Balneology

Publication Title: 
American Journal of Clinical Dermatology

BACKGROUND: Complementary and alternative interventions are becoming increasingly utilized as adjuncts to conventional treatment of atopic dermatitis (AD). While the number of studies continues to grow, the vastness of the subject coupled with the relatively poor quality and small size of the studies limit their usefulness to clinicians. PURPOSE: Our aim was to comprehensively review randomized controlled trials (RCTs) of complementary and alternative therapies for AD.

Author(s): 
Vieira, Brittany L.
Lim, Neil R.
Lohman, Mary E.
Lio, Peter A.
Publication Title: 
American Journal of Clinical Dermatology

BACKGROUND: Complementary and alternative interventions are becoming increasingly utilized as adjuncts to conventional treatment of atopic dermatitis (AD). While the number of studies continues to grow, the vastness of the subject coupled with the relatively poor quality and small size of the studies limit their usefulness to clinicians. PURPOSE: Our aim was to comprehensively review randomized controlled trials (RCTs) of complementary and alternative therapies for AD.

Author(s): 
Vieira, Brittany L.
Lim, Neil R.
Lohman, Mary E.
Lio, Peter A.
Publication Title: 
Osteoarthritis and Cartilage

OBJECTIVE: The purpose of this narrative review was to highlight recent research in the rehabilitation of people with osteoarthritis (OA) by summarizing findings from selected key systematic reviews and randomized controlled trials (RCTs). METHODS: A systematic search was conducted using the PubMed, Physiotherapy Evidence Database (PEDro) and Cochrane databases from April 1st 2014 to March 31st 2015. A selection of these is discussed based on study quality, relevance, contribution to new knowledge or controversial findings.

Author(s): 
Bennell, K. L.
Hall, M.
Hinman, R. S.
Publication Title: 
Medizinische Klinik
Author(s): 
Teichmann, W.
von Frankenberg, H.
Rosenberg, A.
Publication Title: 
Voprosy Kurortologii, Fizioterapii, I Lechebno? Fizichesko? Kultury
Author(s): 
Ivshina, O.
Publication Title: 
Anthropology & Medicine

This paper examines the twin German institutions of the Kur (spa), and the 'lay' licensed healing practitioner or Heilpraktiker. Through an ethnography of a Heilpraktiker and his Ayurvedic spa in a small catholic village in Germany, where patients arrive in person or as body parts by post, it examines the poly-therapeutics of the practitioner, who seems to combine in his being a dizzy array of diagnostic and therapeutic possibilities.

Author(s): 
Naraindas, Harish
Publication Title: 
Zhurnal Nevropatologii I Psikhiatrii Imeni S.S. Korsakova (Moscow, Russia: 1952)

The paper summarizes experience in treating 306 patients with progressive muscular dystrophy during different phases of the disease. The treatment was made with due consideration for a disturbed protein metabolism, a decreased permeability of the membrane in muscular filaments, a normalization of the metabolic product supply from the blood, improvement of the blood flow and cardio-vascular and respiratory insufficiency.

Author(s): 
Badalian, L. O.
Dunaevskaia, G. N.
Sitnikov, V. F.
Publication Title: 
Terapevticheskiĭ Arkhiv

The authors presented and discussed the results of the use of the natural and instrumental physical methods for therapy, prevention and rehabilitation of 280 patients with coronary heart disease (CHD) and 300 patients with arterial hypertension (AH). The efficacy of the optimized use of a number of physical factors (precardial and segmental massage, low frequency magnetic field) was shown in the CHD and AH patients by the short- and long-term follow-up results.

Author(s): 
Bogdanov, N. N.
Akhmedzhanov, M. Iu
Buiavykh, A. G.
Publication Title: 
Laryngo- Rhino- Otologie

BACKGROUND: One of the main factors of sudden hearing impairment, acute vestibular disturbance, and acute tinnitus is generally thought to be an acute labyrinthine ischemia of varying degrees. However, the scientific basis for this assumption has not yet been proven, and there is a great variety of treatment modalities. Recent circulation research and fundamental physiological considerations led to the development of a new concept of treatment of these diseases.

Author(s): 
von Scheel, J.
Publication Title: 
The Clinical Journal of Pain

OBJECTIVES: The aim of the present study was to evaluate the contribution of individual spa therapies administered during a period of 3 weeks on measures of well being and pain in a sample of patients with chronic back pain. DESIGN: One hundred fifty-three patients with chronic back pain undergoing inpatient spa therapy in Bad Tatzmannsdorf, Austria, participated in the study. According to the prescription of their spa physician, patients underwent two or more of the following treatments: mud packs, carbon dioxide baths, massages, exercise therapies, spinal traction, and electrotherapy.

Author(s): 
Strauss-Blasche, Gerhard
Ekmekcioglu, Cem
Vacariu, Gerda
Melchart, Herbert
Fialka-Moser, Veronika
Marktl, Wolfgang

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