Many older adults use integrative medicine strategy to ease physical or mental health symptoms

Nearly 40% of older adults currently use at least one integrative medicine strategy to try to ease symptoms of a physical or mental health issue, or to help them relax, a new poll finds. Whether they chose chiropractic care, massage therapy, meditation, yoga, or another non-conventional option, 38% found it very beneficial, and another 54%…

U.S. health care systems reduce costs, improve patient experience by delivering integrative care

U.S. health care systems and clinics report reducing costs, improving patient experience and health, while enhancing clinician wellbeing by delivering integrative care, according to a new white paper published by The Family Medicine Education Consortium and Samueli Foundation. The Case for Delivering Whole-Person Health Care details how shifting treatment practices to a whole-person approach that…

Music therapy is beneficial for patients with sickle cell disease

A new study from University Hospitals (UH) Connor Whole Health found patients with Sickle Cell Disease (SCD) who participated in music therapy learned new self-management skills and improved their ability to cope with pain. The findings from this study were recently published in the Journal of Pain Research. SCD is an inherited disorder that affects…

Complementary and alternative medicine is widely used by general population in England

Use of practitioner-led complementary and alternative medicine (CAM), such as acupuncture, massage, osteopathy and chiropractic treatment, rose from 12 per cent of the population in 2005 to 16 per cent of the population in 2015, according to a survey led by researchers at the University of Bristol’s Centre for Academic Primary Care. However, access to…

Experts address sleep disorders following traumatic brain injury

Disorders of sleep are some of the most common problems experienced by patients after traumatic brain injury (TBI). It is important to recognize and treat these problems early to allow for optimal cognitive recovery, but because they are so common, the importance of treating them is often underestimated. In this special issue of NeuroRehabilitation scientists…

Pushing the Boundaries of Parkinson’s Disease Research

An interview with Kristen Sowalsky, DC, Ph.D., from APDM Wearable Technologies at SfN 2018, discussing the Opal wearable sensor and its impact on Parkinson’s disease research. What does APDM stand for, and where did the journey start for the company? APDM began in 2007 when Dr. James McNames, Professor and Chair of Electrical and Computer…

One-third of people with cancer use complementary and alternative medicines

A stunning one-third of people with a cancer diagnosis use complementary and alternative medicines such as meditation, yoga, acupuncture, herbal medicine, and supplements. UT Southwestern Medical Center’s Dr. Nina Sanford made the discovery that’s now drawing renewed attention to habits she said cancer patients must disclose during treatment. Dr. Sanford is an Assistant Professor of…

Study estimates how many cancer patients and survivors use complementary, alternative medicines

This study used data from a nationwide survey to estimate how many patients with cancer and cancer survivors use complementary and alternative medicines (CAMS) in addition to or instead of conventional therapies, and how many don’t disclose that to their physicians. Among about 3,100 survey participants reporting a history of cancer, 33.3 percent used CAMs…

Pilot study finds new path to help people quit smoking

As “World No Tobacco Day” approaches on Friday, May 31, results from a pilot study show there may be another path to help people who want to quit smoking. A study led by Kelly Buettner-Schmidt, associate professor in the School of Nursing at North Dakota State University, looked at the role chiropractic clinics could play…

How the Eastern Cherokee took control of their health care

Light pours through large windows and glass ceilings of the Cherokee Indian Hospital onto a fireplace, a waterfall and murals. Rattlesnake Mountain, which the Cherokee elders say holds ancient healing powers, is visible from most angles. The hospital’s motto — “Ni hi tsa tse li” or “It belongs to you” — is written in Cherokee…