WEDNESDAY, Sept. 19, 2018 -- Widely practiced in Asia for thousands of years, acupuncture is one of the key components of traditional Chinese medicine. Yet it's still viewed with some skepticism in the Western world.
And for the squeamish, just the idea of needles can be a turnoff. But, depending on what ails you, it might bear trying.
WEDNESDAY, Sept. 5, 2018 -- Taking fish oil supplements during pregnancy might translate into healthier growth in children during their first six years of life, a new study suggests.
"This study highlights the fact that in utero exposure can have a profound effect on the fetus that lasts through childhood," said Dr. Jennifer Wu, an obstetrician-gynecologist from Lenox Hill Hospital in New York City.
WEDNESDAY, Sept. 12, 2018 -- Mindfulness meditation may take the edge off of pain, a new study suggests.
"Mindfulness is related to being aware of the present moment without too much emotional reaction or judgment," explained lead researcher Fadel Zeidan. He's an assistant professor of neurobiology and anatomy at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center in Winston-Salem, N.C.
FRIDAY, Aug. 17, 2018 -- U.S. Navy veteran Lisa Conway was having trouble coping with mobility issues related to two newly diagnosed autoimmune diseases when her therapist suggested equine-assisted therapy.
"I rode horses mainly as a youngster and a couple of times as an adult. When my therapist suggested equine therapy, I thought, 'Are you kidding me? How am I going to get on a horse?' " she said.
THURSDAY, July 19, 2018 -- People with curable cancers who try "complementary therapy" often refuse some part of standard care. And they may die as a result, researchers say.
U.S. cancer patients increasingly use complementary medicine -- a combination of standard care along with therapies that fall outside of mainstream medicine (such as acupuncture or massage). But little is known about the long-term results, according to researchers at Yale University.