May 29, 2011

Mysterious Symptoms Treated

1 Acupuncture for Unexplained Symptoms

Acupuncture provided a significant and sustained benefit for patients with unexplained symptoms in a British study. The first of its kind research was published in the British Journal of General Practice. The researchers believe that acupuncture can be added safely to therapies already used by practitioners who treat medically unexplained symptoms, but long-term research is needed. Dr. Charlotte Paterson, who managed the study, says that the results suggest that general practitioners can recommend a series of five-element acupuncture consultations for patients with unexplained symptoms.

More at Eurekalert | Posted 6 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Previously: Acupuncture Helps to Allay Fears of Dentist

Tags: Acupuncture Benefits, Acupuncture Treatment, Unexplained Symptoms, Peninsula Medical School, University of Exeter, British Journal of General Practice, Acupuncture Consultations

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Measures Coronary Artery Calcium

2 CT May Predict Early Death Risk for Diabetics

A "gated" computed tomography (CT) scan may determine which diabetics are at risk of dying early due to coronary heart disease from plaque build-up which narrows arteries. It uses fewer x-rays than the standard CT to measure the quantity of calcified "plaque" build-up in coronary blood vessels called a coronary artery calcium (CAC) score. There are diabetics with no calcified plaque buildup and individuals whose arteries are almost completely calcified and everything in between. Over 1,000 volunteers were divided into five groups based on their initial CAC scores. Over the 7.4 year follow-up, those with the highest CAC scores were six times more likely to die prematurely compared to those with the lowest scores. The test is quick, relatively cheap and covered by insurance in some cases.

More at Science Daily | Posted 6 years ago by Kristie Hayes

Previously: Routine Periodic Fasting Good for Heart Health

Tags: Computed Tomography, Coronary Artery Disease, Diabetes, Coronary Artery Calcium Score, Diabetes and Coronary Heart Disease, Gated Computed Tomography, Premature Death in Diabetics

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