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Alternative Medicine News Feb 2007

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Vaccinations not to blame
In the letter Homeopathic medicine offers a safe alternative by Sylvia Collins, she writes that "many investigations show that vaccinations are a causative factor in ... autism ..." (Thu, 01 Feb 2007 02:04:50 GMT)

Few Prescription Drug Television Commercials Mention Risk Factors, Other Nondrug Treatments, Study Finds
Pharmaceutical company television advertisements largely use emotion rather than educating consumers about the risks and causes of a condition or other treatment options, according to a study published Monday in the Annals of Family Medicine, the Washington Post reports. [click link for full article] (Thu, 01 Feb 2007 12:01:45 GMT)

Lavender And Tea Tree Oils May Cause Breast Growth In Boys
A study published in this week's issue of the New England Journal of Medicine suggests that repeated topical use of products containing lavender oil and/or tea tree oil may cause prepubertal gynecomastia, a rare condition resulting in enlarged breast tissue in boys prior to puberty, and for which a cause is seldom identified. (Thu, 01 Feb 2007 15:08:48 GMT)

WELLSPACE Acquires Waddington's Massage, the Second-Largest Therapeutic Massage Center in Boston
WELLSPACE, the leading provider of integrative medicine in the US, has acquired Waddington's Massage Therapy in Newton, MA. Waddington's is the second largest provider of bodywork services in Boston after WELLSPACE. (Thu, 01 Feb 2007 17:30:00 GMT)

Stanford Hires Embryonic Stem Cell Research Expert
STANFORD, Calif.----The Stanford University School of Medicine has recruited Renee Reijo Pera, PhD, to be the new director of human embryonic stem cell research and education for the Stanford Institute for Stem Cell Biology and Regenerative Medicine. (Thu, 01 Feb 2007 18:32:00 GMT)

NovaSure: One alternative to hysterectomy
Nacogdoches Medical Center offers a new procedure for women who suffer from heavy menstrual bleeding. This new breakthrough, the patented NovaSure System, provides a minimally invasive outpatient alternative to hysterectomy, while avoiding the potential side effects and long-term risks of drug therapy. The NovaSure System uses a precisely controlled dose of energy to permanently remove the ... (Thu, 01 Feb 2007 21:59:17 GMT)

Deaths Of Woman, Baby Raise More Questions
Would your religious faith stand in the way of saving your own life or the life of your child? KMBC's Dan Weinbaum reported that faith did stand in the way of survival for Misty Horner. He said there is more death connected to the same belief. (Fri, 02 Feb 2007 04:03:12 GMT)

Naturopaths blend traditional and alternative medical care
Many Nevada County residents have been using alternative medicine for years, while others see a dwindling number of family physicians, or take treatment from both. (Fri, 02 Feb 2007 08:05:32 GMT)

New edition of British Pharmacopoeia to focus on India
Mumbai, Feb 2: The new edition of the British Pharmacopoeia will have a special focus on India, including the country's alternative systems of medicine like Ayurveda and traditional herbal medicines. (Fri, 02 Feb 2007 10:57:00 GMT)

Stay on the pill, or switch to a coil?
It's a tricky question for women in stable relationships, but new research suggests a good alternative (Fri, 02 Feb 2007 13:55:23 GMT)

Adult stem cells can at least make blood
Hailed as an "ethical" alternative to embryonic stem cells, they are shown to be able to form all of the cell types found in blood (Fri, 02 Feb 2007 14:00:21 GMT)

"Abraham's Law" passes Senate
RICHMOND, Va. A bill dubbed "Abraham's Law" for the sick teen who won a court battle to treat his cancer with alternative medicine has cleared the state Senate. The bill... (Fri, 02 Feb 2007 18:32:39 GMT)

"Abraham's Law" passes Senate
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) -- A bill dubbed "Abraham's Law" for the sick teen who won a court battle to treat his cancer with alternative medicine has cleared the state Senate. (Fri, 02 Feb 2007 19:34:27 GMT)

Features - Herbalism Provides Alternative Medical Care
Doctors diagnosed Ceara Foley with rheumatoid arthritis when she was two-years-old. At her last visit, a doctor told Foley if she did not take prescribed pharmaceutical drugs she would never carry a child or give birth. (Fri, 02 Feb 2007 21:22:33 GMT)

Va. Senate approves bill to allow alternative treatments
RICHMOND - After much debate, senators today approved 32-8 a bill that would give parents and their children ages 16 and older the ability to seek alternative medical treatment for a life-threatening . . . (Fri, 02 Feb 2007 22:18:32 GMT)

Classic coastal retreat stays vital
The Esalen Institute on California's rugged Big Sur coast first entered my consciousness when I was a teenager in the psychedelic '60s. There it lived for about 30 years, an enigmatic place cloaked in alternative jargon, secretive smiles and suggestions I couldn't quite process. Over the years, the people I met who'd actually been here -- taken a workshop, soaked in the famous mineral baths -- ... (Fri, 02 Feb 2007 23:32:54 GMT)

Physician Certified Holistic
When was the last time your doctor asked you if you were getting any massages? Acupuncture, supplements and massage all used to be known as alternative therapies. Now these holistic, or complementary, approaches to good health are being practiced by medical physicians. (Sat, 03 Feb 2007 02:28:37 GMT)

'Abraham's Law' Passes Va. Senate
RICHMOND , Va. (AP)- A bill dubbed "Abraham's Law" for the sick teen who won a court battle to treat his cancer with alternative medicine has cleared the state Senate. (Sat, 03 Feb 2007 08:23:57 GMT)

Senate OKs bill named for sick teenager
RICHMOND -- A bill dubbed "Abraham's Law" for the sick teen who won a court battle to treat his cancer with alternative medicine cleared the Senate Friday. (Sat, 03 Feb 2007 09:36:59 GMT)

Health Highlights: Feb. 3, 2007
Here are some of the latest health and medical news developments, compiled by editors of HealthDay: (Sat, 03 Feb 2007 17:01:33 GMT)

Around the Ivies
Thanks to its reputation as the “alternative” Ivy, Brown is finding itself in demand—with MTV. Brown students were reportedly seen auditioning for spots on a soon-to-be produced original MTV reality series. (Sun, 04 Feb 2007 01:52:33 GMT)

Cherry industry not just baking pies
Grower-funded Cherry Marketing Institute is kicking off a campaign to broaden the appeal of tart cherries by transforming their reputation. No longer is the fruit a mere ingredient in fattening desserts. Now it's a "superfruit." (Sun, 04 Feb 2007 08:16:18 GMT)

Health Highlights: Feb. 4, 2007
Here are some of the latest health and medical news developments, compiled by editors of HealthDay: (Sun, 04 Feb 2007 17:01:27 GMT)

MEDIA CENTRE
A £200,000 pilot scheme, in which patients can receive complementary and alternative therapies as part of their NHS Treatment, has been launched today by the Secretary of State, Peter Hain MP. (Mon, 05 Feb 2007 00:11:37 GMT)

Is There an Alternative for Cancer Sufferers?
By Rajen M. TODAY - Feb 4 - is World Cancer Day. Cancer is a leading cause of death in the industrialised world. The diagnosis, more than any other disease, strikes fear, the fear of death. (Mon, 05 Feb 2007 04:10:16 GMT)

Alternative therapy put on trial
A trial scheme where GPs can refer patients for alternative therapies is launched in two practices in Belfast and Londonderry. (Mon, 05 Feb 2007 07:27:18 GMT)

Alternative therapy put on trial
A trial scheme where GPs can refer patients for alternative therapies is launched in two practices in Belfast and Londonderry. (Mon, 05 Feb 2007 08:31:51 GMT)

Breast Growth In Boys May Be Caused By Lavender And Tea Tree Oils
A study published in this week's issue of the New England Journal of Medicine suggests that repeated topical use of products containing lavender oil and/or tea tree oil may cause prepubertal gynecomastia, a rare condition resulting in enlarged breast tissue in boys prior to puberty, and for which a cause is seldom identified. [click link for full article] (Mon, 05 Feb 2007 09:01:25 GMT)

Medical Movers
Darren Bass, physical therapy supervisor at Cox Rehab in Monett, has completed his postprofessional doctorate in physical therapy from Washington University School of Medicine, St. Louis. Bass has been employed with Cox Monett hospital for seven years. (Mon, 05 Feb 2007 09:08:19 GMT)

NEWS
Alternative therapies are to be made available on the National Health Service (NHS) for the first time to patients in Northern Ireland, the British government has confirmed. (Mon, 05 Feb 2007 09:13:35 GMT)

Is your cold medicine up to the job?
Have you drained that old bottle of Nyquil? Popped the last multi-symptom cold tablet in your cabinet? Don't expect the refill you buy off grocery and drugstore shelves to contain the same decongestant. (Mon, 05 Feb 2007 09:41:35 GMT)

Obesity Drug Helps Unlock Clues About Cancer
An approved drug for fighting obesity is helping scientists at Wake Forest University School of Medicine uncover clues about how to stop the growth of cancerous tumors. (Mon, 05 Feb 2007 11:09:14 GMT)

Unique Sugar Is Key to Improved Results Following 'Off-Pump' Bypass Surgery
People with coronary artery disease may require coronary artery bypass surgery. Today, some patients are candidates for an alternative surgery using an "off-pump" cardiopulmonary bypass technique, which eliminates the use of a heart-lung machine. (Mon, 05 Feb 2007 14:15:00 GMT)

Nigeria: Mesotherapy
Mesotherapy is the practice of injecting small amounts of medication and/or vitamins into the middle layer of skin know as the mesoderm. Mesotherapy was pioneered by Dr. Michel Pistor in 1952 and was given formal recognition as part of medicine by the French Academy of Medicine in 1987. (Mon, 05 Feb 2007 20:27:18 GMT)

Elderly in Sharjah to get medical help at home
Sharjah: Elderly UAE nationals in Sharjah will now be able to receive medical treatment in their homes as an alternative to visiting hospitals, according to an agreement signed by the Ministry of Health yesterday. (Mon, 05 Feb 2007 21:22:04 GMT)

Unique Sugar Is Key To Improved Results Following 'Off-Pump' Bypass Surgery
People with coronary artery disease (CAD) may require coronary artery bypass surgery. Today, some patients are candidates for an alternative surgery using an "off-pump" cardiopulmonary bypass (OPCAB) technique, which eliminates the use of a heart-lung machine. [click link for full article] (Tue, 06 Feb 2007 08:03:40 GMT)

WELLSPACE Acquires WomenCare, Renowned Women's Health Practice in Boston
WELLSPACE, the leading provider of integrative medicine in the U.S. has acquired WomenCare, a nationally recognized gynecological practice and fertility clinic. WomenCare is led by Dr. (Tue, 06 Feb 2007 14:30:00 GMT)

Could Ancient Mushroom Magic Banish A Modern Medical Scourge?
Diabetes, heart disease and obesity are on the rise, thanks to our sedentary lifestyle and poor diet. Now researchers are set to test if an ancient mushroom once used by Chinese royalty can help western medicine tackle 21st century health problems. (Tue, 06 Feb 2007 16:08:16 GMT)

Some Contraceptives May Cause Blood Clots: Petition
TUESDAY, Feb. 6 (HealthDay News) -- Newer, "third-generation" birth-control pills that contain the synthetic progestin desogestrel are nearly twice as likely to cause potentially fatal blood clots than older pills and should be banned immediately, Public Citizen said Tuesday in a petition filed with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. (Tue, 06 Feb 2007 19:02:00 GMT)

January 2007 glimpses
Here is a closer look at many of the U.S. military personnel killed in January because of the conflict in Iraq. (Wed, 07 Feb 2007 02:30:29 GMT)

Stanford hires director of embryonic stem cell research
The School of Medicine has recruited Renee Reijo Pera, PhD, to be the new director of human embryonic stem cell research and education for the Stanford Institute for Stem Cell Biology and Regenerative Medicine. (Wed, 07 Feb 2007 07:47:55 GMT)

Study finds dangers in heart-surgery drug
Raising fresh concerns about a widely used heart-surgery medicine, a study released Tuesday reported that the drug Trasylol increased patients' long-term risk of dying by nearly 50%. (Wed, 07 Feb 2007 08:29:56 GMT)

NHS Ducks Its Responsibility
By Newton EMERSON NORTHERN Ireland's new NHS Complementary and Alternative Medicine pilot scheme begins this week in East Belfast and Derry, thanks to a pounds 200,000 grant from the Department of Health. (Wed, 07 Feb 2007 11:16:11 GMT)

Study Finds Prolonged Exposure from a TASER Electronic Control Device Has No Abnormal Respiratory Effects on Human ...
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz., Feb. 7, 2007 -- TASER International, Inc. , a market leader in advanced personal protection devices announced today that a landmark study by Dr. Jeffrey Ho, a physician in the Department of Emergency Medicine at Hennepin County Medical Center who led a group of physicians including Dr. (Wed, 07 Feb 2007 12:30:00 GMT)

It’s Your Health: Non-traditional treatments that work
We spend approximately $47 billion a year on alternative and complementary medical treatments and therapies including chiropractors, acupuncturists, diet based therapies, and natural products. (Wed, 07 Feb 2007 14:25:29 GMT)

Better Assessment Of Transfusions Could Save Blood
Nearly 95 percent of patients admitted to hospital intensive care units are affected by anemia. Consequently, these patients receive a large number of red blood cell (RBC) transfusions in order to restore proper hemoglobin levels. New research shows that alternative treatments may lead to fewer transfusions, conserving critical blood supplies in hospitals. The report is published in Seminars in ... (Wed, 07 Feb 2007 16:09:55 GMT)

Doctors Without Dollars
With diminishing fees and burdensome regulations showing no signs of abating, the world of alternative medical income is exploding (Wed, 07 Feb 2007 17:18:48 GMT)

The Alternative to a Failed Status Quo
The Nation -- President Bush and Vice President Cheney constantly claim that critics of the war have not offered an alternative to their proposals to surge deeper into the quagmire they have created in Iraq. (Wed, 07 Feb 2007 20:52:23 GMT)

Conscience, religion alter how doctors tell patients about options
Many physicians feel no obligation to tell patients about legal but morally controversial medical treatments or to refer patients to doctors who do not object to those treatments, report researchers from the University of Chicago in the Feb. 8, 2007, issue of the New England Journal of Medicine. (Wed, 07 Feb 2007 22:17:13 GMT)

Alternative Medicine: Tuina: Ancient pain relief meets modern life
Tuina (pronounced "twee-naa") has been used widely in traditional medicine clinics and hospitals in China as well as in Hong Kong, Singapore, Thailand and Taiwan for thousands of years. (Wed, 07 Feb 2007 22:55:55 GMT)

Doctors May Not Disclose Information on Controversial Procedures
DALLAS _ Millions of Americans have doctors who may not tell them about morally controversial medical procedures, according to a study published in Wednesday's New England Journal of Medicine. (Thu, 08 Feb 2007 04:15:55 GMT)

National Outdoor Leadership School's bus rolls into town
It runs on vegetable oil. It has an attached climbing wall. It contains all kinds of information on wilderness medicine, outdoors leadership and even fly fishing. (Thu, 08 Feb 2007 07:11:58 GMT)

No written test for alternative medicine docs
Ranchi, Feb 8 (IANS) The Jharkhand government has decided to appoint ayurveda, homeopathy and unani doctors without written examinations and only on the basis of an interview. (Thu, 08 Feb 2007 09:07:06 GMT)

REMINDER: ORLive Presents: Total Hip Resurfacing an Alternative to Total Hip Replacements
On Thursday, February 8, 2006 at 8 PM EST, join NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital orthopedic surgeons Drs. William B. Macaulay and Jeffrey A. Geller for a webcast discussion on total hip resurfacing. (Thu, 08 Feb 2007 12:15:00 GMT)

Why Public Policy is Weak Medicine for Industrial Energy Costs
Let’s be clear at the start of this discussion: legislative policy is a necessary yet insufficient tool for shielding the industrial sector from today’s volatile energy markets. (Thu, 08 Feb 2007 14:10:17 GMT)

Conscience, Religion Alter How Doctors Tell Patients About Options
Many physicians feel no obligation to tell patients about legal but morally controversial medical treatments or to refer patients to doctors who do not object to those treatments, report researchers from the University of Chicago in the Feb. 8, 2007, issue of the New England Journal of Medicine. (Thu, 08 Feb 2007 15:11:36 GMT)

Older Adults Face Double Whammy When It Comes To Body Fat
When it comes to body fat, today's older adults face a double whammy, according to new research from Wake Forest University School of Medicine and colleagues. Up until age 80, older adults not only gain fat as they age -- but because of the obesity epidemic -- they actually begin their older years fatter. (Thu, 08 Feb 2007 15:14:03 GMT)

Merck arthritis drug has fewer side-effects
A new arthritis drug made by Merck & Co. causes fewer stomach disorders and complications than an older painkiller, researchers said on Friday. (Fri, 09 Feb 2007 00:24:35 GMT)

Soft-cell Approach Cuts Animal Tests
A new way to test the safety of the air we breathe is proving faster, cheaper and more humane than exposing laboratory animals to airborne chemical hazards, say UNSW scientists. Researchers at the university's Chemical Safety and Applied Toxicology Laboratories have developed an animal-free alternative that exposes living human cells to air pollutants inside a small chamber. The breakthrough ... (Fri, 09 Feb 2007 11:13:37 GMT)

'Natural' Remedies May Interfere With Clinical Trials
FRIDAY, Feb. 9 (HealthDay News) -- Patients in phase 1 cancer trials may be skewing the results if they are also taking vitamins, herbal preparations, minerals and other dietary supplements, researchers report. (Fri, 09 Feb 2007 14:00:56 GMT)

Scientific Research Highlights Of The American Academy Of Pain Medicine Annual Meeting
Pain medicine investigators presented preliminary research findings at poster sessions held during the 23rd annual meeting of the American Academy of Pain Medicine at the Hilton New Orleans Riverside Hotel/Morial Convention Center, February 7-10, 2007. [click link for full article] (Fri, 09 Feb 2007 18:11:44 GMT)

Tongue tells the disease
The Indian Research Institute for Integrated Medicine, in collaboration with Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Kharagpur, plans to launch a software for tongue diagnosis. (Fri, 09 Feb 2007 21:54:10 GMT)

'Natural' Remedies May Interfere With Clinical Trials
FRIDAY, Feb. 9 (HealthDay News) -- Patients in phase 1 cancer trials may be skewing the results if they are also taking vitamins, herbal preparations, minerals and other dietary supplements, researchers report. (Fri, 09 Feb 2007 21:59:36 GMT)

MultiVu Video Feed: New Data Supports a Non-Invasive Approach to Routine Prenatal Genetic Testing
Research studies demonstrating the viability of an approach to routinely detect the presence of fetal DNA in a mother's blood to accurately diagnose or rule out genetic defects -- as early as the first trimester -- was presented at the 27th Annual Meeting of the Society for Maternal-Fetal Medicine being held in San Francisco. (Fri, 09 Feb 2007 23:31:00 GMT)

New data supports a non-invasive approach to routine prenatal genetic testing
SAN FRANCISCO, February 9, 2007 -- Research studies demonstrating the viability of an approach to routinely detect the presence of fetal DNA in a mother's blood to accurately diagnose or rule out genetic defects -- as early as the first trimester -- was presented today at the 27th Annual Meeting of the Society for Maternal-Fetal Medicine being held in San Francisco. (Fri, 09 Feb 2007 23:47:13 GMT)

The feel-good factor
There has been a rise in the number of complimentary therapies available in general,” says consultant psychiatrist Dr Rabin Gonzaga. “The growth in alternative practice is largely because Western medicine isn’t delivering what some people hope for. (Sat, 10 Feb 2007 00:19:45 GMT)

MultiVu Video Feed: New Data Supports a Non-Invasive Approach to Routine Prenatal Genetic Testing
was presented at the 27th Annual Meeting of the Society for Maternal-Fetal Medicine being held in San Francisco. This future diagnostic technology, currently under development at Sequenom, Inc. , shows promise that a universal alternative to such invasive genetic screening procedures as amniocentesis and chorionic villus sampling, may be available in the future. (Sat, 10 Feb 2007 04:55:02 GMT)

Girls can explore different careers in March
The 12th annual Explorathon, which features more than 12 alternative careers and professions based in math and science and sponsored by the American Association of University Women, will be held March 10 at Kellogg Community College. (Sat, 10 Feb 2007 09:37:16 GMT)

Novel Radiofrequency Treatment Shows Promise For Lumbar Pain
Intradiscal biacuplasty is an effective procedure to treat chronic discogenic pain, report researchers at the 23rd annual meeting of the American Academy of Pain Medicine in New Orleans. Improvement in pain scores and functional capacity can be observed much earlier with intradiscal biacuplasty than with intradiscal electrothermal therapy suggesting some additional or/and different mechanisms of ... (Sat, 10 Feb 2007 15:05:24 GMT)

Pioneers in medicine
Lesa Arterburn remembered that it was a trip like none other before it. One summer Sunday in 1962, her mother, Betty, loaded up Lesa, her three sisters and one brother into the family car for a ride. All of a sudden, she started feeding the children crackers, lots of crackers. (Sat, 10 Feb 2007 18:04:46 GMT)

Family puts faith in alternative hope
As an infant, Isabelle Prichard beat back brain cancer using a combination of western and alternative medical treatments. She had four surgeries to remove the glio blastoma multiforma, a rare form of brain cancer she was born with. (Sat, 10 Feb 2007 21:09:55 GMT)

Lung Cancer Rates Higher Among Female Nonsmokers Than Previously Thought
Researchers at the Stanford University School of Medicine and the Northern California Cancer Center have taken the first steps toward analyzing why people who never smoked get lung cancer. (Sun, 11 Feb 2007 11:12:16 GMT)

New Weapon Against Cancer: HIV Protein Enlisted To Help Kill Cancer Cells
Cancer cells are sick, but they keep growing because they don't react to internal signals urging them to die. Now researchers at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis have found an efficient way to get a messenger into cancer cells that forces them to respond to death signals. And they did it using one of the most sinister pathogens around -- HIV. (Sun, 11 Feb 2007 11:13:27 GMT)

Alternative Health/Medicine - the ABCs of Distance Learning
The ABCs of Distance Learning Courses begins with courses that start with the letter "A". This week, the focus is on online Alternative Health/Medicine programs. (Sun, 11 Feb 2007 13:14:08 GMT)

New diagnostic technology for routine prenatal genetic testing
Research studies demonstrating the viability of an approach to routinely detect the presence of fetal DNA in a mother's blood to accurately diagnose or rule out genetic defects -- as early as the first trimester -- was presented today at the 27th Annual Meeting of the Society for Maternal-Fetal Medicine being held in San Francisco. (Sun, 11 Feb 2007 18:57:00 GMT)

Conscience, Religion Alter How Doctors Tell Patients About Options
Many physicians feel no obligation to tell patients about legal but morally controversial medical treatments or to refer patients to doctors who do not object to those treatments, report researchers from the University of Chicago in the New England Journal of Medicine. [click link for full article] (Sun, 11 Feb 2007 23:11:48 GMT)

Acne leaves emotional marks
There's no reason to suffer from acne, experts say. With proper treatment, the acne-afflicted can have healthier-looking skin and avoid long-term scarring. New medicine and technologies may help, too. (Mon, 12 Feb 2007 02:37:32 GMT)

Seeking the Best of Both Worlds
By Rajen M. YOU would never expect to hear this from me. But alternative medicine has a dark side. In fact, there are many dark sides. Yes, modern or conventional medicine is not the final solution to healthcare. (Mon, 12 Feb 2007 05:16:06 GMT)

Wholistic group changes focus
There's alternative medicine and there's traditional Western medicine - and then there's integrating the two to get the best of both. (Mon, 12 Feb 2007 05:56:47 GMT)

Clinical Study of Estrogen Cream Alternative Shows Promising Results
Clinical study indicates dramatic improvement of discomfort caused by menopausal symptoms in patients using new phytoestrogen vaginal cream. (Mon, 12 Feb 2007 07:01:00 GMT)

Clinical Study of Estrogen Cream Alternative Shows Promising Results
Clinical study indicates dramatic improvement of discomfort caused by menopausal symptoms in patients using new phytoestrogen vaginal cream. (PRWeb Feb 12, 2007) Post Comment:Trackback URL: http://www.prweb.com/chachingpr. (Mon, 12 Feb 2007 08:35:02 GMT)

MIT Experts Foresee Efficient Ethanol Production
As the search for alternative fuel sources intensifies, more and more attention has been focused on ethanol -- a fuel many see as desirable because it burns cleanly and can be produced from plants. In recent days, two MIT chemical engineering professors have weighed in on ethanol's potential -- Professor Gregory Stephanopoulos, in a Feb. 9 article for Science, and Assistant Professor Kristala ... (Mon, 12 Feb 2007 11:11:46 GMT)

Vitamin D3 Provides Skin With Protection From Harmful Microbes
A study by researchers at the University of California, San Diego (UCSD) School of Medicine shows that fluctuations in vitamin D3 levels control the body's innate immune response, affecting a skin wound's ability to heal. (Mon, 12 Feb 2007 11:12:16 GMT)

Update on Helicobacter pylori Treatment
ADRIENNE Z. ABLES, PHARM.D., I. SIMON, M.D., and EMILY R. MELTON, M.D. Spartanburg Family Medicine Residency Program, Spartanburg, South Carolina One half of the world's population has Helicobacter pylori infection, with an estimated prevalence of 30 percent in North America. (Mon, 12 Feb 2007 11:44:49 GMT)

Forum to focus on alternative energy
The session will feature environmental experts who will speak about renewable energy possibilities for residences, commercial properties and municipal buildings. (Mon, 12 Feb 2007 13:02:45 GMT)

Gambia: Traditional Medicine Not Inferior to Western Medicine
The controversy following the President's recent announcement of his medicinal formula for the treatment of Hiv/Aids and other ailments, seems somewhat precipitate, and smacks of an old snobbery, the sort that privileges western science above all else. (Mon, 12 Feb 2007 19:23:52 GMT)

Boston Scientific Welcomes New England Journal of Medicine Articles on Drug-Eluting Stents
Boston Scientific Corporation today welcomed the online release of several important articles scheduled for publication in the March 8th edition of the New England Journal of Medicine . (Mon, 12 Feb 2007 22:00:00 GMT)

Non-invasive prenatal genetic test promising: Study
Research studies demonstrating the viability of an approach to routinely detect the presence of fetal DNA in a mother's blood to accurately diagnose or rule out genetic defects -- as early as the first trimester -- was presented at the 27th Annual Meeting of the Society for Maternal-Fetal Medicine being held in San Francisco. (Tue, 13 Feb 2007 05:54:11 GMT)

China considers basic medicine system to quell rising drug price
China is considering setting up a system that will ensure accessibility to a range of basic medicines and prevent manufacturers from circumventing existing price controls. (Tue, 13 Feb 2007 06:16:26 GMT)

IDC and VirtuRad Team Deliver Advanced Orthopaedic Imaging Solution
Imaging Dynamics Company Ltd. , today announced installation of an advanced dual detector Xplorer 2200 digital radiography system at Santa Monica Orthopaedic and Sports Medicine Group as part of a comprehensive digital imaging network provided by VirtuRad, Inc. , an IDC strategic solutions partner. (Tue, 13 Feb 2007 06:57:00 GMT)

Boston Scientific Welcomes New England Journal Of Medicine Articles On Drug-Eluting Stents
Boston Scientific Corporation (NYSE: BSX) today welcomed the online release of several important articles scheduled for publication in the March 8th edition of the New England Journal of Medicine (NEJM). [click link for full article] (Tue, 13 Feb 2007 08:13:36 GMT)

REVIEW / Vaccines raise moral, political issues
Vaccine The Controversial Story of Medicine's Greatest Lifesaver By Arthur Allen NORTON; 523 Pages; $27.95 At first glance, the title of Arthur Allen's "Vaccine: The Controversial Story of Medicine'... (Tue, 13 Feb 2007 11:59:32 GMT)

Stents, Smoke, and Fire
The New England Journal of Medicine publishes five stent studies, but the battle over the devices is unlikely to die down. (Tue, 13 Feb 2007 12:46:07 GMT)

Thomson Medstat Survey Finds Over One-Third of Americans Now Using Alternative Medicine
More than 37 percent of U.S. households regularly turn to alternative treatments for everything from headaches to diabetes, according to a survey conducted by Thomson Medstat, a business of The Thomson Corporation . (Tue, 13 Feb 2007 13:00:00 GMT)

Is traditional medicine safe?
According to The World Health Organisation, 80% of Africa's population uses traditional medicine for primary health care, but does it help or harm? (Tue, 13 Feb 2007 17:20:23 GMT)

Many in cancer drug trials use herbs, supplements
The use of herbal medicine is common among patients with advanced cancer who are participating in early-stage clinical trials (phase I) of experimental drugs, according to a new study. (Tue, 13 Feb 2007 18:28:01 GMT)

300 New ETFs Line Up On Runway For Takeoff
At least 300 new ETFs are in registration with the SEC. Their debut would double their numbers. Some are creative groupings of stocks. Others use alternative strategies, like short selling. (Wed, 14 Feb 2007 00:00:00 GMT)

China mulls basic medicine system to quell rising drug price
China is considering setting up a system that will ensure accessibility to a range of basic medicines and prevent manufacturers from circumventing existing price controls. (Wed, 14 Feb 2007 07:27:25 GMT)

Thomson Medstat Survey Finds Over One-Third Of Americans Now Using Alternative Medicine
More than 37 percent of U.S. households regularly turn to alternative treatments for everything from headaches to diabetes, according to a survey conducted by Thomson Medstat, a business of The Thomson Corporation (TSX: TOC; NYSE: TOC). Thomson Medstat's 2006 consumer healthcare survey asked 23,000 adults about their use of alternative medicine and found that: -- 37. [click link for full article] (Wed, 14 Feb 2007 08:14:05 GMT)

Dangerous Parkinson’s drug still distributed by Health Department
Karl Schembri The Health Department is still distributing a drug to treat Parkinson’s disease that has been found to damage heart valves, with potentially fatal consequences, even though alternative medication is available on the market. (Wed, 14 Feb 2007 11:05:07 GMT)

Fetal Nucleic Acid Technology Offers Potential Alternative To Amniocentesis
Research studies demonstrating the viability of an approach to routinely detect the presence of fetal DNA in a mother's blood to accurately diagnose or rule out genetic defects -- as early as the first trimester -- was presented at the 27th Annual Meeting of the Society for Maternal-Fetal Medicine held in San Francisco. [click link for full article] (Wed, 14 Feb 2007 17:11:50 GMT)

New hope for regenerative medicine
In the February 15th issue of G&D, Dr. K. John McLaughlin and colleagues report on their success in using uniparental embryonic stem cells to replace blood stem cells in mice. (Wed, 14 Feb 2007 22:02:55 GMT)

Alternative Medicine: Chocolate without jitters
Chocolate elicits pleasure for many. The very word can create smiles and bring calm to individuals seeking reward for the challenges of their day. But for those highly sensitive to caffeine, chocolate may create more jolt than balance. (Thu, 15 Feb 2007 01:25:55 GMT)

East Meets West Online Popularity of Ancient Practices Spurs Need for New Technology
Alternative medicine gains popularity by introducing web based appointment scheduling solutions to current and future clients. By utilizing web based technology for scheduling appointments, holistic health practitioners are spending more time with their clients and less time scheduling appointments. (Thu, 15 Feb 2007 07:01:00 GMT)

Natural Health Degree Gains Importance as Holistic Health Popularity Grows
The National Institutes of Health reports that 36 percent of adults in the United States use some form of complementary or alternative medicine. (Thu, 15 Feb 2007 07:01:00 GMT)

Natural Health Degree Gains Importance as Holistic Health Popularity Grows
The National Institutes of Health reports that 36 percent of adults in the United States use some form of complementary or alternative medicine. LearningAndLife.com's holistic healthcare article, "Natural and Holistic Health Degrees (http://www.learningandlife.com/h suggests that alternative medicine degrees may gain popularity and ... (Thu, 15 Feb 2007 08:20:14 GMT)

East Meets West Online Popularity of Ancient Practices Spurs Need for New Technology
Alternative medicine gains popularity by introducing web based appointment scheduling solutions to current and future clients. By utilizing web based technology for scheduling appointments, holistic health practitioners are spending more time with their clients and less time scheduling appointments. (PRWeb Feb 15, 2007) Post Comment:Trackback URL: ... (Thu, 15 Feb 2007 08:20:53 GMT)

Healtheuniverse Adult Stem Cell Line to Offer Alternative to Embryonic Stem Cells for Medical Therapies
Healtheuniverse Inc., a biotechnology development firm engaged in research, development and commercialization of regenerative medicine therapies utilizing non-embryonic adult stem cells, announced today intellectual property in development is moving toward a progenitor cell line offering an alternative to human embryonic stem cells for medical therapies. (Thu, 15 Feb 2007 14:12:00 GMT)

Bill Would Regulate Alternative Health Care
A mother and father whose son died after he was treated by a phony physician asked for tougher laws regulating naturopathic medicine Thursday. (Thu, 15 Feb 2007 23:48:00 GMT)

'Allergy detective' to bring food discussion to La Quinta
An alternative medicine expert who believes that food allergies and other food incompatibilities make some unknowing people ill will be discussing his research at an upcoming Peppertree Bookstore event. (Fri, 16 Feb 2007 08:14:47 GMT)

Turning Points meeting
Turning Points, a support group for divorced, separated or widowed people, will feature a presentation and discussion about alternative medicine. (Fri, 16 Feb 2007 15:53:02 GMT)

Researchers use one-parent stem cells
Researchers in Philadelphia have reported successfully creating stem cells from one parent's egg or sperm in adult mice.The University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine said the findings show that single-parent stem cells can proliferate normally and provide a less controversial alternative to cloning of embryonic stem cells.Creating uniparental embryonic stem cells is actually much ... (Fri, 16 Feb 2007 18:40:23 GMT)

Leftward, Ho?
On the American left, talk of a stutter, clear-throat, perish-thought liberal resurgence. (Sun, 18 Feb 2007 00:06:34 GMT)

'A new age of medicine'
People with Type 1 diabetes are traditionally faced with two options - and neither is appealing. They could choose to inject insulin into themselves on a regular basis, possibly every day for the rest of their lives. Or they could opt for a painful pancreas transplant. (Sun, 18 Feb 2007 06:45:48 GMT)

Researchers replace organ in mice using 'single-parent' stem cells
Researchers at the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine have derived uniparental embryonic stem cells - created from a single donor's eggs or two sperm - and, for the first time, successfully used them to repopulate a damaged organ with healthy cells in adult mice. (Sun, 18 Feb 2007 18:27:05 GMT)

DNR official answers GF council's questions
While an intriguing offer, the proposed donation of the Yellow Medicine County Bank building to the city of Granite Falls for conversion into a library or senior center, left city officials with several questions to answer. (Mon, 19 Feb 2007 00:17:51 GMT)

Researchers Replace Organ In Adult Mice Using 'Single-parent' Stem Cells
Single-parent stem cells can proliferate normally in an adult organ and could provide a less controversial alternative to the therapeutic cloning of embryonic stem cells. (Mon, 19 Feb 2007 01:13:45 GMT)

Fertility Yoga Helps Wichita Women
2-18-07 - More than 9.3 million women in the U.S. are using some sort of infertility treatment, but some local families are turning to an alternative to become fertile, yoga. (Mon, 19 Feb 2007 04:10:38 GMT)

Sniffles? Why don't you try a holistic hug?
He's got it, our daughter's got it, my best friend's got it and the newsagent has too... Everybody's got the flu. It's vicious, debilitating, gut-wrenching stuff and it laid me low for three weeks. It also showed me how 'alternative' Britain has become. (Mon, 19 Feb 2007 11:20:41 GMT)

Scientists Uncover New Target In Cancer Mutation Puzzle
University of Rochester scientists, while investigating the two most frequent types of mutations in cancer, discovered a possible new route to treatment that would take advantage of the mutations instead of trying to repair them. The research is reported online this week in the journal Nature Structural & Molecular Biology. (Mon, 19 Feb 2007 15:11:46 GMT)

Local news digest
sland Planning is under way for the first annual Organic and Sustainable Agriculture, Green Energy and Alternative Medicine Expo. The event is planned for Earth Day weekend, April 20-22, in the Pine Island High School cafeteria. Several speakers hav (Mon, 19 Feb 2007 17:16:04 GMT)

New Hope For Regenerative Medicine: Hematopoietic Reconstitution With Uniparental Stem Cells
In the February 15th issue of Genes & Development, Dr. K. John McLaughlin and colleagues report on their success in using uniparental embryonic stem cells to replace blood stem cells in mice. Uniparental embryonic stem cells are an appealing alternative source of patient-derived embryonic stem cells, as they have several advantages over embryonic stem cell lines generated by somatic cell nuclear ... (Mon, 19 Feb 2007 22:11:37 GMT)

Practice Offers Alternative To Traditional Medicine
A practice in Manchester is offering patients an alternative to traditional medicine. (Mon, 19 Feb 2007 22:20:47 GMT)

Sarah Ebner: just how safe and effective is complementary medicine?
More and more parents are taking their children to complementary therapists. How safe are such treatments? (Tue, 20 Feb 2007 01:00:16 GMT)

Center offers first step into medical field
FLORENCE — The allure of a career in medicine can be fascinating for some, but the cost and commitment required can be intimidating. (Tue, 20 Feb 2007 03:42:16 GMT)

Are Scientists Making Progress In Being Able To Regenerate Bone Tissue?
In an article in PLoS Medicine, Gert Meijer (University Medical Centre Utrecht, the Netherlands) and colleagues discuss what kind of progress there has been in restoring the function of diseased or damaged bone by bone tissue regeneration. (Tue, 20 Feb 2007 07:56:36 GMT)

Sarah Ebner: just how safe and effective is complementary medicine?
Feature: More and more parents are taking their children to complementary therapists. But how safe and effective are such treatments, asks Sarah Ebner. (Tue, 20 Feb 2007 09:19:59 GMT)

Discovery of new cell pathway may bring hope to cancer patients
Washington, Feb 20 (ANI): A team of doctors have identified a cell pathway, which plays a critical role in the development of colon cancer. This pathway may also play a role in the development of lung and stomach cancers. This identification will allow new approaches to pharmacological designs and facilitate alternative approaches for cancer treatment Investigators say they have identified STAT3 ... (Tue, 20 Feb 2007 09:49:47 GMT)

Merging traditional treatments with alternative methods catches on in Montgomery
Gayle Beech of Montgomery was calm as the 14 tiny needles were sunk into the skin along each of her arms and down her abdomen. (Tue, 20 Feb 2007 10:13:57 GMT)

Examining Alternative Medicine
Is Complementary and Alternative Medicine Really Complementary, or Just Alternative? (Tue, 20 Feb 2007 11:19:58 GMT)

New Hope For Regenerative Medicine
In G&D, Dr. K. John McLaughlin and colleagues report on their success in using uniparental embryonic stem cells to replace blood stem cells in mice. [click link for full article] (Tue, 20 Feb 2007 18:11:44 GMT)

TV doctor opens door to medical revolution
TELEVISION doctor Chris Steele has unveiled a revolutionary clinic that could "change the face" of medicine. (Tue, 20 Feb 2007 18:33:25 GMT)

Give new Incubus album a chance
“So when sickness turns my ego up / I know you’ll act as a clever medicine / If I turn into another / dig me up from under what is covering the better part of me.” (Tue, 20 Feb 2007 21:10:06 GMT)

Alternative Advice on Handling the Common Cold
By Lenore T. Adkins Daily Herald Staff Writer As the cold weather season kicks into high gear, the practitioners from Holze Wellness Center in Elgin have a few words of advice on fighting the common cold. Should you catch one, practitioner Lester Holze Jr. (Wed, 21 Feb 2007 03:17:56 GMT)

Complementary therapy on the rise
More people in NI are using complementary and alternative medicine, a new survey suggests. (Wed, 21 Feb 2007 07:19:14 GMT)

Uganda: Training in Indigenous Medicine
UGANDANS have a chance of training in the practice of complementary medicine at the International Institute of Alternative and Complementary Medicine (IIACM). (Wed, 21 Feb 2007 09:56:41 GMT)

New Index For Measuring Liver Fibrosis
A new study to find a non-invasive alternative to liver biopsy when diagnosing fibrosis found that a series of simple blood tests can accurately diagnose the condition. Fibrosis, the formation of scar-like tissue in the liver, usually indicates damage and can lead to cirrhosis. The new series of markers, called FibroIndex, was found to more accurately diagnose fibrosis than two other indices that ... (Wed, 21 Feb 2007 13:14:17 GMT)

Penn Researchers Replace Organ In Adult Mice Using 'Single-Parent' Stem Cells
Researchers at the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine have derived uniparental embryonic stem cells - created from a single donor's eggs or two sperm - and, for the first time, successfully used them to repopulate a damaged organ with healthy cells in adult mice. [click link for full article] (Wed, 21 Feb 2007 22:11:54 GMT)

Alternative Medicine: Motivation and Exercise
What stands in the way of regular physical activity? Time? Energy? Work? School? Family? Finances? (Thu, 22 Feb 2007 02:10:55 GMT)

State halts sign-ups for prescription drug plan
Demand strains funding, says CoverRX official (Thu, 22 Feb 2007 08:09:07 GMT)

Alt-medicine practitioners look for shield
Iowa City resident Karen Fox has practiced reiki - a Japanese stress-reduction technique - for eight years, and she opened a Coralville clinic in July 2006. Even though she's certified, she can't get a state-issued license for her alternative-medicine practice, leaving her unprotected from lawsuits and other potential penalties. (Thu, 22 Feb 2007 09:46:06 GMT)

On American left, a liberal resurgence
These are balmy days on the American left — genuine, uncharacteristic sunniness unpolluted by some fluky political climate change. There is even talk of a liberal resurgence. (Thu, 22 Feb 2007 11:09:02 GMT)

Healthy Living Channel Debuts Alternative Medicine TV Series
DENVER----The Healthy Living Channel announced today it is adding to its line-up the widely popular "Nutritional Living with Dr. Ward Bond," a half-hour daily television series dedicated to nutrition, herbal medicine and alternative therapies designed for viewers seeking healthier lives. (Thu, 22 Feb 2007 15:09:00 GMT)

Healthy Living Channel Debuts Alternative Medicine TV Series
The Healthy Living Channel announced today it is adding to its line-up the widely popular "Nutritional Living with Dr. Ward Bond," a half-hour daily television series dedicated to nutrition, herbal medicine and alternative therapies designed for viewers seeking healthier lives. (Thu, 22 Feb 2007 18:24:31 GMT)

Kane County
ELGIN COMMUNITY COLLEGE, 1700 Spartan Drive, (847) 214-7668. Hours: 7:30 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday. Free admission. (Thu, 22 Feb 2007 23:53:53 GMT)

Celebrities' illnesses affect views on medicine
Public figures help educate and inspire others when their conditions are publicized, author says. (Fri, 23 Feb 2007 02:12:53 GMT)

Complementary Medicine And Women's Wellness
Complementary Medicine and Women's Wellness, a seminar by Dr. Mariana Markell, will be presented by the Health Committee of the Long Island Women's Agenda (LIWA) on Tuesday, April 24, at Adelphi University's Alumni Center in Garden City. Networking and a light supper begin at 5:15 pm, with the seminar scheduled to begin at 6:15 pm. (Fri, 23 Feb 2007 05:55:15 GMT)

Colorado business
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Building reference library on alternative medicine
Judy Foreman -- Medical Matters One of the many perks of writing about health is that you end up with a terrific collection of books. A decade ago, most of the tomes on my groaning shelves were the traditional sort - biology textbooks, medical dictionaries, pharmaceutical references and the like. (Fri, 23 Feb 2007 08:34:50 GMT)

Winter Blues: Let's Talk
Talk therapy beats winter depression. (Fri, 23 Feb 2007 14:41:22 GMT)

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