To investigate the effectiveness of CAM modalities in the treatment of plaque psoriasis, researchers searched several databases to identify studies where CAM was used as an intervention.
The authors reviewed 6 recent 2-year cycles (2003-2004 through 2013-2014) of NHANES data and restricted the sample to children and adolescents (aged 0-19 years) who responded to the dietary supplement questionnaire.
The researchers found that live births occurred in 18.3 and 17.8% of women receiving acupuncture and sham control, respectively (risk difference, 0.5% [95% confidence interval, −4.9 to 5.8%]; relative risk, 1.02 [95% confidence interval, 0.76 to 1.38]).
Of the 408 campaigns, 43.6, 30.4, and 15.4% made statements that were definitive or certain about the intervention's efficacy, made statements that were optimistic or hopeful about efficacy, and made statements of both kinds, respectively; 10.5% did not make efficacy claims.
For this review, researchers performed an extensive literature search for studies and cases where an adverse drug reaction occurred likely due to an interaction between an herbal and a prescribed medicine.
In both yoga groups there was an increase in brachial artery flow-mediated dilation (P<0.05). In the time-control group there were no significant changes in any outcome variables.
FDA is proposing a new, risk-based enforcement approach to homeopathic drug products that have the greatest potential to cause risk to patients.
The warning letter explains how the claims made in the promotional materials for Legal Lean Syrup and Coco Loko demonstrate that the products are intended to be used as alternatives to illicit street drugs and that the products, as labeled and marketed, may pose safety concerns.
The researchers found that the 6-week mean BPI worst pain scores were 0.92 points lower in the true acupuncture versus sham acupuncture arm, and 0.96 points lower in the true acupuncture versus waitlist control arm.
Kratom is plant that grows naturally in Thailand, Malaysia, Indonesia and Papua New Guinea. It has gained popularity in the U.S., with some marketers touting it as a "safe" treatment with broad healing properties.
The case involved a 30-year-old female with a history of anxiety and migraine who presented with complaints of malaise, right upper quadrant pain, worsening jaundice, dark colored urine, and itching; these symptoms had been going on for a few weeks.
The patient admitted to taking 2 teaspoons of self-prepared apricot kernel extract along with 3 tablets of Novodalin, an herbal fruit kernel supplement, every day for the past 5 years.
"Pediatricians should seek continued and updated knowledge about therapeutic options available to their patients (whether they are mainstream or complementary) and about the specific services used by individual patients to promote discussion about the safety, appropriateness, and advisability of complementary therapies," write the authors.
The risk of lead poisoning was initially communicated by the North Carolina Division of Public Health who tested the product and found high levels of lead.
In March and May 2017, two patients given intravenous (IV) infusions of curcumin emulsion compounded with polyethylene glycol (PEG) 40 castor oil reported having immediate hypersensitivity reactions.
The use of complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) specifically for the treatment of migraine and headache is "relatively low" in the U.S.
"The use of acupuncture with or without clomiphene, compared with control acupuncture and placebo, did not increase live births," the authors write.
The study - billed as the world's largest randomized, controlled trial of acupuncture in the emergency department - included 528 patients.
For patients who can't tolerate or afford hypertension medications, the research suggested some herbal alternatives: tiankuijiangya, zhongfujiangya, jiangyabao, and jiangya.
Researchers provided 30 patients who'd had spinal fusion surgery with a 30-minute music therapy session within 72 hours of their operation, while another group received only standard care after their procedure.