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Alternative Medicine Abstracts:
(Alternative Medicine in general, via Medline)

Offering Medline abstracts dealing with human and veterinary acupuncture, homeopathy, chiropractic, herbal and Chinese medicine, and various other "alternative and complementary" modalities. Veterinary articles noted with source/author in bold.

Rheum Dis Clin North Am. 2003 Nov;29(4):789-801. Why are clinical trials of glucosamine no longer uniformly positive? McAlindon T.

Med Health R I. 2004 Jun;87(6):176-9. Glucosamine for osteoarthritis: part I, review of the clinical evidence. Biggee BA, McAlindon T.

Curr Opin Rheumatol. 2005 Sep;17(5):647-52. Nutritional factors and osteoarthritis: recent developments. McAlindon TE, Biggee BA.

N Engl J Med. 2006 Feb 23;354(8):795-808. Comment in: * N Engl J Med. 2006 Feb 23;354(8):858-60. Glucosamine, chondroitin sulfate, and the two in combination for painful knee osteoarthritis. Clegg DO, Reda DJ, Harris CL, Klein MA, O'Dell JR, Hooper MM, Bradley JD, Bingham CO 3rd, Weisman MH, Jackson CG, Lane NE, Cush JJ, Moreland LW, Schumacher HR Jr, Oddis CV, Wolfe F, Molitor JA, Yocum DE, Schnitzer TJ, Furst DE, Sawitzke AD, Shi H, Brandt KD, Moskowitz RW, Williams HJ.

Am J Med. 2004 Nov 1;117(9):643-9. Effectiveness of glucosamine for symptoms of knee osteoarthritis: results from an internet-based randomized double-blind controlled trial. McAlindon T, Formica M, LaValley M, Lehmer M, Kabbara K.

Arthritis Rheum. 2004 Oct 15;51(5):738-45. Comment in:* Arthritis Rheum. 2005 Aug 15;53(4):628-9; author reply 629-30. Randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled glucosamine discontinuation trial in knee osteoarthritis. Cibere J, Kopec JA, Thorne A, Singer J, Canvin J, Robinson DB, Pope J, Hong P, Grant E, Esdaile JM.

BMJ 2006;332:929 (22 April), doi:10.1136/bmj.332.7547.929-a. Dutch doctors suspended for use of complementary medicine. Sheldon, Tony.

Breast Cancer Res Treat. 2005 Oct 28;:1-11. Complementary and alternative therapeutic approaches in patients with early breast cancer: a systematic review. Gerber B, Scholz C, Reimer T, Briese V, Janni W.

Arzneimittelforschung. 2004;54(5):286-92. In vitro intestinal degradation and absorption of chondroitin sulfate, a glycosaminoglycan drug. Barthe L, Woodley J, Lavit M, Przybylski C, Philibert C, Houin G.

Ann Intern Med 2002 Nov 19;137(10):805-13 Complementary and alternative medicine for menopausal symptoms: a review of randomized, controlled trials. Kronenberg F, Fugh-Berman A.

J Am Board Fam Pract 2002 Nov-Dec;15(6):481-4 Asthma exacerbation associated with glucosamine-chondroitin supplement. Tallia AF, Cardone DA.

J Orthop Sports Phys Ther 2002 Oct;32(10):518-24 Comparison of static and placebo magnets on resting forearm blood flow in young, healthy men. Martel GF, Andrews SC, Roseboom CG.

J Am Acad Nurse Pract 2002 Aug;14(8):347-53 Magnet therapy: what's the attraction? Ratterman R, Secrest J, Norwood B, Ch'ien AP.

Swiss Med Wkly 2002 Jun 29;132(25-26):338-44 Complementary and alternative medicine in asthma: do they work? Steurer-Stey C, Russi EW, Steurer J.

Safety and Reliability of Lactobacillus Dietary Supplements in Seattle, Washington Sheryl Berman, PhD, Professor Department of Basic Sciences, Bastyr University, Diane Spicer, MS, DN, Assistant Professor Department of Basic Sciences, Bastyr University

Eur J Cancer 2003 Feb;39(3):372-7 Does use of alternative medicine predict survival from cancer? Risberg T, Vickers A, Bremnes RM, Wist EA, Kaasa S, Cassileth BR.

Chest 2003 Jan;123(1 Suppl):50S-9S Prevention of lung cancer: summary of published evidence. Kelley MJ, McCrory DC.

Rheumatology (Oxford) 2002 Mar;41(3):279-84 A randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled trial of glucosamine sulphate as an analgesic in osteoarthritis of the knee. Hughes R, Carr A.

Cerebrovasc Dis 2002;13(3):210-3 Stroke following Chiropractic Manipulation. Report of 3 cases and review of the literature. Jeret JS, Bluth M.

J Manipulative Physiol Ther 2002 Jan;25(1):10-20 Second Prize--the effectiveness of physical modalities among patients with low back pain randomized to chiropractic care: findings from the UCLA low back pain study. Hurwitz EL, Morgenstern H, Harber P, Kominsky GF, Belin TR, Yu F, Adams AH.

J Fam Pract 2002 Jan;51(1):38-40 The effectiveness of magnet therapy for treatment of wrist pain attributed to carpal tunnel syndrome. Carter R, Aspy CB, Mold J

North American Primary Care Research Group, 2001 Dec. The Effectiveness of Magnet Therapy for Treatment of Wrist Pain Attributed to Carpal Tunnel Syndrome. Aspy, Cheryl B, Carter, Richard; Hall, Thomas; Mold, James W

Best Pract Res Clin Rheumatol 2001 Oct;15(4):595-607 Nutripharmaceuticals for osteoarthritis. Hauselmann HJ.

J Pain Symptom Manage 2001 Oct;22(4):879-89 Spinal manipulation: a systematic review of sham-controlled, double-blind, randomized clinical trials. Ernst E, Harkness E.

Ann Intern Med 2001 Oct 2;135(7):507-13 Alternative medicine: a "mirror image" for scientific reasoning in conventional medicine. Vandenbroucke JP, de Craen AJ.

Altern Ther Health Med 2001 Sep-Oct;7(5):92-5 Discrepancy between claimed field flux density of some commercially available magnets and actual gaussmeter measurements. Blechman AM, Oz MC, Nair V, Ting W.

Complement Ther Med 2001 Sep;9(3):178-85 Which complementary and alternative therapies benefit which conditions? A survey of the opinions of 223 professional organizations. Long L, Huntley A, Ernst E.

BMC Complement Altern Med 2001;1(1):3 [16 July] Systematic reviews of complementary therapies - an annotated bibliography. Part 1: Acupuncture. Linde K, Vickers A, Hondras M, ter Riet G, Thormahlen J, Berman B, Melchart D.

BMC Complement Altern Med 2001;1(1):5 Systematic reviews of complementary therapies - an annotated bibliography. Part 2: Herbal medicine. Linde K, ter Riet G, Hondras M, Vickers A, Saller R, Melchart D.

BMC Complement Altern Med 2001;1(1):4 Systematic reviews of complementary therapies - an annotated bibliography. Part 3: Homeopathy. Linde K, Hondras M, Vickers A, Riet Gt G, Melchart D.

JAMA 2001 Jul 25;286(4):415-20 Estimating hospital deaths due to medical errors: preventability is in the eye of the reviewer. Hayward RA, Hofer TP.

Am J Obstet Gynecol 2001 Jul;185(1):227-35 Complementary/alternative therapies for premenstrual syndrome: A systematic review of randomized controlled trials. Stevinson C, Ernst E.

Spine 2001 Jul 1;26(13):1418-24 Lessons from a trial of acupuncture and massage for low back pain: patient expectations and treatment effects. Kalauokalani D, Cherkin DC, Sherman KJ, Koepsell TD, Deyo RA.

Int J Epidemiol 2001 Jun;30(3):526-31 The methodological quality of randomized controlled trials of homeopathy, herbal medicines and acupuncture. Linde K, Jonas WB, Melchart D, Willich S.

Cancer 2001 Jun 1;91(11):2181-5 Complementary therapies in palliative cancer care. Ernst E.

Circulation 2001 Apr 24;103(16):2038-2041 State of Complementary and Alternative Medicine in Cardiovascular, Lung, and Blood Research : Executive Summary of a Workshop. Lin MC, Nahin R, Gershwin ME, Longhurst JC, Wu KK.

Acad Med 2001 Mar 76: 224-229 How Should Alternative Medicine Be Taught to Medical Students and Physicians? Donald M. Marcus, MD

Acad Med 2001 Mar 76: 230-237 Alternative Medicine and Common Errors of Reasoning. Barry L. Beyerstein, PhD

Acad Med 2001 Mar 76: 248-250 The Need for Educational Reform in Teaching about Alternative Therapies. Wallace Sampson

Pain 2001 Mar;91(1-2):79-89 Spiritual healing as a therapy for chronic pain: a randomized, clinical trial. Abbot NC, Harkness EF, Stevinson C, Marshall FP, Conn DA, Ernst E.

Respir Med 2001 Mar;95(3):173-9 Reflexology and bronchial asthma. Brygge T, Heinig JH, Collins P, Ronborg S, Gehrchen PM, Hilden J, Heegaard S, Poulsen LK.

Am J Clin Nutr 2001 Feb;73(2):295-301 Acute effects of different nutritional supplements on symptoms and functional capacity in patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. Vermeeren MA, Wouters EF, Nelissen LH, van Lier A A, Hofman Z, Schols AM

Am Fam Phys 2000 Sep 15;62(6):1359-66 Update on vitamin supplements for the prevention of coronary disease and stroke. Pearce KA, Boosalis MG, Yeager B

Cochrane Database Syst Rev 2000;(3):CD000998 Nutritional supplementation in stable chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (Cochrane review) Ferreira IM, Brooks D, Lacasse Y, Goldstein RS

Complement Ther Med 2000 Sep;8(3):166-72 A blinded investigation into the accuracy of reflexology charts. White AR, Williamson J, Hart A, Ernst E

Complement Ther Med 2000 Jun;8(2):111-118 Economic analysis of complementary medicine: a systematic review. White AR, Ernst E

Can J Public Health 2000 May-Jun;91(3):217-9 Gullible fools or desperate pragmatists? A profile of people who use rejected alternative health care providers. Fries CJ, Menzies KS

J Clin Epidemiol 2000 May;53(5):485-9 Location bias in controlled clinical trials of complementary/alternative therapies. Pittler MH, Abbot NC, Harkness EF, Ernst E

J Burn Care Rehabil 2000 Mar-Apr;21(2):112-4 Vietnamese "coining": a burn case report and literature review. Amshel CE, Caruso DM

Am J Ment Retard 2000 Mar;105(2):118-29 Auditory integration training for children with autism: no behavioral benefits detected. Mudford OC, Cross BA, Breen S, Cullen C, Reeves D, Gould J, Douglas J

JAMA. 2000 Mar 8;283(10):1322-5.Bipolar permanent magnets for the treatment of chronic low back pain: a pilot study. Collacott EA, Zimmerman JT, White DW, Rindone JP.

West J Med 2000 Feb;172(2):91-4 Randomized, controlled trial of glucosamine for treating osteoarthritis of the knee. Rindone JP, Hiller D, Collacott E, Nordhaugen N, Arriola G.

J Clin Oncol 2000 Feb;18(3):668 Research on Complementary/Alternative Medicine for Patients With Breast Cancer: A Review of the Biomedical Literature. Jacobson JS, Workman SB, Kronenberg F

Ned Tijdschr Geneeskd 2000 Feb 12;144(7):332-4 [The miraculous growth of "quackery funds"]. [Article in Dutch] Renckens CN

Pediatr Dermatol 2000 Jan-Feb;17(1):34-6 Chemical burn caused by topical vinegar application in a newborn infant. Korkmaz A, Sahiner U, Yurdakok M

Bull World Health Organ 2000;78(2):252-7 Prevalence of use of complementary/alternative medicine: a systematic review. Ernst E

Med J Aust 1999 Dec 6-20;171(11-12):604-8 The effectiveness of popular, non-prescription weight loss supplements. Egger G, Cameron-Smith D, Stanton R

J Rheumatol 1999 Nov;26(11):2423-30 Effect of glucosamine hydrochloride in the treatment of pain of osteoarthritis of the knee. Houpt JB, McMillan R, Wein C, Paget-Dellio SD.

JAAPA 1999 Nov;12(11):69-74, 79-80, 83-4; quiz 85-6 The lure of unconventional therapy for rheumatic disease: how powerful is it? Wilson JW, Lieberman JD

Altern Ther Health Med 1999 Nov;5(6):58-67 An integrative review and meta-analysis of therapeutic touch research. Winstead-Fry P, Kijek J

Complement Ther Med 1999 Jun;7(2):54-61 A randomized experiment of the effects of including alternative medicine in the mandatory benefit package of health insurance funds in Switzerland. Sommer JH, Burgi M, Theiss R

Complement Ther Med 1999 Mar;7(1):19-23 Reviewer bias against the unconventional? A randomized double-blind study of peer review. Ernst E, Resch KL

Control Clin Trials 1998 Apr;19(2):159-66 Do certain countries produce only positive results? A systematic review of controlled trials. Vickers A, Goyal N, Harland R, Rees R

Tidsskr Nor Laegeforen 1997 Jun 30;117(17):2469-73 [Research in alternative medicine. What is documented, and what is documentation]? [Article in Norwegian] Borchgrevink CF

AIDS Educ Prev 1997 Feb;9(1 Suppl):15-21 How important is publication bias? A synthesis of available data. Dickersin K

BMJ 1996 Dec 21-28;313(7072):1624-6 Comment in: BMJ. 1996 Dec 21-28;313(7072):1569-70 Effect of colour of drugs: systematic review of perceived effect of drugs and of their effectiveness. de Craen AJ, Roos PJ, Leonard de Vries A, Kleijnen J.

J Altern Complement Med 1996 Winter;2(4):515-24 Methodological issues in complementary and alternative medicine research: a personal reflection on 10 years of debate in the United Kingdom. Vickers A

Arzneimittelforschung 1995 Jan;45(1):88-92 Studies on the efficacy of unconventional therapies. Problems and designs. Gaus W, Hogel J

Ann N Y Acad Sci 1993 Dec 31;703:135-46; discussion 146-8 Publication bias: the problem that won't go away. Dickersin K, Min YI

Online J Curr Clin Trials 1993 Apr 28;Doc No 50:[4967 words; 53 paragraphs] NIH clinical trials and publication bias. Dickersin K, Min YI

JAMA 1992 Jan 15;267(3):374-8 Factors influencing publication of research results. Follow-up of applications submitted to two institutional review boards. Dickersin K, Min YI, Meinert CL

Qual Assur Health Care 1990;2(2):111-7 Quality of alternative medicine--complications and avoidable deaths. Bostrom H, Rossner S

JAMA 1990 Mar 9;263(10):1385-9 The existence of publication bias and risk factors for its occurrence. Dickersin K

Pediatrics 1989 Aug;84(2):374-80 Retrospective and prospective identification of unpublished controlled trials: lessons from a survey of obstetricians and pediatricians. Hetherington J, Dickersin K, Chalmers I, Meinert CL

Vet Clin North Am Small Anim Pract 1989 May;19(3):433-46 Overnutrition: an epidemic problem in pet animal practice? Kallfelz FA, Dzanis DA

BMJ 1988 Dec 17;297(6663):1578-81 Looking for gall bladder disease in the patient's iris. Knipschild P.

Control Clin Trials 1987 Dec;8(4):343-53 Publication bias and clinical trials. Dickersin K, Chan S, Chalmers TC, Sacks HS, Smith H Jr

Tijdschr Diergeneeskd 1984 Jan 1;109(1):25-34[Treatment methods: traditional and alternative]. [Article in Dutch] Rijnberk A


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