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NIH Analysis Reveals A Significant Rise In Use Of Complementary Health Approaches, Especially For Pain Management

NIH analysis reveals a significant rise in use of complementary health approaches, especially for pain management
An analysis conducted by the National Institutes of Health’s National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health (NCCIH) reveals a substantial increase in the overall use of complementary health approaches by American adults from 2002 to 2022. The study, published in the Journal of the American Medical Association, highlights a surge in the adoption of complementary health approaches for pain management over the same period.

Researchers utilized data from the 2002, 2012, and 2022 National Health Interview Survey (NHIS) to evaluate changes in the use of seven complementary health approaches, including yoga, meditation, massage therapy, chiropractic care, acupuncture, naturopathy, and guided imagery/progressive muscle relaxation.

The key findings include:

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A Common Marker Of Neurological Diseases May Play Role In Healthy Brains

Researchers have discovered that a protein called phosphorylated α-synuclein, which is associated with several neurodegenerative diseases such as Parkinson’s disease and Lewy body dementia, is also involved in the normal processes of how neurons communicate with each other in a healthy brain. The research, published in Neuron, was funded in part by the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS), a part of the National Institutes of Health.

Phosphorylation is a process where a phosphate ion is added to a specific amino acid, or building block, of a protein, in this case the protein α-synuclein. This addition can change the shape of that protein, causing it to change its level of activity. Most studies of phosphorylated α-synuclein have studied its role in certain neurological disorders such as Parkinson’s disease and Lewy body dementia, where it builds up in prote

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Light Therapy May Ease The Agitation Of Alzheimer’s

Exposure to bright light, or light therapy, may help people with Alzheimer’s disease sleep more soundly, according to a new report. Light therapy may also help to ease depression and some of the behavioral problems like agitation that arise as Alzheimer’s progresses. Reducing such symptoms may help to ease the burden of caring for a loved one with the disease.

“Light therapy improves sleep and psycho-behavioral symptoms in patients with Alzheimer’s disease and has relatively few side effects,” the authors, from Weifang Medical University in China, noted. Light therapy is also far safer than antipsychotic drugs, which are often prescribed to people with Alzheimer’s to ease agitation and aggression, but which can have serious side effects. The authors conclude that light therapy “may be a promising treatment option for patients with Alzheimer’s disease.”

For the study, published in PLo

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Flagging Dementia Patients for Better Hospital Care

Cedars-Sinai investigators are using electronic health records to identify hospitalized patients likely to have dementia. The method they developed, detailed in a study published in the peer-reviewed Journal of the American Geriatrics Society, is designed to help medical staff tailor care to best serve these patients.

“People with dementia or cognitive impairment can be especially vulnerable in the hospital if their care team is unaware,” said Zaldy Tan, MD, MPH, medical director of the Jona Goldrich Center for Alzheimer’s and Memory Disorders at Cedars-Sinai and first author of the study. “Our study is the first to investigate the feasibility of utilizing the electronic health record to identify these patients and alert the hospital team to help guide clinical care.”

If a patient with dementia is hospitalized for an unrelated condition, such as a fall or infection, they might not be

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