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Alternative Medicine News Mar 2010

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Retail clinics: Struggling to find their place
Billed as a low-cost alternative to primary care, retail clinics are filling a niche but are finding it hard to turn a profit. (Mon, 01 Mar 2010 02:55:01 GMT)

Albert Sabin, Polio Researcher, 86, Dies
By HAROLD M. SCHMECK Jr. Dr. Albert B. Sabin, the pioneering researcher on viruses and viral diseases who developed the vaccine that is the main defense against polio in the United States and much of the rest of the world, died yesterday at Georgetown University Medical Center in Washington. (Mon, 01 Mar 2010 07:25:59 GMT)

Karadzic genocide trial resumes after 4 months
The genocide trial of Radovan Karadzic resumed Monday after a four-month postponement, with the former Bosnian Serb leader presenting his opening statements. (Mon, 01 Mar 2010 09:51:37 GMT)

Federal Court Digest: Steroids defendant wants charges dismissed
Lawyers for an alternative medicine practitioner asked a judge last week to dismiss the charges against him and throw out evidence gathered from wiretaps. (Mon, 01 Mar 2010 12:32:49 GMT)

WIN Institute concept survives tough times
BASALT - A handful of Roaring Fork Valley residents dedicated to alternative health care has rallied to keep the midvalley's WIN Institute alive after the economic crisis threatened to derail the vision of the founder. Shawn Hunsberger took over the lease of the WIN Institute gym after he reported for work as a personal fitness trainer about eight weeks ago and found the doors locked. "After the ... (Mon, 01 Mar 2010 13:39:22 GMT)

PatientKeeper Announces New Solution for Computerized Physician Order Entry (CPOE)
BOSTON----PatientKeeper®, Inc., the leading provider of Physician Information Technology, today announced PatientKeeper CPOE™, a new solution that offers an alternative option for community hospitals and their affiliated physicians to meet the Meaningful Use criteria for CPOE. (Mon, 01 Mar 2010 14:00:00 GMT)

Alternative method for scoliosis offers options
Stacey Adams has known for years she has scoliosis but it didn’t stop her from practicing yoga.“I don’t have pain, just achiness,” Adams, 45, said.An X-ray in 2004 showed a 40-degree abnormal curve in her spine. Family members would comment about the sideways “S” curve in her spine when she wore a bathing suit. Clothes sometimes hung awkwardly.In 2008, another X-ray showed her scoliosis had ... (Tue, 02 Mar 2010 01:06:00 GMT)

Alternative medicine practitioners go beyond and offer advice
By: Lauren Howland Many know the feeling of sitting in a doctor’s office waiting for what seems like hours to speak with a man or woman in a white lab coat for only a few minutes. Most times these long waits result in receiving a piece of paper with a prescription on ... (Tue, 02 Mar 2010 04:57:29 GMT)

GOP health plan takes small steps
The Republican leadership of the House has touted its alternative proposal for health care reform as a "step-by-step, common-sense approach." But it would do little to increase the number of people with health insurance or slow the rise in health care spending. (Tue, 02 Mar 2010 09:01:28 GMT)

Euthanizing an injured hawk sparks debate over treatment
GRAFTON - The euthanization of an injured red-tailed hawk has sparked a debate between modern veterinary medicine and alternative holistic treatments. (Tue, 02 Mar 2010 09:40:32 GMT)

Resveratrol May Replace Aspirin As Heart Protector; Longevinex® First Branded Resveratrol Pill Successfully Tested ...
With the realization that half of the people experiencing a sudden mortal heart attack were taking aspirin on the day of their demise, researchers have begun to search for a more reliable alternative, and they may have found it in a red wine molecule called resveratrol (rez-vair-ah-trawl). (Tue, 02 Mar 2010 10:00:11 GMT)

Funds Boost Research Into Causes, Interventions for Age-related Cognitive Decline
University of Kansas Medical Center, Kansas City and Washington University School of Medicine, St. Louis among grantees. (Tue, 02 Mar 2010 14:31:41 GMT)

Cow Dung, Urine as Medicine?
Borrowing from Hindu spiritual traditions, researchers in India are working on medicines based on the waste of these sacred animals. (Tue, 02 Mar 2010 21:07:28 GMT)

Royal row 'threatens alternative medicine research'
One of the world’s leading centres for alternative medicine research is facing closure for lack of money after a row with a senior aide to the Prince of Wales. (Tue, 02 Mar 2010 23:27:36 GMT)

Marketplace: Holistic medicine solving for orthopedic problems
Marc Loveman, a part-time Newpark resident, is really excited to start cross-country skiing soon. That's not such a big deal to many, but he was (Wed, 03 Mar 2010 00:04:01 GMT)

Portland artist hired to paint Kulongoski's portrait
Eduardo Fernandez, who recently switched careers from alternative medicine to art, has been retained to paint the official portrait of Gov. Ted Kulongoski. (Wed, 03 Mar 2010 00:57:51 GMT)

Royal row blamed for threat to complementary medicine centre
A leading centre for research into alternative medicine could close because of a lack of funding following a clash with a senior aide to the Prince of Wales, it is claimed. (Wed, 03 Mar 2010 09:10:16 GMT)

Alternative health unit in royal row ‘to close’
Headed by Edzard Ernst, Britain's first professor of complementary medicine, the University of Exeter unit will shut within 14 months unless a new backer can be found. (Wed, 03 Mar 2010 13:45:18 GMT)

Mount Sinai School of Medicine and Medisyn Technologies Discover Novel Compounds for Alzheimer's Treatment
NEW YORK & MINNEAPOLIS----In an announcement today, Mount Sinai School of Medicine and Medisyn Technologies, Inc. said they have identified new chemical classes of preclinical compounds that may eventually lead to the first effective management of toxic amyloid aggregation and accumulation in the brain— an abnormal biological process long suspected by many researchers to be a major culprit in ... (Wed, 03 Mar 2010 13:57:00 GMT)

Clear One Health Plans Announces New Natural Health Plan - First Oregon Health Insurance Plan Developed with Specific ...
BEND, Ore.----Clear One Health Plans, Inc. today announced the launch of the first Natural Health Plan that focuses on holistic health insurance available in the state of Oregon. The new Natural Health Plan is available throughout the state of Oregon beginning February 1, 2010 to Oregon residents and is specifically designed with an emphasis on alternative medicine such as naturopathic medicine ... (Wed, 03 Mar 2010 14:21:00 GMT)

Mount Sinai School Of Medicine And Medisyn Technologies Discover Novel Compounds For Alzheimer's Treatment
In an announcement recently, Mount Sinai School of Medicine (MSSM) and Medisyn Technologies, Inc. said they have identified new chemical classes of preclinical compounds that may eventually lead to the first effective management of toxic amyloid aggregation and accumulation in the brain- an abnormal biological process long suspected by many researchers to be a major culprit in the onset and ... (Thu, 04 Mar 2010 06:32:55 GMT)

Clear One Health Plans launches Natural Health Plan for Oregon residents
Clear One Health Plans, Inc. today announced the launch of the first Natural Health Plan that focuses on holistic health insurance available in the state of Oregon. The new Natural Health Plan is available throughout the state of Oregon beginning February 1, 2010 to Oregon residents and is specifically designed with an emphasis on alternative medicine such as naturopathic medicine, chiropractic ... (Thu, 04 Mar 2010 07:55:59 GMT)

Some Minerals Can Kill What the Best Antibiotics Can't
Alternative approaches to medicine are stock-in-trade in the ASU laboratory of microbiologist Shelley Haydel. (Thu, 04 Mar 2010 15:18:24 GMT)

Norepinephrine Suggested Over Dopamine for Shock Treatment
ATLANTA - Physicians treating patients with shock should consider norepinephrine instead of dopamine as a tool for stabilizing blood pressure, according to an editorial in the March 4, 2010, issue of the New England Journal of Medicine (NEJM). (Thu, 04 Mar 2010 16:26:31 GMT)

Rules to Help You Properly Use Herbal Remedies
Herbal remedies offer an alternative to modern medicine. If you are not keen on using pharmaceutical products, you can rest assured that you will certainly find a cure in alternative medicine. However, like other forms of therapy and medications, alternative medicine also has side-effects. (Thu, 04 Mar 2010 22:40:54 GMT)

We need this voice to fight quackery
Professor Edzard Ernst, the UK's only professor of complementary medicine, is in danger of losing his job Homeopaths and their friends at Buckingham Palace must be rubbing their hands. The scourge of complementary medicine, Professor Edzard Ernst, may be facing the closure of his unit at the Peninsula medical school in Exeter. While there is plenty of money in alternative therapies, the funding ... (Fri, 05 Mar 2010 03:58:56 GMT)

Mount Sinai School Of Medicine And Medisyn Technologies Discover Novel Compounds For Alzheimer's Treatment
In an announcement today, Mount Sinai School of Medicine (MSSM) and Medisyn Technologies, Inc. said they have identified new chemical classes of preclinical compounds that may eventually lead to the first effective management of toxic amyloid aggregation and accumulation in the brain- an abnormal biological process long suspected by many researchers to be a major culprit in the onset and ... (Fri, 05 Mar 2010 13:40:04 GMT)

Power Plate Offers Healthy Alternative to USDA Food Pyramid
User-Friendly Graphic Emphasizes Low-Fat Vegetarian Foods, Eliminates Confusing Portion Suggestions; New Approach Could Influence Dietary Guidelines (Fri, 05 Mar 2010 13:45:00 GMT)

Veterinary medicine killing vultures in India: Ministry
New Delhi, March 5 : A veterinary medicine, Diclofenac, is the main reason behind the rapidly declining vulture numbers in the country, the health ministry said Friday. (Fri, 05 Mar 2010 14:32:50 GMT)

Power Plate Offers Healthy Alternative to USDA Food Pyramid
User-Friendly Graphic Emphasizes Low-Fat Vegetarian Foods, Eliminates Confusing Portion Suggestions; New Approach Could Influence Dietary Guidelines WASHINGTON, March 5 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Fill your plate with fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and legumes each day to keep the doctor away, say doctors and dietitians with the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine. (Fri, 05 Mar 2010 15:24:11 GMT)

Power Plate -- a food pyramid alternative
WASHINGTON, March 5 (UPI) -- A non-profit group of U.S. doctors recommends an alternative to what it says is the often confusing food pyramid -- a Power Plate. (Fri, 05 Mar 2010 19:56:34 GMT)

Patients allowed greater variety of herbal medicine
The ComptrollerGeneral's Department is allowing herbal medicines not on the national drug list to be prescribed at state hospitals nationwide in a bid to promote local traditions. (Fri, 05 Mar 2010 23:17:01 GMT)

PCRM: Nutrition professionals need to use Power Plate graphic as healthful alternative to USDA Food Pyramid
Fill your plate with fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and legumes each day to keep the doctor away, say doctors and dietitians with the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine. The nonprofit organization is running a full-page advertisement in March's Today's Dietitian urging nutrition professionals to use its new Power Plate graphic as a healthful alternative to the USDA Food Pyramid. (Sat, 06 Mar 2010 09:10:59 GMT)

Antibacterial activity of clay minerals raises hope for natural approaches to antibacterial cures
Alternative approaches to medicine are stock-in-trade in the ASU laboratory of microbiologist Shelley Haydel. (Sat, 06 Mar 2010 11:11:09 GMT)

Power Plate -- A Food Pyramid Alternative
A non-profit group of U.S. doctors recommends an alternative to what it says is the often confusing food pyramid -- a Power Plate. "People eat from plates, not pyramids," Susan Levin, nutrition education director at the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine, said in a statement. (Sat, 06 Mar 2010 12:12:13 GMT)

Mercedes-style medicine
Extra fee gives concierge-practice patients better access to doctor (Sun, 07 Mar 2010 13:03:31 GMT)

Mercedes-style medicine
Extra fee gives concierge-practice patients better access to doctor (Sun, 07 Mar 2010 20:34:08 GMT)

Local physicians, patients part of artery blockage study
For people with blockages in their neck arteries, a metal scaffolding device known as a stent may become more popular as an alternative to surgery to prevent strokes.   (Mon, 08 Mar 2010 05:45:34 GMT)

Lack of Government Regulation in Traditional Medicine 'Alarming'
Absence of national registration standards is putting consumers at risk. (Mon, 08 Mar 2010 07:01:29 GMT)

How I Practice Medicine, Part 1 | The Life of a Hotel Doctor | By Mike Oppenheim, M.D.
Doctors work miracles now and then and provide genuine help most of the time. In one area, however, we are no different from physicians from bygone eras, alternative medical practitioners today, and quacks: patients who consult us must feel in the presence of someone with great healing powers. At the visit’s end, they must feel they have experienced those powers. (Mon, 08 Mar 2010 08:34:24 GMT)

Reducing Pain In Hospitalized Patients Using Non-Drug Techniques
Non-traditional therapies relieve pain among a wide range of hospitalized patients as much as 50 percent, according to a first-of-a-kind study in the Journal of Patient Safety. The study shows that an inpatient integrative medicine program can have a significant impact on pain in an environment where pain management continues to be a major challenge, and traditional medications can have negative ... (Mon, 08 Mar 2010 13:25:35 GMT)

How can you safely get rid of unwanted medicine?
To flush or not to flush (medications), that is the question. The answer is... depends on the drug. Flushing puts chemicals directly into the water supply. (Mon, 08 Mar 2010 16:41:45 GMT)

Treating respiratory illness with salt
It has been prescribed to patients in Eastern Europe for centuries. Now, halotherapy, or salt therapy, is sweeping across America. It's a type of alternative medicine used by thousands with respiratory illnesses. (Tue, 09 Mar 2010 05:07:54 GMT)

Alternative reading of Hamas murder
The killing of Palestinian activist Mahmoud al-Mabhouh on January 19 was clearly a well-planned act, committed by Israeli assassins in the supposed safety of a sovereign country, Dubai in the United Arab Emirates. (Tue, 09 Mar 2010 10:00:10 GMT)

Syria wants civilian nuclear energy
Mekdad: Damascus needs to consider alternative sources of energy, including nuclear. (Tue, 09 Mar 2010 12:04:31 GMT)

CONMED Corporation Launches New Products at Annual American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons Meeting
UTICA, NY--(Marketwire - March 9, 2010) - CONMED Corporation ( NASDAQ : CNMD ) today announced that its CONMED Linvatec business unit will formally launch five new medical devices in its Sports Medicine and Capital product lines at the Annual Meeting of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS) in New Orleans, LA on March 9 - 13, 2010. (Tue, 09 Mar 2010 12:12:29 GMT)

BioMimetic Therapeutics Presents Promising Pre-Clinical Sports Medicine Data at the 2010 ORS Meeting
FRANKLIN, Tenn.----BioMimetic Therapeutics, Inc. announced pre-clinical data the Company will present at 1:15 CST today at the 2010 Orthopedic Research Society meeting in New Orleans. (Tue, 09 Mar 2010 14:00:00 GMT)

Steinlage plans summer internship in ag secretary’s office
Katie Steinlage, a Northeast Iowa Community College (NICC) agriculture program student from West Union, was elected to serve as president of the State Post-secondary Agriculture Students (PAS) organization. PAS members selected Steinlage Feb. 15, following the organization's annual PAS conference and competition Feb. 10-12. She is a second-year Associate in Science-Pre-Veterinary Medicine/Dairy ... (Tue, 09 Mar 2010 15:56:40 GMT)

Risk-Free Treatment For Low Female Sexual Desire
MU researcher provides safe alternative to medical treatmentsAccording to the Journal of Sexual Medicine, people who engage in regular sexual activity gain several health benefits, such as longer lives, healthier hearts, lower blood pressure, and lower risk of breast cancer. However, approximately 33 percent of women may not receive these benefits due to low sexual desire. (Tue, 09 Mar 2010 18:23:30 GMT)

Alternative medicine 'does not help women have babies'
USING acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine to try to increase the chances of having a baby is a waste of time, experts are warning. (Wed, 10 Mar 2010 00:07:30 GMT)

An Alternative Reading of Murder in Dubai
The killing of Palestinian activist Mahmoud al-Mabhouh on January 19, 2010 was clearly a well-planned, violent and sadistic act, committed by Israeli assassins in the supposed safety of a sovereign country. (Wed, 10 Mar 2010 03:23:26 GMT)

Alternative spring break at Eagle Butte
It’s not sunbathing on the beach at Fort Lauderdale, Fla., but a youth center on the Cheyenne River Indian Reservation is offering college students nationwide an alternative, and possibly more rewarding, experience while on spring break. (Wed, 10 Mar 2010 05:13:57 GMT)

Risk-free psychological treatment can be better alternative to drugs in treating women with low sexual desire
According to the Journal of Sexual Medicine, people who engage in regular sexual activity gain several health benefits, such as longer lives, healthier hearts, lower blood pressure, and lower risk of breast cancer. However, approximately 33 percent of women may not receive these benefits due to low sexual desire. (Wed, 10 Mar 2010 09:26:54 GMT)

British Fertility Society Issues New Guidelines On The Use Of Acupuncture And Chinese Herbal Medicine In Fertility ...
The British Fertility Society has issued new guidelines in the journal Human Fertility on the use of acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine in fertility treatment. The guidelines found that there is currently no evidence that having acupuncture or Chinese herbal medicine treatment around the time of assisted conception increases the likelihood of subsequent pregnancy... (Wed, 10 Mar 2010 11:26:20 GMT)

Research Finds Shortcomings In Comparative Effectiveness Drug Research
An analysis by researchers at the Keck School of Medicine of the University of Southern California (USC) has found that only 32 percent of medication studies published in top medical journals compare the effectiveness of existing treatments. These studies, known as comparative effectiveness studies, help doctors know which therapies work best and under what circumstances they are most effective ... (Wed, 10 Mar 2010 12:27:21 GMT)

Alternative to Statins Shows Promise
WEDNESDAY, March 10 (HealthDay News) -- A thyroid-derived cholesterol-lowering drug that could be an alternative to the widely used statin medications has done well in a small, early trial, Swedish and American researchers report. (Wed, 10 Mar 2010 22:04:03 GMT)

PHILOSOPHICAL PHYSICIANS
In order to understand the philosophy of alternative medicine, let's learn from some of history's key medical figures. (Wed, 10 Mar 2010 23:35:06 GMT)

Alternative to Statins Shows Promise
Broader study needed to check for possible long-term effects, experts say. (Wed, 10 Mar 2010 23:55:51 GMT)

Alternative Reading of the Al-Mabhouh Murder
Who has weaved this fascinatingly reductionist account of al-Mabhouh’s life in such a short span of time? His family? Hamas? The Palestinian media? No, none of these. The creator of this biography is Israel, the very country that assassinated him. (Thu, 11 Mar 2010 11:49:34 GMT)

The Bemer experience – rest matters
I have long been able to understand the popularity of complementary medicine. This is despite the fact that I don’t understand how the therapies work (or purport to work) and have been told by many friendly scientists that alternative treatments make no sense at all. (Thu, 11 Mar 2010 12:29:45 GMT)

Thyroid hormone analogue for treating high cholesterol
An experimental thyroid drug reduces cholesterol without the troublesome side effects experienced by some people on statins, according to a study published today in the New England Journal of Medicine. An international team of investigators at Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions, the Karolinska University Hospital and Institute, and The Feinstein Institute for Medical Research tested a substance ... (Thu, 11 Mar 2010 16:12:56 GMT)

Alternative to Statins Shows Promise
Title: Alternative to Statins Shows Promise Category: Health News Created: 3/10/2010 6:10:00 PM Last Editorial Review: 3/11/2010 (Thu, 11 Mar 2010 21:25:52 GMT)

Alternative reading of the Al-Mabhouh murder
The killing of Palestinian activist Mahmoud al-Mabhouh on January 19 was clearly a well-planned, violent and sadistic act, committed by Israeli assassins in the supposed safety of a sovereign country. (Fri, 12 Mar 2010 05:55:00 GMT)

Philosophical Physicians
In order to understand the philosophy of alternative medicine, let's learn from some of history's key medical figures. (Fri, 12 Mar 2010 06:07:20 GMT)

A Comfortable and Economical Solution to Snoring and Sleep Apnea? Yes, It’s Possible
There is a cost-effective and simple alternative for patients with habitual snoring and OSA. It’s called the aveoTSD (Tongue Stabilizing Device) and is now more comfortable and even easier to use. Clinically proven to treat mild to moderate OSA, this oral appliance has been further refined by orthodontic sleep medicine specialists and engineers in New Zealand to help chronic sufferers achieve a ... (Fri, 12 Mar 2010 08:08:40 GMT)

NanoString Chairman Sees Dx Opportunity for 'Elegantly Simple' Technology
NEW YORK (GenomeWeb) – NanoString Technologies' newly appointed executive chairman is looking to drive the company's digital barcoding technology into the clinical diagnostics market by positioning the nCounter platform as an "elegantly simple" alternative to qPCR and other diagnostic methods. (Fri, 12 Mar 2010 15:45:32 GMT)

NJ's Merck could see further decline in Vytorin sales
Vytorin is likely to continue to decline against fierce competition from alternative brands and lower-priced generics despite more studies showing its safety and effectiveness in lowering cholesterol, according to one Wall Street analyst. (Fri, 12 Mar 2010 18:52:56 GMT)

In an All-Riley Show, Peace, From the Mouths of Babes
The Kronos Quartet performed a program of Terry Riley’s music at Zankel Hall on Thursday evening. (Sat, 13 Mar 2010 01:21:34 GMT)

This is a Backgrounder On Health Care
America's emergency rooms are in crisis. Emergency medicine encompasses the care of patients with traumatic injuries or serious signs and symptoms of disease. Quick evaluation and rapid treatment of these patients obviously cannot be done on an "elective" basis. (Sat, 13 Mar 2010 15:13:30 GMT)

FDA Chief Commits to Completing Rx/Dx Codevelopment Guidance This Year, Improving Regulatory Science
At a luncheon hosted by the Personalized Medicine Coalition last week, FDA Commissioner Margaret Hamburg committed the agency to completing its long-awaited drug/diagnostic codevelopment guidance by year end. (Sat, 13 Mar 2010 19:45:32 GMT)

Medicine disposal debated on the Cape
SOUTH YARMOUTH — Little hits closer to home for Cape Cod residents than the quality of their water: Most of the region's drinking water comes from a single source beneath the peninsula's surface and is highly sensitive to contamination. (Sun, 14 Mar 2010 07:04:21 GMT)

Minimally Invasive Heart Valve Therapy Improves Heart Function, Quality of Life for Mitral Regurgitation Patients
NorthShore University HealthSystem interventional cardiologist, Ted Feldman, MD, presented data today at the American College of Cardiology annual scientific sessions from the EVEREST II trial demonstrating the MitraClip, a novel, first-in-class catheter-based device, Â is a safe and effective alternative to open heart surgery for select patients with mitral regurgitation. (Sun, 14 Mar 2010 12:00:00 GMT)

Abbott MitraClip Offers Safe Alternative to Open-Heart Surgery
March 14 (Bloomberg) -- Abbott Laboratories ’ MitraClip cardiac clamp safely repaired leaking heart valves in a study, potentially providing a less invasive alternative to open-heart surgery. (Sun, 14 Mar 2010 12:56:10 GMT)

Fertility clinic raffling human egg
A fertility clinic said on Sunday it was raffling off a human egg this week to promote its "baby profiling" service, which it insists is legal under the country's law. (Sun, 14 Mar 2010 13:07:36 GMT)

British fertility clinic raffling human egg
A British fertility clinic said Sunday it was raffling off a human egg this week to promote its "baby profiling" service, which it insists is legal under UK law. (Sun, 14 Mar 2010 13:19:37 GMT)

Study: Mini clip is safer than heart-valve surgery
Many Americans with leaky heart valves soon might be able to get them fixed without open-heart surgery. A study showed that a tiny clip implanted through an artery was safer and nearly as effective as surgery, doctors reported Sunday. (Sun, 14 Mar 2010 15:26:21 GMT)

Christchurch health experts together under one roof
A medical centre in Christchurch is embracing the government's new health priority by bringing traditional and alternative health experts together under one roof (Mon, 15 Mar 2010 09:42:54 GMT)

Tiger Bones Rejected By Chinese Medicine Societies Ahead Of CITES Conference
WWF and TRAFFIC welcome a World Federation of Chinese Medicine Societies (WFCMS) statement urging its members not to use tiger bone or any other parts from endangered wildlife. The statement was made at a symposium Friday in Beijing and notes that some of the claimed medicinal benefits of tiger bone have no basis. The use of tiger bones was removed from the traditional Chinese medicine (TCM ... (Mon, 15 Mar 2010 11:33:12 GMT)

altMD Launches Health & Wellness Twitter Application WellnessTweets.com
New search engine from altMD aggregates millions of health and wellness tweets to connect consumers with the latest information and resources on over 150 natural health and alternative medicine treatment options for the top 50 health conditions. (Mon, 15 Mar 2010 13:00:00 GMT)

Metagenics Launches Estrovera™, an All-Natural, Clinically Demonstrated Alternative to Hormone Therapy for Relief of ...
Provides a safe, natural, and effective approach to addressing menopausal symptoms.* (Mon, 15 Mar 2010 13:00:00 GMT)

altMD Launches Health & Wellness Twitter Application WellnessTweets.com
New search engine from altMD aggregates millions of health and wellness tweets to connect consumers with the latest information and resources on over 150 natural health and alternative medicine treatment options for the top 50 health conditions. (PRWeb Mar 15, 2010) Read the full story at http://www.prweb.com/releases/20 (Mon, 15 Mar 2010 13:06:09 GMT)

Winners and Losers in the Forever War
The Forever War ended with a whimper. In the space of a few days, Yara International refused to raise its bid for Terra Industries , Agrium dropped its bid for CF Industries Holdings , and CF’s eye-popping bid for Terra left it with a “victory.” (Mon, 15 Mar 2010 13:41:06 GMT)

College tuition is expensive enough, let alone the textbooks
Panic time. (Mon, 15 Mar 2010 13:51:14 GMT)

Abbott Clip May See $1 Billion as Surgery Alternative (Update1)
March 15 (Bloomberg) -- Abbott Laboratories ’ MitraClip clamped leaking cardiac valves together more safely in a study than use of open-heart surgery to stitch the organ, potentially changing medical practice and reaping $1 billion in sales. (Mon, 15 Mar 2010 14:21:42 GMT)

Abbott Clip May See $1 Billion as Surgery Alternative (Update1)
March 15 (Bloomberg) -- Abbott Laboratories ’ MitraClip clamped leaking cardiac valves together more safely in a study than use of open-heart surgery to stitch the organ, potentially changing medical practice and reaping $1 billion in sales. (Mon, 15 Mar 2010 20:22:29 GMT)

Limbaugh Embraces Costa Rica's Socialized Medicine
In threatening to flee to Costa Rica for health care if Obama's plan passes, the talk-radio king embraced a system where 98% of the population is covered and private insurance is rare (Tue, 16 Mar 2010 04:58:04 GMT)

Limbaugh’s Costa Rican Jaunt Would Be Plug for Social Medicine
March 16 (Bloomberg) -- Conservative talk-radio king Rush Limbaugh’s model health-care system may be one of Latin America’s longest-standing state-run programs, where 98 percent of the population is covered and private insurance is rare. (Tue, 16 Mar 2010 09:29:35 GMT)

Limbaugh Embraces Costa Rica Socialized Medicine (Update1)
March 16 (Bloomberg) -- Talk-radio king Rush Limbaugh’s model health-care system may be one of Latin America’s longest- standing state-run programs, where 98 percent of the population is covered and private insurance is rare. (Tue, 16 Mar 2010 11:53:18 GMT)

Your Friday Dose of Woo on Tuesday: Alternative science for alternative medicine [Respectful Insolence]
I realize that I've said many times before that there is no such thing as "alternative" medicine. There is medicine that has been shown to work through science, medicine that has not yet been shown to work, and medicine that has been shown not to work. "Alternative" medicine that is shown to work through science ceases to be "alternative" and becomes simply medicine. There are times when I think ... (Tue, 16 Mar 2010 12:23:33 GMT)

Gene test can cut warfarin hospitalizations
Use of genetic screening on heart patients helped cut hospitalizations related to the widely used blood thinner warfarin by nearly a third, according to a large study that marks a step forward in the fledgling field of personalized medicine. (Tue, 16 Mar 2010 13:17:32 GMT)

PEM Scanners May Reduce Unnecessary Breast Biopsies And Offer An Alternative For Women Who Cannot Tolerate MRI
New data from an NIH-sponsored, multi-site study of hundreds of women with newly diagnosed breast cancer shows that Positron Emission Mammography (PEM) may reduce unnecessary breast biopsies. The study found that PEM was significantly more precise at identifying benign and cancerous lesions, in what scientists call "Positive Predictive Value" or "PPV," therefore reducing the number of ... (Tue, 16 Mar 2010 14:34:53 GMT)

Latin American School of Medicine enrollment in Cuba reaches 10,000
THE Latin American School of Medicine (ELAM) in Cuba is now 10 years old, and has an enrollment of 10,000 students from dozens of countries, who are studying to be doctors without any cost for their families. (Tue, 16 Mar 2010 14:46:01 GMT)

Medicine Lake geothermal leases questioned in appeal
The newest developments in the issue surrounding Calpine Corporation’s proposed geothermal power plant at Medicine Lake’s Fourmile Hill area occurred March 10 as plaintiffs argued that the original leases granting Calpine permission to pursue geothermal energy have expired and that the land should no longer belong to the company. (Tue, 16 Mar 2010 16:34:00 GMT)

Restructuring nuclear medicine firm MDS posts first-quarter loss of $43 million
TORONTO - Nuclear medicine company MDS Inc. (TSX:MDS) has completed its strategic repositioning and will now focus on cost-cutting and improving its disrupted medical isotope business. (Tue, 16 Mar 2010 17:26:00 GMT)

Restructuring nuclear medicine firm MDS posts first-quarter loss
TORONTO — Nuclear medicine company MDS Inc. has completed its restructuring into a smaller medical isotope business, but an ongoing shutdown at a key nuclear reactor continues to strain its primary source of revenue. (Tue, 16 Mar 2010 21:51:20 GMT)

Reform Threatens Alternative Medicine
We are the heads of two non-profit organizations - one of us liberal and the other conservative - who are concerned that the impending healthcare legislation will negatively impact holistic and natural medicine and limit the healthcare choices of the people who consume it. (Wed, 17 Mar 2010 05:00:00 GMT)

Murder/suicide victim described as dedicated to helpless
Todd Jenkins dedicated his life to helping the helpless. Born in Missouri, Jenkins was a shaman, natural healer and businessman who owned the alternative medicine center, Migun of Naples, at 2164 U.S. 41 N., in the Gateway Plaza shopping center, said his brother, Brien Jenkins of Bonita Springs. (Wed, 17 Mar 2010 10:47:17 GMT)

Pharmaceutical And Medicine Manufacturing In China - New Report Published
This is the replacement for the February 2010 edition of Pharmaceutical and Medicine Manufacturing in China report. (Wed, 17 Mar 2010 13:27:13 GMT)

Women's health at risk
WOMEN'S loss of faith in evidence-based medicine could start shortening their lives, one of the state's top medical specialists says. (Thu, 18 Mar 2010 13:31:00 GMT)

Severe Radioactive Isotope Shortage Looming, Could Affect 1,000s Of Patients
The Society of Nuclear Medicine (SNM) says there will be a severe worldwide shortage of Technetium-99 used in imaging tests for cardiac, cancer and other patients for a two-to three-week period starting Sunday. (Fri, 19 Mar 2010 01:32:06 GMT)

Society of Aesthetic Medicine forms new body
SINGAPORE: The Society of Aesthetic Medicine has formed a new body called the Create Independent Review Board, in a bid to boost its credibility. (Fri, 19 Mar 2010 08:08:20 GMT)

Society of Aesthetic Medicine forms new body
SINGAPORE: The Society of Aesthetic Medicine has formed a new body called the Create Independent Review Board, in a bid to boost its credibility. (Fri, 19 Mar 2010 08:08:20 GMT)

Society of Aesthetic Medicine forms new body
SINGAPORE: The Society of Aesthetic Medicine has formed a new body in attempts to boost the industry's credibility. This follows the dent to its reputation by recent reports of unethical practitioners and botched procedures. (Fri, 19 Mar 2010 08:40:58 GMT)

Severe radioactive isotope shortage looming, could affect 1,000s of patients
TORONTO - The health of thousands of Canadian and U.S. patients could be put in jeopardy by a critical shortage of radioactive isotopes over the next few weeks, nuclear medicine experts say. (Fri, 19 Mar 2010 14:31:59 GMT)

Mineral studies advance antibacterial alternatives
Alternative approaches to medicine are stock-in-trade in the Arizona State University laboratory of microbiologist Shelley Haydel. So when ASU senior Jenny Koehl joined Haydel's investigative team seeking firsthand knowledge of how basic research is done, how drugs are tested and potential cures produced, she found it and much more. (Fri, 19 Mar 2010 15:22:22 GMT)

Alternative Medicines Explored At Health Expo
He said he hates to sound cliché, but Robert Scott Bell turned to natural medicine after being “sick and tired of being sick and tired.” (Fri, 19 Mar 2010 20:54:17 GMT)

Libel suits abound in London, ‘the town called sue’
By Elizabeth Renzetti Toronto Globe and Mail LONDON—Even halfway around the world, Britain’s libel laws have the power to silence dissent. English science writer Simon Singh discovered this when he was interviewed by an Australian journalist about a book he had co-written, “Trick or Treatment? Alternative Medicine on Trial.“ (Sat, 20 Mar 2010 04:23:27 GMT)

Needy Arizona children to lose health care, medicine coverage
KidsCare was eliminated as part of the Legislature's budget-balancing measures this month. The program cost the state $18 million, brought in $56 million in federal funds and served 38,599 children. (Sat, 20 Mar 2010 07:37:17 GMT)

For NYers relying on alternative care, health care vote has been desperate, dangerous wait
For New Yorkers who depend on alternative medicine rather than professional care, the wait for health care reform has been desperate and dangerous. (Sat, 20 Mar 2010 14:06:20 GMT)

Needy Arizona children to lose health care, medicine coverage
This summer, Arizona will become the only state in the nation that doesn't provide health-care coverage under a federal program to insure children of the working poor. (Sat, 20 Mar 2010 15:03:41 GMT)

Prince of Wales charity may face investigation over 'vendetta' claims
The Prince of Wales's alternative health foundation may face an investigation by the charity watchdog over accusations that it breached regulations by pursuing a "personal vendetta" against a leading academic opponent. (Sun, 21 Mar 2010 08:27:05 GMT)

Press Release
The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) released March 18 a 49-page draft social statement on genetics, a framework for discussion on a variety of current topics in the field including certain advances in medicine, reproductive cloning, human embryonic stem cells, and animal and plant genetic engineering. (Mon, 22 Mar 2010 10:11:26 GMT)

Modern medicine conquers witchcraft
( University of Stavanger ) The authors examined data from the Ghana Demographic and Health Survey from 2003, involving 10,000 respondents. The survey charted people's awareness and conduct towards AIDS. Over 30 percent of Ghanian inhabitants believe witchcraft is responsible for the spread of HIV/AIDS, but when people have experienced that the science-based medical model works, they tend to ... (Mon, 22 Mar 2010 13:55:50 GMT)

Modern medicine conquers witchcraft in fight against AIDS in Ghana
More than a third of Ghana's population believes that AIDS is caused by witchcraft. But large-scale intervention programs for improving health standards have convinced people to trust medical explanations of the disease. (Mon, 22 Mar 2010 15:07:43 GMT)

Alternative Medicines Explored At Health Expo
He said he hates to sound cliché, but Robert Scott Bell turned to natural medicine after being “sick and tired of being sick and tired.” (Mon, 22 Mar 2010 18:13:33 GMT)

Some Doctors Offer Flat-Fee Medicine
As the U.S. prepares for health care reform, some doctors are taking your health into their own hands by offering flat-fee or a la carte medicine. (Tue, 23 Mar 2010 01:35:44 GMT)

Beware of Infections Due to Acupuncture
Acupuncture is one of the widely-practiced methods of alternative medicine. Because acupuncture needles are inserted up to several centimeters below the surface of the skin, acupuncture may pose risks the patients, the most important of which is infection. (Tue, 23 Mar 2010 09:28:36 GMT)

Alternative Medicine - A Global Industry Outlook - New Market Report Published
The global outlook series on Alternative Medicine provides anecdotes, market briefs, and concise summaries of research findings. The report highlights the primary growth drivers, market challenges, and reviews global and regional trends across various segments. (Tue, 23 Mar 2010 10:14:07 GMT)

Modern medicine defies witchcraft in Ghana
Washington, Mar 23 : Defying popular belief in Ghana that AIDS is caused by witchcraft, large-scale intervention programs for improving health standards have convinced people to trust medical explanations of the disease. (Tue, 23 Mar 2010 10:54:52 GMT)

Modern Medicine Conquers Witchcraft
Seen through western eyes, beliefs in supernatural forces are common in Ghana and other African countries. Death, suffering and diseases are often attributed to witchcraft. Over thirty per cent of its inhabitants believe such evil forces could be responsible for the spread of HIV/AIDS. When meeting Ghanian colleagues, professor and sociologist Knud Knudsen at the University of Stavanger was ... (Tue, 23 Mar 2010 11:07:00 GMT)

Modern medicine defies witchcraft in Ghana
Defying popular belief in Ghana that AIDS is caused by witchcraft, large-scale intervention programs for improving health standards have convinced people to trust medical explanations of (Tue, 23 Mar 2010 11:55:08 GMT)

PM rescues small-town medicine
KEVIN Rudd has performed the first backflip of his $50 billion national health reform, conceding he may have to change it to save small and rural hospitals. Blogs, video (Tue, 23 Mar 2010 13:00:00 GMT)

Christian Science Church Seeks Truce With Modern Medicine
Christian Scientists have begun a campaign to redefine their methods as a form of care that anyone can use and that deserves to be covered by health insurance. (Tue, 23 Mar 2010 14:16:06 GMT)

Children with cancer often use alternative medicine
Many children undergoing treatment for cancer use herbal remedies, vitamins or other types of alternative therapies, a new research review suggests. (Tue, 23 Mar 2010 16:29:40 GMT)

Christian Science Church Seeks Truce on Medicine
The church is trying to redefine its methods as an alternative way of tending to the sick. (Tue, 23 Mar 2010 23:46:03 GMT)

Christian Science Church Seeks Truce With Modern Medicine
PAUL VITELLO The church has begun a campaign to redefine its methods as a form of care that anyone can use and that deserves to be covered by health insurance. (Wed, 24 Mar 2010 09:56:12 GMT)

British couples seek alternative fertility treatment in the US
With strict social and legal restrictions associated with third party reproduction, as well as limited egg donors available in the UK, an increasing number of British couples are traveling to the U.S. for alternative fertility treatments, such as egg donation. Unfortunately, the UK does not allow financial compensation for egg donors; this greatly reduces the number of available donors and ... (Wed, 24 Mar 2010 10:00:49 GMT)

Medical Marijuana Supporters Pray at State Capitol
Medical marijuana supporters prayed outside the Wisconsin state Capitol on Tuesday. Supporters say the drug is needed as an alternative medicine when traditional pharmaceuticals don’t work. (Wed, 24 Mar 2010 12:57:02 GMT)

Alternative Energy Capital has no Earth Hour plans
Sault Ste. Marie may call itself the Alternative Energy Capital of North America, but there are no known planned activities to celebrate Earth Hour in the city on Saturday. Earth Hour 2010 is a worldwide movement that asks people to turn off their lights on Saturday from 8:30 to 9:30 p.[...] (Wed, 24 Mar 2010 13:11:51 GMT)

Synthetic marijuana a growing trend among teens, authorities say
The latest trend at teen parties isn't warm beer or prescription medicines pilfered from parents' medicine cabinets. Instead, increasing numbers of youths are turning to an herb-based product to get high, and unlike marijuana, it's perfectly legal. (Wed, 24 Mar 2010 13:48:40 GMT)

Texting for Pot
COLORADO SPRINGS – It seems to be getting easier to get a prescription for medical marijuana.  One alternative medicine clinic is offering patients same day approval. (Wed, 24 Mar 2010 13:52:36 GMT)

ATS Endorses Pay-For-Performance for Pulmonary, Critical Care and Sleep Medicine
The ATS has released an official policy statement of pay-for-performance (P4P) in pulmonary, critical care and sleep medicine. In the statement, the Society encourages clinicians in these fields to participate in P4P programs and views them as an opportunity to partner with healthcare payers, accrediting organizations, governmental oversight groups and others to improve quality, rather than as a ... (Wed, 24 Mar 2010 18:52:38 GMT)

Alternative Medicines Explored At Health Expo
He said he hates to sound cliché, but Robert Scott Bell turned to natural medicine after being “sick and tired of being sick and tired.” (Wed, 24 Mar 2010 22:33:31 GMT)

Alternative health care to be on display
With Shelburne and North Dufferin continuing to be medically underserviced, a group of alternative health practitioners wants the public to know that internal medicine is not always the only way to treat every conceivable condition. (Thu, 25 Mar 2010 01:32:06 GMT)

Alternative Energy Capital has no Earth Hour plans
Sault Ste. Marie may call itself the Alternative Energy Capital of North America, but there are no known planned activities to celebrate Earth Hour in the city on Saturday. Earth Hour 2010 is a worldwide movement that asks people to turn off their lights on Saturday from 8:30 to 9:30 p.[...] (Thu, 25 Mar 2010 02:56:50 GMT)

Nathaniel Whitmore: a man with good herbal skills
HONESDALE, PA — Having had my fair share of illness in the past, with treatment based on Western medicine, it seemed natural when I developed an interest in alternative forms of healing. (Thu, 25 Mar 2010 13:13:23 GMT)

ATS Endorses Pay-For-Performance For Pulmonary, Critical Care And Sleep Medicine
The ATS has released an official policy statement of pay-for-performance (P4P) in pulmonary, critical care and sleep medicine. In the statement, the Society encourages clinicians in these fields to participate in P4P programs and views them as an opportunity to partner with healthcare payors, accrediting organizations, governmental oversight groups and others to improve quality, rather than as a ... (Thu, 25 Mar 2010 13:42:17 GMT)

Mark Hyman, MD: Health Reform 2.0: Help With the Work We Have to Do Next!
Those of us who believe in preventive health care, integrated health care, functional medicine, and complementary and alternative medicine have special reasons to celebrate the health care reform bill. (Fri, 26 Mar 2010 14:00:26 GMT)

Alternative Medicines Explored At Health Expo
He said he hates to sound cliché, but Robert Scott Bell turned to natural medicine after being “sick and tired of being sick and tired.” (Fri, 26 Mar 2010 17:48:28 GMT)

Complete Health Institute Selected As Clinical Teaching Site By U-T College of Medicine - 3/26/2010
Lima, Ohio (March 25, 2010) The surgical office of the Complete Health Institute (CHI), directed by Dr. Christopher Lucchese was recently selected as a Clinical Teaching Site by the Area Health Education Centers Program at the University of Toledo’s College of Medicine. (Fri, 26 Mar 2010 21:49:40 GMT)

Managing Technetium-99m shortage: MedSolutions provides advisory
MedSolutions, a leading provider of medical management services, has provided an advisory for payors and providers on options regarding the shortage of Technetium-99m (Tc-99m), a radioactive tracer isotope that is widely-used in nuclear medicine studies. (Sat, 27 Mar 2010 09:38:13 GMT)

Bee therapy takes sting out of ailments
Doctors in China are using 'bee therapy' as an alternative medicine to treat various illnesses. (Sat, 27 Mar 2010 23:36:48 GMT)

A new bone marrow drug alternative to chemotherapy is saving my life. So why has it been rejected by NICE?
Having been diagnosed with the the rare bone marrow disorder myelodysplastic syndrome (MDS) four years ago, my cell count plummeted last July. (Sun, 28 Mar 2010 01:27:55 GMT)

Can’t kick smoking habit? Some are trying acupuncture
Acupuncture, a form of alternative medicine used to treat everything from back pain to weight control, is becoming more popular as a smoking cessation tool. (Sun, 28 Mar 2010 02:14:15 GMT)

Promote traditional Chinese medicine – Council chairman
KUCHING: Padawan Municipal Council (MPP) chairman Tan Joo Phoi yesterday urged Chinese physician related associations to play an active role in promoting traditional Chinese medicine. (Sun, 28 Mar 2010 05:58:07 GMT)

Practitioners show gamut of alternative medicines
MONTPELIER – What do a psychic, a hula hooper, an herbalist and a masseuse have in common? They're capable of curing what ails you, according to several people who attended the first ever VermontHealers.org 2010 Expo in Montpelier on Saturday. ... - By THATCHER MOATS Staff Writer (Sun, 28 Mar 2010 07:09:23 GMT)

Alternative Medicine Gaining In Popularity In Algeria
ALGIERS, March 29 (Bernama) -- The herbal medicine, one of the oldest branches of alternative medicine appears to be gaining ground by moving in parallel with modern medicine to finally emerge as the "fiercest and most dangerous competitor," Algerian Press Service (APS) reported. (Mon, 29 Mar 2010 01:49:07 GMT)

Law May Do Little to Help Curb Unnecessary Care
The health care law takes a stab at tamping down unnecessary tests and treatment, but it will not change the chronic overuse of care, experts say. (Mon, 29 Mar 2010 20:02:53 GMT)

WMNF pulls show of doctor tainted by hepatitis C outbreak
For 11 years, Dr. Carol Roberts has dissected everything from homeopathic remedies to nutrition therapies on her twice-monthly alternative medicine show for Tampa community radio station WMNF-FM. (Mon, 29 Mar 2010 21:54:58 GMT)

Acupuncture May Ease Anxiety Over Dental Work
MONDAY, March 29 (HealthDay News) -- Fear of the dentist keeps many people from getting the dental care they need, but new research suggests that an ancient Chinese treatment -- acupuncture -- may provide quick relief. (Mon, 29 Mar 2010 23:04:38 GMT)

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