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Publication Title: 
BMC complementary and alternative medicine

BACKGROUND: Community acupuncture is a recent innovation in acupuncture service delivery in the U.S. that aims to improve access to care through low-cost treatments in group-based settings. Patients at community acupuncture clinics represent a broader socioeconomic spectrum and receive more frequent treatments compared to acupuncture users nationwide. As a relatively new model of acupuncture in the U.S., little is known about the experiences of patients at community acupuncture clinics and whether quality of care is compromised through this high-volume model.

Author(s): 
Tippens, Kimberly M.
Chao, Maria T.
Connelly, Erin
Locke, Adrianna
Publication Title: 
Journal of Health Care Chaplaincy

The present study evaluated "Restore: The Journey Toward Self-Forgiveness," a brief psycho-spiritual curriculum for encouraging self-forgiveness. This was a randomized, wait-list controlled trial including 83 cancer patients and caregivers. Restore encourages self-acceptance, self-improvement, and commitment using prayer/meditation, reflection, and expressive writing in a workbook format. Measures of self-forgiveness, acceptance, self-improvement, and optimism/pessimism were collected before and after participation.

Author(s): 
Toussaint, Loren
Barry, Michael
Bornfriend, Lynn
Markman, Maurie
Publication Title: 
Neurology

To estimate the patterns and prevalence of cannabis use among patients with multiple sclerosis (MS), 220 patients were surveyed in Halifax, Nova Scotia. Seventy-two subjects (36%) reported ever having used cannabis for any purpose; 29 respondents (14%) reported continuing use of cannabis for symptom treatment. Medical cannabis use was associated with male gender, tobacco use, and recreational cannabis use. The symptoms reported by medical cannabis users to be most effectively relieved were stress, sleep, mood, stiffness/spasm, and pain.

Author(s): 
Clark, A. J.
Ware, M. A.
Yazer, E.
Murray, T. J.
Lynch, M. E.
Publication Title: 
Policy, Politics & Nursing Practice

On January 3, 2006, the Rhode Island General Assembly enacted legislation that mandated the Department of Health (DOH) to implement a program to register qualified patients and their caregivers to allow possession and cultivation of limited amounts of marijuana for personal use for statutorily defined illnesses and debilitating conditions.

Author(s): 
Alexandre, Charles R.
Publication Title: 
The International Journal on Drug Policy

BACKGROUND: The authorized and unauthorized use of cannabis for therapeutic purposes (CTP) has increased dramatically in recent years, and physicians have called for further research to better clarify the parameters of effective and appropriate use. We report findings from a large cross-sectional study of the use of CTP in Canada and compare use across medical conditions and across authorized and unauthorized users.

Author(s): 
Walsh, Zach
Callaway, Robert
Belle-Isle, Lynne
Capler, Rielle
Kay, Robert
Lucas, Philippe
Holtzman, Susan
Publication Title: 
Complementary Therapies in Nursing & Midwifery

Judith Thwaite discusses the role of complementary therapy in her treatment for non-Hodgkins lymphoma. She was diagnosed with non-Hodgkins lymphoma in 1988 and since that time she has tried a number of therapies. A visit to the Bristol Cancer Help Centre changed her outlook on life and the Centre's policy of patient empowerment encouraged her to fulfil an ambition to write.

Author(s): 
Thwaite, J.
Publication Title: 
Journal of the American Pharmacists Association: JAPhA

OBJECTIVE: To assess actions of community pharmacists in response to their patients' concurrent use of prescription medications and complementary and alternative medicine (CAM). DESIGN: Nonexperimental, cross-sectional mail survey. SETTING: Texas. PARTICIPANTS: 107 community pharmacists. INTERVENTIONS: Not applicable. MAIN OUTCOME MEASURES: Pharmacists' self-reported rate of patient inquiry about CAM use and actions taken in response to CAM use.

Author(s): 
Brown, Carolyn M.
Barner, Jamie C.
Shah, Sonalee
Publication Title: 
Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics

OBJECTIVE: The purpose of this article was to present a preliminary model to identify the effects of expectancy of treatment success and the patient-provider encounter (PPE) on outcomes in an open-label randomized trial. METHODS: Eighty participants with chronic cervicogenic headache (CGH) were randomized to 4 groups: 2 levels of treatment dose (8 or 16) and 2 levels of therapy from a chiropractor (spinal manipulation or light massage). Providers were instructed to have equal enthusiasm for all care.

Author(s): 
Haas, Mitchell
Aickin, Mikel
Vavrek, Darcy
Publication Title: 
Medizin, Gesellschaft, Und Geschichte: Jahrbuch Des Instituts Für Geschichte Der Medizin Der Robert Bosch Stiftung

Recent research has concurred that Samuel Hahnemann enjoyed a flourishing medical practice in Leipzig. However, a close look at the physician's years in Leipzig reveals that his patient list was not exactly growing. Rather, his medical practice followed a trajectory similar to that of a roller coaster: due to crucial events - successful treatment during the typhus epidemic, lecturing at the University of Leipzig, treating influential public figures - Hahnemann was able to restructure the composition of his clientele.

Author(s): 
Schreiber, K.
Publication Title: 
Medizin, Gesellschaft, Und Geschichte: Jahrbuch Des Instituts Für Geschichte Der Medizin Der Robert Bosch Stiftung

This article develops a fragmentary history of early homeopathic treatment of children. It begins with an outline of Samuel Hahnemann's perception and treatment of children during the "Medical Enlightenment". This is followed by an investigation of attitudes towards children in early homeopathic literature, in comparison to those of mainstream medicine of the period.

Author(s): 
Ritzmann, I.

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