Alternative Medicine Newsbytes

Menstuff® has compiled the following Newsbytes on Alternative and Complementary Medicine.

Alternative Medicine Use Among Kids Is Less Prevalent Than Once Thought

How many kids use complementary or alternative medicine (CAM), such as herbal remedies, meditation, and chiropractic care? A study by researchers from the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston found that the prevalence of CAM use among kids is much lower than once thought.

Arsenic In Water Discussed At Conference

Federal officials heard a plea for help as communities struggle to deal with the potential costs of new federal standards lowering the amount of arsenic to be allowed in drinking water.

Enhancing The Nutritional Value Of Soybeans

Biotechnology enhanced soybeans with tryptophan levels that are up to 30 times higher than traditionally bred seeds have been grown over 5 generations. Soybeans are a major source of nitrogen and amino acids (AAs) for animal feeds. In many feed rations, the AAs lysine and methionine are limiting unless synthetic versions of these AAs are added to the ration, then a second-tier of AAs become limiting. Tryptophan is included in this group where the high cost of synthetic second-tier AAs may limit their use.

Medicare Marijuana Users: Give us our pot

A group of 38 California medical marijuana patients filed legal motions asking the federal government to give them back pot worth $970,000 seized by authorities. State voters approved medical marijuana in 1996. "We've discovered a culture of resistance within law enforcement," said Kris Hermes, legal coordinator for Americans for Safe Access, a pro-medical marijuana group. "Patients are being arrested or having their medicine seized in nearly every police encounter."  In June, the U.S. Supreme Court agreed to review whether federal law banning marijuana applies to two California women whose doctors recommended cannabis for their pain.
Source: USA Today

Noise Can Be Good For You

Researchers in Japan have found that a type of noise known as 1/f noise more effectively sensitizes the human brain than white noise.

Alcohol's Benefits On Brain Power May Be Overstated

Most of the reported health benefits of moderate drinking on brain functioning in middle age become moot when a person's mental abilities as a teenager are factored in, a new study suggests.

New Heart-Healthy Corn Due To Hit Stores Worldwide By 2007

A new breed of corn that mixes the conventional seed with a bright-blooming relative offers the promise of helping prevent clogged arteries and reducing harmful cholesterol.

Cancer Patients Are More Likely To Use Alternative Therapies

Cancer patients are up to twice as likely as patients with other diseases to use unproven therapies, most likely using them to augment proven treatments rather than replace them. Those findings come from a study from researchers at the University of Washington to be published February 23 in the online edition of CANCER, a peer-reviewed journal of the American Cancer Society. The study appears in the April 1, 2004 print edition, and will be available via Wiley InterScience.

California Lawmakers OK Soda Ban In Schools

Worrying about the health of California children, the state Assembly voted to ban soda sales to elementary school students and restrict sales of the drinks at junior high schools.

FDA Says Herbal Tea Linked To Seizures

The Food and Drug Administration is warning consumers not to drink teas brewed from the herb star anise, as it investigates reports of people, including 15 infants, suffering seizures after ingesting them.

Scientists Hook The Identity Of Mercury In Fish

The mercury in our swordfish steaks and tuna sandwiches may not be as harmful as many people think, according to a new study. Many of the fish we eat collect mercury in a form that may be less harmful than the mercury compounds that are used to model the toxic properties of fish.
Source: American Association for the Advancement of Science

Herbal Cures May Have Misleading Claims

Herbal remedies are often marketed on the Internet with misleading or unproven health claims that violate federal law, according to a study of 443 Web sites.
Source: (Editor: Think back on all of the drugs and health items that the FDA has approved that had misleading claims or were dangerous to the human body? Click here for just one example.)

The Benefits Of Chocolate

The debate over the benefits of chocolate rages on. One recent study says eating dark chocolate may have benefits while a second says that not all kinds of chocolate are beneficial. Read a Harvard Medical School physician's opinion on two separate news stories.

Chinese Herbal Weight-Loss Products Caused Liver Damage In Japan

Two herbal weight-loss products manufactured in China and sold in Japan and on the Internet caused liver injury to 12 patients taking the product, according to a new study.
Source: American College of Physicians,

Office-Based Therapy For Opiate Addiction Successful

The recent U.S. Food and Drug Administration approval of buprenorphine and of a combination product containing buprenorphine and naloxone, developed through more than a decade of research supported by the National Institute on Drug Abuse, National Institutes of Health, has opened the door to mainstream medical treatment for people addicted to opiates, such as heroin and morphine. Now, results of a 2- part, multicenter, clinical trial published in the September 4 issue of the New England Journal of Medicine, provides additional insight into the utility of this treatment outside the traditional addiction treatment clinic setting.

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