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SCIENCE
July 20, 2012 | By Thomas H. Maugh II, Los Angeles Times
Silymarin, an extract of milk thistle widely used around the world for treating liver disease caused by the hepatitis C virus, provides no more benefit than a placebo, researchers reported this week. Some estimates are that as many as a third of the estimated 3.2 million Americans with hepatitis C -- as well as many more millions around the world -- are consuming the drug in an effort to alleviate their symptoms. The new research by a team headed by Dr. Michael W. Fried of the University of North Carolina School of Medicine suggests that they are simply wasting their money.
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NEWS
February 7, 2011 | By Mary Forgione, Tribune Health
James Randi launched a bold challenge Saturday that aims to debunk so-called homeopathic drugs. The fraud-busting magician even offered $1 million to any manufacturer who could prove they work as directed. RELATED: Magician James Randi, skeptics launch attack on makers of homeopathic 'drugs' Finding science and medicine experts to defend homeopathy isn't easy. The National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine offers a primer complete with an explanation of homeopathy regulation, the status of research and more.
NEWS
July 13, 2011 | By Karen Kaplan, Los Angeles Times/For the Booster Shots blog
The placebo effect is alive and well, at least for patients with acute asthma. That's the finding of a pilot study funded by the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine -- part of the National Institutes of Health -- and published in Thursday's edition of the New England Journal of Medicine. Researchers from Harvard Medical School and colleagues decided to test the placebo effect in asthma patients because it's easy to assess their physical improvement (as measured by lung function tests)
HEALTH
July 3, 2000 | Marla Bolotsky
When I'm sick or just want to feel healthier, the type of advice typically offered by traditional doctors doesn't offer all of the options I want to explore. But as I explore alternative therapies, I also don't want to waste time and money on untested remedies. Fortunately, the field of alternative medicine is evolving quickly into an area that medical experts now refer to as "complementary" or "integrative" medicine.
HEALTH
January 30, 2012
The recent series of articles by Trine Tsouderos in the Los Angeles Times misrepresents the scientific contributions and future research agenda of the National Institutes of Health and its National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine ["New Age Cures Put to the Test," Jan. 23]. In its 12 years as an NIH center, NCCAM's more than 3,000 research studies have provided answers to important questions about complementary health approaches to help consumers and medical professionals make informed decisions.
NEWS
September 27, 2011 | By Karen Kaplan, Los Angeles Times/For the Booster Shots blog
More than 2 million American men have turned to saw palmetto extract to help alleviate the uncomfortable symptoms of having an enlarged prostate. It remains a popular herbal remedy despite the fact that a spate of clinical trials in the past 10 years have found its benefits to be limited at best. That may change once men learn about the results of a new trial published in Wednesday's edition of the Journal of the American Medical Assn. First, a primer on enlarged prostates.
NEWS
April 26, 2011 | By Marissa Cevallos, HealthKey
The benefits of tai chi, with origins as a Chinese martial art, seem to be adding up. Evidence that the exercise might help people with heart failure feel less depressed and more energized is but the latest in a string of positive findings about tai chi’s health effects. The light exercise, whose origins go back about 5,000 years, may also improve mood, quality of life and well being in other groups as well.  The National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine offers an introduction to tai chi along with information about its use, research and what to ask potential instructors.
SCIENCE
November 19, 2008 | Karen Kaplan, Kaplan is a Times staff writer.
Long touted as an elixir of eternal mental acuity, the herbal extract ginkgo biloba in fact does not prevent or delay the progression of dementia or Alzheimer's disease, according to a clinical trial reported today involving thousands of volunteers between the ages of 75 and 96.
NEWS
October 7, 2001 | JESSICA BUJOL, ASSOCIATED PRESS
They come to the Integrative Medicine Center as a last resort, believing conventional medicine has failed them. A woman with chronic pain syndrome. A man with progressive heart disease. A young person dying of cancer. All frustrated and hurting, some desperate, others merely curious.
SCIENCE
December 19, 2006 | Thomas H. Maugh II, Times Staff Writer
The widely used herbal remedy black cohosh does nothing to eliminate hot flashes, night sweats and other symptoms of menopause, either alone or in combination with other herbs, federally sponsored researchers reported Monday. Thousands of women use the supplement, but a controlled trial reported in the Annals of Internal Medicine showed it was no more effective than a placebo. Only estrogen significantly reduced hot flashes.
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