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Alternative Medicine News Aug 2007

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Chinese medicine crosses cultures, gains in popularity
Picture yourself at a clinic, flipping through magazines. The doctor asks you to go into her office for a chat. She takes your medical history and asks you about your disease. Then she asks you for your wrist. (Wed, 01 Aug 2007 01:43:47 GMT)

Lower Cesarean Rates Associated With Preventive Labor Induction
At a time when national rates of cesarean delivery have climbed above 30%, a four-year study of patients receiving an alternative method of obstetric care experienced a significantly lower rate of cesarean births, according to a study published in the current issue of the Annals of Family Medicine. [click link for full article] (Wed, 01 Aug 2007 07:11:46 GMT)

() SEE ME FEEL ME TOUCH ME HEAL ME
(COVER STORY) Star Trek tests, rainbow footbaths and infrared spinal scans in Portland's world of weird alternative medicine. (Wed, 01 Aug 2007 12:54:39 GMT)

PENN Medicine News: Penn Study Shows Lower Cesarean Rates Associated With Preventive Labor Induction
(PHILADELPHIA) – At a time when national rates of cesarean delivery have climbed above 30%, a four-year study of patients receiving an alternative method of obstetric care experienced a significantly lower rate of cesarean births, according to a study published in the current issue of the Annals of Family Medicine . The study, conducted by researchers at the University of Pennsylvania School of ... (Wed, 01 Aug 2007 14:29:57 GMT)

Alternative Medicine: Homeopathy and children
Does your child have allergies, eczema, ear aches, digestive issues, or problems with attention, sleep or eating? Homeopathy can be a safe and effective treatment for these conditions. (Wed, 01 Aug 2007 23:53:01 GMT)

Active management of risk in pregnancy lowers Cesarean rates
At a time when national rates of cesarean delivery have climbed above 30%, a four-year study of patients receiving an alternative method of obstetric care experienced a significantly lower rate of cesarean births, according to a study published in the current issue of the Annals of Family Medicine . (Thu, 02 Aug 2007 00:54:56 GMT)

New guidelines urge: Put some muscle into your workout
Americans should do strength training at least twice a week, working out all their major muscle groups, according to updated physical activity guidelines released Wednesday by the American College of Sports Medicine and the American Heart Association. (Thu, 02 Aug 2007 07:09:31 GMT)

Alternative Treatment Brings Hearing To Both Ears
Thomas Lynch, age 2, is now able to hear on both sides of his head with a device and surgical procedure pioneered by a surgeon-led team at Loyola University Medical Center. Born with no ear canal on his left side, Tom had significant hearing impairment and went to Loyola University Medical Center, where Dr. [click link for full article] (Thu, 02 Aug 2007 09:11:25 GMT)

Summer Health
Wearing sunscreen when out in the sun is a given, but what else can be done to lessen the chance of sun damage? The August issue of Alternative Medicine offers this advice: (Thu, 02 Aug 2007 09:24:10 GMT)

• Guidelines Lead to More Muscles in Workout
The American College of Sports Medicine and the American Heart Association updates the physical activity guideline advising Americans to do strength training at least twice a week and put to full work out all their muscle groups. (Fri, 03 Aug 2007 07:00:27 GMT)

Bentley reports big drop in earnings
Bentley Pharmaceuticals’ quarterly profits dropped sharply as a result of the Spanish government’s policy of cutting the cost of prescription medicine as well as increased operating costs, the company announced Thursday.. (Fri, 03 Aug 2007 10:03:32 GMT)

News From The American Chemical Society
Toward an alternative to stem cells for treating chronic brain diseases Journal of the American Chemical SocietyWith ethical issues concerning use of discarded embryos and technical problems hindering development of stem cell therapies, scientists in Korea are reporting the first successful use of a drug-like molecule to transform human muscle cells into nerve cells. [click link for full article] (Fri, 03 Aug 2007 16:11:05 GMT)

Alternative Treatment Brings Hearing To Both Ears
Thomas Lynch, age 2, is now able to hear on both sides of his head with a new device and surgical procedure. Born with no ear canal on his left side, Tom had significant hearing impairment and went to Loyola University Medical Center, where Dr. Sam Marzo surgically implanted a bone-anchored cochlear stimulator that delivers sound to the inner ear by bone conduction. (Fri, 03 Aug 2007 20:03:44 GMT)

Giuliani Plays Offense On Health Care
Don’t look for Rudy Giuliani to go from brash to bashful when the 2008 presidential election campaign turns from terrorism and national defense to health care. (Sat, 04 Aug 2007 05:30:46 GMT)

Regional Integration Initiative
Havana, August 2 (acn)The Bolivarian Alternative for the Americas (ALBA) favors new proposals aimed at having education at the center of regional integration efforts in Latin America, said Venezuela's Education Minister Adan Chavez. (Sat, 04 Aug 2007 15:25:13 GMT)

Relax your mind ...
"You're getting very sleepy ..." Those words and a swinging pendulum are images often conjured when someone mentions hypnosis. Once largely regarded by the public as taboo, the alternative medical therapy is seeing more and more patients seeking hypnosis as a way to cure addictions and anxieties. (Sun, 05 Aug 2007 05:11:37 GMT)

Historic dispensary site changes hands Commercial Real Estate
The historic Eastman Dental Dispensary on East Main Street has changed hands. (Sun, 05 Aug 2007 09:03:26 GMT)

DR. WHEEL-GOOD IS ON CALL
He heals on wheels. Fleet-footed physician Thomas Bolte doesn't just make house calls, he responds to medical emergencies the fastest way he can - on Rollerblades. It's the quickest way to beat Midtown traffic at midday, the 45-year-old medical... (Sun, 05 Aug 2007 09:42:03 GMT)

State drops aid for addicted doctors
Aug. 5 (UNION-TRIBUNE): Former La Jolla doctor Johannes Sack has battled alcohol and drug use since his days in medical school 30 years ago. At one point, Sack enrolled in the Medical Board of California's diversion program, which has provided confidential drug and alcohol treatment for doctors since 1980. (Sun, 05 Aug 2007 10:12:24 GMT)

N.C. budget boosts science sector
North Carolina has long been generous in its financial support of universities, and this year is no different. But another thing stands out in the new state budget approved by the legislature: big bucks for research. The centerpiece is a cancer research fund at UNC Chapel Hill: $25 million in the coming year, growing to $50 million a year starting in 2009. UNC leaders call it a spectacular gift ... (Sun, 05 Aug 2007 12:33:55 GMT)

British 'rottweiler' attacks faith healers
The British man known as "Darwin's rottweiler" for his attacks on religion has turned his attention to alternative medicine. In a two-part television series, evolutionary biologist Richard Dawkins visits faith healers, psychics and other gurus in an effor (Sun, 05 Aug 2007 18:24:48 GMT)

British 'rottweiler' attacks faith healers
The British man known as Darwin's rottweiler for his attacks on religion has turned his attention to alternative medicine.In a two-part television series, evolutionary biologist Richard Dawkins visits faith healers, psychics and other gurus in an effort to counter what he calls a wave of irrational superstition sweeping Britain, the Sunday Telegraph reported.Self-described healers, like a woman ... (Sun, 05 Aug 2007 18:31:20 GMT)

Big Fat Kashmiri Wedding just got trimmer, cheaper
In his professional life, Dr Ehsan-ul-Haq, a 25-year-old medico pursuing his MD in anaesthesiology and critical care medicine, is bound by the Hippocratic oath. And his personal life is bound by another pledge - to get married in the simplest manner possible. Haq is not alone in making this pledge. Over 1,500 youths in the Valley have signed up with a local marriage cell, Humsafar, which not only ... (Sun, 05 Aug 2007 19:57:09 GMT)

Housing Market to Weaken Even Further As Mortgage Industry Takes Cure
The home-mortgage industry is finally swearing off high-risk loans to people with bad credit, after years of lax lending. But this is creating a vicious circle that will make the housing market even weaker in the near term. (Mon, 06 Aug 2007 00:51:31 GMT)

Southern Medical Journal Launches 'Rapid Response' Feature
New Online Feature by Lippincott Williams & Wilkins and Southern Medical Association Includes Expert Commentaries on New Studies to Help Physicians Stay Prepared (Mon, 06 Aug 2007 06:15:23 GMT)

Adventure Racing 101 at REI in Concord
Co-founders of Bay Area Adventure Racing Babes & Dudes, Jen Klafin and Galen Pewtherer, discuss the ins and outs of adventure racing at 7 p.m. Aug. 14 at REI in Concord. (Mon, 06 Aug 2007 11:40:44 GMT)

Nutrition Notes: Soy, Food More Than Medicine
By Karen Collins, MS, RD, CDN - Many women have pinned hopes on soy as a treatment for menopause-related hot flashes or as a key to reducing risk of breast cancer. Yet research shows that it may be time to shift our expectations of soy and look at soy as one healthy food that has lots to offer as part of a plant-based diet. (Mon, 06 Aug 2007 11:54:45 GMT)

Ombudsman’s independence  upheld by Supreme Court
THE Supreme Court ruled that no other agency of government could encroach on the power and independence of the Office of the Ombudsman to appoint its officials and personnel. (Mon, 06 Aug 2007 15:22:16 GMT)

Woman facing death gets help in Valley
Kellie Ardans said she got a call last week from a representative of an alternative medicine center that answered the terminally ill woman's prayers. (Mon, 06 Aug 2007 18:05:40 GMT)

Pfizer's AIDS Drug Maraviroc Wins U.S. Approval (Update2)
Aug. 6 (Bloomberg) -- Pfizer Inc., the world's biggest drugmaker, won U.S. approval for maraviroc, the first new type of medicine in a decade to treat the virus that causes AIDS, sending the shares to their biggest gain in a year. (Mon, 06 Aug 2007 19:07:23 GMT)

Pfizer s AIDS drug Maraviroc wins U.S. approval
Pfizer Inc., the world's biggest drugmaker, won U.S. approval for maraviroc, the first new type of medicine in a decade to treat the virus that causes AIDS, sending the company's shares to their biggest gain in more than a year. (Mon, 06 Aug 2007 21:58:29 GMT)

Injections to Kick-Start Tissue Repair
Prolotherapy is an alternative medicine method to promote connective tissue repair even years after the damage occurred. (Tue, 07 Aug 2007 01:13:10 GMT)

Soy: Food More Than Medicine
Many women have pinned hopes on soy as a treatment for menopause-related hot flashes or as a key to reducing risk of breast cancer. Yet research shows that it may be time to shift our expectations of soy and look at soy as one healthy food that has lots to offer as part of a plant-based diet. (Tue, 07 Aug 2007 01:55:06 GMT)

WHAT'S THE ALTERNATIVE?
OSTEOPENIA is mild thinning of bone mass. It is not as severe as osteoporosis but is the first step towards it. This is a real indication you should start to make some lifestyle changes and try to prevent it from getting any worse. (Tue, 07 Aug 2007 04:40:01 GMT)

Dr. Weil answers your questions
Beginning today, Star readers can direct their health- related questions to Dr. Andrew Weil, world-renowned pioneer in integrative medicine. (Tue, 07 Aug 2007 07:22:21 GMT)

Alternative practices stir debate
Although most moms and dads cringe as they watch their babies get inoculations or shots of antibiotics, other parents have embraced the use of needles to treat everything from their infants' colic to their toddlers' chronic ear infections. (Tue, 07 Aug 2007 10:20:14 GMT)

Meta-analysis OKs new psoriasis drug
U.S. medical researchers have determined the injectable drug efalizumab is an acceptable safe and effective drug for treatment of psoriasis.Mount Sinai School of Medicine scientists conducted a meta-analysis of four randomized Phase III placebo-controlled trials involving the drug, which is marketed by Genentech Inc. as Raptiva. The researchers found efalizumab selectively and reversibly blocks ... (Tue, 07 Aug 2007 15:17:13 GMT)

Chi Running a new, low-impact way of getting fit
Ken Andrews — a Midland resident by way of New Zealand — has always been open to new ideas. "I don't practice Western medicine," Andrews, 52, said. "I practice alternative medicine." (Tue, 07 Aug 2007 15:44:24 GMT)

Africa: Roche's Debacle
The Swiss company has withdrawn Viracept, its second line Aids medicine due ti a potentially cancer-causing substance. (Tue, 07 Aug 2007 15:53:46 GMT)

TAMA of 1997 already mandates cheap medicine
Bypassed in the last Congress, a bill that aims to cut medicine prices has reportedly drawn the support of some 170 congressmen. The bill, sponsored by Iloilo Rep. Ferjenebel Biron, is one of several government initiatives that seek to the cost of medication within the reach of poor Filipinos. (Tue, 07 Aug 2007 16:10:51 GMT)

Cold Laser Therapy Offers Carpal Tunnel Relief
For many people living with painful carpal tunnel syndrome symptoms, cold laser therapy provides exceptional relief. Patients in Northern New Jersey can access this ground-breaking treatment at the Advanced Physical Medicine Center in Fairview. (Wed, 08 Aug 2007 02:01:00 GMT)

The Pocket livens Redbones
The Washington, DC-based The Pocket Band put in a fine showing at the Redbones Blues Café recently, bringing their unique fusion of reggae, alternative rock, rap and even a touch of folk music to the Braemar Avenue, New Kingston venue. (Wed, 08 Aug 2007 06:19:24 GMT)

Alternative Medicine: Maintaining thyroid health
The thyroid is a hormone-secreting gland situated in the front of the neck. Its main function is to regulate metabolism and maintain energy production in every cell of the body. (Wed, 08 Aug 2007 18:53:01 GMT)

Safety in numbers
If your medicine cabinet looks more like a collector's cupboard, it's time to clean up. Many drugs lose their potency after the expiration date, and others can actually become toxic. (Thu, 09 Aug 2007 05:05:13 GMT)

Kenya: HIV Patients Suffer As Drug is Recalled
Several Aids patients have had to switch to alternative medicine following the recall of a key anti-retroviral drug from the market. (Thu, 09 Aug 2007 05:52:52 GMT)

GE Plastics' LNP(1) Thermocomp(1) HSG Composites Offer Better Alternative To Lead In Radiation Shielding Applications
GE Plastics has launched a new line of thermoplastic materials with high specific gravity (HSG) that may replace lead in many healthcare applications that call for radiation shielding. Medical equipment and devices that produce x-rays and gamma rays must be shielded to protect operators, clinicians, patients, and sensitive electronic components from tube leakage and room scatter (Thu, 09 Aug 2007 07:30:57 GMT)

For these docs, medicine is about the whole person
UR family medicine residents talk about serving patients and helping them live better, happier lives. (Thu, 09 Aug 2007 09:08:46 GMT)

Healthcare Planning:
Modern medicine has made great advances, and a child born in the U.S. in 2000 has an average life expectancy nearly 30 years longer than one born in 1900. But healthcare has no cure for old age. (Thu, 09 Aug 2007 10:29:21 GMT)

New Methodology Using GPS and PDA Technology Results in Better, Faster Data for Malaria Programs
CLEVELAND, Aug. 9, 2007 -- A paper being released in the August issue of the American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene illustrates how technology can improve knowledge needed to help prevent malaria, one of the world's leading fatal infectious diseases. (Thu, 09 Aug 2007 14:00:00 GMT)

Natural preservative with additional antioxidant benefits
8/9/2007 - An Israeli biotech company is advocating the use of the shrub Inula viscosa, which boasts anti-oxidant, anti-microbial and anti-inflammatory action, as a natural alternative to synthetic preservatives. (Thu, 09 Aug 2007 15:52:54 GMT)

Computer Graphics Spills From Milk To Medicine
A new computer graphics model capable of generating realistic milk images based on the fat and protein content will likely push the field of computer graphics into the realms of diagnostic medicine, food safety and atmospheric science, according to a new study. (Fri, 10 Aug 2007 04:03:24 GMT)

Healthcare Planning:
Modern medicine has made great advances, and a child born in the U.S. in 2000 has an average life expectancy nearly 30 years longer than one born in 1900. But healthcare has no cure for old age. (Fri, 10 Aug 2007 06:13:03 GMT)

Alternative Menopause Treatments
Although high-tech medicine has pioneered superb emergency and diagnostic techniques, solutions for managing age-related conditions such as menopause are often limited. In the past decade, baby boomer consumer demand has ignited a worldwide explosion in anti-aging medical research. (Fri, 10 Aug 2007 06:20:45 GMT)

Where is Queen Midas?
Women are players in politics, corporate life and other powerful pursuits, but they are scarce in activities where amassing wealth is a primary goal, like hedge funds and private equity. (Fri, 10 Aug 2007 13:07:33 GMT)

Health clinics expand in retail settings
Increasingly, American consumers are shopping for health care the way they buy a hamburger or milk shake at a fast-food chain: By standing in line at a local store under a menu. (Sat, 11 Aug 2007 04:32:22 GMT)

Healthcare Planning:
Modern medicine has made great advances, and a child born in the U.S. in 2000 has an average life expectancy nearly 30 years longer than one born in 1900. But healthcare has no cure for old age. (Sat, 11 Aug 2007 05:13:03 GMT)

Foreigners flocking to Singapore for state-of-the-art medical care
SINGAPORE–When an American hospital told Shabd-Sangeeta Khalsa it would charge her $25,000 to repair a tear in her knee, she started looking online for a cheaper alternative. (Sat, 11 Aug 2007 08:46:14 GMT)

Deaths spark painkiller ban
A PAINKILLER used by 60,000 Australians has been ordered off the shelves after the deaths of two people. (Sat, 11 Aug 2007 14:04:22 GMT)

FDA Warns Consumers To Avoid Red Yeast Rice Products Promoted On Internet As Treatments For High Cholesterol
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is warning consumers not to buy or eat three red yeast rice products promoted and sold on Web sites. The products may contain an unauthorized drug that could be harmful to health. The products are promoted as dietary supplements for treating high cholesterol. [click link for full article] (Sun, 12 Aug 2007 09:13:46 GMT)

Live - England v India
India resume their second innings after tea, looking to build on their massive lead over England at The Oval. (Sun, 12 Aug 2007 09:39:53 GMT)

Live - England v India
England take three early wickets before rain stops play with India 35-3 at The Oval. (Sun, 12 Aug 2007 09:51:10 GMT)

Dr. Duane Douglas
Funeral services for Dr. Duane Douglas DVM, Sidney, will be held 10 a.m., Monday, Aug. 13, 2007, at the Assembly of God Church in Sidney. Interment will be in the Sidney Cemetery under the direction of Fulkerson Funeral Home of Sidney. (Sun, 12 Aug 2007 14:03:20 GMT)

LOOKING IN ON: HIGHER EDUCATION
Health sciences dominated conversation at Chancellor Jim Rogers' annual fishing trip the first weekend in August. Rogers invited speakers from the Cleveland Clinic and the University of Arizona school of medicine on the 87-person luxury fishing trip to British Columbia. (Sun, 12 Aug 2007 15:31:24 GMT)

Mauritania has appealed for international help in providing food and medicine to about 3,000 families displaced by ...
Tintane, a southern town of 10,000 near the border with Mali, was hit by heavy rains running off nearby mountains, affecting more than 2,000 homes, Abderrahmane Ould Hamma Vezzaz, minister of finance and economy, said. (Sun, 12 Aug 2007 16:08:51 GMT)

People told not to use Prexige
HEALTH authorities are advising people using a drug linked to the death of two people in Australia to switch to a ‘‘safer alternative’’. The Government’s medicines watchdog said yesterday that for short-term users of Prexige ‘‘it would be wise to stop taking it and take something else’’. (Sun, 12 Aug 2007 17:13:35 GMT)

Deaths trigger urgent alert on pain drug
Health authorities say people using a drug linked to the death of two people in Australia should switch to a "safer alternative". The Government's medicines watchdog, Medsafe, said yesterday that short-term users of Prexige "would be wise to stop taking it and take something else". (Sun, 12 Aug 2007 20:02:32 GMT)

Acupuncture provides options for health treatments
It's a practice that can remind some of a sideshow in a traveling carnival, but the ancient traditional Chinese medicine called acupuncture is becoming increasingly popular for those seeking alternative -- or complementary -- treatments for a number of ailments. (Mon, 13 Aug 2007 04:09:29 GMT)

Healthcare Planning:
Modern medicine has made great advances, and a child born in the U.S. in 2000 has an average life expectancy nearly 30 years longer than one born in 1900. But healthcare has no cure for old age. (Mon, 13 Aug 2007 06:28:03 GMT)

Honey, I shrunk the technology
On the fourth floor of Building P at the Illinois Science and Technology Park in Skokie, Nanotope is developing breakthrough technology in regenerative medicine. (Mon, 13 Aug 2007 09:11:15 GMT)

Alternative Medicine Threatens Beasts with Extinction
Narok, Kenya—Ambitious travelers on African safari usually hope to spot what have long been known as "The Big Five" -- lions, elephants, leopards, rhinoceroses and buffaloes. (Mon, 13 Aug 2007 13:10:28 GMT)

Novartis Pulls Painkiller in Australia
Novartis AG said it has pulled its pain relief drug Prexige from the Australian market, which was requested by the national drug regulator after two patients using the drug died and two others had to undergo liver transplants. (Mon, 13 Aug 2007 15:18:25 GMT)

Cost of Osteoporosis Screening for Older Men Could be Reduced with Alternative to DEXA Technology, Says CompuMed
LOS ANGELES----CompuMed, Inc. -- a medical informatics company serving the healthcare community with diagnostic software solutions - offers a low-cost alternative to conventional DEXA bone densitometry screening that addresses key concerns of a study on osteoporosis and elderly men published in the Journal of the American Medical Association . (Mon, 13 Aug 2007 16:41:00 GMT)

Mauritania appeals for flood aid
NOUAKCHOTT, August 13 -- Mauritania has appealed for international help in providing food and medicine to about 3,000 families displaced by floods. (Mon, 13 Aug 2007 18:44:46 GMT)

PENN Medicine News: Penn Researchers Find Diabetes Drug Kills Some Cancer Cells
(PHILADELPHIA) – Researchers at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine have found that a commonly prescribed diabetes drug kills tumor cells that lack a key regulatory gene called p53 . Results from current studies in mice may result in new therapies for a subset of human cancers that tend to be aggressive and resistant to existing treatments. (Mon, 13 Aug 2007 19:44:57 GMT)

Alternative medicine seeks hospital space
Alternative and complementary natural health treatment practitioners in the Bega Valley shire have joined forces to campaign for the allocation of a shared consulting room in the new hospital. (Tue, 14 Aug 2007 00:11:21 GMT)

Alternative medicine gaining acceptance in La Crosse area
ONALASKA, Wis. — When Julie Diermeir’s 8-year-old son, Drew, was diagnosed with asthma last year, she worried it would be a lifetime treatment. (Tue, 14 Aug 2007 04:33:01 GMT)

Healthcare Planning:
Modern medicine has made great advances, and a child born in the U.S. in 2000 has an average life expectancy nearly 30 years longer than one born in 1900. But healthcare has no cure for old age. (Tue, 14 Aug 2007 06:13:03 GMT)

Barnes-Jewish Hospital Upgrades Radiosurgery Capabilities with Leksell Gamma Knife(R) Perfexion(TM)
The highly respected Barnes-Jewish Hospital has placed an order for Leksell Gamma Knife Perfexion, the most advanced system for non-invasive radiosurgery in the world. A revolutionary alternative to traditional open-brain surgery and daily radiation treatments, Leksell Gamma Knife Perfexion uses focused doses of radiation without making a single incision to treat malignant and benign brain ... (Tue, 14 Aug 2007 13:00:00 GMT)

Aboriginal physician travels world to study shamans, healers for new TV series
EDMONTON (CP) - Sick with the flu, Dr. Daniele Behn Smith felt a ripple of fear as she stood on the outskirts of a tribal trance dance in Namibia and waited for a whirling, zombie-like medicine man to touch her chest. (Tue, 14 Aug 2007 16:04:00 GMT)

Penn researchers find diabetes drug kills some cancer cells
Researchers at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine have found that a commonly prescribed diabetes drug kills tumor cells that lack a key regulatory gene called p53. Results from current studies in mice may result in new therapies for a subset of human cancers that tend to be aggressive and resistant to existing treatments. Additionally, the findings open up a new avenue for ... (Tue, 14 Aug 2007 19:54:01 GMT)

Comments, corrections, clarifications, and c*ckups
Peter d’Abbs, School of Public Health, Tropical Medicine & Rehabilitation Sciences, James Cook University, writes : Re. "Senate paves the way for NT 'emergency intervention'" (yesterday, item 4). Crikey readers will recall an episode a few weeks ago, when a group of Country Liberal Party members in the NT flew to the Tiwi Islands (where alcohol bans are in place) and headed off on a fishing trip ... (Wed, 15 Aug 2007 03:16:48 GMT)

Healthcare Planning:
Modern medicine has made great advances, and a child born in the U.S. in 2000 has an average life expectancy nearly 30 years longer than one born in 1900. But healthcare has no cure for old age. (Wed, 15 Aug 2007 06:13:05 GMT)

Alternative Medicine: Breast-feeding and nutrition
Breast milk is known to boost children's immune systems, brain development and help fight off many infectious diseases. So, what can a mother do to help ensure a good milk supply? (Wed, 15 Aug 2007 22:23:01 GMT)

Herb Combo For Asthma
The popularity of herbal medicine is on the rise. Now, American researchers are testing herbs from China that may provide a natural solution to a problem that still stumps doctors: how to treat people with asthma safely and effectively. (Wed, 15 Aug 2007 22:50:29 GMT)

2007 Skeptics Conference
Magic, mystery and medicine make up a potent mix at this year´s Annual Skeptics Conference, being held at St Andrews College, Christchurch, over 21-23 September. (Thu, 16 Aug 2007 04:38:59 GMT)

Denver Acupuncturist Tackles Infertility Epidemic
Denver Acupuncturist gives couples who are having difficulty with fertility issues and trying to conceive a natural effective method in Traditional Chinese Medicine. Use Chinese Medicine FIRST -- before more invasive techniques. (Thu, 16 Aug 2007 07:01:00 GMT)

Denver Acupuncturist Tackles Infertility Epidemic
Denver Acupuncturist gives couples who are having difficulty with fertility issues and trying to conceive a natural effective method in Traditional Chinese Medicine. Use Chinese Medicine FIRST -- before more invasive techniques. (PRWeb Aug 16, 2007) Post Comment:Trackback URL: http://www.prweb.com/pingpr.php/ (Thu, 16 Aug 2007 07:07:53 GMT)

Spa to aid cancer patients
King City-based Mee Health Systems will soon offer massage as part of alternative treatments for cancer, hospital officials said earlier this week. (Thu, 16 Aug 2007 12:18:57 GMT)

Georgia tries diplomatic approach to lure back Ossetians
Georgia is trying a new medicine to lure back the breakaway region of South Ossetia that now depends on Russia. The message is: Don't scare Ossetians. Entice them. (Thu, 16 Aug 2007 19:25:17 GMT)

'Immortalists' exposes Achilles' heel of two famous figures
Here are two alternative subtitles for David Friedman's fascinating new book, The Immortalists: "Geniuses Do the Creepiest Things." Or "Brains Aren't Everything." Friedman's non-fiction account, in stores Tuesday, describes the long collaboration between American aviator Charles Lindbergh and French scientist Alexis Carrel, who won the Nobel Prize for medicine in 1912. (Thu, 16 Aug 2007 19:30:17 GMT)

A healthy alternative?
Increasingly, American consumers are shopping for health care the way they buy a hamburger or milk shake at a fast-food chain: by standing in line at a local store under a menu. (Fri, 17 Aug 2007 10:05:42 GMT)

Consumers Set to 'Ooh' and 'Aah' Personal Therapy Sensory Devices Market to $1.2 Billion by 2011
The stress of daily life, increasing medical costs, and the advent of complementary and alternative medicine into the mainstream are expected to converge over the next four years, creating a perfect growth platform for personal therapy sensory devices, projected to reach $1.2 billion by 2011, according to Personal Therapy Sensory Devices: Americans Get Their Electronic Om On, a new report from ... (Fri, 17 Aug 2007 13:45:00 GMT)

Script-happy doctors accused of poisoning the elderly
AN ALARMING 400,000 Australians aged 70 or over were prescribed at least one drug in 2005 that is considered potentially harmful to the elderly - and for which there is a safer alternative, a major study has revealed. (Fri, 17 Aug 2007 15:04:02 GMT)

Diabetes Drug Kills Some Cancer Cells, Penn Researchers Find
Researchers at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine have found that a commonly prescribed diabetes drug kills tumor cells that lack a key regulatory gene called p53. Results from current studies in mice may result in new therapies for a subset of human cancers that tend to be aggressive and resistant to existing treatments. [click link for full article] (Fri, 17 Aug 2007 15:11:07 GMT)

Q&A: Kids and cough medicine
Dr. William Graessle, pediatrician for Children's Hospital at Cooper University Hospital, answers questions related to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration's advisory against administering cough medicine to children under 2 years old. (Fri, 17 Aug 2007 17:00:26 GMT)

A tale of two banks
Monetary policy makers want risk-happy investors to swallow their medicine — but hope it isn't too bitter (Sat, 18 Aug 2007 04:34:35 GMT)

Rx for pet care: Specialty services growing in acceptance
It wasn't that long ago when few people embraced alternative medical practices such as chiropractic services, acupuncture and massage. Today, such services, like many advanced traditional medical practices, are moving into the mainstream of pet care as more and more people pamper their pets -- although medical care isn't seen on the same plane as some other pampering practices. Shawna and Patrick ... (Sat, 18 Aug 2007 15:53:47 GMT)

People on the move
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UPS marks its 100th year
The messenger service that two young men began in an office in Pioneer Square is now the world's largest shipping carrier. (Sun, 19 Aug 2007 07:14:22 GMT)

Cities grapple with pot clinics' growth
More than a decade after California voters passed legalized medical marijuana, an explosion of dispensaries and patients has cities and counties scrambling to regulate the operations. (Sun, 19 Aug 2007 15:26:53 GMT)

Competition can prove effective medicine
Under Tony Blair, the threat of the private sector was used to try to change the behaviour of hospitals and consultants. (Sun, 19 Aug 2007 22:06:26 GMT)

Standard Reference Materials For Ginkgo Biloba
The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has issued a suite of Standard Reference Materials (SRMs) for ginkgo biloba, one of the most popular dietary supplements in the marketplace, with annual worldwide sales estimated at $1 billion. [click link for full article] (Mon, 20 Aug 2007 01:11:15 GMT)

DNA helping Idaho hunt down poachers
A knife with traces of blood found in a suspect's truck. A few hairs picked up at the crime scene hundreds of miles away. Authorities feared the victim was dead, perhaps already dismembered and eaten. (Mon, 20 Aug 2007 06:22:45 GMT)

Mediterranean-Style Nutrition instead of Lipid Reducers
Mediterranean-style nutrition represents an alternative worth considering to a group of lipid reducing drugs, the statins, with regard to the development of an atherosclerosis (also called arteriosclerosis or colloquially vessel calcification) at increased blood lipid concentrations. (Mon, 20 Aug 2007 09:46:40 GMT)

Punjabis renew their faith in alternative medicines
By Sunil Sharma Chandigarh, Aug.20 (ANI): In India, faith in alternative medicines is growing, and people, including Punjabis, are craving for any kind of medicinal system that offers them a complete cure to their ailments. Forty-eight-year-old Neeraj Sharma had almost given up her battle against osteoporosis, a deadly disease that she has been battling for the last five years. The excruciating ... (Mon, 20 Aug 2007 12:42:31 GMT)

The Ifused World Media Group Unleashes 'Solstice The Album' - Musical Medicine For The Mind And Soul
The iFused World Media Group, Wolverhampton-based independent record label launched by one of UK soul's leading lights, Soul Sohpal, is launching ... (Mon, 20 Aug 2007 13:26:23 GMT)

Kids and Crocs Shoes: Trendy or Risky?
Crocs shoes are all the rage, especially among kids. But are Crocs a safe footwear choice for school? (Mon, 20 Aug 2007 14:00:08 GMT)

Cult group started a home unlike all others
In the 1970s, cultists dropped out and tuned in to a guru called Father Yod. (Mon, 20 Aug 2007 15:14:25 GMT)

Cost-effective Method Of Lowering Heart Disease Risks Considered
As US policy experts continue to search for ways to re-engineer the country's health-care system, a new study from the Stanford University School of Medicine shows that a case-management approach helped a diverse group of patients reduce their overall risk of heart disease by roughly 10 percent, and did so in a cost-effective way. (Mon, 20 Aug 2007 18:03:54 GMT)

Hazards: Smokeless Tobacco on Par With Cigarettes
A new study has found that chewing tobacco may be almost as effective as cigarettes in delivering nicotine and carcinogens. (Tue, 21 Aug 2007 02:27:20 GMT)

Health kudos
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Take me home
Title: "Alternative Medicine Magazine's Definitive Guide to Sleep Disorders: 7 Smart Ways to Help You Get a Good Night's Rest" by Herbert Ross (Celestial Arts, $16.95) (Tue, 21 Aug 2007 06:23:43 GMT)

Punjabis renew their faith in alternative medicines
By Sunil Sharma, Chandigarh, Aug.20 : In India, faith in alternative medicines is growing, and people, including Punjabis, are craving for any kind of medicinal system that offers them a complete cure to their ailments. (Tue, 21 Aug 2007 09:05:23 GMT)

HIV Denialists Spread Misinformation Online: Consequences Could Be Deadly
The Internet is serving as a fertile medium for "HIV denialists" to spread false ideas about HIV/AIDS, which could have terrible public health consequences, say scientists in a policy paper in PLoS Medicine. (Tue, 21 Aug 2007 13:04:27 GMT)

Heart failure case management effective
Case management using specially trained nurses and dietitians could reduce the risk of heart disease by about 10 percent, a U.S. study found. Researchers at Stanford University School of Medicine say case managers could handle many of the counseling and t... (Tue, 21 Aug 2007 21:21:21 GMT)

Research Review Finds Yoga Beneficial in Reducing Hypertension
Mind-Body medicine, one of five major branches of complementary and alternative therapeutics, uses behavioral techniques to augment the mind's capacity to affect bodily function and symptoms. Researchers have conducted a systematic review to assess the efficacy of mind-body therapies (MBT) versus placebo or active control in the treatment of hypertension. (Wed, 22 Aug 2007 13:30:23 GMT)

Complementary Alternative Medical (CAM) Therapy and Prostate Cancer
A retrospective analysis of clinical response to radiation therapy, as measured by prostate specific antigen (PSA) levels in prostate cancer patients who had and had not participated in concomitant naturopathic therapy has been conducted. Response to radiation therapy in prostate cancer patients did not appear to be inhibited by naturopathic interventions. (Wed, 22 Aug 2007 13:30:33 GMT)

Can Alternative Care be Both Medically and Cost Effective?
Two Studies, One Aim: Can Alternative Care be Both Medically and Cost Effective? One study finds a holistic approach reduces the need for medication in Sierra Tucson's Eating Disorders Program; Second study to measure benefits of acupuncture for acute care patients in Los Angeles' Good Samaritan Hospital. (Wed, 22 Aug 2007 13:31:03 GMT)

Smokeless tobacco
Smokeless tobacco, the kind users put between cheek and gum, is one way to satisfy a craving for nicotine without offensive smoke. But a new study has found that it may be almost as effective as cigarettes in delivering nicotine and carcinogens. (Wed, 22 Aug 2007 13:48:31 GMT)

Health Beat - August 22, 2007:
Acupuncture The Northfield Acupuncture & Alternative Medicine Clinic will hold workshops dealing with health topics including cancer, hepatitis and cardiovascular disease at 1 p.m. Thursdays at the clinic located at 619 East 6th St. Topics of discussion will vary and the public is welcome. (Wed, 22 Aug 2007 14:05:16 GMT)

Alternative Medicine: Adolescent health
The teen years are considered one of the healthiest times of life, yet they are associated with the highest incidence of injury and illness because of risk-taking behavior. (Wed, 22 Aug 2007 18:53:06 GMT)

Study challenges claim on AIDS remedies
A study by South African scientists said Wednesday there was no evidence that foods such as garlic and beetroot were a substitute for AIDS medicine, disputing claims by the country's health minister. (Wed, 22 Aug 2007 20:11:21 GMT)

Alternative medicine helps dog with arthritis
Dear Dr. Fox: I am writing to tell you that I have been using xanthones for my pet as preventive maintenance... (Thu, 23 Aug 2007 05:29:16 GMT)

Yoga significantly reduces hypertension
Washington, Aug. 23 (ANI): A systematic review to assess the efficacy of mind-body therapies (MBT), such as meditation, yoga and guided imagery in the treatment of hypertension, has shown that such complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) approaches significantly reduce systolic and diastolic blood pressures. The review and synthesis of 12 published randomised trials also showed that yoga ... (Thu, 23 Aug 2007 07:50:22 GMT)

Alternative cures gain popularity
123456789By Ayesha KhanFor the PostAlternative medical treatments appear to be on the rise, including larval therapy, an often off-putting treatment in which maggots eat the dead tissue of patients., (Thu, 23 Aug 2007 08:44:45 GMT)

Foods rejected as AIDS medicines
CAPE TOWN -- A study by South African scientists said yesterday there was no evidence that foods such as garlic and beetroot were a substitute for AIDS medicine, disputing claims by the country's health minister. (Thu, 23 Aug 2007 09:00:23 GMT)

Promoting Traditional Medicine In Mongolia
From 23 to 26 August in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia, a joint inter-regional workshop, organised by the World Health Organisation (WHO) and The Nippon Foundation, will examine the impact of an unique experiment in traditional medicine in Mongolia's primary health care system. [click link for full article] (Thu, 23 Aug 2007 09:15:31 GMT)

Cost-Effective Method Of Lowering Heart Disease Risks
As U.S. policy experts continue to search for ways to re-engineer the country's health-care system, a new study from the Stanford University School of Medicine shows that a case-management approach helped a diverse group of patients reduce their overall risk of heart disease by roughly 10 percent, and did so in a cost-effective way. [click link for full article] (Fri, 24 Aug 2007 12:11:12 GMT)

AI system predicts medicine's hidden powers
Software that learns how to spot alternative uses for readily available drugs could be a first line of defence against new diseases (Fri, 24 Aug 2007 14:23:48 GMT)

Let yoga relax you
A systematic review to assess the efficacy of mind-body therapies (MBT), such as meditation, yoga and guided imagery in the treatment of hypertension, has shown that such complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) approaches significantly reduce systolic and diastolic blood pressures. (Fri, 24 Aug 2007 18:52:37 GMT)

Linking Pakistan with CARs and China: new tunnel being planned
ISLAMABAD (August 25 2007): Pakistan is planning to start work on another road tunnel in north-west Frontier Province (NWFP), which would provide a viable alternative route linking Pakistan with Central Asian Republics (CARs) and China. (Sat, 25 Aug 2007 00:05:42 GMT)

Larimer sheriff may charge for inmate labor
Larimer County Sheriff Jim Alderden does not want to charge different county departments for the labor that Alternative Sentencing inmates provide to them - but he might do it anyway. (Sat, 25 Aug 2007 07:12:17 GMT)

Miraculous Healing at Slug Lake
People all over the world have always been seeking an alternative of the common medicine to cure all kinds of diseases. And while some look for it in herbal drug stores and visit alternative medicine specialists, some go to a very special place in Bulgaria. (Sat, 25 Aug 2007 14:03:55 GMT)

When like cures like, naturally
It's late August, prime allergy time for Wisconsinites who suffer from hay fever. Many turn to drugs like Claritin or Allegra for relief. But a follower of anthroposophic medicine might try a lemon and quince remedy in nasal spray or pellet form from southern Wisconsin's Uriel Pharmacy. (Sun, 26 Aug 2007 05:01:23 GMT)

Suboxone an alternative to use of methadone
Suboxone, a combination drug that mixes a mild opioid with a narcotic neutralizer, has emerged in recent years as an alternative to methadone as a treatment for pain pill addiction, and it is being widely used in Alabama. (Sun, 26 Aug 2007 09:05:55 GMT)

Harrison couple give horses the attention they deserve
Amazing Grace gains weight the way many of us wish we could lose it. She is on her way back, all right, ready before long to join others adopted by Dean and Laurie Stout. (Sun, 26 Aug 2007 10:07:56 GMT)

Inside an Afghan opium market
The BBC's Bilal Sarwary visits a flourishing Afghan opium market near the border with Pakistan. (Mon, 27 Aug 2007 00:31:11 GMT)

Emergency care clinic to open on Southside
SOUTHSIDE -- A new emergency care center will give Southside residents an alternative to long waits at local hospital emergency rooms and access to emergency medicine in a retail environment. (Mon, 27 Aug 2007 05:25:28 GMT)

After a two-year study, the Academy of Science of South Africa appeals for all orthodox, traditional and alternative ...
The country’s top scientific body has called for “science-based evidence” to clear up the “confused messages” about the role of nutrition, traditional medicine and alternative remedies in HIV and TB treatment. (Mon, 27 Aug 2007 07:40:49 GMT)

South Africa: Scientists Appeal for Science-Based Claims to Clear HIV Confusion
After a two-year study, the Academy of Science of South Africa appeals for all orthodox, traditional and alternative medicines to be subjected to the same scientific tests to prove that they can help people with HIV and TB. (Mon, 27 Aug 2007 11:37:30 GMT)

An Interview With Dr. Cathy Wong, Author of The Inside Out Diet
"I tailored this diet ... to be an effective weight loss solution for almost anyone. And it's fully researched with over 300 studies referenced." At age 35 and feeling healthier now than ever before, Cathy Wong, N.D., C.N.S., naturopathic doctor, nutritionist, mother, and the About.com guide to Alternative Medicine, has published her first book - The Inside Out Diet: 4 Weeks to Natural Weight ... (Mon, 27 Aug 2007 12:28:46 GMT)

The Essentials of Research in Successful Product Development
Product development in the medical device industry is different from that in other industries. For one thing, government regulation, applicable throughout the product development process, has strong implications; this is not the case when designing a toy or a lamp or a handheld remote control. (Mon, 27 Aug 2007 12:53:05 GMT)

Inc. Magazine Names MedSurge Advances to 2007 Inc. 500
DALLAS----MedSurge Advances, the nation's largest independent provider of aesthetic medicine products and services to physicians, today announced that it has been named to Inc. magazine's coveted 2007 Inc. 500 list of the fastest-growing private companies in the United States. (Mon, 27 Aug 2007 16:06:00 GMT)

Inc. Magazine Names MedSurge Advances to 2007 Inc. 500: Dallas-Based Medical Spa Provider Is the Fastest-Growing ...
MedSurge Advances, the nation's largest independent provider of aesthetic medicine products and services to physicians, today announced that it has been named to Inc. magazine's coveted 2007 Inc. 500 list of the fastest-growing private companies in the United States. MedSurge Advances is the highest-ranking company in the field of aesthetic medicine, according to Inc. (PRWeb Aug 27, 2007) Post ... (Mon, 27 Aug 2007 16:45:50 GMT)

Afghanistan's opium production doubles in two years
Afghanistan's opium production has doubled in two years, reaching a new high in 2007, with the country almost the exclusive supplier of the world's deadliest drug, the United Nations announced Monday. (Mon, 27 Aug 2007 20:46:16 GMT)

Ticked off, pol's taking action
Queens chick fixed tick glitch for hicks in sticks. (Tue, 28 Aug 2007 12:43:56 GMT)

Many Patients Need Help to Make the Medicine Go Down
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South Africa: Soy Beans Offer Hope for Sinus Woes
Scientists from the University of Stellenbosch were a step closer to developing a natural alternative to antibiotic treatments for middle ear and sinus infections, they announced earlier this week. (Wed, 29 Aug 2007 12:25:30 GMT)

Where is Queen Midas?
Women are players in politics, corporate life and other powerful pursuits, but they are scarce in activities where amassing wealth is a primary goal, like hedge funds and private equity. (Wed, 29 Aug 2007 13:27:16 GMT)

A biotech pioneer takes on Big Pharma
The power went out at Hammersmith Hospital just a few minutes after I started chatting with Sunil Shaunak, a professor who specializes in drug discovery for infectious diseases. (Wed, 29 Aug 2007 14:16:24 GMT)

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