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Publication Title: 
JAMA

CONTEXT: Lead, mercury, and arsenic intoxication have been associated with the use of Ayurvedic herbal medicine product (HMPs). OBJECTIVES: To determine the prevalence and concentration of heavy metals in Ayurvedic HMPs manufactured in South Asia and sold in Boston-area stores and to compare estimated daily metal ingestion with regulatory standards.

Author(s): 
Saper, Robert B.
Kales, Stefanos N.
Paquin, Janet
Burns, Michael J.
Eisenberg, David M.
Davis, Roger B.
Phillips, Russell S.
Publication Title: 
BMJ open

OBJECTIVES: Although psychological factors have been associated with chronic diseases such as coronary heart disease (CHD), the underlying pathways for these associations have yet to be elucidated. DNA methylation has been posited as a mechanism linking psychological factors to CHD risk. In a cohort of community-dwelling elderly men, we explored the associations between positive and negative psychological factors with DNA methylation in promoter regions of multiple genes involved in immune/inflammatory processes related to atherosclerosis. DESIGN: Prospective cohort study.

Author(s): 
Kim, Daniel
Kubzansky, Laura D.
Baccarelli, Andrea
Sparrow, David
Spiro, Avron
Tarantini, Letizia
Cantone, Laura
Vokonas, Pantel
Schwartz, Joel
Publication Title: 
Profiles in Healthcare Marketing

When nearly 70% of Boston area fishermen said they couldn't afford quality health care for their families, Caritas Christi Health Care System teamed with Massachusetts Fisherman's Partnership to offer low-cost health coverage.

Author(s): 
Rees, T.
Publication Title: 
The American Journal of Clinical Hypnosis
Author(s): 
Golan, H. P.
Publication Title: 
The American Journal of Clinical Hypnosis
Author(s): 
Andrick, J. M.
Publication Title: 
Applied nursing research: ANR

The purpose of this study was to describe the self-reported spiritual perspectives of 100 homeless male residents living in a communal shelter. The residents, in recovery from substance addiction, were asked to complete Reed's 10-item Spiritual Perspective Scale (SPS) as part of their initial health database. Their responses were described within the context of their participation in 12-Step recovery programs, demographic characteristics, and perceived health status. Findings suggest that spirituality is an important health component for this population.

Author(s): 
Brush, B. L.
McGee, E. M.
Publication Title: 
JAMA

CONTEXT: Lead, mercury, and arsenic intoxication have been associated with the use of Ayurvedic herbal medicine product (HMPs). OBJECTIVES: To determine the prevalence and concentration of heavy metals in Ayurvedic HMPs manufactured in South Asia and sold in Boston-area stores and to compare estimated daily metal ingestion with regulatory standards.

Author(s): 
Saper, Robert B.
Kales, Stefanos N.
Paquin, Janet
Burns, Michael J.
Eisenberg, David M.
Davis, Roger B.
Phillips, Russell S.
Publication Title: 
Trials

BACKGROUND: Chronic low back pain causes substantial morbidity and cost to society while disproportionately impacting low-income and minority adults. Several randomized controlled trials show yoga is an effective treatment. However, the comparative effectiveness of yoga and physical therapy, a common mainstream treatment for chronic low back pain, is unknown. METHODS/DESIGN: This is a randomized controlled trial for 320 predominantly low-income minority adults with chronic low back pain, comparing yoga, physical therapy, and education.

Author(s): 
Saper, Robert B.
Sherman, Karen J.
DeLitto, Anthony
Herman, Patricia M.
Stevans, Joel
Paris, Ruth
Keosaian, Julia E.
Cerrada, Christian J.
Lemaster, Chelsey M.
Faulkner, Carol
Breuer, Maya
Weinberg, Janice
Publication Title: 
Trials

BACKGROUND: Chronic low back pain causes substantial morbidity and cost to society while disproportionately impacting low-income and minority adults. Several randomized controlled trials show yoga is an effective treatment. However, the comparative effectiveness of yoga and physical therapy, a common mainstream treatment for chronic low back pain, is unknown. METHODS/DESIGN: This is a randomized controlled trial for 320 predominantly low-income minority adults with chronic low back pain, comparing yoga, physical therapy, and education.

Author(s): 
Saper, Robert B.
Sherman, Karen J.
DeLitto, Anthony
Herman, Patricia M.
Stevans, Joel
Paris, Ruth
Keosaian, Julia E.
Cerrada, Christian J.
Lemaster, Chelsey M.
Faulkner, Carol
Breuer, Maya
Weinberg, Janice
Publication Title: 
Journal of Studies on Alcohol

The history of alcoholism treatment in the early twentieth century is outlined. The methods of the Emmanuel Movement and of Richard Peabody are described, biographical details of their main practitioners are given, the populations treated are described, and the predecessors and successors of the two methods are discussed. In addition, the two methods are compared with each other and with the methods of Alcoholics Anonymous and Freudian psychoanalysis. The founder of the E. Movement was a clergyman, Dr. Elwood Worcester, whose method was designed to treat a variety of neurotic disorders.

Author(s): 
McCarthy, K.

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