Research Updates: alternative medicine

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  1. Issue 35

    VERHOEF and PAGE, Department of Community Health Sciences, Faculty of Medicine, University of Calgary. investigated the knowledge, opinions and referral behaviour of family physicians regarding massage therapy.

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    WONG and colleagues, Queens University, Kingston, Ontario, Canada studied how Chinese patients consulting family physicians in Vancouver, Canada used traditional Chinese medicine (TCM), in particular

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  3. Issue 35

    ANDREWS and colleagues, Faculty of Medicine, University of Adelaide, South Australia, Australia studied the nature and prevalence of alternative therapies used by children with asthma.

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  4. Issue 34

    VALLANCE, Medical School Registry, Royal Free Hospital School of Medicine, London, UK reviews (149 references) the evidence for the efficacy of homoeopathy . He writes that 40% of GPs in the Netherlands practise homoeo1

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  5. Issue 34

    CARROLL and SEERS, Nuffield Department of Anaesthetics, University of Oxford, The Churchill, UK conducted a systematic review (54 references) of published randomised controlled trials regarding the eff1

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    SEERS and CARROLL, Royal College of Nursing Institute, Radcliffe Infirmary, Oxford, UK reviewed (60 references) the effectiveness of relaxation techniques used alone for management of 1

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    GOOSSENS and colleagues, Institute for Rehabilitation Research, Hoensbroek, The Netherlands. M.Goossens@IRV.nl. conducted a 3-year cost-effectiveness study and compared the efficacy of several typ1

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  8. Issue 33

    WOOTTON, Richard & Hinda Rosenthal center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine, Columbia University, College of Physicians and Surgeons, New York, USA have compiled the Directory of Databases with significant holdings of prim1

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  9. Issue 33

    McPARTLAND and SOONS, Vermont Alternative Medicine, Middlebury USA estimated the number of alternative/holistic practitioners in Vermont.

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  10. Issue 33

    WIRTH and CRAM, Healing Sciences Research International, Orinda, California, USA analysed three studies regarding complementary healing methods.

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  11. Issue 32

    BLAIS and colleagues, Groupe de recherche interdisciplinaire en santé, Université de Montréal, Quebec Canada. blaisr@ere.umontreal.ca. compared the demographic characteristics, health profile and utilisation of medical services between users an1

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  12. Issue 32

    LANGLEY and BHATTACHARYYA, Center for Pharmaceutical Economics, College of Pharmacy, University of Arizona, Tucson USA discuss the problem of increasing costs (and decreasing returns) in the treatment of patients within health 1

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  13. Issue 32

    EDWARDS, University Support Centre, University of Western Australia, Australia. medwards@cyllene.usa.edu.au. writes that the Zen Buddhist tradition involves a number of meditation and instructional techniques with stro1

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  14. Issue 32

    PEREZ and SUAREZ, Catedra de Farmacologia, Facultad de Odontologia, Universidad de Buenos Aires, Argentina had previously reported the antimicrobial activity of plants used in Argentine folk medicine against a variety of micro-1

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  15. Issue 31

    NORHEIM, Institute of Community Medicine, University of Tromso Norway reviews (29 references) the adverse effects of acupuncture as recorded in papers published in journals on the Medline database during the period 1981-94.

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  16. Issue 31

    SUN, Nanjing College for Population Administrators, China studied the anti-obesity effects of acupuncture and influence upon water and salt metabolism.

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  17. Issue 31

    LEVIN, colleagues and JONAS, National Institute for Healthcare Research, Rockville MD, USA summarises the deliberations of the Quantitative Methods Working Group convened by the National Institutes of Health (NIH), in support of the NI1

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  18. Issue 30

    CARLSTON and colleagues, Department of Family and Community Medicine, University of California, San Francisco, USA. mcarlston@aol.com write that the use of therapies outside of mainstream Western medicine, known as complementary or alternative 1

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  19. Issue 30

    HE and colleagues, Department of Preventive Medicine, University of Oslo, Norway, studied the effects of acupuncture upon smoking reduction and cessation. METHODS: 46 healthy men and women, of mean age of 39 years, smoking 20 +/- 6 cig1

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  20. Issue 30

    ERNST and PITTLER, Department of Complementary Medicine, Postgraduate Medical School, University of Exeter, Exeter UK conducted a systematic review of the literature to assess the effectiveness of acupuncture for dental pain.

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