
BACKGROUND: The use of complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) has increased and little is known on CAM use during the initial period. Therefore, the aim was to determine prevalence of CAM use among newly diagnosed breast cancer patients prior to seeking conventional treatment. METHODS: This is a cross-sectional study involved interviewing newly diagnosed breast cancer patients in the University Malaya Medical Centre (UMMC) using a structured questionnaire...
December 1, 2017: Integrative Cancer Therapies
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29217726/the-association-between-the-use-of-biomedical-services-and-the-holistic-use-of-traditional-east-asian-medicine-a-national-survey-of-outpatients-in-south-korea
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Jae-Mahn Shim, Yun-Suk Lee
OBJECTIVES: The holistic use of a system of complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) is potentially linked to its treatment outcomes. This paper examines how the use of biomedicine is associated with the holistic use of CAM, focusing on traditional East Asian medicine (EM) that is uniquely integrated in the medical system in South Korea. DESIGN/SETTINGS: A representative national sample of EM outpatients in South Korea. PARTICIPANTS: 3861 survey respondents...
December 6, 2017: BMJ Open
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29210874/ischemic-stroke-patients-decision-making-process-in-their-use-of-western-medicine-and-alternative-and-complementary-medicine
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Chen-Ying Hsieh, Shou-Yu Wang, Yeu-Hui Chuang, Ho-Hsiang Chen
Stroke is ranked third among the top 10 causes of death in Taiwan. Besides a high mortality rate, stroke survivors are often left with physical or functional sequela. This study aimed to explore ischemic stroke patients' decision-making process using Western medicine (WM) and complementary and alternative medicine (CAM). This study is a qualitative study based on grounded theory. A total of 12 participants were recruited. Findings revealed that the participants accepted WM and CAM treatments following the onset of ischemic stroke...
January 2018: Holistic Nursing Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29198227/medical-students-attitudes-towards-participating-in-a-palliative-medicine-course-a-new-specialty-in-israel
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Gil Bar-Sela, Inbal Mitnik, Daniela Zalman, Ezequiel Flechter, Hedva Sheinman-Yuffe, Simon Vulfsons, Sergey Postovsky, Bella Smolin, Rachel Nave, Zaher S Azzam
BACKGROUND: Palliative medicine is a growing field in Israel, and its training program is still in process. The current study aimed to evaluate students' attitudes regarding a course in palliative care established in a division of oncology. METHOD: Some 45 medical students in their 5th to 6th years participated in a one-week course on palliative care. At the end of each training week, students were asked to complete a questionnaire, evaluating their attitudes regarding different aspects of the program content, such as its importance and relevance to their training as physicians, as well as the contribution of specific parts of the program to their knowledge regarding palliative care...
December 4, 2017: Palliative & Supportive Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29191190/the-effects-of-freeze-dried-ganoderma-lucidum-mycelia-on-a-recurrent-oral-ulceration-rat-model
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Ling Xie, Xiaohong Zhong, Dongbo Liu, Lin Liu, Zhilan Xia
BACKGROUND: Conventional scientific studies had supported the use of polysaccharides and β-glucans from a number of fungi, including Ganoderma lucidum for the treatment of recurrent oral ulceration (ROU). Our aim of the present study was to evaluate whether freeze-dried powder from G. lucidum mycelia (FDPGLM) prevents ROU in rats. METHODS: A Sprague-Dawley (SD) rat model with ROU was established by autoantigen injection. The ROU rats were treated with three different dosages of FDPGLM and prednisone acetate (PA), and their effects were evaluated according to the clinical therapeutic evaluation indices of ROU...
December 1, 2017: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29189188/complementary-alternative-and-integrative-medicine-for-childhood-atopic-dermatitis
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Kam Lun Hon, Alexander K C Leung, Theresa N H Leung, Vivian Leeq
Backgroud: Atopic dermatitis (AD) is a chronic relapsing dermatosis associated with itch, sleep disturbance and poor quality of life. Treatment of AD includes the use of emollients, and topical and systemic immunomodulating agents. Many patients also use complementary and alternative medicine (CAM). OBJECTIVE: This article reviews the pathophysiology of AD and clinical trials involving various modalities of CAM in the treatment of AD. METHODS: A Medline/Pubmed search was conducted using Clinical Queries with the key terms "Chinese Medicine OR Complementary and Alternative medicine" AND "Eczema OR Atopic dermatitis"...
November 28, 2017: Recent Patents on Inflammation & Allergy Drug Discovery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29175699/-do-it-yourself-vaccine-rejection-and-complementary-and-alternative-medicine-cam
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Katie Attwell, Paul R Ward, Samantha B Meyer, Philippa J Rokkas, Julie Leask
In this article, we elucidate a symbiotic relationship between complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) and rejection of, or hesitancy towards, vaccination. In Fremantle, Western Australia, and Adelaide, South Australia, we conducted in-depth interviews from September 2013-December 2015 with 29 parents who had refused or delayed some or all of their children's vaccines. Our qualitative analysis found that for many, their do-it-yourself ethic and personal agency was enhanced by self-directed CAM use, alongside (sometimes informal) CAM practitioner instruction...
November 16, 2017: Social Science & Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29174791/patient-perceived-health-service-needs-in-inflammatory-arthritis-a-systematic-scoping-review
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Julian D Segan, Andrew M Briggs, Louisa Chou, Kathryn L Connelly, Maheeka Seneviwickrama, Kaye Sullivan, Flavia M Cicuttini, Anita E Wluka
BACKGROUND: Care that is patient-centred is more likely to be sustainable and associated with improved health outcomes. This approach to care requires an understanding of patients' health service needs, yet few studies have directly investigated the perceived health service needs of people with inflammatory arthritis. OBJECTIVES: To systematically identify the existing literature relating to patient perceived health service needs for inflammatory arthritis. METHODS: A systematic review of MEDLINE, EMBASE, CINAHL, and PsycINFO was conducted (1990-2016)...
October 31, 2017: Seminars in Arthritis and Rheumatism
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29173531/the-practical-pros-and-cons-of-complementary-and-alternative-medicine-in-practice-integrating-complementary-and-alternative-medicine-into-clinical-care
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Rachel W Winter, Joshua R Korzenik
Complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) is changing health care for individuals with inflammatory bowel disease. The move toward increasing patient autonomy and addressing lifestyle and psychosocial factors contributes to this shift. Numerous clinics and centers are offering new models to incorporate these elements. There is need for better and more robust data regarding CAM efficacy and safety. CAM offers a test kitchen for new approaches to care and care delivery, which are now being developed and studied, and has the possibility to affect patient quality of life, disease morbidity, cost, and use of health care...
December 2017: Gastroenterology Clinics of North America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29173528/massage-acupuncture-moxibustion-and-other-forms-of-complementary-and-alternative-medicine-in-inflammatory-bowel-disease
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REVIEW
Daniel J Stein
Complementary and alternative medicine is frequently used by inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) patients; most common are massage, acupuncture, and moxibustion therapy. Massage therapy is poorly studied in IBD patients; therefore, its benefits remain unknown. Acupuncture and moxibustion therapy have been shown to improve inflammation and symptoms in animal and human studies. However, current clinical trials of acupuncture and moxibustion are of insufficient quality to recommend them as alternative therapy. Nonetheless, because these therapies seem generally to be safe, they may have a role as complementary to conventional therapy...
December 2017: Gastroenterology Clinics of North America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29173517/complementary-and-alternative-medicine-strategies-for-therapeutic-gut-microbiota-modulation-in-inflammatory-bowel-disease-and-their-next-generation-approaches
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REVIEW
Abigail R Basson, Minh Lam, Fabio Cominelli
The human gut microbiome exerts a major impact on human health and disease, and therapeutic gut microbiota modulation is now a well-advocated strategy in the management of many diseases, including inflammatory bowel disease (IBD). Scientific and clinical evidence in support of complementary and alternative medicine, in targeting intestinal dysbiosis among patients with IBD, or other disorders, has increased dramatically over the past years. Delivery of "artificial" stool replacements for fecal microbiota transplantation (FMT) could provide an effective, safer alternative to that of human donor stool...
December 2017: Gastroenterology Clinics of North America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29173516/use-of-complementary-and-alternative-medicine-in-inflammatory-bowel-disease-around-the-world
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REVIEW
Petros Zezos, Geoffrey C Nguyen
Use of complementary sand alternative medicine (CAM) is common among patients with inflammatory bowel disease (IBD). CAM can be broadly categorized as whole medical systems, mind-body interventions, biologically based therapies, manipulative and body-based methods, and energy therapies. Most do not use it to treat IBD specifically, and most take it as an adjunct to conventional therapy not in place of it. However, patients are frequently uncomfortable initiating a discussion of CAM with their physicians, which may impact adherence to conventional therapy...
December 2017: Gastroenterology Clinics of North America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29170148/a-group-of-500-women-whose-health-may-depart-notably-from-the-norm-protocol-for-a-cross-sectional-survey
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Christoph Schnelle, Eunice J Minford, Vanessa McHardy, Jane Keep
BACKGROUND: Longitudinal studies of women's health often seek to identify predictors of good health. Research has shown that following simple guidelines can halve women's mortality. The ongoing Australian Longitudinal Study of Women's Health (ALSWH) shows that Australian women are getting better at reducing their smoking and alcohol use, and are generally diligent about attending recommended health screenings, but are becoming less successful at dealing with obesity. There are communities of women who live unusually healthy lives (Rosetans, Seventh-Day Adventists, traditional Japanese women), but their lifestyles are unlikely to be adopted widely...
November 23, 2017: JMIR Research Protocols
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29168653/utilizing-biomarkers-in-colorectal-cancer-an-interview-with-ajay-goel
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Ajay Goel
Ajay Goel, PhD, is a Professor and Director, Center for Gastrointestinal Research, and Director, Center for Translational Genomics and Oncology, at the Baylor Scott & White Research Institute, Baylor University Medical Center in Dallas, Texas. Dr Goel has spent more than 20 years researching cancer and has been the lead author or contributor to over 240 scientific articles published in peer-reviewed international journals and several book chapters. He is also a primary inventor on more than 15 international patents aimed at developing various biomarkers for the diagnosis, prognosis and prediction of gastrointestinal cancers...
November 23, 2017: Future Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29163522/the-vagus-nerve-in-the-neuro-immune-axis-implications-in-the-pathology-of-the-gastrointestinal-tract
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REVIEW
Bruno Bonaz, Valérie Sinniger, Sonia Pellissier
The vagus nerve (VN) is the longest nerve of the organism and a major component of the parasympathetic nervous system which constitutes the autonomic nervous system (ANS), with the sympathetic nervous system. There is classically an equilibrium between the sympathetic and parasympathetic nervous systems which is responsible for the maintenance of homeostasis. An imbalance of the ANS is observed in various pathologic conditions. The VN, a mixed nerve with 4/5 afferent and 1/5 efferent fibers, is a key component of the neuro-immune and brain-gut axes through a bidirectional communication between the brain and the gastrointestinal (GI) tract...
2017: Frontiers in Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29157814/mistletoe-viscum-album-extract-targets-axl-to-suppress-cell-proliferation-and-overcome-cisplatin-and-erlotinib-resistance-in-non-small-cell-lung-cancer-cells
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Soyoung Kim, Kyung-Chan Kim, ChuHee Lee
BACKGROUND: Mistletoe extract of Visucm album extract (VAE) contains many biologically active components and has been reported to be not only a complementary and alternative medicine, but also a potent therapeutic agent for many types of cancer. PURPOSE: In this study, we examined the effect of VAE on expression and activation of Axl and scrutinized the involvement of Axl in the anti-cancer activity of VAE in parental and chemo-resistant non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) cells...
December 1, 2017: Phytomedicine: International Journal of Phytotherapy and Phytopharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29157106/perception-and-use-of-complementary-and-alternative-medicine-for-low-back-pain
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Vivian Hiu Man Tsang, Phoebe Hiu Wai Lo, Fong Tao Lam, Lulu Suet Wing Chung, Tin Yan Tang, Hoi Man Lui, Jordan Tsz Gwan Lau, Ho Fung Yee, Yiu Kun Lun, Hei Tung Chan, Jason Pui Yin Cheung
PURPOSE: To determine the prevalence of complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) use in patients with low back pain (LBP) and to identify its correlation with demographic factors, clinical condition and psychosocial factors. METHODS: A cross-sectional study was conducted with 278 LBP patients. Use of CAM, demographic parameters and disease duration were determined. Self-reported health status and self-rated scales assessed the effect of disease on quality of life and emotional well-being, respectively...
September 2017: Journal of Orthopaedic Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29157096/complementary-and-alternative-medicine-the-mozart-effect-on-childhood-epilepsy-a-systematic-review
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Dana E Brackney, Jessica L Brooks
This systematic review examines the effectiveness of Mozart's music in decreasing seizures in children with epilepsy (Mozart Effect) using the Johns Hopkins Nursing Evidence-Based Practice rating scale(©). A search for articles with "Mozart Effect," "child*," and "epilepsy" was conducted in CINAHL Complete, Science Direct, Cochrane, and PubMed databases. Eight studies were selected based on the exclusion and inclusion criteria after removal of duplicates ( n = 17) and others ( n = 46). Studies included were English language, peer reviewed, published between April 2010 and February 2017, and available in full text with an abstract...
January 1, 2017: Journal of School Nursing: the Official Publication of the National Association of School Nurses
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29154070/complementary-and-alternative-therapies-in-dentistry-and-characteristics-of-dentists-who-recommend-them
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Beatrice Baatsch, Stefan Zimmer, Daniela Rodrigues Recchia, Arndt Büssing
OBJECTIVES: The aims of this study were to analyse whether dentists offer or recommend complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) remedies in their clinical routine, and how effective these are rated by proponents and opponents. A second aim of this study was to give a profile of the dentists endorsing CAM. DESIGN: A prospective, explorative, anonymised cross-sectional survey was spread among practicing dentists in Germany via congresses, dental periodicals and online (n=250, 55% male, 45% female; mean age 49...
December 2017: Complementary Therapies in Medicine
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