This article reports findings from a randomized controlled trial of massage and guided meditation with patients at the end of life. Using data from 167 randomized patients, the authors considered patient outcomes through 10 weeks post-enrollment, as well as next-of-kin ratings of the quality of the final week of life for 106 patients who died during study participation.
This grant provided advanced practice nurses, graduate nursing students, and other health professionals opportunities to expand their understanding of complementary and alternative practices all within the context of culturally competent and cost effective care, ultimately, improving patient care
This study was conducted at Gencare Incorporated resident facilities in the Pacific Northwest looking at the effects of different activities on the quality of life in seniors.
This randomized, placebo-controlled trial was conducted to determine the effect of oral GSH supplementation on systemic markers of oxidative stress (F2-isoprostanes, 8-hydroxy-2'-deoxyguanosine (8-OHdG)), in healthy adult volunteers (N=40), as well as changes in red blood.
This pilot trial tests the feasibility and effectiveness of the naturopathic diet as it compares to standard conventional dietary education. Preliminary data will be used to determine if a naturopathic diet improves glycemic control, quality of life, and nutritional knowledge outcomes.
The objective is to improve the quality of patient dying and death by the use of integrative medicine using mind, body, and energy interventions to complement allopathic comfort care for persons with advanced cancer and AIDS.
Patients did not report significant fatigue levels for the 6 weeks after completing RT. Significant decreases in the numbers and functions of cells from both the innate and adaptive immune system were detected following a standard course of radiation therapy for the treatment of breast cancer. Immune deficits in lymphocyte populations and TNF-alpha production, should they persist, may have consequences for immune response to residual or recurrent malignancy following completion of conventional treatment. The use of adjunctive immune therapies which target these specific defects may be warranted in the post-treatment period.
Treatment with IdB 1016 is associated with reduced body iron stores, especially among patients with advanced fibrosis stage.
Acupuncture is a complementary and alternative medical modality. A considerable body of acupuncture research has accumulated since 1998. Acupuncture has been integrated into palliative care settings in the United Kingdom but is yet to be widely offered in the United States.
Data from multiple epidemiologic and clinical studies on immune effects of conventional cancer treatment and the clinical benefits of polysaccharide immune therapy suggest that immune function has a role in breast cancer prevention.