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Publication Title: 
Klinische Monatsblatter Fur Augenheilkunde

Traumatic changes in the iridocorneal angle, e.g. in ball sports, can lead to secondary glaucoma. High intensity resistance exercise or yoga exercises - such as the headstand - can increase IOP, and deterioration in the visual field and acute narrow angle glaucoma attacks have been described in some case reports. Glaucoma therapy of professional athletes with steroids, carbonic anhydrase inhibitors and beta-blockers can result in positive doping tests.

Author(s): 
Rüfer, F.
Publication Title: 
Annali dell'Istituto Superiore Di Sanita

The term "unconventional medicine" refers to a remarkably heterogeneous group of theories and practices (homeopathy, herbal medicine, acupuncture, etc.) different from those peculiar to the dominant health system of a particular society. An unifying characteristic of these practices is that they have not been scientifically tested and that unconventional practitioners largely deny the need for such testing.

Author(s): 
Raschetti, R.
Publication Title: 
Dermatology (Basel, Switzerland)

BACKGROUND: There is increasing evidence for the extensive use of complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) by patients with psoriasis. Clinical research in the arena of CAM and psoriasis treatment is evolving and includes some randomized controlled trials. OBJECTIVE: To study CAM use among patients with psoriasis attending a dermatology clinic in a major university hospital in northern Israel. Prevalence, reasons for CAM use and its relevance to doctor-patient communication were emphasized.

Author(s): 
Ben-Arye, E.
Ziv, M.
Frenkel, M.
Lavi, I.
Rosenman, D.
Publication Title: 
The British Journal of Dermatology

Complementary medicine (CM) is more popular than ever before. Dermatology has not remained unaffected by this trend. The aim of this systematic review was to summarize all surveys of dermatological patients regarding the usage of CM. Three independent literature searches were carried out. Data were extracted in a predefined, standardized way and evaluated descriptively. Seven surveys met the inclusion/exclusion criteria. Collectively they show a high but variable prevalence of CM. Lifetime prevalence ranged from 35 to 69%.

Author(s): 
Ernst, E.
Publication Title: 
Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine (New York, N.Y.)

OBJECTIVES: The aim of this study was to chart the experiences of homeopathic injectables prescribing practitioners with regard to safety issues and the extent in which these practitioners would feel restricted in case subcutaneously administered homeopathics were banned. DESIGN: This was a survey among practitioners who prescribe homeopathic injectables in 12 European countries. SUBJECTS: Data were gathered from 1693 doctors experienced in the use of homeopathic injectables for subcutaneous use. The data are based on experience with an estimated 36 million patient contacts.

Author(s): 
Baars, Erik W.
Adriaansen-Tennekes, Ruth
Eikmans, Karin J. L.
Publication Title: 
Annali dell'Istituto Superiore Di Sanita

The term "unconventional medicine" refers to a remarkably heterogeneous group of theories and practices (homeopathy, herbal medicine, acupuncture, etc.) different from those peculiar to the dominant health system of a particular society. An unifying characteristic of these practices is that they have not been scientifically tested and that unconventional practitioners largely deny the need for such testing.

Author(s): 
Raschetti, R.
Publication Title: 
Forschende Komplementarmedizin (2006)

The results of the large acupuncture studies initiated by the German Federal Committee of Physicians and Health Insurers raised several new questions concerning acupuncture effects. Based on the current evidence it is postulated that not yet entirely defined specific und unspecific factors contribute to outcome in acupuncture treatment. Consequently, acupuncture has to be regarded as a 'complex intervention' consisting of several components. A phased approach to evaluate 'complex intervention' is presented and transferred to acupuncture research.

Author(s): 
Joos, Stefanie
Schneider, Antonius
Streitberger, Konrad
Szecsenyi, Joachim
Publication Title: 
Hematology. American Society of Hematology. Education Program

Integrative medicine (IM) has become a major challenge for doctors and nurses, as well as psychologists and many other disciplines involved in the endeavor to help patients to better tolerate the burden of toxic therapies and give patients tools so they can actively participate in their "salutogenesis." IM encompasses psycho-oncology, acupuncture, and physical and mental exercises to restore vital capacities lost due to toxic therapies; furthermore, it aims to replenish nutritional and metabolic deficits during and after cancer treatment.

Author(s): 
Diehl, Volker
Publication Title: 
The American journal of bioethics: AJOB

Physicians commonly recommend 'placebo treatments', which are not believed to have specific efficacy for the patient's condition. Motivations for placebo treatments include complying with patient expectations and promoting a placebo effect. In this article, we focus on two key empirical questions that must be addressed in order to assess the ethical legitimacy of placebo treatments in clinical practice: 1) do placebo treatments have the potential to produce clinically significant benefit?

Author(s): 
Miller, Franklin G.
Colloca, Luana
Publication Title: 
Pain Research & Management

OBJECTIVE: To ascertain knowledge gaps in the diagnosis and treatment of acute and chronic low back pain (LBP) in the primary care setting to prepare a scoping survey for identifying knowledge gaps in LBP management among Alberta's primary care practitioners, and to identify potential barriers to implementing a multidisciplinary LBP guideline.

Author(s): 
Scott, N. Ann
Moga, Carmen
Harstall, Christa

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