The N-of-1 Clinical Trial: A Timely Research Opportunity in Homeopathy.

CONCLUSION:  The N-of-1 trial design offers important new investigative possibilities in homeopathy and should be explored as a means to optimise individualised health care or investigate effectiveness of the homeopathic intervention compared with placebo in individual subjects. PMID: 29528474 [PubMed - in process]
Source: Homeopathy - Category: Complementary Medicine Authors: Tags: Homeopathy Source Type: research

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ConclusionWe provide new insights on factors that might increase the risk of serious AR associated with CAM use in children: products containing more than two components and simultaneously administered with conventional medications can represent a potential risk in children.Graphical abstract
Source: Phytomedicine - Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: research
About a third of cancer patients use alternative medicine — but many of them don’t tell their doctors, according to a new research letter published in JAMA Oncology. Complementary and alternative therapies are those that people use in addition to or instead of traditional medical care. Out of about 3,100 cancer patients who responded to questions about cancer and complementary therapy use through the 2012 National Health Interview Survey, just over 1,000 reported using one or more of these therapies during the prior year, the research letter says. Of these, about a third said they did not tell their doctors tha...
Source: TIME: Health - Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Tags: Uncategorized Cancer Source Type: news
Abstract BACKGROUND: Insomnia is the most common sleep-related complaint associated with impaired day-time functioning, reduced quality of life, increased morbidity and substantial societal cost. We evaluated whether individualized homeopathy (IH) could produce significant effect beyond placebo in treatment of insomnia. METHODS: In this double-blind, randomized, placebo-controlled, two parallel arms trial, 60 patients were randomized to receive either IH/verum or control/placebo (1:1). Patient-administered sleep diary (6 items; 1: latency to fall asleep, 2: minutes awake in middle of night, 3: minutes awake t...
Source: Complementary Therapies in Medicine - Category: Complementary Medicine Authors: Tags: Complement Ther Med Source Type: research
CONCLUSIONS: This is the first study documenting the pediatric NHP recommendations of two popular complementary medicine professions. Common NHPs at standard doses are the most frequently recommended products, with use and doses adjusted according to age. High-quality evidence regarding the efficacy, safety, and dosing for NHP use in children is scarce; development of evidence-informed pediatric guidelines is recommended, particularly for the most commonly used and recommended NHPs. PMID: 30935530 [PubMed - in process]
Source: Complementary Therapies in Medicine - Category: Complementary Medicine Authors: Tags: Complement Ther Med Source Type: research
ConclusionsIn order to have a common background in communication with the patient it seems very important to clearly define terms associated with complementary, alternative and integrative medicine. Allowing patients to differentiate between reasonable, integrative approaches according to the definition of the National Center of Complementary and Integrative Health (NCCIH; USA) on one hand and questionable treatment concepts on the other could facilitate communication between physicians and patients so that patients are able to make better treatment decisions.
Source: European Journal of Integrative Medicine - Category: Complementary Medicine Source Type: research
CONCLUSION: The prevalence of complementary and alternative medicines administration is high, even if scientific evidence is limited regarding the effects, mechanisms of action and security of CAM. Research is necessary to improve the communication and council quality to the family, optimize supportive cares and reinforce the pharmacovigilance. PMID: 30771881 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher]
Source: Bulletin du Cancer - Category: Cancer & Oncology Authors: Tags: Bull Cancer Source Type: research
ConclusionWe provide new insights on factors that might increase the risk of serious AR associated with CAM use in children: products containing more than two components and simultaneously administered with conventional medications can represent a potential risk in children.Graphical abstract
Source: Phytomedicine - Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: research
This study was not designed to directly compare non-conventional therapies with conventional ones, and the results do not mean that all unproven remedies are useless. In fact, an unproven treatment may become conventional if rigorous research proves its worth. There are many types of alternative treatments (including herbs, vitamins, homeopathy, yoga, and acupuncture) that might have different effects and have not yet been well studied. Importantly, this study did not examine the interaction of conventional and alternative treatments (which in some cases may cause problems). In addition, this study did not actually find th...
Source: Harvard Health Blog - Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Tags: Cancer Complementary and alternative medicine Health Source Type: blogs
Abstract OBJECTIVE: Scientometrics is the evaluation of scientific literature in a certain field. Although popularity and use of homeopathy have increased in the recent years, scientific literature lacks a bibliometric or scientometric evaluation of homeopathy literature. METHODS: We collected all data of this study from four databases provided by Web of Science. All documents published between 1975 and 2017 were included. The keywords we searched for in detail were "homeopathy", "homeopathic", "homoeopathy" and "homoeopathic". We used Spearman's correlation test to inv...
Source: Complementary Therapies in Clinical Practice - Category: Complementary Medicine Authors: Tags: Complement Ther Clin Pract Source Type: research
ConclusionAs conventional therapies may not be sufficiently effective, women's needs should be closely examined, and individual treatment options should be discussed and initiated by clinicians to provide the best comprehensive treatment possible for endometriosis.
Source: Reproductive BioMedicine Online - Category: Reproduction Medicine Source Type: research
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