Cannabidiol: Hope or hype?
(American Chemical Society) Cannabidiol (CBD), one of the major phytochemicals in marijuana, has become a popular ingredient in dietary supplements, beauty products and beverages, with claims that the compound improves health and treats ailments ranging from insomnia to cancer. Although research on CBD is accelerating, medical evidence is still lacking for many of these claims, reports an article in Chemical& Engineering News (C&EN), the weekly newsmagazine of the American Chemical Society. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - July 25, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Herbal remedy that was effective against SARS found to be beneficial for acute lung injury
(Natural News) In traditional Chinese medicine, the chameleon plant (Houttuynia cordata) is associated with lung diseases. Its primary function is to treat the abscesses and heat that develop in the lungs, which often manifest as coughs with phlegm. Because of this, the chameleon plant became the focus of research relating to severe acute respiratory syndrome... (Source: NaturalNews.com)
Source: NaturalNews.com - July 25, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Scientists document the anti-cancer properties of the Allium wallichii
(Natural News) Allium wallichii (AW), a plant used as a spice and natural treatment in Nepal, has been cited as a potential anti-cancer treatment. A study published in the journal BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine uncovers the plant’s phytochemical, antimicrobial, antioxidant, and anti-cancer properties. The researchers obtained an aqueous ethanol extract of AW which they... (Source: NaturalNews.com)
Source: NaturalNews.com - July 24, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Study: New herbal medication effectively reduces arthritis symptoms
(Natural News) A new Korean trial tested the efficacy of ChondroT on rats suffering from collagenase-induced osteoarthritis. They reported that the newly-released medication – made of five different herbs from traditional Chinese medicine – suppressed inflammatory cytokines, toned down the harsh immune response, prevented the loss of articular cartilage, and protected the articular surface. The trial... (Source: NaturalNews.com)
Source: NaturalNews.com - July 24, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

NIH Collaboratory Expands Its Portfolio of Pragmatic Clinical Trials
In this blog post, Dr. Catherine Meyers discusses new Pragmatic Clinical Trial (PCT) Demonstration Projects that have been funded within the NIH Health Care Systems Research Collaboratory. (Source: NCCAM Featured Content)
Source: NCCAM Featured Content - July 24, 2018 Category: Complementary Medicine Authors: Catherine Meyers, M.D. Source Type: news

NIH expands program that conducts large-scale clinical trials in real-world settings
This press release addresses the National Institutes of Health ’s Health Care Systems (HCS) Research Collaboratory and announces five new research awards; such research will help strengthen the relevance of research results to health practice. (Source: NCCAM Featured Content)
Source: NCCAM Featured Content - July 24, 2018 Category: Complementary Medicine Authors: NCCIH Source Type: news

Avoid the sugar slump after meals: Blue pea extract could keep your blood sugar levels stable
(Natural News) Keep your sugar levels at bay after meals by consuming blue pea extracts, according to a study published in the journal BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine. Researchers at Chulalongkorn University in Thailand looked at the effects of blue pea (Clitoria ternatea L.) flower extracts on postprandial plasma glycemia response and antioxidant activity. For... (Source: NaturalNews.com)
Source: NaturalNews.com - July 24, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Will Duct Tape Cure My Warts? Examining Complementary and Alternative Medicine
August 6-September 17, 2018 Register This self-paced, 6-week, online course will introduce basic concepts in Complementary and Alternative Medicine (CAM), issues about research into CAM therapies, evaluating CAM information, recommended websites, and researching evidence about CAM therapies. There will be approximately 30 to 90 minutes of work per week. At the end, you will have earned 8 hours of MLA or CHIS CE credit. (Source: MCR News)
Source: MCR News - July 24, 2018 Category: Databases & Libraries Authors: ssawyer Tags: #CC/Academic List #Health Interest List #Health Sciences List #Public/K-12 List Source Type: news

Alternative Cancer Treatments May Be Bad for Your Health
People who used herbs, acupuncture and other complementary treatments tended to die earlier than those who didn ’ t. (Source: NYT Health)
Source: NYT Health - July 23, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: NICHOLAS BAKALAR Tags: Alternative and Complementary Medicine Cancer Acupuncture Dietary Supplements and Herbal Remedies Vitamins Source Type: news

New study: Chinese folk medicine displays remarkable anti-arthritis activity
(Natural News) Diu Le Bang, a folk medicine derived from the roots of the nappy tree (Claoxylon indicum Hassk.), has long been used in traditional Chinese medicine to treat symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis. In a study in BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine, researchers found that Diu Le Bang possessed significant anti-arthritis activity based on models with... (Source: NaturalNews.com)
Source: NaturalNews.com - July 23, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Study documents the remarkable antitumor activity of the wild carrot
(Natural News) The oil extracts of the wild carrot (Daucus carota) could potentially be used to treat for skin cancer, according to a study published in the journal BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine. In particular, the study looked into the wild carrot’s ability to suppress the proliferation of tumors and protect from chemically induced papillomas. The... (Source: NaturalNews.com)
Source: NaturalNews.com - July 23, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Tualang honey prevents breast cancer: New study
(Natural News) Malaysian jungle Tualang honey (TH) shows remarkable anti-cancer effects in modulating breast carcinogenesis. The results of the study, published in BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine, found that TH efficiently induces apoptosis (cell death) in breast cancer cells while regulating various hematological parameters. Fifty female Sprague-Dawley rats were grouped in one of five groups:... (Source: NaturalNews.com)
Source: NaturalNews.com - July 22, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

The powerful antioxidant and anti-cancer effects of arid region honey
(Natural News) The arid region honey can be used as a therapeutic product for chronic diseases, including cancer, according to researchers from United Arab Emirates University. The study, published in BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine, compared varieties of honey from desert climates against those from non-arid regions to establish which variety contained more antioxidant and anti-inflammatory activities. Researchers... (Source: NaturalNews.com)
Source: NaturalNews.com - July 22, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

A traditional Chinese medicine found to be effective in treating depression
(Natural News) In a study published in the journal BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine, scientists wanted to confirm if Chai Hu Shu Gan San, a traditional medicine used to treat depression in China, can indeed improve the symptoms and condition of sufferers. Like many other elements in traditional Chinese medicine, the use of Chai Hu... (Source: NaturalNews.com)
Source: NaturalNews.com - July 21, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Medical News Today: How does complementary medicine impact cancer survival?
Although complementary and alternative medicine has risen in popularity, little is known about its impact on cancer survival. A new study takes a look. (Source: Health News from Medical News Today)
Source: Health News from Medical News Today - July 21, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Complementary Medicine / Alternative Medicine Source Type: news

Complementary Medicine Use Ups Refusal of Usual Cancer Therapy
FRIDAY, July 20, 2018 -- Patients with cancer who receive complementary medicine (CM) are more likely to refuse conventional cancer treatment (CCT), according to a study published online July 19 in JAMA Oncology. Skyler B. Johnson, M.D., from the... (Source: Drugs.com - Pharma News)
Source: Drugs.com - Pharma News - July 20, 2018 Category: Pharmaceuticals Source Type: news

Medical News Today: Are essential oils safe for babies?
Some people use essential oils, such as lavender or chamomile, to massage their baby or in a diffuser. In this article, we look at the potential benefits of essential oils for babies, as well as which ones to use and how to use them safely. People should never use essential oils on babies less than 3 months old. (Source: Health News from Medical News Today)
Source: Health News from Medical News Today - July 20, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Complementary Medicine / Alternative Medicine Source Type: news

What you need to know before you begin a water-only fast
(Natural News) Water-only fasting is known to provide many health benefits. However, there is not much research on how safe it is. Therefore, researchers from the U.S. conducted a comprehensive review of the safety of water-only fasting. In the study published in the journal BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine, the research group assessed the adverse events... (Source: NaturalNews.com)
Source: NaturalNews.com - July 20, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Alternative cancer therapies linked to reduced survival
Cancer patients who receive alternative therapies are more likely to shun proven treatments, a study finds. (Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition)
Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition - July 19, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Scientists identify an effective malaria remedy in an overlooked African tree
(Natural News) Researchers have established that the leaves of the Syzygium guineense, also known as the waterberry tree, contained anti-malarial activity, in line with its traditional use in preventing and treating malaria. The study, published in BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine, looked at how the leaf extract of S. guineense in mice infected with malaria. For the study, mice were inoculated... (Source: NaturalNews.com)
Source: NaturalNews.com - July 19, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Cancer patients who use complementary medicine have higher risk
Complemetary medicine is different to 'alternative'. It is the use of non-traditional treatment with traditional methods, rather than instead of. But still, Yale found these patients have a higher death risk. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - July 19, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

A greener way to healthier weight loss: Spirulina helps obese people regulate their appetite
(Natural News) If you’re trying to lose weight, you can never go wrong with a healthy diet and regular exercise. A study published in the journal BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine says adding spirulina to your diet may also help. Spirulina platensis (Arthrospira platensis), is a unicellular photosynthetic microorganism called a cyanobacterium, though it is... (Source: NaturalNews.com)
Source: NaturalNews.com - July 19, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Cancer Survival Drops With Complementary Therapy: Study
Looking at patients diagnosed from 2004 to 2013, the researchers found those who chose complementary medicine in addition to conventional treatments had a greater risk of dying during the study period. (Source: WebMD Health)
Source: WebMD Health - July 19, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Cancer Survival Drops With Complementary Therapy: Study
(Source: The Doctors Lounge - Oncology)
Source: The Doctors Lounge - Oncology - July 19, 2018 Category: Cancer & Oncology Tags: Family Medicine, Nursing, Oncology, Surgery, Alternative Medicine, News, Source Type: news

Complementary Medicine and Refusal of Conventional Cancer Tx Complementary Medicine and Refusal of Conventional Cancer Tx
Patients with cancer using complementary medicine and conventional therapy were more likely to decline subsequent conventional treatments, leading to shorter survival.Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)
Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines - July 19, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Hematology-Oncology News Source Type: news

How Complementary Cancer Therapies Can Increase Risk of Early Death
People diagnosed with cancer have a multitude of treatment options, many of which are standard therapies that have been well-studied to improve their chances of surviving their disease or avoiding recurrence. But people are increasingly also folding in complementary medicine approaches — which include nutrients, herbal remedies and other so-called natural supplements — with their cancer treatment regimes. While these are not nearly as well-studied as conventional therapies like surgery, radiation and chemotherapy, many people rely on them because they believe they can improve their chances of surviving their ca...
Source: TIME: Health - July 19, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Alice Park Tags: Uncategorized Cancer healthytime Source Type: news

Complementary medicine for cancer can decrease survival
Patients who receive complementary care for curable cancers are more likely to die as a result of refusing conventional treatment, according to a Yale study. (Source: Yale Science and Health News)
Source: Yale Science and Health News - July 19, 2018 Category: Universities & Medical Training Source Type: news

Cancer Survival Drops With Complementary Therapy: Study
THURSDAY, July 19, 2018 -- People with curable cancers who try " complementary therapy " often refuse some part of standard care. And they may die as a result, researchers say. U.S. cancer patients increasingly use complementary medicine -- a... (Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews)
Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews - July 19, 2018 Category: General Medicine Source Type: news

People who drink a cup of coffee first thing eat less breakfast
The findings clarify long-held but unqualified beliefs that coffee suppresses appetite, or that it aids metabolism - which has led to a boom in caffeine dietary supplements that claim to aid weight loss. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - July 19, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Bodybuilders can recover faster if they supplement with Korean mistletoe
(Natural News) Supplementing with Korean mistletoe (Viscum album coloratum) has been found beneficial for building muscle, according to a study published in the journal BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine. In the study, it was revealed that the plant is particularly helpful for muscle atrophy and muscle hypertrophy. Researchers in Korea looked at the expression pattern of... (Source: NaturalNews.com)
Source: NaturalNews.com - July 19, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Complementary medicine for cancer can decrease survival
(Yale University) People who received complementary therapy for curable cancers were more likely to refuse at least one component of their conventional cancer treatment, and were more likely to die as a result, according to researchers from Yale Cancer Center and the Cancer Outcomes, Public Policy and Effectiveness Research Center (COPPER) at Yale School of Medicine. The findings were reported today online in JAMA Oncology. (Source: EurekAlert! - Cancer)
Source: EurekAlert! - Cancer - July 19, 2018 Category: Cancer & Oncology Source Type: news

Association of complementary medicine, cancer treatment, survival
(JAMA Network) The use of complementary medicine by patients with four common cancers (breast, prostate, lung or colorectal) was associated with refusal of conventional cancer treatment and with a greater risk of death, although the difference in survival may be alleviated by adherence to all recommended conventional cancer therapies. (Source: EurekAlert! - Cancer)
Source: EurekAlert! - Cancer - July 19, 2018 Category: Cancer & Oncology Source Type: news

Science: Extract of the blue pea flower can keep your blood sugar levels stable after meals
(Natural News) Blue pea (Clitoria ternatea L.), a natural food colorant that contains anthocyanin, has been known to exhibit antioxidant and antihyperglycemic activity. In a study published in the journal BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine, the effects of blue pea flower extracts on postprandial plasma glycemia response and antioxidant status were investigated. Fifteen healthy men... (Source: NaturalNews.com)
Source: NaturalNews.com - July 18, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Study: Three different types of depression can be reduced with Chai Hu Shu Gan, a Traditional Chinese Medicine
(Natural News) The traditional Chinese treatment Chai Hu Shu Gan San has long been used as a treatment for all types of depression. A study published in the online journal BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine gathered evidence on its effectiveness. Chai Hu Shu Gan San has been prescribed as a treatment for depression in ancient... (Source: NaturalNews.com)
Source: NaturalNews.com - July 18, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Medical News Today: What are the benefits of maca root?
Maca root comes from Peru and is a common cooking ingredient in that region. Maca root may have a range of health benefits, especially for endurance and sexual health. In this article, we look at the evidence behind these claims, as well as whether there are any risks to taking it. (Source: Health News from Medical News Today)
Source: Health News from Medical News Today - July 18, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Complementary Medicine / Alternative Medicine Source Type: news

Pricey Pee: Time to Regulate Vitamin and Dietary Supplements Pricey Pee: Time to Regulate Vitamin and Dietary Supplements
Multiple studies show that dietary supplements result in little more than expensive urine and in some cases may even cause harm. Melissa Walton-Shirley thinks it's high time they were better regulated.theheart.org on Medscape (Source: Medscape Today Headlines)
Source: Medscape Today Headlines - July 18, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Cardiology Expert Column Source Type: news

Medical News Today: How do you boost testosterone naturally?
Testosterone is a male sex hormone. Low levels can cause changes to the distribution of body fat and muscle strength. Testosterone reduces with age, but people can boost it with lifestyle changes, including diet and exercise. Adequate sleep, nutritional supplements, and stress reduction may also help. Learn more here. (Source: Health News from Medical News Today)
Source: Health News from Medical News Today - July 18, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Complementary Medicine / Alternative Medicine Source Type: news

Pursuing a Research Career? Apply September 1 –November 15, 2018 for NIH Student Loan Repayment!
In this blog post Dr. Lanay Mudd discusses NIH Loan Repayment Programs for researchers. (Source: NCCAM Featured Content)
Source: NCCAM Featured Content - July 18, 2018 Category: Complementary Medicine Authors: Lanay Mudd, Ph.D. Source Type: news

Use of Natural Products by Children
Read this issue of NCCIH’s Clinical Digest to learn more about the use of natural products by children. (Source: NCCAM Featured Content)
Source: NCCAM Featured Content - July 18, 2018 Category: Complementary Medicine Authors: NCCIH Source Type: news

Media coverage of new Cochrane Review of Cochrane Review on omega-3 fatty acids
New evidence published today shows there is little or no effect of omega 3 supplements on our risk of experiencing heart disease, stroke or death. Below is a round-up for some of the media coverage.Fishy findings: Cochrane review finds omega-3 supplements don't help heartsonScimexOmega 3 supplements do not reduce risk of heart disease, stroke, or death, finds review onthe bmjOmega-3 pills and fish oil ‘useless’ for preventing diseaseonThe Times IT'S OIL A MYTH Omega-3 and fish extracts don ’t help your heart health, researchers claim onThe SunFish oil for a healthy heart'nonsense 'on BBC News‘B...
Source: Cochrane News and Events - July 18, 2018 Category: Information Technology Authors: Muriah Umoquit Source Type: news

The welsh onion can combat the effects of a high-fat diet
(Natural News) More than just a cooking ingredient, Welsh onion (Allium fistulosum) has been used as a traditional medicine for treating colds, influenza, abdominal pain, headache, and heart disease. Research has yet discovered another health benefit of this superfood. In the study, published in the journal BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine, researchers revealed that it... (Source: NaturalNews.com)
Source: NaturalNews.com - July 17, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

A popular East Asian herb could hold the key to preventing and treating diabetes
(Natural News) Winged prickly ash (Zanthoxylum armatum), a well-known medicinal herb in East Asia, can be used to prevent and treat diabetes, according to a study published in the journal BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine. The study, conducted by a group of researchers at COMSATS University and The Islamia University of Bahawalpur in Pakistan, assessed... (Source: NaturalNews.com)
Source: NaturalNews.com - July 17, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Study: Herbal plants found to treat tuberculosis naturally
(Natural News) A major issue facing the medical community today is the rise of multidrug-resistant tuberculosis, which hampers current efforts to end the deadly disease globally. The World Health Organization (WHO) estimates that while the incidences of tuberculosis have been decreasing by around two percent each year, all effort must be made in exploring every... (Source: NaturalNews.com)
Source: NaturalNews.com - July 17, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Study: Supplementing with spirulina helps modulate body weight and appetite
(Natural News) Spirulina (Arthrospira platensis) has been linked to weight loss and a reduction in appetite. A study published in BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine looked into its effects on the anthropometric indices, appetite, lipid profile and serum vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF) in obese individuals. The study was funded by a grant from Tabriz University... (Source: NaturalNews.com)
Source: NaturalNews.com - July 17, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Rwanda:Inside Rwanda's Growing Herbal Medicine Industry
[New Times] When the stinging nettle (Igisura) healed her father of liver disease (hepatitis) a while back, Janvi ère Ingabire picked interest in the magic herb. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - July 17, 2018 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Food for your skin: Use marula to prevent wrinkles and keep your skin baby soft
(Natural News) Wrinkles and skin aging can be prevented naturally with the plant called marula (Sclerocarya birrea [A. Rich.] Hochst), according to a study published in the journal BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine. In the study, researchers in South Africa looked at the collagenase and elastase inhibition activity of extracts of the marula plant. Natural... (Source: NaturalNews.com)
Source: NaturalNews.com - July 16, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Researchers Find Link Between Vitamin D and Asbestosis
This study was not designed to explain whether supplementing with vitamin D will protect against asbestosis. This new research also does not examine if taking vitamin D will slow down the progression of existing ILD. Still, there are a lot of good reasons to pay attention to the sunshine vitamin. Regardless of whether a person has been exposed to asbestos, no one should ignore very low vitamin D levels. People already diagnosed with an asbestos-related cancer, may benefit from a quick check of vitamin D levels. According to the medical literature, up to 80 percent of people with cancer may be vitamin D deficient. People ca...
Source: Asbestos and Mesothelioma News - July 16, 2018 Category: Environmental Health Authors: Matt Mauney Source Type: news

Eat your spinach: This plant can help arthritis patients maintain strong bones
(Natural News) Eating spinach (Spinicia oleracea) can help osteoarthritis patients maintain strong bones, according to a study published in the journal BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine. The study, carried out by a team of researchers at CSIR-Central Drug Research Institute in India, looked at the anti-osteoarthritic effects of spinach extracts in monosodium iodoacetate (MIA)-induced osteoarthritis mice.... (Source: NaturalNews.com)
Source: NaturalNews.com - July 15, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Valproic acid-induced autism in young children reduced with curcumin
(Natural News) The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that about one in 59 children has autism spectrum disorder (ASD). A look at yearly data on the prevalence of ASD reveals that this figure is likely to get worse. Research published in the journal BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine suggests that the administration... (Source: NaturalNews.com)
Source: NaturalNews.com - July 14, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

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See something of interest? Please share our postings with colleagues in your institutions! Spotlight The MAReport: Check out the Spring 2018 issue of the MAReport newsletter! This quarter, Executive Director Kate Flewelling talked about attending the All of Us launch event at the historic Abyssinian Baptist Church in Harlem, New York City. Call for Applicants for the Sewell Stipend to Attend the 2018 APHA Annual Meeting – Is your position related to public health? Would you like an opportunity to immerse yourself in the public health field for a few days? Apply for the Sewell Travel Award for Public Health and attend...
Source: NN/LM Middle Atlantic Region Blog - July 13, 2018 Category: Databases & Libraries Authors: Hannah Sinemus Tags: Weekly Postings Source Type: news