I've been putting off posting about this latest article about Avastin for breast cancer. I find the way that these very loaded controversies are settled very depressing. In the case of Avastin, it looks like in the best case scenario it extends life for 5-6 months at a cost of $88,000 per year. ... Read More about Approval for Avastin for Breast Cancer Revoked by FDA
Much of the literature I've seen on acupuncture for xerostomia has been on treating the xerostomia once is develops. This sounds like a practical way to prevent, namely give acupuncture at the time of the radiation. Cancer. 2011 Nov 9. doi: 10.1002/cncr.26550.Randomized controlled trial of ... Read More about Acupuncture for Xerostomia (Dry Mouth) in Cancer Patients
I wanted to cite this article because of the implications in Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM). In TCM, the heart is the home of the spirit or Shen. So in treating disturbances of the Shen, the practitioner will treat the heart through the heart meridian and through the pericardium meridian. ... Read More about "Broken Hearts" in Women After a Shock
I became aware of these high resolution CT scans at Dr. Rita Redberg's talk last year at a UCSF conference called eontroversies in Women's Health" and wrote about it here. This article refers to a new paper released today in JAMA questioning the benefits of all the additional tests, as well as ... Read More about High Resolution CT scans lead to higher costs
Skin conductance and heart rate are evaluated in this study as a measure of autonomic response to verum versus sham acupuncture. It is confusing in this abstract whether the pain experienced was experimentally imposed or if the patients were being treated for pain. The conductance increased and ... Read More about Autonomic and subjective responses to real and sham acupuncture stimulation.