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Yoga Helps Patients Living With AF

A study involving patients with symptomatic paroxysmal atrial fibrillation (AF) suggests that yoga appears to reduce symptomatic AF and non-AF episodes. The analysis also suggests that yoga can help reduce the number of asymptomatic AF episodes and also improves depression and anxiety, in addition to other quality of life parameters. Yoga was also associated with improved and significant decreases in heart rate and blood pressure. Abstract: Journal of the American College of Cardiology, January 31, 2013...
Most Americans Using Alternative Therapies: Consumer Reports

Most Americans Using Alternative Therapies: Consumer Reports

A Consumer Reports survey found that while most Americans would choose prescription drugs to treat 12 common conditions, roughly 75% partake in alternative therapies, such as yoga and acupuncture. The survey of 45,601 people suggests that about 38 million adults nationwide visit acupuncturists, chiropractors, massage therapists, and other complementary therapy providers a combined 300 million times per year, according to the publication’s report. While dietary supplements ranked well below OTC medications in many cases, chiropractic treatment, deep-tissue massage, and yoga dominated the list of alternative therapies for back and neck pain and osteoarthritis. Furthermore, 73% of respondents said they took mainstream vitamins and minerals, making these the most widely used alternatives for general health; other dietary supplements (57%) and mind-body or hands-on therapies (~20%) were also reported as alternatives. When Consumer Reports asked respondents why they chose a given alternative treatment, most people said they were simply “a proponent” of it. “Some people use these therapies because it’s just the way they were raised,” said Richard Nahin, PhD, MPH, senior adviser, scientific coordination and outreach, National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine, NIH. He added that some respondents said they had gone through a transformational process that made them look at life differently. Some believed—in many cases mistakenly—that dietary supplements are safer than prescription medications because they are natural. Others chose alternatives to avoid the side effects of prescription medications for some conditions. The survey also suggests that physicians are selective when endorsing dietary supplements. They tended to direct patients toward fish oil, glucosamine, and chondroitin, which have some clinical evidence behind them. And although quite rare, according to...

American Society of Clinical Oncology 2010

The American Society of Clinical Oncology, or ASCO, held its 2010 annual meeting from June 4 to 8 in Chicago. The features below highlight some of the news emerging from the meeting. » A New Screening Strategy for Ovarian Cancer » Yoga Improves Sleep in Cancer Survivors » Genetics, Heart Disease, & Dosing of Chemotherapy » Maintenance Therapy May Cut Risk of Lymphoma Recurrence A New Screening Strategy for Ovarian Cancer [back to top] The Particulars: More than 70% of ovarian cancers are diagnosed when they have already grown to an advanced stage. There are currently no effective screening tools for the early detection of ovarian cancer in women at average risk. A screening strategy that incorporated change of CA-125 levels over time and age of the participant was assessed to estimate the risk of ovarian cancer using the Risk of Ovarian Cancer Algorithm (ROCA), followed by transvaginal sonography (TVS). Data Breakdown: : In an analysis of 3,238 women who participated in the 8-year study, researchers found that the combined specificity of ROCA followed by TVS for referral to surgery was 99.7%. The average annual rate of referral to 3 monthly CA-125 screenings was 6.8%, and the average annual rate of TVS and gynecologic oncology referral was 0.9%. Cumulatively, 85 women received TVS and referral to a gynecologic oncologist. Eight women subsequently underwent surgery based on the TVS and referral, with three invasive ovarian cancers, two borderline ovarian tumors, and three benign ovarian tumors, providing a positive predictive value of 37.5%. Less than 1% of participants annually required a TVS. The invasive high-grade ovarian cancers that were detected were...
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