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
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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

Weekly Postings
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

Researchers find three herbal plants work better than antibiotics for treating tuberculosis
(Natural News) Researchers analyzed three well-known natural remedies for tuberculosis (TB) to scientifically validate their usefulness in treating the condition. Extracts from the crepe jasmine (Tabernaemontana coronaria), lemongrass (Cymbopogon citratus), and the crepe ginger (Costus speciosus) were evaluated for their in vitro anti-TB activity at different solvent partitions to identify their most active phytochemical compounds.... (Source: NaturalNews.com)
Source: NaturalNews.com - July 13, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

A comprehensive analysis of the medicinal benefits of water-only fasting
(Natural News) Although research suggests that water-only fasting offers health benefits, there is limited research on its safety. Thus, researchers in the U.S carried out a comprehensive review on the safety of water-only fasting. For the study, which was published in the journal BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine, the researchers carried out a chart review... (Source: NaturalNews.com)
Source: NaturalNews.com - July 13, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

MyNicNaxs, LLC Issues Voluntary Nationwide Recall of Various Dietary Supplements Due to Undeclared Active Pharmaceutical Ingredient (API)
MyNicNaxs, LLC, Deltona, FL is voluntarily recalling all lots of dietary supplements distributed nationwide to the consumer level. The products have been found to contain undeclared active pharmaceutical ingredients (API). The presence of Sildenafil, Sibutramine, Diclofenac and/or Phenolphthalein in the dietary supplements renders it an unapproved drug for which safety and efficacy have not been established and, therefore, subject to recall. These products were distributed from January 2013, to December 2017, though our website http://www.mynicnaxs.com. The undeclared drug ingredients found in these products may pose serio...
Source: Food and Drug Administration - July 11, 2018 Category: Food Science Source Type: news

One-Day Chronic Pain Symposium in Boston To Feature Researchers and Patients
I want to alert you to an exciting 1-day research symposium on chronic pain organized by the NCCIH Pain Working Group. (Source: NCCAM Featured Content)
Source: NCCAM Featured Content - July 11, 2018 Category: Complementary Medicine Authors: Wen G. Chen, Ph.D. Source Type: news

Preventing pancreatic oxidative damage associated with diabetes by using herbal complexes
This study published in the journal BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine seeks to uncover the mechanisms that make this herbal combination effective against diabetes mellitus (DM). Fluctuations in... (Source: NaturalNews.com)
Source: NaturalNews.com - July 11, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Exercise or acupuncture? Which alternative treatment works best for patients with lumbar spinal stenosis?
(Natural News) Lumbar spinal stenosis (LSS) causes chronic back pain, which is relieved through a variety of treatment methods. In a study published in the journal BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine, Japanese researchers compared the effectiveness of medication, exercise, and acupuncture – the three most commonly prescribed approaches – for relieving pain caused by LSS.... (Source: NaturalNews.com)
Source: NaturalNews.com - July 11, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

The sweet cure: Brazilian propolis can prevent metabolic disorders such as Type 2 diabetes and arteriosclerosis
(Natural News) New research suggested that metabolic disorders, such as Type 2 diabetes and arteriosclerosis, can be prevented with Brazilian propolis. The study, published in the journal BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine, looked at the protective effects of Brazilian propolis on metabolic disorders in mice. Brazilian propolis is produced by combining secretions from honey bees... (Source: NaturalNews.com)
Source: NaturalNews.com - July 10, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

The common purslane is a natural way to prevent diabetes
(Natural News) Prevent diabetes with the common purslane (Portulaca oleracea). In an animal study published in the journal BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine, the protective effects of the plant’s extract against diabetes were examined. For the study, a team of researchers at Al-Azhar University and Misr International University in Egypt investigated four groups of mice: a control... (Source: NaturalNews.com)
Source: NaturalNews.com - July 10, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

A polysaccharide found in brown algae shows great anticancer potential
(Natural News) Prostate cancer is one of the most common types of cancer affecting men in the U.S. Although deemed survivable, it remains a considerable cause of death. A paper published in the journal BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine discussed the anti-tumor properties of fucoidan, a bioactive polysaccharide derived from algae, and how it can... (Source: NaturalNews.com)
Source: NaturalNews.com - July 9, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Eat more brown rice for a healthier brain
(Natural News) Consuming brown rice (Oryza sativa) has been found to improve cognitive health and prevent the development of Alzheimer’s disease. The animal study, published in the journal BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine, used a high-pressure technique to increase the digestibility and absorption of brown rice in order to prevent the development of dementia. Even... (Source: NaturalNews.com)
Source: NaturalNews.com - July 9, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Cancer's worst enemy: Curcumin powerfully influences cell metabolic activity in cancer tumors
(Natural News) Curcumin influences cell metabolic activity vitality in various cancer phenotypes. The nutrient, which is abundant in turmeric, was observed to have remarkable abilities in modulating the regression of carcinoma in the thyroid gland. This new research, published in BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine shows the potential of curcumin as a safe and natural... (Source: NaturalNews.com)
Source: NaturalNews.com - July 9, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

The risks of herbal viagra: Mayo Clinic Radio Health Minute
In this Mayo Clinic Radio Health Minute, urologist,??Dr. Landon Trost, shares a warning about the dangers of taking herbal Viagra. To listen, click the link below. The risks of herbal viagra (Source: News from Mayo Clinic)
Source: News from Mayo Clinic - July 9, 2018 Category: Databases & Libraries Source Type: news

The glossy privet fruit, a popular Chinese herbal medicine, can prevent osteoporosis in menopausal women
(Natural News) Researchers found a natural way to prevent osteoporosis in menopausal women. The glossy privet fruit (Fructus Ligustri Lucidi), a traditional Chinese herbal medicine, may prevent osteoporosis in menopausal women, according to a study published in the journal BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine. After menopause, women are more likely to develop osteoporosis because of... (Source: NaturalNews.com)
Source: NaturalNews.com - July 8, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Natural medicine is NOT the "alternative" for most of human history, it was the ONLY medicine
(Natural News) When something is labeled an “alternative,” that means there’s something else that is considered the conventional choice. It’s interesting, then, that natural medicine is often stuck into the alternative medicine category. After all, it was the only type of medicine available for thousands of years, and it remains quite effective. Sadly, nature’s gifts... (Source: NaturalNews.com)
Source: NaturalNews.com - July 8, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Yeah, you need this: Bitter ginger can help prevent brain damage caused by alcohol
(Natural News) It’s a fact that too much alcohol is dangerous to a person’s health – it’s even linked to brain damage. That said, researchers from Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia have found that bitter ginger (Zingiber zerumbet) could be used to prevent the brain-damaging effects of alcohol consumption. In the study, published in BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine, researchers... (Source: NaturalNews.com)
Source: NaturalNews.com - July 8, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Rosemary essential oil is a natural way to reduce stress
(Natural News) Most modern applications of rosemary have to do with its distinct smell. Research published in the journal BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine suggests that the herb’s fragrant essential oils can be used for stress relief and as a treatment for mood disorders. Everybody goes through one form of stress or another. It’s the... (Source: NaturalNews.com)
Source: NaturalNews.com - July 8, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Study shows that acupuncture can provide relief to those suffering from anxiety-related disorders
(Natural News) A study published in BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine examined the therapeutic effects of acupuncture on behavioral changes caused by lipopolysaccharides (LPS), proving the far-reaching benefits of this ancient treatment approach. Thanks to the machinations of the media, you probably see emotional disorders like depression and anxiety as mere outcomes of a troubled... (Source: NaturalNews.com)
Source: NaturalNews.com - July 8, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Seaweed prevents Parkinson's disease, according to new study
(Natural News) Research has shown that certain seaweeds have the potential to prevent the onset of Parkinson’s disease. The study, published in BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine, looked at the ability of antioxidant-rich seaweeds to protect brain cells from the neurotoxin 6-hydroxydopamine (6-OHDA, also known as oxidopamine), a chemical used to simulate Parkinson’s disease. In the study, researchers... (Source: NaturalNews.com)
Source: NaturalNews.com - July 7, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news