Log in to search using one of your social media accounts:

 

Use of Integrative Medicine in the United States Military Health System.

Use of Integrative Medicine in the United States Military Health System. Evid Based Complement Alternat Med. 2017;2017:9529257 Authors: Madsen C, Vaughan M, Koehlmoos TP Abstract Integrative medicine (IM) is a model of care which uses both conventional and nonconventional therapies in a "whole person" approach to achieve optimum mental, physical, emotional, spiritual, and environmental health, and is increasingly popular among patients and providers seeking to relieve chronic or multifactorial conditions. The US Department of Defense (DoD) shows particular interest in and usage of IM for managing chronic conditions including the signature "polytrauma triad" of chronic pain, traumatic brain injury (TBI), and posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) among its beneficiaries in the Military Health System (MHS). These modalities range from conventional nondrug, nonsurgical options such as cognitive-behavioral therapy to nonconventional options such as acupuncture, chiropractic, and mind-body techniques. These are of particular interest for their potential to relieve symptoms without relying on opiates, which impair performance and show high potential for abuse while often failing to provide full relief. This review describes the use of IM in the MHS, including definitions of the model, common therapies and potential for use, and controversy surrounding the practice. More research is needed to build a comprehensive usage analysis, which in turn ...
Source: Evidence-based Complementary and Alternative Medicine - Category: Complementary Medicine Tags: Evid Based Complement Alternat Med Source Type: research

Related Links:

Systematic reviews published online Aug. 15 in the Annals of Internal Medicine concluded that there is insufficient evidence to support the use of cannabis in treating post‐traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and chronic pain. The review of research on cannabis in pain treatment did find limited evidence suggesting that the drug can relieve neuropathic pain in some patients, but that review also found evidence that cannabis use can generate or exacerbate psychotic or manic symptoms.
Source: The Brown University Psychopharmacology Update - Category: Psychiatry Tags: Medical Marijuana Source Type: research
AbstractPurpose of ReviewPeripheral nerve blocks of the scalp, mainly greater occipital nerve blocks, have received a renewed interest amongst pediatric providers as they offer an alternate option to provide both acute and chronic relief from the suffering of children with difficult to treat headaches. This narrative review will provide an in-depth discussion of the published pediatric-specific studies exploring the utility of nerve blocks for pediatric headache disorders.Recent FindingsA total of seven pediatric publications have been reported to date and reveal excellent therapeutic effectiveness of bilateral greater occ...
Source: Current Pain and Headache Reports - Category: Neurology Source Type: research
We report the use of TMR in a case of elective transradial amputation for intractable severe chronic post-traumatic and end neuroma limb pain (constant VAS pain score 10/10), 2 years following a severe crush injury to his left hand.
Source: Journal of Plastic, Reconstructive and Aesthetic Surgery - Category: Cosmetic Surgery Authors: Source Type: research
Nurse clinicians spend a great deal of time providing care for others. Nurses give physical care (including that which is immediately life-saving), psychoemotional support, and spiritual succor, often in the form of motivational conversation and nurse-to-patient teaching.What is a powerful way for us nurses to empower and elevate our understanding of human behavior, the human condition, and the nature of suffering? By assiduously doing our own inner work throughout a long lifetime of giving, loving, and feeling.Understanding the Self and Understanding OthersWe nurses can more truly understand the suffering and challenges o...
Source: Digital Doorway - Category: Nursing Tags: careers healthcare healthcare careers nurse nurse careers nurse self care nurse wellness nurses nursing nursing careers self development self-care Source Type: blogs
• Child pain catastrophizing mediates the relationship between child PTSD symptoms and child pain.• Child pain catastrophizing mediates the relationship between parent PTSD symptoms and child pain.• Child chronic pain treatment should address parent/child mental health symptoms.• Parent and child PTSD symptoms influence children's pain outcomes.
Source: The Journal of Pain - Category: Materials Science Authors: Tags: Original Report Source Type: research
Discussion In the US during 2011, ~60,000 youth were incarcerated at some time in a correctional facility. Boys are detained more than girls (86% vs 14% respectively in the US, 95% male in the United Kingdom in 2014) but girls have more health issues. There are racial and ethnic differences with 38-40% of detainees being black, 23% being Hispanic/Latino and 32% being white, and 5% other. For detained youth, 5% are for violent crimes, 22% for non-violent property crimes and the majority of the rest are for non-violent offices such as substance use. The average length of detainment is 3-4 months and unfortunately the rates o...
Source: PediatricEducation.org - Category: Pediatrics Authors: Tags: Uncategorized Source Type: news
UCLA Health ’s Operation Mend, a program for wounded U.S. veterans, celebrated its 10th anniversary at a Red, White and Denim-themed backyard party that raised more than $1.1 million to benefit the program.The celebration was held at the home of Operation Mend founder and philanthropist Ronald Katz on Sept. 24.  Nearly 600 guests attended, including 53 veterans who have been treated through the program and their caregivers. Operation Mend provides free surgical, medical and psychological services to  wounded service members injured in the line of duty after the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attac...
Source: UCLA Newsroom: Health Sciences - Category: Universities & Medical Training Source Type: news
(Elsevier) Individuals with severe injuries to their extremities often develop abnormal extra-skeletal bone in damaged or healing tissue, known as heterotopic ossification (HO). This post-traumatic abnormal wound healing can interfere with recovery, causing chronic pain, reduced mobility, and impaired prosthetic limb function. A new study describes a potential treatment breakthrough. Rapamycin, an FDA-approved drug already on the market, was found to dramatically reduce the presence of HO in rats, suggesting it has potential to become the first effective treatment to prevent HO.
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news
The objective of this study was to explore whether ketamine prevents or exacerbates acute or post‐traumatic stress disorders in military trauma patients. We conducted a retrospective study of a database from the French Military Health Service, including all soldiers surviving a war injury in Afghanistan (2010–2012). The diagnosis of post‐traumatic stress disorder was made by a psychiatrist and patients were analysed according to the presence or absence of this condition. Analysis included the following covariables: age; sex; acute stress disorder; blast injury; associated fatality; brain injury; traumatic amputat...
Source: Anaesthesia - Category: Anesthesiology Authors: Tags: Original Article Source Type: research
Mild  traumatic brain injury(mTBI) and posttraumatic stress disorder(PTSD) are highly comorbid conditions that often co-occur with chronic pain. We have shown that women with PTSD following intimate partner violence show attenuated brain response to repe...
Source: SafetyLit - Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Economics of Injury and Safety, PTSD, Injury Outcomes Source Type: news
More News: Acupuncture | Alternative and Complementary Therapies | Brain | Chronic Pain | Complementary Medicine | Environmental Health | Men | Neurology | Pain | Post Traumatic Stress Disorder | USA Health