May 15, 2012

Fringe Treatments Actually Work

1 Hypnosis and Acupuncture Help Smokers Quit

Hypnosis and acupuncture may in fact be helpful to smokers who are trying to quit but have found drugs and counseling either unsuccessful or unpleasant, according to an AMA Journal report in which researchers reviewed 14 international studies of these controversial alternative methods. While addiction experts still recommend conventional methods, such as nicotine-replacement, behavioral coaching and drugs, quitters treated with acupuncture have remained off tobacco after six months and one year at three times the rate of cold-turkey quitters, and hypnotized smokers quit at a higher rate than the non-hypnotized across four research trials. Two cautionary notes: success rates varied, sometimes widely, from study to study, and laser acupuncture greatly outperforms the needle version.

More at Yahoo.com | Posted 5 years ago by Robert S. Wieder

Previously: Smokers Think Vitamins Prevent Cancer

Tags: Acupuncture and Smoking, Hypnosis and Smoking, Ways to Quit Smoking, Quitting Smoking Without Drugs, Acupuncture and Hypnosis

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Seeking Treatment by 2025

2 US Unveils First National Alzheimer’s Plan

In a first-of-its-kind-effort, Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius announced the formation of the National Alzheimer’s Plan, a strategy designed to find a better treatment for the disease by 2025. The plan will also provide help to the families of people afflicted by Alzheimer’s. To aid the effort, the National Institutes of Health will spend an extra $50 million on Alzheimer’s research this year. Alzheimer’s is the 6th leading killer in the US and It’s projected that the number of Americans with the disease will reach 16 million by 2050, barring a research breakthrough. The plan lays out ways that the government plus private and nonprofit organizations can work together to battle the disease and provide resources to help families with afflicted loved ones.

More at Www.cbsnews.com | Posted 5 years ago by Melody Lesser

Previously: Insulin Improves Memory in Early Alzheimer's

Tags: Alzheimer's Disease, Cognitive Decline, Health and Human Services Department, National Institutes of Health, Kathleen Sibelius, National Alzheimer's Plan

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Should Retail for Less Than $60

3 At-Home HIV Test Passes FDA Panel Vote

OraQuick In-Home HIV Test, made by OraSure Technologies Inc., may become the first over-the-counter HIV test used completely inside the home after an FDA advisory committee voted unanimously to recommend the product. The committee decided that the in-home test is a reasonably safe and effective way to determine if someone is infected with HIV. MSNBC reports that the committee believes that the test's ability to prevent new HIV infections, and provide infected people with access to social services and medical care, outweighs risk for false results. If the test gains approval, it will be marketed in the next several months, and is expected to retail for less than $60.

More at MSNBC | Posted 5 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Previously: Two Antibodies Neutralize Most HIV Strains

Tags: HIV Testing, Testing HIV at Home, Self Test HIV, Testing Kit HIV, OraSure Technologies, Home HIV Tests Approved FDA Panel, OraQuick in-Home HIV Test

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Prestige Doesn't Buy Food

4 Tripling of PhDs on Food Stamps

The number of graduate degree holders who've had to apply for food stamps, unemployment or other help more than tripled between 2007 and 2010. The report, published in The Chronicle of Higher Education, says that 360,000 of 22 million Americans with graduate degrees (master's degrees and PhDs) received public assistance in 2010. NPR reports that an average of 44 million people in America were on food assistance in 2011, a big increase from 17 million in 2000.

More at NPR | Posted 5 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Tags: PhDs Food Stamps, More Graduate Degree Holders Food Stamps, Poverty among Graduate Degree Holders, How Gets Food Stamps, The Chronicle of Higher Education

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Fries and Water for Homeless

5 American French Fry Brother Inspires Chinese

Jason Loose, or Lu Jiesen in Chinese, has become a sensation in China after performing a simple good deed that got recorded by a bystander. CNN reports that Loose, a recent graduate of Arizona State who is currently in Nanjing, bought some McDonald's french fries for a homeless woman and poured her some water. The images of the kind act have taken over cyberspace in China, and earned Loose the name "American French Fry Brother." The gracious deed has been reported on in newspapers and on TV, as well as on the Chinese microblogging site Weibo. CNN reports that Loose has said that many Chinese correspondents have told him that Chinese society has become uncaring and cold, so the images of someone from outside China taking care of one of their own struck a nerve.

More at CNN | Posted 5 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Previously: Olympian Says Athletes Really Do Eat McDonald's

Tags: American French Fry Brother, Jason Loose, Chinese Name Lu Jiesen, McDonald's French Fries for a Homeless Woman, Chinese Microblogging Site Weibo

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