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Acupuncture Eases Chronic Low-Back Pain in SPINE Trial
May 11, 2009 (Group Health Cooperative, Seattle)
Acupuncture can help people with chronic low back pain feel less bothered by their symptoms and function better in their daily activities, according to the largest randomized trial of its kind, published in the May 11 Archives of Internal Medicine..."This study suggests that acupuncture is about as effective as other treatments for chronic back pain that have been found helpful," said SPINE trial leader Daniel C. Cherkin, PhD, a senior investigator at Group Health Center for Health Studies (CHS).

Diabetes: More than just sugar overload?
May 7, 2009 (CNN Health.com)
...Fighting stress and getting enough sleep may also help control blood sugar, an idea embraced by Richter, who has prediabetes. "For me, sleep is critical for managing stress and maintaining proper insulin levels," she says. "I get a minimum of seven hours, preferably eight, a night. I also get massages and acupuncture routinely -- I have one or the other every six weeks. This is not a luxury. If you're going to try to manage blood sugar, you have to manage stress.

Safety Guide for Personal Care and Cleaning Products
March 2009 (Organic Consumers Organization)
This flier lists all products tested to date by the Organic Consumers Association (OCA) for the petrochemical carcinogen 1,4-dioxane. 1,4-dioxane is considered a “contaminant” and therefore not listed on product labels. Products with no trace of 1,4-dioxane are listed here as SAFE. Products with less than 5 parts per million are listed as CAUTION (use sparingly) and products with more than 5 parts per million are listed as AVOID...

Are Doctors Minimizing Side Effects of Statins? UCSD Researcher's Report Suggests Some Downplayed.
January 28, 2009 (Union Tribune, San Diego)
Doctors who prescribe an increasingly popular family of drugs to prevent strokes and heart attacks may be downplaying the wide range of side effects, said a UCSD researcher who helped analyze nearly 900 studies of cholesterol-lowering statins.

Much High Fructose Corn Syrup Contaminated With Mercury, New Study Finds
January 26, 2009 (Organic Consumers Association)
In a new study published Monday in the scientific journal Environmental Health, mercury was found in nearly 50 percent of tested samples of commercial high fructose corn syrup.

Military Tries "Battlefield Acupuncture" to Ease Pain.
December 11, 2008 (Baltimore Sun)
Using ancient Chinese medical techniques, a small team of military doctors here has begun treating wounded troops suffering from severe or chronic pain with acupuncture.

Broadway Dancer Benefits From Acupuncture.
November 18, 2008 (Fox News)
Video about how acupuncture has helped a Broadway dancer and a business executive to relieve pain.

Doubts Grow Over Flu Vaccine in Elderly
September 1, 2008 (NY Times)
The influenza vaccine, which has been strongly recommended for people over 65 for more than four decades, is losing its reputation as an effective way to ward off the virus in the elderly.
A growing number of immunologists and epidemiologists say the vaccine probably does not work very well for people over 70, the group that accounts for three-fourths of all flu deaths.

Let the Mind Help Tame an Irritable Bowel
September 1, 2008 (NY Times)
...learning to minimize stress and emotional disturbances can reduce the symptoms of I.B.S., perhaps more effectively than medications, recent research has indicated. Yet much educational material about this condition underplays the mind-body connection and the vital role that emotional retraining can play in controlling it.

Nuts Don't Up Risk of Diverticulitis
August 26, 2008 (WebMD Health News) There is good news for people with diverticular disease who have been told to avoid nuts, corn, and popcorn. Instead of increasing the risk for the digestive disorder diverticulitis, as has long been suspected, these foods may actually lower risk of the condition, according to findings from the first large study to address the issue. The study was published Tuesday in The Journal of the American Medical Association...

Vitamin D Deficiency May Lurk in Babies
August 25, 2008 (NY Times)...The solution, Dr. Gordon said, is not to quit breast-feeding but to supplement breast-fed infants with vitamin drops, as recommended by the American Academy of Pediatrics. The academy issued guidelines in 2003 recommending that infants be given 200 international units of vitamin D daily, and it may be increasing the recommended level soon...

Canada Bans Plastic Bottles Tied to Health Concerns.
April 18, 2008 (NY Times) -The Canadian government moved Friday to ban polycarbonate infant bottles as it officially declared one of their chemical ingredients toxic.

Getting to the point: patients with chronic sinus problems find long-sought relief in acupuncture
March 14, 2008 (Gloucester Times) - Mike Palermo of Andover has suffered from allergies and sinus problems for more than a decade. So when his wife started complaining about his snoring, he suspected his sinuses could be the problem…

Chinese Medicine 'Eases Eczema'
March 12, 2008 (BBC) - A traditional Chinese herbal medicine consisting of five herbs may ease eczema symptoms, a study suggests...

Neck Pain Task Force Releases Findings. Among the comprehensive findings is the groundbreaking study on vertebral artery dissection and stroke risk.
Dynamic Chiropractic (February 26, 2008, Vol. 26, Issue 05)
After six years and an exhaustive review of published neck pain research, including almost 32,000 research citations and more than 1,000 relevant studies, the Bone and Joint Decade 2000-2010 Task Force on Neck Pain has released its findings...their findings suggest the risk of suffering a stroke following a cervical manipulation is attributable to a vertebral artery dissection (VAD) that is already in progress prior to the adjustment. The dissection likely results in neck pain that brings the patient to the chiropractor’s office seeking relief.

A Traditional Therapy Finds Modern Uses
February 20, 2008 (NY Times) - Quitting cigarettes had always been agony for Michele Fenzl, a 55-year-old computer operator from Denver. Pregnancy got her to stop for a while. But in 35 years of smoking a pack a day, nothing else gave her a reprieve. Until ear seeds...

Acupuncture 'Boosts IVF Chances'
February 8, 2008 (BBC) - Acupuncture may increase the success rates of fertility treatment, according to a study...

Diabetes Study Partially Halted After Deaths.
February 7, 2008 (NY Times) - A major federal study of more than 10,000 middle-aged and older people with Type 2 diabetes has found that lowering blood sugar actually increased their risk of death, researchers reported Wednesday...

Metabolic Syndrome is Tied to Consumption of Diet Soda
February 5, 2008 (NY Times) - Researchers have found a correlation between drinking diet soda and metabolic syndrome — the collection of risk factors for cardiovascular disease and diabetes that include abdominal obesity, high cholesterol and blood glucose levels, and elevated blood pressure...

Babies, Acupuncture and the Secret to a Good Night's Sleep
September 4, 2005 (Sydney Morning Herald (subscription), Australia) - Babies as young as six weeks old are receiving acupuncture to treat complaints including sleeping and feeding problems and even developmental disabilities such as...

Acupuncture Versus Acid Reflux: 40% Cut in Sphincter Relaxations ...
August 30, 2005 (I-Newswire.com) - An encounter between a Taiwanese gastroenterologist wanting to study acupuncture and an opening at the Royal Adelaide Hospital resulted in two experiments ...

Fibromyalgia Acupuncture
August 29, 2005 (Ivanhoe Newswire) - Acupuncture may be a complication-free form of pain relief for patients with fibromyalgia, say Mayo Clinic researchers. ...

Some Skeptics Become Acupuncture Advocates
August 28, 2005 (Summit Daily News, CO) - Dr. Julie Colliton studied traditional Western medicine and was a huge skeptic of acupuncture - until she saw proof. ...

Acupuncture May Be Effective for Overactive Bladder
August 26, 2005 (Medscape (subscription)) - Acupuncture may be effective therapy for overactive bladder, according to the results of a randomized study reported in the July issue of ...