Nigeria: Herbal Defense Against Viral Infections
[Guardian] Re-emerging infectious diseases such as Lassa fever, yellow fever, Ebola, measles, chicken pox, small pox, Dengue fever, viral hepatitis, Human Immuno-deficiency Virus (HIV), polio, cold and influenza virus, among others are posing fresh threat to human existence. Unfortunately, conventional medicines are failing: the pathogens have developed resistance to the drugs-of-choice. But researchers have in experimental models treated these deadly bugs with combination of local herbs and spices. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - August 24, 2017 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Supplement warning: Taking THIS herbal remedy can stop life-saving medicine working
SUPPLEMENTS are usually entirely safe to use, however using herbal remedies like St John ’s wort, for depression, alongside prescribed medications can be dangerous. (Source: Daily Express - Health)
Source: Daily Express - Health - August 24, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Medical News Today: Eleuthero: 12 potential health benefits
Eleuthero is a plant used in herbal medicine to treat dozens of health conditions. Discover how it can increase energy and boost health. (Source: Health News from Medical News Today)
Source: Health News from Medical News Today - August 23, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Complementary Medicine / Alternative Medicine Source Type: news

Alternative Medicine Alone Leads to Lower Cancer Survival
Cancer patients who opt for alternative therapy instead of conventional medicine significantly decrease their chances of survival, according to researchers at Yale School of Medicine. Although the popularity of alternative medicine continues to grow, a recent study published in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute found survival rates significantly reduced for those who use it as first-line therapy. Conventional cancer treatments — chemotherapy, surgery and radiation — still produce a much better chance of survival. Mesothelioma was not included in the study, but the findings are relevant to this rare ...
Source: Asbestos and Mesothelioma News - August 23, 2017 Category: Environmental Health Authors: Matt Mauney Tags: acupuncture cancer Alternative medicine alternative mesothelioma treatment alternative therapy survival alternative vs conventional medicine breast cancer colon cancer Conventional cancer treatments Dr. David Gorski Dr. Skyler Johnson Source Type: news

Could Common Vitamin Supplements Raise Lung Cancer Risk?
Increased odds only seemed to affect men or male smokers, study suggests Source: HealthDay Related MedlinePlus Pages: B Vitamins, Dietary Supplements, Lung Cancer (Source: MedlinePlus Health News)
Source: MedlinePlus Health News - August 22, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Medical News Today: Lavender: Health benefits and uses
Lavender is an herb that is used in skin and beauty products but packs a wealth of health benefits, including action against fungi, wounds, and anxiety. (Source: Health News from Medical News Today)
Source: Health News from Medical News Today - August 21, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Complementary Medicine / Alternative Medicine Source Type: news

Harvard-Osher integrative medicine's mind-body partnership with JACM
(Mary Ann Liebert, Inc./Genetic Engineering News) The Osher Center for Integrative Medicine at Harvard Medical School and Brigham and Women's Hospital has engaged a partnership with JACM, The Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine to highlight the best new research in the mushrooming field of mind-body medicine. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - August 21, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

When surgery is just a stitch-up
With evidence mounting that many minor operations owe their success to the placebo effect, is it time to call a halt to some routine procedures?What ’s the difference between a homeopath and a surgeon? It’s a question that sounds like a joke, and it won’t have many surgeons laughing. Homeopathy is the scientifically implausible idea that diluted substances can somehow treat disease: it has never been shown to work and any effect is,at very best, a placebo effect. It ’s a world away from the glinting scalpels and cut-and-dried logic of surgery. See a problem, cut it out, sew it back up. Right?Well, i...
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - August 20, 2017 Category: Science Authors: Dara Mohammadi Tags: Placebo effect Medical research Science Doctors Health Society Hospitals Source Type: news

Worse Survival Seen for Alternative Vs Usual Cancer Rx
Alternative medicine independently tied to greater mortality risk compared to conventional treatment (Source: The Doctors Lounge - Oncology)
Source: The Doctors Lounge - Oncology - August 18, 2017 Category: Cancer & Oncology Tags: Family Medicine, Geriatrics, Gynecology, Internal Medicine, Nursing, Oncology, Pathology, Pharmacy, Pulmonology, Radiology, Surgery, Urology, Journal, Source Type: news

Alternative Medicine Alone as Cancer Treatment Linked to Lowered Survival
Title: Alternative Medicine Alone as Cancer Treatment Linked to Lowered SurvivalCategory: Health NewsCreated: 8/17/2017 12:00:00 AMLast Editorial Review: 8/18/2017 12:00:00 AM (Source: MedicineNet Cancer General)
Source: MedicineNet Cancer General - August 18, 2017 Category: Cancer & Oncology Source Type: news

Alternative Medicine Alone as Cancer Treatment Linked to Lowered Survival
There's not much research into these therapies, study authors said (Source: The Doctors Lounge - Oncology)
Source: The Doctors Lounge - Oncology - August 17, 2017 Category: Cancer & Oncology Tags: Oncology, Surgery, Alternative Medicine, News, Source Type: news

Alternative Medicine Alone as Cancer Treatment Linked to Lowered Survival
THURSDAY, Aug. 17, 2017 -- People who choose alternative medicine over traditional cancer treatments for curable cancers have a higher risk of dying early, researchers report. " We now have evidence to suggest that using alternative medicine in... (Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews)
Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews - August 17, 2017 Category: General Medicine Source Type: news

Choosing alternative cancer therapy doubles risk of death
Patients who chose alternative therapies to treat a common, curable cancer instead of opting for the recommended medical treatment double their risk of death, according to a recent study published in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute. (Source: CNN.com - Health)
Source: CNN.com - Health - August 17, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Alternative cancer therapies double risk of death
Patients who chose alternative therapies to treat a common, curable cancer instead of opting for the recommended medical treatment double their risk of death, according to a recent study published in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute. (Source: CNN.com - Health)
Source: CNN.com - Health - August 17, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

NIH study uncovers specialized mouse neurons that play a unique role in pain: ​​​​Previously unknown category of neuron responds to pulling of a single hair  
NCCIH scientists identify sensory neurons that may offer insights into new approaches to pain therapy. (Source: NCCAM Featured Content)
Source: NCCAM Featured Content - August 16, 2017 Category: Complementary Medicine Authors: NCCIH Source Type: news

NCCIH Researchers Describe Specialized Neurons That Play a Unique Role in Mechanical Pain
A new study in mice, conducted at the National Institutes of Health, has identified nerve cells that may play a role in pain and touch. (Source: NCCAM Featured Content)
Source: NCCAM Featured Content - August 16, 2017 Category: Complementary Medicine Authors: NCCIH Source Type: news

'Alternative cancer therapies' may increase your risk of death
Conclusion The results and conclusions of this study are clear: people who choose conventional treatments for cancer (such as surgery, radiotherapy, chemotherapy and hormone treatments) are likely to live longer than those who choose alternative medicine only. It's rare for people to choose to ignore conventional treatment completely when faced with a cancer diagnosis. More often, people choose to add complementary therapies to their conventional cancer treatment. This study doesn't apply to people combining conventional and complementary therapies. There are some limitations to the study to be aware of: As an observatio...
Source: NHS News Feed - August 16, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Cancer Source Type: news

Medical News Today: Does laser therapy for knee pain work?
Laser therapy is an experimental type of treatment being offered for knee pain. We look at the science behind it, and benefits or risks of laser therapy. (Source: Health News from Medical News Today)
Source: Health News from Medical News Today - August 16, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Complementary Medicine / Alternative Medicine Source Type: news

FDA Warning on PharmaTech Liquid Drug and Dietary Supplements ...
... Risk, FDA Says. Agency warns consumers to stop using certain products made by PharmaTech. by William E. Gibson, AARP, August 15, 2017|Comments: 0. (Source: AARP.org News)
Source: AARP.org News - August 16, 2017 Category: American Health Source Type: news

Cancer Survival Takes a Hit with Alternative Medicine
Experts caution that younger, more affluent cancer patients are being " sold snake oil " by purveyors of alternative medicine. (Source: ConsultantLive)
Source: ConsultantLive - August 15, 2017 Category: Internal Medicine Authors: Charles Bankhead Source Type: news

Cancer warning: THIS treatment option could double your risk of dying
CANCER may still not be fully curable, but researchers have been making ground with increasingly effective treatment options in recent decades. However, some sufferers of curable forms are still choosing to try alternative remedies, which a new study has found could dramatically increase your risk of death. (Source: Daily Express - Health)
Source: Daily Express - Health - August 15, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Alternative cancer treatments more than doubles death  risk
Researchers from Yale School of Medicine found that breast cancer sufferers who rely on herbs, homeopathy or energy crystals to heal are 5.68 times more at risk of death in five years. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - August 15, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Marijuana May Help Ease Nerve Pain, Review Finds
But evidence for using pot to treat other types of pain or post - traumatic stress remains inconclusive (Source: The Doctors Lounge - Psychiatry)
Source: The Doctors Lounge - Psychiatry - August 14, 2017 Category: Psychiatry Tags: Family Medicine, Neurology, Nursing, Psychiatry, Dependence, Research, Alternative Medicine, News, Source Type: news

FDA: Potential contamination in multiple drugs, dietary supplements
The Food and Drug Administration is warning consumers and healthcare providers to not use any liquid drug or dietary supplements due to potential contamination. (Source: Health News - UPI.com)
Source: Health News - UPI.com - August 14, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

FDA Warns of Potential Contamination in Multiple Brands of Drugs, Dietary Supplements
August 11, 2017 -- The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is advising consumers and health care professionals not to use any liquid drug or dietary supplement products manufactured by PharmaTech LLC of Davie, Florida, and labeled by Rugby... (Source: Drugs.com - Pharma News)
Source: Drugs.com - Pharma News - August 11, 2017 Category: Pharmaceuticals Source Type: news

Cancer Survival Takes a Hit with Alternative Medicine (CME/CE)
(MedPage Today) -- Study shows eschewing conventional therapy is risky (Source: MedPage Today Primary Care)
Source: MedPage Today Primary Care - August 11, 2017 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

FDA warns of potential contamination in multiple brands of drugs, dietary supplements
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is advising consumers and health care professionals not to use any liquid drug or dietary supplement products manufactured by PharmaTech LLC of Davie, Florida, and labeled by Rugby Laboratories, Major Pharmaceuticals and Leader Brands, due to potential contamination with the bacteria Burkholderia cepacia (B. cepacia) and the risk for severe patient infection. (Source: Food and Drug Administration)
Source: Food and Drug Administration - August 11, 2017 Category: American Health Source Type: news

' Alternative Medicine' for Cancer Ups Death Risk'Alternative Medicine' for Cancer Ups Death Risk
Cancer patients who reject conventional treatments and choose alternative treatments exclusively are rare and are rarely studied. New data are sobering.Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)
Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines - August 11, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Hematology-Oncology News Source Type: news

Alternative medicine only treatment linked to lower cancer survival
Yale University researchers warn in a new study that alternative therapies for treatment of curable cancers carry a significantly higher risk of death. (Source: Health News - UPI.com)
Source: Health News - UPI.com - August 10, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Using only alternative medicine for cancer linked to lower survival rate
Patients who choose alternative therapy for curable cancers instead of conventional cancer treatment have a higher risk of death, says a new study. (Source: Yale Science and Health News)
Source: Yale Science and Health News - August 10, 2017 Category: Universities & Medical Training Source Type: news

Using alternative medicine only for cancer linked to lower survival rate
(Yale University) Patients who choose to receive alternative therapy as treatment for curable cancers instead of conventional cancer treatment have a higher risk of death, according to researchers from the Cancer Outcomes, Public Policy and Effectiveness Research (COPPER) Center at Yale School of Medicine and Yale Cancer Center. (Source: EurekAlert! - Cancer)
Source: EurekAlert! - Cancer - August 10, 2017 Category: Cancer & Oncology Source Type: news

More Than 80% of Military Health Facilities Now Offer Complementary and Alternative Medicine Treatments
More than 80 percent of military health care facilities offer some form of complementary and alternative medicine—in addition to conventional medicine— mainly for pain management and psychological disorders. (Source: RAND)
Source: RAND - August 9, 2017 Category: Health Management Authors: RAND Corporation Source Type: news

EZ Weight Loss TX LLC Issues Voluntary Nationwide Recall of Atomic and Xplode Capsules Due to the Presence of Undeclared Sibutramine
Corpus Christi, TX, EZ Weight Loss TX is voluntarily recalling all lots of La Bri ’s Body Health Atomic and Xplode capsules to the consumer level. FDA analysis has found the products to be tainted with sibutramine.Sibutramine is an appetite suppressant that was withdrawn from the U.S. market in October 2010 for safety reasons. The presence of sibutramine in these products renders it an unapproved drug for which safety and efficacy have not been established and, therefore subject to  recall. (Source: NCCAM Featured Content)
Source: NCCAM Featured Content - August 8, 2017 Category: Complementary Medicine Authors: NCCIH Source Type: news

Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction, Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy Shown To Be Cost Effective for Chronic Low-Back Pain
Results of a new NCCIH-supported study suggest group sessions of mindfulness-based stress reduction (MBSR) or cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) are cost-effective for chronic low-back pain. (Source: NCCAM Featured Content)
Source: NCCAM Featured Content - August 8, 2017 Category: Complementary Medicine Authors: NCCIH Source Type: news

4 Medication Safety Tips for Older Adults
The older you get, the more likely you are to use additional medicines, which can increase the chance of harmful drug interactions. So consider these safety tips (and share them with your loved ones) when taking prescriptions, over-the-counter medicines, herbal preparations, and supplements. (Source: FDA Consumer Health Information Updates)
Source: FDA Consumer Health Information Updates - August 8, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Herbal medicine shows potential to treat cancer
Researchers from King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST) have been searching locally for plants that have potential for use to combat cancer. Now, three plants used for traditional medicine in Saudi Arabia are shown to be worthy of further investigation for anticancer properties. Cancer is a leading cause of illness and death worldwide. In 2015, the World Health Organization (WHO) recorded 8.8 million cancer-related deaths, but almost twice as many cases are diagnosed each year. (Source: World Pharma News)
Source: World Pharma News - August 7, 2017 Category: Pharmaceuticals Tags: Featured Research Research and Development Source Type: news

Herbal medicine shows potential to treat cancer
(King Abdullah University of Science& Technology (KAUST)) Herbal remedy plants native to Saudi Arabia are shown to have potential as treatments for cancer. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - August 6, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Medical News Today: Saw palmetto: Uses, dosage, and side effects
What is saw palmetto? Learn about saw palmetto's usage and effectiveness. What is the science behind the claims and are there side effects? (Source: Health News from Medical News Today)
Source: Health News from Medical News Today - August 5, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Complementary Medicine / Alternative Medicine Source Type: news

Yoga May Help Ease Depression
It's not a cure - all but has great potential, leader of an American Psychological Association panel says (Source: The Doctors Lounge - Psychiatry)
Source: The Doctors Lounge - Psychiatry - August 3, 2017 Category: Psychiatry Tags: Family Medicine, Psychiatry, Sports Medicine, Alternative Medicine, News, Source Type: news

Weekly Postings
See something of interest? Please share our postings with colleagues in your institutions! Spotlight New Membership certificates have arrived! If you have completed the renewal process before Friday, July 21, you can expect to receive your certificate by the end of August. If you have not yet verified that your organization’s record is up-to-date, check out our Membership renewal flyer for more information. Jerry Sheehan has been named the new NLM Deputy Director, effective July 31, 2017. Details. An updated, revised version of the self-paced training class “Using Medical Subject Headings (MeSH) in Cataloging&r...
Source: NN/LM Middle Atlantic Region Blog - August 3, 2017 Category: Databases & Libraries Authors: Hannah Sinemus Tags: Weekly Postings Source Type: news

NIH Funding for Research on Suicide Predictors and Prevention
In this blog post, Dr. Eve Reider discusses an NIH FOA that focuses on linking data from health care system records to mortality data to obtain a more accurate understanding of risk factors related to suicide. (Source: NCCAM Featured Content)
Source: NCCAM Featured Content - August 2, 2017 Category: Complementary Medicine Authors: Eve Reider, Ph.D. Source Type: news

Medical News Today: Eight evidence-based health benefits of aloe vera
This is a detailed article about Aloe vera and its health benefits. Here are eight evidence-based ways that Aloe vera can improve your health. (Source: Health News from Medical News Today)
Source: Health News from Medical News Today - August 1, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Complementary Medicine / Alternative Medicine Source Type: news

Medical News Today: Fifteen remedies for sore throat
A sore throat is a common symptom of viral infection. Most cases of sore throat can be treated at home with simple natural remedies. (Source: Health News from Medical News Today)
Source: Health News from Medical News Today - August 1, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Complementary Medicine / Alternative Medicine Source Type: news

Medical News Today: 13 Home remedies to relieve constipation naturally
Constipation is a common problem that can affect anyone. In this article, learn about 13 different home remedies that can help treat constipation. (Source: Health News from Medical News Today)
Source: Health News from Medical News Today - August 1, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Complementary Medicine / Alternative Medicine Source Type: news

Medical News Today: Seven health benefits of biotin
Biotin is a B-vitamin that has benefits for hair, nails and skin, to name a few. Learn more about the benefits and side effects of biotin in this article. (Source: Health News from Medical News Today)
Source: Health News from Medical News Today - July 31, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Complementary Medicine / Alternative Medicine Source Type: news

To honor his uncle ’s memory, young doctor wants to offer hope to those with cancer
When Razmik Ghukasyan received his acceptance letter to the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, he and his family were ecstatic. But their celebration was cut short days later when his uncle was diagnosed with advanced pancreatic cancer.During his first year of medical school, Ghukasyan frequently accompanied his uncle, Partev Kolanjian, to oncology appointments at another hospital. He was disturbed by the impersonal way his uncle ’s doctors treated him, which differed sharply from what Ghukasyan was learning at UCLA about the importance of a compassionate doctor-patient relationship.“In school, I was taug...
Source: UCLA Newsroom: Health Sciences - July 28, 2017 Category: Universities & Medical Training Source Type: news

Weekly Postings
See something of interest? Please share our postings with colleagues in your institutions! Spotlight New Membership certificates have arrived! If you have completed the renewal process before Friday, July 21, you can expect to receive your certificate by the end of August. If you have not yet verified that your organization’s record is up-to-date, check out our Membership renewal flyer for more information. The Summer 2017 edition of NIH MedlinePlus Magazine is now available! In this issue, Access Hollywood host Liz Hernandez talks about her hopes to make Alzheimer’s a thing of the past. Other features include ...
Source: NN/LM Middle Atlantic Region Blog - July 28, 2017 Category: Databases & Libraries Authors: Hannah Sinemus Tags: Weekly Postings Source Type: news

Kenya: Immune Booster Gains Ground
[Times of Zambia] Years back, it was fashionable to dismiss herbal treatment of AIDS as inferior, but not anymore. (Source: AllAfrica News: HIV-Aids and STDs)
Source: AllAfrica News: HIV-Aids and STDs - July 28, 2017 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Is kratom the new 'legal high' on the block? The case of an emerging opioid receptor agonist with substance abuse potential - Chang-Chien GC, Odonkor CA, Amorapanth P.
Kratom is an unscheduled opioid receptor agonist that comes in the form of dietary supplements currently being abused by chronic pain patients on prescription opioids. Active alkaloids isolated from kratom such as mitragynine and 7-hydroxymitragynine are t... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - July 28, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Alcohol and Other Drugs Source Type: news

‘Secret plans’ detail severe cuts across the NHS
BMA accuses NHS Improvement of driving through cuts to already overstretched services Related items fromOnMedica Report reveals impact of financial cuts on patient care GPs may be stopped from prescribing homeopathic medicines More than two thirds of doctors forced to ration care NHS rationing – getting rid of the postcode lottery New wave of postcode rationing as CCGs struggle to balance books (Source: OnMedica Latest News)
Source: OnMedica Latest News - July 28, 2017 Category: UK Health Source Type: news