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What Can The Evolution Of Our Sleep Habits Teach Us?
When Amy Ozski started experiencing insomnia last August, it wasn't due to anything drastic. She recalls a heat wave in the Boston area where she lives, a bit more stress at work, and her schedule being thrown off for a few consecutive days. But the combination was enough to trigger a pattern: Ozski started having trouble falling asleep, and before long the problem snowballed into a chronic issue. Sometimes it would take her hours to fall asleep, or she'd wake up in the middle of the night and struggle to conk out again. Sleep -- and the lack of it -- took over her life. "It was all I thought about during the day,&quo...
Source: Healthy Living - The Huffington Post - March 25, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

NHS to ditch acupuncture for patients with back pain as exercise is the better option
Fresh guidelines for the treatment of lower back pain state that exercise, including stretching, aerobics and yoga should be the treatment of choice, instead of acupuncture. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - March 25, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

NHS to ditch acupuncture for patients with back pain after experts say exercise is the best medicine 
Fresh guidelines for the treatment of lower back pain state that exercise, including stretching, aerobics and yoga should be the treatment of choice, instead of acupuncture. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - March 25, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

NICE scraps recommendations for paracetamol and acupuncture for low back pain
Exercise is the optimum way to manage low back pain, NICE experts have said in its latest draft guidance, which also downplays the use of paracetamol and retracts its endorsement of acupuncture. (Source: GP Online News)
Source: GP Online News - March 24, 2016 Category: Primary Care Tags: 15.9 Rheumatology, Musculoskeletal and Trauma Source Type: news

Acupuncture for low back pain no longer recommended for NHS patients
New advice represents a u-turn in treatment for back pain, which affects one in 10 people, after evidence review showed acupuncture no better than a placeboAcupuncture is no longer recommended as a treatment for low back pain on the NHS, according to new draft guidelines released today by the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (Nice).The u-turn comes after a review of scientific evidence found that the practice was no better than a placebo in treating those living with low back pain and sciatica. Continue reading... (Source: Guardian Unlimited Science)
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - March 24, 2016 Category: Science Authors: Nicola Davis Tags: Science Acupuncture Back pain NHS Medical research The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (Nice) Alternative medicine Science and scepticism Source Type: news

NICE: Exercise not acupuncture for lower back pain
Exercise should be the first line option for tackling lower back pain, while acupuncture is no longer recommended, according to the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence. (Source: Nursing Times)
Source: Nursing Times - March 24, 2016 Category: Nursing Source Type: news

Exercise better for back pain than acupuncture say experts
NICE says acupuncture is no better than ‘sham’ treatmentRelated items from OnMedicaNeck pain and disc disorders Paracetamol ineffective for lower back painOpioid or muscle relaxant no extra benefit for back painNo role for paracetamol in treating pain in osteoarthritis (Source: OnMedica Latest News)
Source: OnMedica Latest News - March 23, 2016 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Acupuncture for substance use disorders: a systematic review and meta-analysis - Grant S, Kandrack R, Motala A, Shanman R, Booth M, Miles J, Sorbero M, Hempel S.
BACKGROUND: This systematic review aims to estimate the effects of acupuncture for adults with substance use disorders (SUDs). METHODS: We searched 7 electronic databases and bibliographies of previous studies to identify eligible randomized trials... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - March 20, 2016 Category: Global & Universal Tags: Alcohol and Other Drugs Source Type: news

Acupuncture for the treatment of sports injuries in an austere environment - Bell AE, Falconi A.
For sports injuries in an austere environment, narcotic pain medications are often unavailable or have limiting side effects like sedation or constipation. Meanwhile, nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medications are frequently associated with gastrointestina... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - March 20, 2016 Category: Global & Universal Tags: Economics of Injury and Safety, PTSD, Injury Outcomes Source Type: news

Letter of Recommendation: Letter of Recommendation: Acupuncture
A way to see reality through the eye of many needles. (Source: NYT Health)
Source: NYT Health - March 17, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: SARAH MANGUSO Tags: Acupuncture Source Type: news

What Is the Difference Between Drug Dependent & Drug Addicted?
Kathleen’s Story Kathleen experienced a work related injury in which a box fell on her neck while she was standing on a ladder to retrieve something else from a high shelf. She suffered a C4 injury (the fourth cervical vertebra) which resulted in limited control of her shoulders and biceps. It was accompanied by a stinging sensation that she came to discover was related to damage to nerve fibers. She also noticed tingling and numbness in her fingers. It was diagnosed as neuropathic pain. Her doctor explained that the communication between her spine and brain was being mis-translated and that the signals were coming f...
Source: Psych Central - March 8, 2016 Category: Psychiatry Authors: Edie Weinstein, MSW, LSW Tags: Addictions Alcoholism Chronic Pain Cognitive-Behavioral Disorders Family General Medications Personal Stories Psychology Psychotherapy Substance Abuse Treatment Anti-inflammatory drug addicted vs drug dependence neuropathic p Source Type: news

Fertility guru ZITA WEST on how acupuncture can help with post-natal depression
Midwife Zita West, 59, runs one of the UK’s largest natural fertility clinics. She lives in the Cotswolds with husband Rob and their two children. Here she discusses her experience of post-natal depression. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - March 7, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

NCCIH Health Bulletin: Menopausal Symptoms
In this month’s issue of the NCCIH Bulletin, read highlights from current evidence on a few commonly used complementary approaches to menopause: red clover, soy, black cohosh, DHEA, hypnotherapy, meditation, acupuncture, and yoga. /da (Source: MCR News)
Source: MCR News - February 25, 2016 Category: Databases & Libraries Authors: liaison Tags: All Members Source Type: news

Tailored acupuncture might offer some fibromyalgia relief
(Reuters Health) – Individualized acupuncture treatments were tied to greater pain relief for people with fibromyalgia, according to results from a small trial in Spain that compared the approach to sham acupuncture. (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - February 17, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: healthNews Source Type: news

Acupuncture May Help Ease Fibromyalgia Pain, Study Finds
Alternative therapy combined with medication appears safe and effective, expert says (Source: U.S. News - Health)
Source: U.S. News - Health - February 16, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Medical News Today: Fibromyalgia sufferers might benefit from tailored acupuncture
Previous research into the benefits of acupuncture for fibromyalgia sufferers has been inconclusive. A new study using a more tailored approach yields promising results. (Source: Health News from Medical News Today)
Source: Health News from Medical News Today - February 16, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Complementary Medicine / Alternative Medicine Source Type: news

Tailored acupuncture lessens pain intensity in chronic pain (fibromyalgia)
Nine weekly sessions of individually tailored acupuncture lessen perceived pain intensity, and improve functional capacity and quality of life, in people with the chronic pain condition, fibromyalgia, finds new research. (Source: ScienceDaily Headlines)
Source: ScienceDaily Headlines - February 16, 2016 Category: Science Source Type: news

Acupuncture May Help Ease Fibromyalgia Pain
Alternative therapy combined with medication appears safe and effective, expert says (Source: WebMD Health)
Source: WebMD Health - February 16, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Tailored acupuncture lessens pain intensity of fibromyalgia
And improves functional capacity and quality of life; effects still evident a year laterRelated items from OnMedicaAcupuncture may benefit COPD patientsAcupuncture doesn’t improve chronic knee painPleasure and pain circuitry disrupted in brains of fibromyalgia patientsThe pain of fibromyalgia (Source: OnMedica Latest News)
Source: OnMedica Latest News - February 16, 2016 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Acupuncture ‘reduces pain intensity’ in fibromyalgia
Tailored acupuncture lessens chronic pain intensity in patients with fibromyalgia and improves functional capacity and quality of life, according to Spanish researchers. (Source: Nursing Times)
Source: Nursing Times - February 15, 2016 Category: Nursing Source Type: news

Acupuncture May Help Ease Fibromyalgia Pain, Study Finds
MONDAY, Feb. 15, 2016 -- Acupuncture may help ease pain and improve quality of life for people with fibromyalgia, a new study suggests. Ten weeks after treatment, the pain scores of patients given acupuncture dropped an average of 41 percent,... (Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews)
Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews - February 15, 2016 Category: Journals (General) Source Type: news

6 Reasons Why People With Mental Illnesses Are Strong, Not Weak
When everything is going lovely in life, you don't have to work your butt off. You can whistle a happy tune and skip down the street sucking a rainbow lollipop. La, la, la... CRASH! When you run into trouble, though, the work gets done. I used to be ashamed that I fell apart... embarrassed that I had to find and reassemble the pieces of myself. I painted on a shiny, new coat of paint and didn't tell anyone about the cracks underneath. Later I saw the value in having to rebuild of myself. Struggle sucked (don't get me wrong!) but from it I gained so much wisdom, compassion and strength. The new version I built of myself wa...
Source: Healthy Living - The Huffington Post - February 15, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

All in the mind? How research is proving the true healing power of the placebo
Jo Marchant, author of Cure, explains why the mind’s ability to heal the body is now being taken seriously by scientists who question alternative medicineChronic fatigue syndrome: ‘It was like being buried alive’Why did you write this book?We know that our thoughts and perceptions affect our physiology – in situations from stress to sexual arousal – but when it comes to whether these changes influence health, the question suddenly becomes much more controversial. You get claims of miracle cures at one extreme, while some sceptics argue that any role for the mind is deluded. I wanted to investi...
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - February 15, 2016 Category: Science Authors: Ian Tucker Tags: Medical research Health Society Alternative medicine Science Technology Acupuncture Homeopathy Source Type: news

Fibromyalgia: Can acupuncture relieve symptoms?
(Source: MayoClinic.com - Ask a Specialist)
Source: MayoClinic.com - Ask a Specialist - February 13, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Solving the 5,000-Year-Old Murder of Otzi the Iceman
In 1991, the mummified body of a 5,000-year-old murder victim was discovered in melting ice at a rock-gully crime scene high in the Italian Otzal Alps. Nicknamed "Otzi", the estimated 45-year-old man and his possessions were incredibly well preserved. His skin, hair, bones, and organs were cryopreserved in time, allowing archeological researchers a phenomenal insight into human life in the Copper Age. The frozen corpse also gave modern science the opportunity to forensically investigate and positively determine how Otzi the Iceman was killed. The story began on a sunny September day, when two hikers were traversi...
Source: Science - The Huffington Post - February 11, 2016 Category: Science Source Type: news

Follow the poodle? Alternatives to prescription sleep medications
A contemporary author once wrote, “The night is the hardest time to be alive and 4 a.m. knows all my secrets.” If you haven’t been sleeping well for a while, this quote might feel like your new reality. You might even find yourself tempted by the happy poodles and free-floating butterflies on TV imploring you to ask your doctor about their new drugs for insomnia. But, before answering their siren call, you pause. You notice the side effects are rattled off rapidly and are difficult to understand. You are worried about being “hooked” on them forever. You ask yourself, is there another way to ge...
Source: New Harvard Health Information - February 10, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Stuart Quan, MD Tags: Anxiety and Depression Behavioral Health Complementary and alternative medicine Drugs and Supplements Sleep Source Type: news

Highlights from 2015
Your achievements A massive thank you to everyone who ran, hosted coffee mornings and bake sales, jumped out of planes and trekked across the country and indeed the world to fundraise for us. More than 1,300 of you took on a challenge or donated your time and fundraising skills in 2015. Together, you raised over £780,000! If you’d like to join Team A in 2016 and help raise money for our work, have a look at our events or contact localfundraising@arthritisresearchuk.org Improving care for people with arthritis In 2015 we continued to support healthcare professionals to provide the best care to people with art...
Source: Arthritis Research UK - February 3, 2016 Category: Rheumatology Source Type: news

Best Bet For Neck Pain?
I heard that the Alexander Technique and acupuncture are the best treatments for chronic neck pain. Can you tell me about these approaches? Which one would be best? (Source: Dr. Weil Q and A)
Source: Dr. Weil Q and A - February 1, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Beat Depression to Stay Healthier & Live Longer: A Guide for Older Adults & Their Families
Many people find the reality of getting older depressing. And depression itself often comes with a stigma. So when we talk about depression and aging combined, what results is a very complicated — and often hard to treat — issue. Gary S. Moak, former president of the American Association for Geriatric Psychiatry, has written a new book to help. Beat Depression to Stay Healthier and Live Longer: A Guide for Older Adults and Their Families combines Moak’s years of experience working with elderly populations with the latest research on depression. Moak begins by defining depress...
Source: Psych Central - January 28, 2016 Category: Psychiatry Authors: Claire Nana Tags: Aging Antidepressants Book Reviews Depression Family General Psychology Self-Help Seniors Treatment antidepressants for elderly patients antidepressants for old people beat depression depression and aging depression geriatric Source Type: news

10 Tips to Create a Yoga Practice That Changes Your Life
Whatever the reason for taking your first yoga class, the potential to go much deeper has always and will always be there. I practiced yoga for about five years before I really started to tap into its life changing properties. But looking back, I can now see so many moments, talks, relationships, experiences and books that lead me to these deeper elements. The yoga practice has the potential to create a complete 180 in your life. Breakthroughs galore! But it can be challenging when you don't know exactly where to look. Below I am giving you the insider scoop on where to look, what to look for and what to do when you find ...
Source: Healthy Living - The Huffington Post - January 22, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Complementary Medicine Users OK With Paying Out of Pocket
(MedPage Today) -- Acupuncture, chiropractic, and massage use climbed despite no insurance coverage (Source: MedPage Today Geriatrics)
Source: MedPage Today Geriatrics - January 22, 2016 Category: Geriatrics Source Type: news

Well: Acupuncture Offers No Benefits Over Placebo for Hot Flashes of Menopause
Women receiving acupuncture showed some easing of menopausal symptoms, but the effects were no better than that of a sham treatment. (Source: NYT)
Source: NYT - January 21, 2016 Category: American Health Authors: NICHOLAS BAKALAR Tags: Acupuncture Menopause Pain Alternative Medicine Live Featured Aging Source Type: news

Well: Acupuncture Offers No Benefits Over Placebo for Hot Flashes of Menopause
Women receiving acupuncture showed some easing of menopausal symptoms, but the effects were no better than that of a sham treatment. (Source: NYT Health)
Source: NYT Health - January 21, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: NICHOLAS BAKALAR Tags: Acupuncture Menopause Pain Alternative Medicine Live Featured Aging Source Type: news

Well: Acupuncture Offers No Benefits Over Placebo for Hot Flashes of Menopause
Women receiving acupuncture showed some easing of menopausal symptoms, but the effects were no better than that of a sham treatment. (Source: NYT)
Source: NYT - January 21, 2016 Category: Nutrition Authors: NICHOLAS BAKALAR Tags: Acupuncture Menopause Pain Alternative Medicine Live Featured Aging Source Type: news

Sham Acupuncture Equals Real Acupuncture for Hot Flashes: Study
Title: Sham Acupuncture Equals Real Acupuncture for Hot Flashes: StudyCategory: Health NewsCreated: 1/20/2016 12:00:00 AMLast Editorial Review: 1/21/2016 12:00:00 AM (Source: MedicineNet Menopause General)
Source: MedicineNet Menopause General - January 21, 2016 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

Acupuncture Ineffective in Relieving Hot FlashesAcupuncture Ineffective in Relieving Hot Flashes
Acupuncture did not relieve the number or severity of hot flashes in a randomized trial. Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)
Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines - January 20, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Internal Medicine News Source Type: news

Acupuncture needling doesn't ease menopausal hot flashes
Reuters Health - Women with menopausal hot flashes who get acupuncture do experience some decrease in symptoms, but so do others who get a placebo version of acupuncture, with no needle insertion, according to a new study. (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - January 19, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: healthNews Source Type: news

Real acupuncture no better than sham acupuncture for treating hot flushes: Study
Traditional Chinese acupuncture treatments are no better than fake acupuncture for treating menopause symptoms, new research reveals. However, in a surprise finding, both the real and sham treatments showed a 40 per cent improvement in the severity and frequency of hot flushes at the end of eight weeks of treatment. The benefits were sustained at six months after treatment. (Source: ScienceDaily Headlines)
Source: ScienceDaily Headlines - January 19, 2016 Category: Science Source Type: news

Acupuncture no better for menopause than 'fake' method, says researchers
Women with thin needles inserted into body had same results as those who had their skin stimulated with blunt-tipped needlesTraditional Chinese acupuncture is no better than a fake version for treating menopause symptoms, says a new study.But, after eight weeks of treatment, both led to a 40% improvement in the severity and frequency of hot flushes, which was sustained six months later. Continue reading... (Source: Guardian Unlimited Science)
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - January 19, 2016 Category: Science Authors: Australian Associated Press Tags: Menopause Acupuncture Health Australia news Science & wellbeing Women Source Type: news

Acupuncture No Better Than Sham Procedure for Hot Flashes (FREE)
By Kelly Young Edited by David G. Fairchild, MD, MPH, and Jaye Elizabeth Hefner, MD Needle acupuncture offers no benefit over sham acupuncture for treating menopausal hot flashes, according to a randomized trial in the Annals of Internal … (Source: Physician's First Watch current issue)
Source: Physician's First Watch current issue - January 19, 2016 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

Impulsivity and stillness: NADA, pharmaceuticals, and psychotherapy in substance use and other DSM 5 disorders - Carter K, Olshan-Perlmutter M.
Pharmaceuticals and psychotherapy are commonly used in the management of impulsivity.  The National Acupuncture Detoxification Association (NADA) protocol is an adjunctive therapy that involves the bilateral insertion of 1 to 5 predetermined ear needle po... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - January 18, 2016 Category: Global & Universal Tags: Alcohol and Other Drugs Source Type: news

Real or Sham Acupuncture Fails in Hot Flash Study (CME/CE)
(MedPage Today) -- Scores decline, but no evidence of true benefit (Source: MedPage Today Endocrinology)
Source: MedPage Today Endocrinology - January 18, 2016 Category: Endocrinology Source Type: news

Do You Want Acupuncture But Hate Needles?
Most people, when they hear about the benefits of acupuncture, find themselves thinking, "That would be so good for me!" Less stress, more energy, better sleep and digestion... Who doesn't want that? But for many people, there's one thing that holds them back from enjoying the benefits of acupuncture: Fear of needles. There's a spectrum of needle fears, ranging from downright needle phobic to being moderately concerned about the whole voluntarily-being-stuck-with-needles thing. Regardless, fear of needles is the number-one reason people choose to forego acupuncture. 5 things to remember if you're scared of gettin...
Source: Healthy Living - The Huffington Post - January 15, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Chronic Pain – Stories Of Struggle And Hope: Part 8 – Challenges
BOSTON (CBS) – Chronic pain affects the mind, body and soul.  As a result, doctors are treating their patients in a myriad of ways. If you suffer from chronic pain, popping a pill isn’t the answer. Dr. Joshua Wootton is the Director of Pain Psychology at the Arnold Warfield Pain Center at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, where patients learn mind-body techniques. “By the time pain has become chronic it’s actually made changes in the structures of the brain, changes in the biochemistry that these techniques actually over time can compensate for,” Wootton said. Read-Listen: Chroni...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - January 14, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: mwschooley Tags: Health Local News Syndicated Local Chronic Pain – Stories Of Struggle And Hope Rod Fritz Source Type: news

Chronic Pain – Stories Of Struggle And Hope: Part 2 – Back Pain
BOSTON (CBS) – Back pain is number one when it comes to ranking chronic pain here in the United States. Read-Listen: Chronic Pain – Stories Of Struggle And Hope: The Series So what causes it? “Spondylolisthesis and spondylosis and radiculopathy. There are a lot of names that are thrown at people in terms of rationale of why they have back pain,” Dr. Dana Zalkind at New England Baptist’s Pain Management Center, told WBZ NewsRadio 1030. Words you hardly ever hear, but Dr. Zalkind says there are causes we all can relate to. But for those who have suffered chronic back pain for years, li...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - January 11, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: miketoole Tags: Health Local News Syndicated Local Chronic Pain – Stories Of Struggle And Hope Rod Fritz Source Type: news

How Can Acupuncture Help Cancer Patients?
Acupuncture for cancer is now offered by many cancer centers. What are the benefits of acupuncture for people with cancer and what are the possible risks? (Source: About.com Lung Cancer)
Source: About.com Lung Cancer - January 11, 2016 Category: Cancer & Oncology Authors: lungcancer.guide at about.com Tags: health Source Type: news

Medical News Today: Acupuncture 'safe and effective' for chronic pain in children
While studies have shown acupuncture is effective for chronic pain in adults, new research suggests the treatment may also be a feasible treatment for children with the condition. (Source: Health News from Medical News Today)
Source: Health News from Medical News Today - December 20, 2015 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Pain / Anesthetics Source Type: news

The “right” goal when managing pain
It makes sense that the primary goal of pain treatment should be to reduce pain. However, a recent editorial in The New England Journal of Medicine makes a strong case for looking beyond pain intensity when evaluating what is “successful” pain management. The “balancing act” of managing chronic pain Here is the problem: For people with chronic pain, the pain affects nearly all aspects of their lives. But at the same time, treatments to relieve chronic pain also have the potential to influence many aspects of a person’s life. Our best pain-relieving drugs have lots of unpleasant side effects. E...
Source: New Harvard Health Information - December 18, 2015 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Robert T. Edwards, Ph.D. Tags: Health Addiction Arthritis Back Pain Cancer Migraines Pain Management Behavioral Health chronic pain managing pain Source Type: news

Not ordinary growing pains
A recent study shows that acupuncture may be a safe and effective adjunctive integrative medicine treatment for chronic pain in pediatric patients. (Source: ScienceDaily Headlines)
Source: ScienceDaily Headlines - December 15, 2015 Category: Science Source Type: news