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Alternative Medicine News Dec 2006

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State College church to hold Christmas fair
STATE COLLEGE -- Give a cow, provide a meal or medical services and don't worry about the wrapping. The Alternative Christmas Fair, being offered Sunday by University Baptist and Brethren Church, offers people the opportunity to give holiday gifts of charitable contributions. (Fri, 01 Dec 2006 08:10:59 GMT)

Merck Announces JANUMET(TM), the Trademark for its Investigational Combination Therapy of Sitagliptin Phosphate and
WHITEHOUSE STATION, N.J.----Merck & Co., Inc. today announced the trademark JANUMET for MK-0431A, the Company's investigational oral medicine combining sitagliptin phosphate with metformin for type 2 diabetes. (Fri, 01 Dec 2006 13:30:00 GMT)

Expert Advice Online On Alternative Medicine
As alternative medicine becomes more popular, a growing number of people are accessing the internet for information. The problem is sifting through tons of web pages, and deciding what is reliable and what isn't. Hence the creation of www.safealternativemedicine.co.uk.SafeAlternativeMedicine was created at the end of 2005. It is a unique reference point on safe alternative medicine. [click link (Fri, 01 Dec 2006 18:08:07 GMT)

FEAR OVER NATURAL MEDICINE
CHILDREN are being put at risk by alternative medicine, it was claimed yesterday. Doctor James McLay dismissed homeopathic remedies as "magic" and insisted their use could lead to under-treatment of kids. (Sat, 02 Dec 2006 05:41:21 GMT)

What Mainstream Media Doesn't Tell You: Medical Treatment And The Business Of Disease
Pete Boardman is a cancer patient. He has first hand experience with our system of disease treatment, having been diagnosed with cancer and gone through the routine of surgery and chemotherapy. He believes that the treatment routine of our "modern" medicine may be oriented towards profit rather than helping people and asks: "where are the alternatives?" Photo credit: fotomark Well, I cannot (Sat, 02 Dec 2006 08:55:22 GMT)

Alternative gifts come from world
For many international travelers, one of the greatest rewards of a trip to a developing country is the chance to help low-income artisans by buying locally made souvenirs. And if a journey isn't in the cards, you can support indigenous craftspeople by buying holiday gifts from a growing network of companies that promote fair-trade principles. USA Today's Laura Bly has a few globe-spanning (Sat, 02 Dec 2006 10:02:02 GMT)

Catholic institute melds faith with reproductive medicine
OMAHA, Neb. – Craig Turczynski traveled from Texas to find ways to help infertile women that do not conflict with his religious beliefs. Cherie LeFevre came from St. Louis to learn how to treat her OB-GYN patients in obedience to her Catholicism. Amie Holmes flew from Ohio so she could practice medicine in conformity with church teachings when she graduates from medical school. (Sat, 02 Dec 2006 10:35:46 GMT)

High-tech alternative may replace breast biopsy
An experimental ultrasound technique that measures how easily breast lumps compress and bounce back could enable doctors to determine instantly whether a woman has cancer or not without doing a biopsy. (Sat, 02 Dec 2006 14:04:10 GMT)

CleveMed awarded $245,000 NIH grant to develop a device for quantifying the efficacy of alternative medicine techniques
Cleveland Medical Devices has announced that it has been awarded $245,000 in NIH SBIR funding. (Sat, 02 Dec 2006 20:07:12 GMT)

Traditional Medicine Relief For HIV/AIDS
BEIJING, Dec 3 (Bernama) -- In 1998, Wei Jianan was sent to Tanzania to work on HIV and Aids sufferers using traditional Chinese medicine. He was part of a stream of physicians sent by China to the east African country since 1987 to help ease the Aids situation there. (Sun, 03 Dec 2006 03:59:15 GMT)

Visits give hope to female inmates
It's a project that brings seasonal joy, music and gifts - with a serious underpinning. When Carolyn Burke visits women incarcerated in Albion Correctional Facility on the first Saturday of each December, "That's my medicine," she said. (Sun, 03 Dec 2006 14:03:25 GMT)

Saudi students return to West after 9/11 setback
Saudi students are returning to the United States after tensions in the wake of the September 11 attacks but other Western countries remain an easier alternative for many, Saudis and foreign diplomats said. (Sun, 03 Dec 2006 17:15:55 GMT)

'Shift ayurvedic OPD from Sassoon'
MARD seeks shifting of 60 beds of Dept of Chest & TB to hospital At time when alternative systems of medicine are being promoted, the Maharashtra Association of Resident Doctors (MARD) now finds no basis for the presence of an 'Ayurvedic Out Patient Department (OPD)' at the Sassoon General Hospital campus. In fact the tussle seems more about shifting the Ayurvedic OPD to accommodate the (Sun, 03 Dec 2006 20:15:41 GMT)

Saudi students come West after 9/11
Saudi students are returning to the United States after tensions in the wake of the Sept. 11 attacks but other Western countries remain an easier alternative for many, Saudis and foreign diplomats said. (Sun, 03 Dec 2006 20:51:17 GMT)

Firm under fire over 'snuff bullets'
A TOBACCO company was accused last night of "reprehensibly" bending Scotland's tough anti-smoking laws by marketing "snuff bullets" as a healthy alternative. (Mon, 04 Dec 2006 01:36:26 GMT)

Europe markets rise on M&A
LONDON, England (Reuters) -- European shares rose on Monday, supported by further merger and acquisition activity, while news that Pfizer has halted development of a key experimental drug boosted rivals with alternative products. (Mon, 04 Dec 2006 09:20:46 GMT)

Local: Doctor puts heart into alternative health program
NASHUA – Dr. Peter Klementowicz couldn't be more excited about a pilot program he launched in June at St. Joseph hospital that focuses on lifestyle interventions, exercise and nutrition to control or prevent cardiovascular disease. ... - BY HATTIE BERNSTEIN Telegraph Staff (Mon, 04 Dec 2006 12:22:58 GMT)

Parkinson's Approach With Stem Cells A Promising First Step
Brain cells derived from human embryonic stem cells improved the condition of rats with Parkinson's-like symptoms dramatically, but the treatment caused a significant problem -- the appearance of brain tumors -- that scientists are now working to solve. The study is featured on the cover of the November issue of Nature Medicine. (Mon, 04 Dec 2006 14:12:12 GMT)

Other drugs do what Pfizer's aimed to do
Pfizer Inc.'s new experimental heart drug is dead, but the dual approach the company was testing — boosting good cholesterol while lowering the bad — is very much alive, specialists said Monday. (Tue, 05 Dec 2006 00:09:11 GMT)

Glaxo medicine beats older diabetes rivals
Avandia and Avandamet show well in diabetes study. (Tue, 05 Dec 2006 05:58:27 GMT)

• Indian Herbals, to Enter $65 Billion US Pharmacy Industry
The first prescription herbal drug has been approved by the US Food and Drugs Administration. Indian drug makers were the pioneers of this product, a traditional medicine that was later proved to be an effective dietary supplement with therapeutic properties. (Tue, 05 Dec 2006 14:29:44 GMT)

Kenya: Public Hospitals to Give Herbal Drugs
The Government has finally agreed to support the use of herbal medicine. (Tue, 05 Dec 2006 19:32:43 GMT)

Helping the medicine go down
Sniffling, hacking youngsters aren't especially philosophical. Yet faced with a spoonful of toe-curling cough syrup, even they suspect truth in the adage that some remedies are worse than the disease. But help is arriving in medicines that dissolve or melt on your tongue, or come with chocolate-flavored sprinkles. Whether you call them "drug delivery systems" or answered prayers, these (Tue, 05 Dec 2006 22:16:12 GMT)

UC athletic training center OKd by regents / Committee swims against a tide of much opposition in 7-0 special meeting
A committee of the governing UC Board of Regents unanimously approved a controversial plan Tuesday to build a $125 million athletic training center on its Berkeley campus as part of an overhaul of California Memorial Stadium. Although the university... (Wed, 06 Dec 2006 05:32:47 GMT)

National Disease Research Interchange Appoints Broxmeyer Board Chairman
PHILADELPHIA----The National Disease Research Interchange has appointed Hal E. Broxmeyer, Ph.D., as Board Chairman effective January 1, 2007. Dr. Broxmeyer, a leading researcher in the cause of blood-related disorders, is Chairman of the Department of Microbiology and Immunology and Scientific Director of the Walther Oncology Center of the Indiana University School of Medicine, Indianapolis. (Wed, 06 Dec 2006 12:00:00 GMT)

Alternative schooling found for child with special needs
ROANOKE RAPIDS - Two months after a disabled child had a near-fatal seizure at Aurelian Springs Elementary School - prompting the family to pull him out of the school system - his mother and grandmother are hopeful a safe and appropriate learning environment has been found. (Wed, 06 Dec 2006 12:29:28 GMT)

'We are not going to quit until we find him'
MERLIN, Oregon (AP) -- Fresh search teams prepared to join the hunt for a San Francisco man who set out on foot Saturday to find help for his stranded family in Oregon's snowy coastal mountains. (Wed, 06 Dec 2006 14:06:17 GMT)

Early HIV Treatment Fails To Restore Memory T Cells
Most of the body's memory T cells vanish within weeks after a person is infected with the HIV virus. In a study from the Aaron Diamond AIDS Research Center and the Bernard-Nocht Institute appearing in the international open-access journal PLoS Medicine, researchers report that these memory T cells, mostly found in the digestive tract, tend not to return to normal even after years of treatment for (Wed, 06 Dec 2006 15:13:54 GMT)

South Africa: Scientists Warn State-Supplied Aids Drug Poses Diabetes Threat
Widely used HIV drug stavudine increases the risk of diabetes, scientists warned yesterday at the 19th World Diabetes Congress, as they urged government to speed up registration of an alternative antiretroviral medicine called tenofovir. (Wed, 06 Dec 2006 17:36:41 GMT)

Search continues for man lost in Oregon
Fresh search teams joined the hunt Wednesday for a San Francisco man who set out on foot during the weekend to find help for his stranded family in Oregon's snowy coastal mountains. (Wed, 06 Dec 2006 18:20:30 GMT)

Spiritual Interventions Do Not Help Recovery, But May Relax Heart Patients, Reports the Harvard Men's Health Watch
Stress and depression can increase the risk of heart disease and impair recovery from heart attacks. And although not as soundly proven, optimistic and relaxed patients seem to weather illness better than the gloomy and anxious. Can spiritual interventions make tests and treatments easier for patients? Like many areas of alternative medicine, this has not been fully investigated, reports the (Wed, 06 Dec 2006 18:30:56 GMT)

Angola: National Week Against Aids On Thursday
Angola's third National Week of fight against aids and great endemic diseases (SENASIDA) will open Thursday on the premises of the Luanda International Trade Fair, with a fair on health and medicine. (Wed, 06 Dec 2006 20:28:21 GMT)

Spiritual Interventions Do Not Help Recovery, but May Relax Heart Patients
Can spiritual interventions make tests and treatments easier for patients? Like many areas of alternative medicine, this has not been fully investigated, reports the December 2006 issue of Harvard Men's Health Watch. But two studies serve as models for further research. (Thu, 07 Dec 2006 00:30:29 GMT)

Alternative Medicine: Acupuncture treats low back pain
Low back pain is one of the most common health complaints in the country today, and acupuncture can be a very effective method of treatment. (Thu, 07 Dec 2006 01:32:02 GMT)

Environment-friendly fertiliser rights secured
Ballance Agri-Nutrients has purchased the rights to be New Zealand’s primary manufacturer and distributor of BioPhos, a biologically released phosphate fertiliser, considered to be a more environmentally friendly alternative to conventional phosphate fertilisers. (Thu, 07 Dec 2006 03:44:21 GMT)

Not ready to quit? Try cutting back
BURLINGTON, Vt. – In a review article in the December Nicotine and Tobacco Research, researchers at the University of Vermont have found an unexpected, effective alternative to motivate smokers to quit smoking – cutting back. (Thu, 07 Dec 2006 05:07:09 GMT)

Coltox™: New Non-Prescription Herbal Formula Aims to Cleanse the Colon and Intestines Without Procedures or Chemicals
Natural medicine continues to grow as an alternative to traditional drugs and medical procedures. One of the newest all-natural herbal formulas on the market, Coltox™, is designed to promote weight loss, regularity and a stronger immune system by cleansing and detoxifying the colon. This new product is the latest from Richmond Medical Research, a leader in studies of natural internal medicine. (Thu, 07 Dec 2006 08:47:56 GMT)

Stent Showdown
A crucial FDA meeting on drug-eluting stents begins today. Much is at stake. (Thu, 07 Dec 2006 11:08:30 GMT)

Health bill wins all-party support
A Bill to better regulate health professionals was passed yesterday with all party support. The Professions Supplementary to Medicine Amendment Bill 2006 will give the powers to suspend or bar people for misconduct. (Thu, 07 Dec 2006 14:16:04 GMT)

Area woman provides alternative treatments
Clark County hasn't demonstrated an overwhelming demand for acupuncture or other alternative medical treatment for pets. Half a dozen veterinary clinics polled by phone don't offer such services, with the exception of chiropractic services at Alder Creek Veterinary in Battle Ground. (Thu, 07 Dec 2006 17:38:38 GMT)

Researchers Discover Unique Marker To Identify Breast Cancer Protein
Researchers at Indiana University School of Medicine have discovered a way to identify a key protein in breast cancer cells, raising hopes that it will lead to a significantly better method for early detection of the disease. (Thu, 07 Dec 2006 20:10:52 GMT)

Alternative funding mechanisms For Water Charges
Environment Canterbury councillors today agreed to advance planning for a uniform annual general charge (UAGC) and to investigate ways of charging water users for water management. However, the earliest these two mechanisms could be considered for implementation would be July 2008. (Thu, 07 Dec 2006 21:14:50 GMT)

Not ready to quit? Try cutting back
In a review article in the December Nicotine and Tobacco Research, researchers at the University of Vermont have found an unexpected, effective alternative to motivate smokers to quit smoking - cutting back. According to the qualitative review of 19 studies on smoking reduction in individuals who did not want to quit, this method, typically coupled with the use of nicotine replacement products, (Thu, 07 Dec 2006 23:55:59 GMT)

Business news in brief: FDA probe likely to delay approval of Cephalon drug
Cephalon Inc. shares fell yesterday after the drug company said U.S. regulators could delay final approval of its Nuvigil, for excessive sleepiness, as the agency investigates a case of a serious rash with a related medicine. The Food and Drug Administration has asked Cephalon for additional information about a potentially dangerous rash in a clinical trial of Sparlon, which contains the same (Fri, 08 Dec 2006 08:15:29 GMT)

Can acupuncture treat mental disorders?
A GROWING number of doctors of Western medicine are beginning to investigate the potency of acupuncture as a healing modality for mentally ill patients. (Fri, 08 Dec 2006 15:39:37 GMT)

Attitude is everything
Look out late night television, here comes Elise Heck. Though most people would argue that traditional medical practice peppered with a bit of humor is not a good mix, Elise may argue that the use of alternative treatments, including humor, to cope with stress can have good results. (Fri, 08 Dec 2006 21:19:21 GMT)

Alternative Cold Remedies Abound
Keep this in mind the next time you complain about there being no cure for the common cold. It's not easy to cure something caused by several thousand different viruses. (Sat, 09 Dec 2006 00:21:43 GMT)

Alternative medicine gaining acceptance
Bradley Weiss, a doctor of chiropractic in Natick has seen many changes in the 22 years he has been practicing. "When I first started practicing I was the last case resort doctor patients would call," said Weiss. "Now we are being called first. (Sat, 09 Dec 2006 06:27:51 GMT)

Corrections
● A story Thursday on A1 misstated services being contemplated for an alternative health center with links to Dr. Andrew Weil that is being touted as a possible addition to the Rio Nuevo Downtown redevelopment project. The services being discussed for the facility include: an exhibition center for lectures and information about alternative medicine; a center to help plan healthy vacations; and (Sat, 09 Dec 2006 07:15:47 GMT)

Targeting A Single Gene Could Inhibit Bone Decay And Stimulate Bone Growth
Researchers at the University of Pennsylvania's School of Medicine have found by targeting the function of a single gene that it is possible to inhibit bone decay while simultaneously stimulating bone formation. This concept may lead to drug treatments for osteoporosis and other bone diseases. Senior author Yongwon Choi, PhD, professor of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine at the University of (Sat, 09 Dec 2006 15:10:52 GMT)

FDA Panel: New Warnings for Stents
An FDA advisory panel recommended new warnings for popular medical devices used in millions of patients with cardiovascular disease. (Sat, 09 Dec 2006 19:02:17 GMT)

All-natural woman
Teresa Hale – the woman who brought alternative health to the masses – extols 'breast enlargement through hypnosis’ and plans on living into her 120s. What’s she on, asks Julia Llewellyn Smith. (Sun, 10 Dec 2006 00:32:48 GMT)

Wellness tourism wins local support
If the city, a pair of developers and Dr. Andrew Weil have their way, Tucson may be on its way to solidifying its leadership as an international destination for health and wellness. (Sun, 10 Dec 2006 07:07:28 GMT)

Proven anticrime programs spurned
They are called the "gold standard" for violence-prevention programs: 11 models - out of more than 600 examined - that have proved most effective at thwarting crime and violence. (Sun, 10 Dec 2006 08:04:12 GMT)

HeadOn users need some help upstairs, docs say
The commercials are everywhere and likely to give you a headache. (Sun, 10 Dec 2006 09:11:30 GMT)

Hip fractures a mortal test for elders and for medicine
A nurse beckoned and Angeline Scardino, leaning lightly on the cane that was an unwanted 81st birthday present, calmly made her way toward the examining room. (Sun, 10 Dec 2006 09:54:24 GMT)

Alternative goes begging: Health savings accounts drawenrollees, but at slow pace
WHEN JAMES BOTH’s employer switched from a traditional health-care plan to one with high-deductible insurance and potential income-tax deductions, he was all for it. (Sun, 10 Dec 2006 11:45:02 GMT)

Wellness Tourism Wins Local Support
By Levi J. Long and Joseph Barrios, The Arizona Daily Star, Tucson Dec. 10--If the city, a pair of developers and Dr. Andrew Weil have their way, Tucson may be on its way to solidifying its leadership as an international destination for health and wellness. (Sun, 10 Dec 2006 14:16:12 GMT)

Bringing Relief to Uganda: Spokane Acupuncturist Part of Team That Will Teach Alternative Treatments
By Jamie Tobias Neely, The Spokesman-Review, Spokane, Wash. Dec. 10--Friday morning, Angela-Marie Slotten was scheduled to climb aboard a KLM flight to Uganda, packing along DEET spray, Luna bars and 200 fine, stainless steel needles. (Sun, 10 Dec 2006 20:15:32 GMT)

Medicine Bill Axes Proposal to Ban TV Ads
By HAYMAN, Kamala Television advertisements for prescription medicines will not be banned by law, disappointing public health campaigners and some doctors. (Sun, 10 Dec 2006 23:13:12 GMT)

The Lost Promise of a Heart Drug (7 Letters)
To the Editor:. (Mon, 11 Dec 2006 03:53:53 GMT)

Spiritual Interventions Do Not Help Recovery, But May Relax Heart Patients
Stress and depression can increase the risk of heart disease and impair recovery from heart attacks. And although not as soundly proven, optimistic and relaxed patients seem to weather illness better than the gloomy and anxious. [click link for full article] (Mon, 11 Dec 2006 08:14:28 GMT)

Fair features alternative therapy, health initiatives
ITHACA — Educators and exhibitors explored various methods of alternative therapy and health initiatives at the Sustainable Health and Wellness Fair at Ithaca College on Saturday. (Mon, 11 Dec 2006 10:27:51 GMT)

The MBAs who changed the world?
When most MBA students take on practical business exercises their main ambitions are a bit of useful experience and a good grade. (Mon, 11 Dec 2006 12:50:05 GMT)

Bayer, Nuvelo Experimental Clot Drug Fails Two Trials (Update3)
Dec. 11 (Bloomberg) -- Bayer AG, Germany's largest drugmaker, and partner Nuvelo Inc. said an experimental anti-clot treatment failed to help patients in two clinical trials. Nuvelo shares plunged as much as 83 percent. (Mon, 11 Dec 2006 14:54:44 GMT)

Swedish massage benefits osteoarthritis patients
New Haven, Conn. -- Massage therapy is a safe and effective way to reduce pain and improve function in adults with osteoarthritis of the knee, researchers at the Yale Prevention Research Center and at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey (UMDNJ) report in the first clinical trial to assess the effectiveness of this treatment. (Mon, 11 Dec 2006 21:22:42 GMT)

Massage May Help Knee Osteoarthritis
Knees hurt? Massage may cut the pain and improve function if you have osteoarthritis in your knees, a new study shows. (Mon, 11 Dec 2006 22:17:27 GMT)

Foreign hand in healthcare foray
A 1,000-bed multi-speciality hospital with non-invasive treatment of tumours, a biotech research centre offering stem-cell therapy, serviced apartments for patient families, medical mall, alternative medicine centre, nursing training institute. And all on the same campus. (Mon, 11 Dec 2006 23:19:15 GMT)

Massage May Help Knee Osteoarthritis
Knees hurt? Massage may cut the pain and improve function if you have osteoarthritis in your knees, a new study shows. (Tue, 12 Dec 2006 02:17:29 GMT)

“Ayurveda Stresses On Prevention of Diseases”
Kabiraj MADHUSUDAN LOHANI is a well-known practitioner of Arurvedic medicine. Working at Naradevi Hospital , Kabiraj Lohani also served at Singha Durbar Vaidya Khana, an oldest manufacturing center of Nepalese traditional medicines. (Tue, 12 Dec 2006 05:20:47 GMT)

Comparison Between Phytoestrogens and Estradiol in the Prevention of Atheroma in Ovariectomized Cholesterol-Fed Rabbits
By Haines, C; James, A; Sahota, D; Chen, Z Y; Et al ABSTRACT Objectives There is increasing interest in the role of complementary and alternative medicines for the treatment of menopause-related problems. (Tue, 12 Dec 2006 09:12:08 GMT)

Health Tip: Saturated Fats vs. Unsaturated Fats
(HealthDay News) -- While it is necessary and healthy to have some fat in the diet, too much dietary fat can lead to obesity and other conditions like heart disease, stroke and diabetes. (Tue, 12 Dec 2006 14:02:34 GMT)

Swedish Massage Benefits Osteoarthritis Patients
Massage therapy is a safe and effective way to reduce pain and improve function in adults with osteoarthritis of the knee, researchers at the Yale Prevention Research Center and at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey (UMDNJ) report in the first clinical trial to assess the effectiveness of this treatment. (Tue, 12 Dec 2006 15:05:08 GMT)

Smoking Reduction May Lead To Unexpected Quitting
In a review article in the December Nicotine and Tobacco Research, researchers at the University of Vermont have found an unexpected, effective alternative to motivate smokers to quit smoking - cutting back. [click link for full article] (Tue, 12 Dec 2006 21:12:22 GMT)

'Experiments on monkeys are vital to medicine', say experts
Monkeys must continue to be used in experiments to help in the fight against Aids, malaria and neurological diseases, experts said (Tue, 12 Dec 2006 23:12:12 GMT)

UW-led team discovers gene for inherited pancreatic cancer
An international group of researchers has discovered that the mutated form of a gene called Palladin causes familial pancreatic cancer. The findings, published online December 12 in the journal PLoS-Medicine, may help explain why the disease is so deadly. (Tue, 12 Dec 2006 23:20:59 GMT)

Higher Physical Activity Associated With Reduced Risk Of Breast Cancer
Women with higher levels of physical activity may have a reduced risk of breast cancer after menopause, according to a report in the December 11/25 issue of Archives of Internal Medicine, one of the JAMA/Archives journals. The association appears to be stronger for estrogen receptor positive/progesterone receptor negative tumors (which are typically more aggressive) than for other types of breast ... (Wed, 13 Dec 2006 01:04:42 GMT)

Better Evidence Needed
By Joe and Teresa Graedon Physicians frequently look down on home remedies and other alternative therapies because there is rarely scientific evidence to support them. In an age of "evidence-based medicine," there is no room for folklore. (Wed, 13 Dec 2006 03:05:09 GMT)

Alternative Gifts That Lift Your Spirit
Can't figure out what to buy for the person who seems to have everything? (Wed, 13 Dec 2006 04:45:57 GMT)

Funding to supplement BHM group's growth
Kathryn Moore A YORKSHIRE-BASED company which supplies some of the biggest names in the alternative medicine industry with health supplements has secured more than £2.85m in funding to develop the business. (13/12/2006 08:36:34) (Wed, 13 Dec 2006 08:43:54 GMT)

Holiday humanity
In the Bay Area and across the globe, people are choosing to give alternative gifts -- donations in a recipient's name to a humanitarian or environmental organization. Post a Comment (Wed, 13 Dec 2006 11:28:52 GMT)

New study says use of primates in medical research imperative
Scientists say there is a strong case for using primates in medical research to improve human health conditions. According to a study by the Academy of Medical Sciences, using non-human primates remained the only alternative in answering important scientific and medical questions in certain circumstances. (Wed, 13 Dec 2006 13:21:32 GMT)

Get these great gifts for every budget
'Today' financial editor Jean Chatzky went shopping for the hottest gifts of the season and found a high and low alternative for each. Here's her list. (Wed, 13 Dec 2006 14:14:47 GMT)

Drug Combination Slows Progression Of Treatment Resistant Bone Marrow Cancer
Combining a newly formulated drug with one that is already a standard treatment slows the progression of multiple myeloma, an advanced cancer of the bone marrow cells, according to a clinical trial led by a University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Medicine researcher. (Wed, 13 Dec 2006 14:39:26 GMT)

Local News Trial for mechanical heart
Another first in Canadian medicine. A 65-year-old Quebec man has received a new long-term mechanical heart that's supposed to last up to 10 years which is longer than other devices currently available. The patient had his Heartmate 2 implanted at the McGill University Health Centre last month. (Wed, 13 Dec 2006 21:45:10 GMT)

Alternative Medicine: What is cronic fatigue syndrome?
Chronic fatigue syndrome sufferers face more than devastating symptoms. (Thu, 14 Dec 2006 01:08:03 GMT)

Group wants FDA to review more drug ads
Regulators are issuing fewer citations to drug companies for false and misleading advertisements and are taking longer to do it, a congressional report says. (Thu, 14 Dec 2006 05:36:34 GMT)

Stay Away From Bad Medicine
By Ahmad Faiz WHEN I was younger, one of my favourite storyteller uncles related how he chanced upon a traditional medicine man who sold fake herbs. "I went up to his dingy hotel room to get more of the herbs he sold me earlier in the week," said Uncle Bakar. (Thu, 14 Dec 2006 07:07:06 GMT)

Breast reconstruction alternative
The two bumps that lay atop Melanie Huempfner's chest were barely recognizable as breasts when surgeons began a complex procedure last month to make their form more natural and to eliminate constant pain. (Thu, 14 Dec 2006 11:13:06 GMT)

Dangerous Ignorance
What we don't know about medical devices can hurt us. (Thu, 14 Dec 2006 11:14:14 GMT)

Prognosis not good for local alternative medicine doctor
Dr. Alan Schwartz, medical director of the Holistic Resource Center in Agoura Hills, faces charges of professional misconduct that could result in the loss of his license. In a complaint by the Medical Board of California, viewable at the website w w w. c a s e w a t c h . (Thu, 14 Dec 2006 14:04:02 GMT)

New England Journal of Medicine Confirms Replens Moisturizer Relieves Dryness for Menopausal Women; Equivalent to ...
As reported in a recent issue of The New England Journal of Medicine, women suffering from feminine dryness due to menopause can alleviate symptoms by using Replens Long-Lasting Vaginal Moisturizer, instead of relying on estrogen treatments, which may carry harmful side effects. (Thu, 14 Dec 2006 14:34:00 GMT)

GPs embrace complimentary medicine
A report in the Medical Journal on Friday shows GPs are embracing the use of complimentary medicine. The survey of 300 GPs revealed that 95% of doctors referred patients to one or more forms of complimentary and alternative medicines, while 20% practiced forms themselves. (Thu, 14 Dec 2006 18:33:57 GMT)

UPI NewsTrack Health and Science News
CHAMPAIGN, Ill., Dec. 14 (UPI) -- U.S. scientists are proposing an alternative theory to explain a giant plume seen by the Cassini spacecraft last year on Enceladus, one of Saturn's moons. (Thu, 14 Dec 2006 22:51:15 GMT)

GPs embracing complementary medicines
It seems GPs are embracing the use of complementary medicines. A report in today's Medical Journal looks at the responses of 300 GPs. Ninety-five percent referred patients to one or more forms of complementary and alternative medicines while 20 percent practiced forms themselves. (Thu, 14 Dec 2006 23:07:17 GMT)

Lottery paying off for science in S.C.
The appointment of Dr. Richard Swaja to the Endowed Chair in Regenerative Medicine at the Medical University of South Carolina raises to 11 the number of scientists hired at the state’s three research universities under a lottery-funded program to attract academic stars. (Fri, 15 Dec 2006 05:21:34 GMT)

Greater Cooperation Needed For Advancement Of Stem Cell Research - Tissue Regeneration Therapy Inhibited By ...
Tissue regeneration strategies, such as stem cell research, have undergone notable developments over the past two decades. However, an article in the journal, Artificial Organs, suggests that many challenges must be overcome before regenerative medicine is accepted as a viable science. [click link for full article] (Fri, 15 Dec 2006 08:10:57 GMT)

New stem cell technique -- no embryos used / Only women could be treated with unfertilized egg method
Scientists have found a way to make stem cells from unfertilized eggs, suggesting a potential alternative to controversial and technically difficult embryo cloning. A group at Harvard University led by research fellow Kitai Kim and stem cell pioneer... (Fri, 15 Dec 2006 11:40:41 GMT)

Socialized Medicine in a Wealthy Country
By Llewellyn H. Rockwell, Jr. [This talk was given at the LRC Health and Wealth Conference in Foster City, California, December 2, 2006.] (Fri, 15 Dec 2006 14:39:42 GMT)

Video games ease sick kids', parents' pain
When 11-year-old Gus Luna was able to play one of his favorite video games while recovering from exploratory brain cancer surgery in intensive care, his mother breathed a big sigh of relief. (Fri, 15 Dec 2006 22:45:18 GMT)

"Looking For Mr. Good-Dad"
One of City Paper 's earliest and most prolific writers, Cathy Crimmins turned out humor columns, theater reviews, food articles and cover stories on everything from alternative medicine to the food distribution center in South Philly. (Sat, 16 Dec 2006 05:21:33 GMT)

Health Highlights: Dec. 16, 2006
Here are some of the latest health and medical news developments, compiled by the editors of HealthDay: (Sat, 16 Dec 2006 17:01:19 GMT)

In Zambia, a formula to fight AIDS
Inspired by the haunting image of a sick boy she saw on a mission to Zambia in 2004, Sister Walter Maher returned to San Antonio determined to enlist the Sisters of Charity of the Incarnate Word in the battle to save babies from the AIDS virus. Africa thus became the latest frontier of the progressive nuns. (Sun, 17 Dec 2006 06:22:08 GMT)

Panel urges limits on antibiotic linked to liver risks
Common uses for Ketek should stop, it says in a new blow to the FDA. WASHINGTON — In another setback for the Food and Drug Administration's drug safety program, government medical advisors recommended Friday that sharp restrictions be placed on the use of a once-promising antibiotic that helps patients with respiratory infections but has also been linked to cases of sudden liver failure. (Sun, 17 Dec 2006 11:46:56 GMT)

The First Successful Implantation Of A Long-term Mechanical Heart As An Alternative To Transplant Announced By MUHC
The MUHC is pleased to announce the first successful Canadian implantation of a new long-term mechanical heart as an alternative to heart transplant. On 23 November 2006, the MUHC Heart Failure team implanted the HeartMate II mechanical heart in 65 year-old Gerard Langevin, of Coteau-du-Lac, Quebec. [click link for full article] (Sun, 17 Dec 2006 15:11:24 GMT)

Liquid coal: A cheaper, cleaner 21st century fuel?
When railroads ruled, it was the sweating firemen shoveling coal into the furnace who kept the engines running. (Sun, 17 Dec 2006 18:18:02 GMT)

Hormones used in breast cancer fight
Robin Khadduri gets monthly shots of a drug that blocks the male hormone testosterone and is often used to treat prostate cancer. (Sun, 17 Dec 2006 18:56:32 GMT)

FEATURE-'Jozi-H' puts South African spin on medical dramas
Source: Reuters By Sarah McGregor JOHANNESBURG, Dec 18 (Reuters) - "Jozi-H", a new television series set in a fictional Johannesburg hospital, enters a crowded genre, but this medical drama offers ... (Sun, 17 Dec 2006 23:24:31 GMT)

"Jozi-H" puts South African spin on medical dramas
"Jozi-H," a new television series set in a fictional Johannesburg hospital, enters a crowded genre, but this medical drama offers something different -- a glimpse at life in a society ravaged by violent crime. (Mon, 18 Dec 2006 00:39:06 GMT)

Dark chocolate: A bittersweet pill to take
Despite media reports over the past few years headlining the health perks of chocolate, especially darker varieties, many experts say much more research is needed before doctors start penning prescriptions for cocoa consumption. (Mon, 18 Dec 2006 02:04:35 GMT)

Dingell retakes House chair with hefty to-do list
WASHINGTON -- Over the door to John Dingell's private office hangs a large photograph of the legendary congressman, peering confidently at a chess board. (Mon, 18 Dec 2006 06:58:00 GMT)

Vanderbilt mixes alternative with conventional to heal
Glowing candlelight softly illuminates the doctor's exam room, where the only sound is the muted tick of a small clock. Andrea Wheeler lies on a padded table with her eyes closed. (Mon, 18 Dec 2006 08:12:39 GMT)

Iron-controlling Molecule in Soy, Not Plant Estrogens, Found to Reduce Cardiovascular Disease Risks; Throws Cholesterol ...
Researchers find age-related iron accumulation raises risk markers for cardiovascular disease. Risk factors can be reversed with rice bran molecule, as an alternative to soy. (PRWeb Dec 18, 2006) Post Comment:Trackback URL: http://www.prweb.com/chachingpr. (Mon, 18 Dec 2006 08:32:05 GMT)

"Jozi-H" puts South African spin on medical dramas
"Jozi-H," a new television series set in a fictional Johannesburg hospital, enters a crowded genre, but this medical drama offers something different -- a glimpse at life in a society ravaged by violent crime. (Mon, 18 Dec 2006 09:16:42 GMT)

Marin's Prima Medical adds doctors
MARIN – Prima Medical Group, which aims to give Marin County physicians a financially viable alternative to joining Kaiser Permanente as well as fill an anticipated void left by retiring primary care physicians, is expanding. (Mon, 18 Dec 2006 11:19:37 GMT)

ACP Observer Publishes Letter on GenoMed's Ability to Prevent Most Kidney Failure
ST. LOUIS----GenoMed , a Next Generation Disease Management company, announced today that ACP Observer, the monthly news magazine for doctors of internal medicine published by the American College of Physicians, included a letter in its December issue referring to GenoMed's ability to prevent potentially most kidney failure in the US. (Mon, 18 Dec 2006 14:30:00 GMT)

Menopause study disputes herb treatment
A popular herbal treatment called black cohosh is practically ineffective at relieving hot flashes and night sweats in women going through menopause, a study found. (Mon, 18 Dec 2006 21:21:32 GMT)

Black cohosh won't cool hot flashes
NEW YORK (Reuters) -- Women with hot flashes related to menopause are unlikely to find relief with the herbal supplement black cohosh -- alone or in combination with other herbal therapies -- according to a report released this week. (Mon, 18 Dec 2006 21:36:46 GMT)

Annals of Internal Medicine tip sheet for Dec. 19, 2006, issue
Data from the HALT study, Herbal Alternatives for Menopause, found that black cohosh, in three formulations, was no better than placebo in reducing symptoms of hot flashes and night sweats during menopause (Article, p. 869). The randomized, controlled trial assigned women to one of five groups taking: a black cohosh pill, a multibotanical pill with black cohosh and nine other ingredients, the ... (Mon, 18 Dec 2006 22:10:02 GMT)

Popular supplement doesn't help hot flashes -study
The popular herbal dietary supplement black cohosh, often used as an alternative to risky hormone therapy, failed to relieve hot flashes for women going through menopause, a study released on Monday found. (Mon, 18 Dec 2006 22:13:59 GMT)

HALT study: Black cohosh no better than placebo for hot flashes
1. Embargoed copies of the article, "Treatment of Vasomotor Symptoms of Menopause with Black Cohosh, Multibotanicals, Soy, Hormone Therapy, or Placebo," and the editorial, "A Randomized Trial of Alternative Medicine for Vasomotor Symptoms," can be obtained by calling the ACP Communications Department at 800-523-1546, ext. 2656. (Mon, 18 Dec 2006 22:54:43 GMT)

Menopause Study: Herbal Remedies Don't Help
Many menopausal women who are afraid that hormone replacement therapy could increase their risk of breast cancer have turned to the herbal supplement black cohosh an alternative in recent years. But a large, NIH-sponsored study reports that, unlike HRT, the supplement doesn't ease hot flashes or other menopausal symptoms. (Mon, 18 Dec 2006 23:50:35 GMT)

December Nursing News and Research Briefs
This month's news from the Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing includes results of a study on the use of complementary and alternative medicine among high risk asthma patients; research into the physical and economic impact of post-operative pain; and a variety of new research presentations by faculty and students. (Tue, 19 Dec 2006 00:28:42 GMT)

Heady future for China's ancient potions
Western companies are increasingly excited by traditional Chinese medicine as the country's own researchers bring old treatments to market. (Tue, 19 Dec 2006 03:12:40 GMT)

Vanderbilt mixes alternative with conventional to heal
Glowing candlelight softly illuminates the doctor's exam room, where the only sound is the muted tick of a small clock. Andrea Wheeler lies on a padded table with her eyes closed. (Tue, 19 Dec 2006 03:53:03 GMT)

Hike budget to popularise alt systems of medicine: Panel
New Delhi, Dec 18: Noting that there has been "little success" in popularising alternative systems of medicine in the country, a parliamentary panel has felt the need to increase its budget and said a 20-year roadmap could be formulated. (Tue, 19 Dec 2006 05:57:42 GMT)

Alternatives to conventional cancer treatments should be taken with care, say oncologists
An alternative option to conventional cancer treatments has its appeal but oncologists at the National Cancer Centre Singapore (NCCS) are urging their patients to be more cautious when considering such treatments. (Tue, 19 Dec 2006 06:50:23 GMT)

Herb doesn't remedy hot flashes, study finds
The herbal supplement black cohosh, widely promoted as an alternative to hormone replacement for menopausal women, did not relieve hot flashes for a group of women ages 45-55. (Tue, 19 Dec 2006 12:33:10 GMT)

Popular supplement doesn't help hot flashes: study
The popular herbal dietary supplement black cohosh, often used as an alternative to risky hormone therapy, failed to relieve hot flashes for women going through menopause, a study released on Monday found. (Tue, 19 Dec 2006 13:43:35 GMT)

Ramadoss vs Ramdev war hots up
New Delhi: He has been drawing crowds with his Yoga magic, professing cures with this ancient science where even modern medicine fails, but the Government has finally drawn the line. (Tue, 19 Dec 2006 16:00:38 GMT)

Older Men Treated For Early Prostate Cancer Live Longer Than Those Who Are Not
Recent findings of an observational study by researchers at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine suggest that men between 65-80 years of age who received treatment for early stage, localized prostate cancer lived significantly longer than men who did not receive treatment. The study is published in the Dec. 13 issue of JAMA. (Tue, 19 Dec 2006 16:01:21 GMT)

Fusing coffee, art, and -- alternative medicine?
For 12 years, Guy Odishaw has wanted to open an alternative health clinic. So he bought Munkabeans coffee shop in Hopkins. Then he started the Bhakti art gallery in the shop. And one of these days, he's going to start that clinic. The problem, he said, is most for-profit alternative clinics don't actually make a profit. "I have resisted what other clinics have done, which is become a nonprofit, ... (Tue, 19 Dec 2006 16:08:19 GMT)

Oviedo family practice to participate in national initiative
Dr. Neil A. Patterson in Oviedo is one of the 36 family medicine practices participating in a national pilot to evaluate ways to make health care more patient-centered. (Tue, 19 Dec 2006 17:12:28 GMT)

• Herbal medicine did not work for menopause
The study conducted by the National Institute on Aging and the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine on the use of herbal medicine black cohosh revealed that it was not effective in relieving menopausal symptoms. (Tue, 19 Dec 2006 18:04:48 GMT)

LASIK eye surgery: Alternative to corrective lenses
Considering LASIK eye surgery? Find out how the procedure is done, what you can expect after surgery and whether the risks are acceptable to you. (Wed, 20 Dec 2006 05:23:19 GMT)

Surgery or caution?
As lawmakers review a bid to restructure Rutgers and the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey, some higher-education leaders on Tuesday counseled caution while others called for an immediate and dramatic overhaul. (Wed, 20 Dec 2006 09:50:11 GMT)

When trouble strikes, simply take 2 truffles
Health is such a bother. Who wants to ruin a perfectly good kale saute wondering whether germ warfare is being fought in the foliage? I submit that stress is best undone with alternative medicine. Specifically, a home remedy: the truffle. (Wed, 20 Dec 2006 13:26:25 GMT)

AVI BioPharma and Ercole Biotech Announce Cross-License and Drug Discovery Collaboration for Alternative Splicing ...
PORTLAND, Ore. & RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK, N.C.----AVI BioPharma, Inc. , and Ercole Biotech, Inc., announced today a cross-license and collaboration agreement to identify and develop drugs that direct the splicing of messenger RNA to treat a variety of genetic and acquired diseases. (Wed, 20 Dec 2006 14:00:00 GMT)

GANNETT NJ NEWSPAPERS
TRENTON — As lawmakers review a bid to restructure Rutgers and the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey, some higher-education leaders yesterday counseled caution while others called for an immediate and dramatic overhaul. (Wed, 20 Dec 2006 14:28:50 GMT)

Stem Cells Found In Adult Hair Follicles May Provide Alternative To Embryonic Stem Cells
A team from the Medical College of Wisconsin in Milwaukee has applied for a patent on their work to isolate, grow and identify a new and readily-available type of adult stem cell that is found in the bulge of hair follicles, and appears to have a potential for diversification similar to that of embryonic stem cells. (Wed, 20 Dec 2006 16:19:56 GMT)

Study: Gut bacteria tied to weight gain / Thin mice got fat when given bugs from the digestive tracts of obese mice
The guts of obese people are teeming with a distinctive mix of bacteria that seems to make them prone to gaining weight, a startling discovery that could lead to new ways to fight the obesity epidemic, researchers are reporting today. Obese people have... (Thu, 21 Dec 2006 23:55:25 GMT)

Small grants big help for natives
KUALA LUMPUR: With a radiant smile, Anne Lasimbang describes her village’s success story. (Fri, 22 Dec 2006 01:39:08 GMT)

Mistletoe for Cancer? Maybe Not
Taking mistletoe for cancer may be ineffective and possibly harmful, British doctors report. (Fri, 22 Dec 2006 02:25:40 GMT)

Study: Teens use medicines to get high
WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Teens increasingly are getting high with legal drugs like painkillers and mood stimulants, and they're turning to cough syrup as well, says a government survey released Thursday. (Fri, 22 Dec 2006 06:34:05 GMT)

Buildup Of Damaged DNA In Cells Drives Aging
A study published in the journal Nature found that mice completely lacking a critical gene for repairing damaged DNA grow old rapidly and have physical, genetic and hormonal profiles very similar to mice that grow old naturally. Furthermore, the premature aging symptoms of the mice led to the discovery of a new type of human progeria, a rare inherited disease in which affected individuals age ... (Fri, 22 Dec 2006 11:16:25 GMT)

MRSA
BBC News Online examines what we can do about MRSA, the so-called "superbug" scourge of the wards. (Fri, 22 Dec 2006 12:33:01 GMT)

Herbal supplement fails to relieve hot flashes in large NIH trial
The herbal supplement black cohosh, whether used alone or with other botanical supplements, did not relieve hot flashes in postmenopausal women or those approaching menopause, which participated in the Herbal Alternatives (HALT) for Menopause Study, according to results from the clinical trial. (Fri, 22 Dec 2006 12:50:07 GMT)

Treatments For Urinary Infections Leave Bacteria Bald, Happy And Vulnerable
A different approach to treating urinary tract infections (UTIs) could defeat the bacteria that cause the infections without directly killing them, a strategy that could help slow the growth of antibiotic-resistant infections. (Fri, 22 Dec 2006 15:01:47 GMT)

Mistletoe Injection Linked to Tumor-Like Growth
FRIDAY, Dec. 22 (HealthDay News) -- Adding a new twist to the debate over the value of mistletoe as an alternative cancer treatment, British doctors are reporting the case of a patient whose consumption of an extract from the Christmas decoration led to a tumor-like growth. (Fri, 22 Dec 2006 19:09:00 GMT)

Mistletoe Injection Linked to Tumor-Like Growth
By Randy Dotinga , HealthDay Reporter FRIDAY, Dec. 22 (HealthDay News) -- Adding a new twist to the debate over the value of mistletoe as an alternative cancer... (Fri, 22 Dec 2006 19:19:10 GMT)

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