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Alternative medicines as emerging therapies for inflammatory bowel diseases.

Department of Pathology, Microbiology and Immunology, School of Medicine, University of South Carolina, Columbia, South Carolina 29208, USA. Udai.singh@uscmed.sc.edu Abstract Inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) can be divided into two major categories, ulcerative colitis (UC) and Crohn disease (CD). While the main cause(s) of IBD remain unknown, a number of interventional and preventive strategies have been … Continue reading

Lifestyle changes that promote sleep

The following approaches may be used on their own or combined with cognitive behavioral therapy. Sleep restriction. People with insomnia tend to spend more time in bed, hoping this will lead to sleep. In reality, spending less time in bed — a technique known as sleep restriction — promotes more restful sleep and helps make the … Continue reading

War against natural medicine

Around 400 high profile doctors, medical researchers and scientists recently joined forces to form lobby group Friends of Science in Medicine (FSM) in order to have “alternative medicine” degrees removed from Australian universities. Chiropractic, osteopathy, Chinese medicine, naturopathy, iridology, kinesiology, reflexology, homeopathy and aromatherapy are some of the courses on their blacklist. The issue has … Continue reading


Low salt intake in pregnancy is unlikely to prevent pre-eclampsia. Pre-eclampsia is a serious complication of pregnancy associated with poor health, or even death, for the mother and baby. Pre-eclampsia is identified by raised blood pressure and protein in the urine during the second half of pregnancy. In the past, a low-salt diet was often … Continue reading


  Rehabilitation is considered to be a key symptomatic and supportive treatment for neurodegenerative diseases. Exercise training using vibratory platform (whole body vibration) has been recently introduced as a complementary treatment to rehabilitation.This review identified ten trials performing whole body vibration (WBV) in neurodegenerative diseases: six in Parkinson’s disease and four in multiple sclerosis. Diversity … Continue reading

Army Studies Workout Supplements After Deaths

The United States Army is investigating whether certain dietary supplements for athletes, available until recently at stores on military bases in the United States, may have played a role in the deaths of two soldiers. William P. O’Donnell/The New York Times Dietary supplements like Jack3d and OxyElite Pro were removed from  military bases. Both soldiers died last … Continue reading