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Mushroom extends lives of dogs with cancer

11 September 2012

A mushroom compound that has been used in traditional Chinese medicine for more than two centuries gives dogs with an aggressive form of cancer the longest survival times ever reported.

Source: futurity.com (Sept 11/12)

Use of alternative medicines for children on rise

26 June 2011

The use of complementary and alternative medicine, such as probiotics, herbal treatments and osteopathy, for children has almost doubled in the past decade, according to research published today.

Source: The Daily Post (Jun 22, 2011)

Teaching Doctors About Nutrition and Diet

16 September 2010

This article is written by a medical doctor reviewing his experiences with the lack of nutrition taught in medical school.

Source: New York Times (Sept 16, 2010)

No link found between vaccine mercury and autism

13 September 2010

A new government study adds to the evidence that thimerosal, a mercury-based preservative until recently found in many vaccines, does not increase children's risk of autism. It shows kids who had been exposed as babies to high levels of the preservative -- through vaccines they received or their mothers received while pregnant -- were no more likely to develop autism, including two distinct subtypes of the condition.

Source: Reuters (Sept 13, 2010)

Research cited in article:
Prenatal and Infant Exposure to Thimerosal From Vaccines and Immunoglobulins and Risk of Autism
Source: Pediatrics (Sept 13, 2010)

NHS 'should pull homeopathic hospital cash'

11 September 2010

The British Medical Association (BMA) has told a BBC Scotland investigation that NHS Scotland should pull the plug on Glasgow's Homeopathic Hospital. FoIs revealed the Scottish NHS spends about £1.5m on homeopathy, almost a third of the estimated UK spend of £4m. But the BMA said the money should be withdrawn until the Glasgow facility produces satisfactory evidence about the effectiveness of its treatments.

Source: BBC News (Sept 11, 2010)

Magnetic fields won't up kids' brain cancer risk

9 September 2010

Exposure to extremely low-frequency magnetic fields (ELF-MFs)--emitted by anything from power lines to appliances or improperly grounded wiring--is not likely to increase children's risk of developing brain tumors, the authors of a new analysis conclude.

Source: Reuters (Sept 9, 2010)

Research cited in article:
A Pooled Analysis of Extremely Low-Frequency Magnetic Fields and Childhood Brain Tumors.
Source: American Journal of Epidemiology (Aug 9, 2010)

Consumer Corner: Raw vs. pasteurized milk a hot debate

11 July 2010

Raw milk gets a raw deal from health and agricultural officials, say proponents who contend its benefits outweigh the risk of drinking unpasteurized milk.

Homeopathy targeted in debate on health care spending

10 July 2010

As Germany's government looks to fine-tune the country’s costly health care system, some government experts are suggesting that insurers stop covering homeopathy, a form of alternative medicine, according to a report on Saturday.

Forget homeopathy, doctors need to make up their minds about placebos

5 July 2010

Doctors have made their views about homeopathy clear, but their position on whether placebos should be knowingly prescribed is distinctly vague

The Claim: Exposure to Plants and Parks Can Boost Immunity

5 July 2010

This time of year, allergies and the promise of air-conditioning tend to drive people indoors. But for those who can take the heat and cope with the pollen, spending more time in nature might have some surprising health benefits. In a series of studies, scientists found that when people swap their concrete confines for a few hours in more natural surroundings — forests, parks and other places with plenty of trees — they experience increased immune function.

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