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Friday, September 24, 2010
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Thursday, August 26, 2010
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Tuesday, August 03, 2010
The desire to look as young as you feel in a youth-centric culture is adaptive, especially as we are living longer and harder lives. Hydration, eating a diet high in fresh, un-processed foods, getting adaquate but not excessive sun exposure, staying away from toxins (not injecting them directly into a wrinkle) and cultivating your internal happy go a long way in promoting your inner and outer beauty. Oh, and acupuncture helps too!
Botox injections put a crease in emotional evaluations (excerpt)
By Bruce Bower
Two weeks after their first Botox injections, 40 women took an average of about one-quarter of a second longer to read sentences describing angry and sad situations than they did immediately before the procedure, Havas and his colleagues found.
Critically, Botox patients show no decline in the speed with which they read sentences about happy situations, Havas’ team reports in an upcoming Psychological Science.
“These findings suggest that facial expressions are involved in assessing specific emotions or emotional situations,” Havas says.
Havas hypothesizes that Botox-induced paralysis of the frown muscle — which runs across the forehead just above the eyes, allowing it to pull the eyebrows inward and down — may gradually weaken brain circuits that coordinate negative emotions.
A 2009 fMRI study, led by German neurologist Andreas Hennenlotter, supports that idea. Women attempting to mimic images of angry and sad facial expressions displayed weaker activity in emotion-related brain areas two weeks after receiving Botox injections to the frown muscle, Hennenlotter’s group found.
Banishing frown lines with Botox can indeed have social repercussions, remarks psychologist Nicolas Vermeulen of Catholic University of Louvain in Belgium. Previous studies indicate that mimicry of facial expressions critically aids in understanding others’ emotions, intentions and behaviors, he points out.
“Botox patients who are interacting with others behind a locked face might be at risk to react in the wrong way to, say, an angry driver or an angry customer in a pub,” Vermeulen says.Read More From Science News
Monday, July 26, 2010
Tuesday, July 06, 2010
Acupuncture Benefit Seen in Pregnancy
By Shirley Wang
Acupuncture designed to treat depression appears to improve symptoms in pregnant women, suggesting it as an alternative to antidepressant medication during pregnancy, a study found.
The study, published Monday in the journal Obstetrics & Gynecology, is the largest to date examining the effectiveness of acupuncture to treat depression in pregnant women. It was funded by a grant from the government's Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality. "Acupuncture that we have tested works for pregnant, depressed women," said Rachel Manber, a study author and professor at Stanford University. However, "no single study is enough to make policy recommendations," she said.
Depression in pregnancy is a risk factor for postpartum depression. Postpartum depression is associated in some studies with poorer cognitive and emotional development in children. Some have linked depression in pregnancy and low birth weight.
As many as 14% of pregnant women are thought to develop a significant depression at some point during their pregnancy, according to the study authors, comparable to numbers who suffer from postpartum depression. Antidepressants are generally considered safe for use in pregnancy, but research has been limited and concerns continue to grow, according to the National Institute of Mental Health. One study showed that the risk of persistent pulmonary hypertension, a potentially serious lung condition, is significantly greater in newborns whose mother took antidepressants later in pregnancy. The Food and Drug Administration recommends that patients and physicians "carefully consider and discuss together" the benefits and risks taking antidepressants during pregnancy."Antidepressants are not an attractive option for many women," said Dr. Manber. "Many women are concerned about using antidepressant medication during pregnancy."
Friday, July 02, 2010
For those planning to celebrate this Independence Day with traditional grill outs, booze, and intense audi-visual stimuli, we will be here to help! Check out the new research showing how acupuncture helps increase exercise tolerance in heart disease.
Acupuncture ups exercise tolerance in heart patientsANI, Jul 2, 2010, 10.00am IST
Dr. Johannes Backs, physician and study director at the Department of Internal Medicine III (Cardiology, Angiology, and Pneumology - Medical Director: Professor Dr. Hugo Katus) of Heidelberg University Hospital conducted the clinical pilot study.
Patients with this disease suffer from shortness of breath and fatigue brought on by physical exercise.
The needles do not increase the heart’s pump function, but they seem to have an influence on skeletal muscle strength and thus can increase the walk distance that heart patients can cover.
In a study where patients were given ten sessions of acupuncture on points that boost general strength according to Traditional Chinese Medicine, the results showed that these patients could walk longer distances, recovered more quickly and tended to feel subjectively less exhausted.
The scientists now plan to study whether relatively low-cost acupuncture can improve the prognosis for cardiac patients over the long term.
The findings have been published in the medical journal Heart .
Friday, June 25, 2010
Abbreviated Courses In Acupuncture For Physicians Pose A Serious Problem
Wednesday, June 16, 2010
Monday, April 26, 2010
More research is coming out demonstrating acupuncture is an effective modality to help prevent further death and destruction of nerve cells in patient's with spinal cord injuries. I tried to locate the original research report, but my online sources were not forthcoming. It looks like Kyung Hee University is doing some pretty interesting digging into the effects of specific points like H7 demonstrating decrease in anxiety related to nicotine withdrawal (St36 failed to produce results), GB34 for Parkinson's Disease, and GB34 and GB39 stimulation after perfusion following an ischemic attack.
Acupuncture could help spinal recovery: study
By QMI AGENCY
A 2003 study showed acupuncture - a traditional Chinese medicine that treats pain by inserting and manipulating long, thin needles into various points of the body - can improve the sensory and motor functions of people with spinal cord injuries.
More recently, researchers at Kyung Hee University in Seoul, South Korea, tried to find out why. The study's results were published in the most recent edition of Neurobiology of Disease.
The researchers damaged the spines of 75 rats. One third were treated with acupuncture.
After 35 days, the rats that received the needle treatment stood and walked better than those that did not.
What's more, the acupuncture-treated rats had less nerve cell death and lower levels of the protein that causes inflammation.
The researchers hypothesize that the needles cause a stress response in the body that lessens inflammation. The inflammation that occurs after spinal cord injuries causes nerve cell death and lessens the chance of recovery.
Source: Toronto Sun
Thursday, April 22, 2010
I am actually really surprised we did not get this through. The Kentucky Medical Association was so busy kicking up such a histrionic fuss over the proposed changes to the ARNP scope of practice legislation (sadly, also did not pass), that they they actually supported the LAc bill. But, as is the case with so much of politics, the backer of our bill irritated some fellow state senators and as a result, they opposed anything he brought to the floor. Lovely.
Isn't pride one of the 7 deadly sins?
But, in better news, check out this story from a soldier who underwent an extensive rehab program, including acupuncture, at the Warrior Combat Stress Reset Center at Fort Hood. I only wish they would hire trained acupuncturists instead of MDs who went to a seminar. Someday . . .
Tuesday, February 09, 2010
Acupuncture licensing bill killed by committee
Associated Press - February 9, 2010 10:15 AM ET
PIERRE, S.D. (AP) - A bill that would have regulated acupuncturists in South Dakota was killed by a legislative committee Tuesday.
The bill would have adopted National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine standards used in 44 other states.
Castlewood Republican Rep. Kristi Noem said the measure would help protect South Dakota's eight practicing acupuncturists and differentiate them from those who have had no education or training.
Committee members said the bill needed more work before moving forward.
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Wednesday, January 13, 2010
1. Change our title from certified (CAc) to licensed (LAc) - like almost every other state in the country
2. Delete the need to notify MD if we treat patients with high blood pressure or diabetes since these are not contraindications for acupuncture
We had originally intended to ask for the practice of acupuncture without a license to be considered a felony. Despite winning certification in KY in 2006, there are still plenty of "beauty shop dry-needlers" and healthcare practitioners performing acupuncture without proper training (ahhem, DCs and PTs). Since we are under the KY Board of Medicine and prior to 2006, practicing acupuncture without a license was synonymous with practicing medicine without a license, we figured this was a reasonable request, however our representative thought removing the clause would help our case for the other 2 points.
If anyone out there is an activist kind of mood today, we would really appreciate phone calls to our local representatives who will be voting on this issue. To leave a message in support of House Bill 65, call 1-800-372-7181. Here is their contact info for specific representatives and thank you for your support!
Tom Burch, chair Loiusville 502-564-8100 x601
Bob DeWeese, vice chair Louisville 502-564-4334
David Watkins, vice chair Henderson 502-564-8100 x700
John Arnold Sturgis - 502-564-8100 x709
Jim Glenn Owensboro - 502-564-8100 x705
Joni Jenkins - Shively - 502-564-8100 x692
Tim Moore - Elizabethtown - 502-564-8100 x702
Ruth Ann Palumbo - Lexington - 502-564-8100 x600
Scott Brinkman - Louisville - 502-564-8100 x682
Brent Housman - Paducah - 502-564-8100 x634
Mary Lou Marzian - Louisville - 502-564-8100 x643
Darryl Owens - Louisville - 502-564-8100 x685
Susan Westrom - Lexington - 502-564-8100 x740
Addia Wuchner - Florence - 502-564-8100 x707
Wednesday, January 06, 2010
Pain Management Failing as Fears of Prescription Drug Use Rise