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July 29, 2005

Acupuncture for Side Effects of AIDS Drugs

Acupuncture may help relieve bloating, cramping, and appetite loss among HIV-infected people taking potent drug cocktails to keep the virus in check. (WebMD)

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Acupuncture for Headaches

The ancient Chinese practice of acupuncture has proven to be an effective treatment for tension headache. It not only relieves pain, but also cuts rates of recurrence by almost half, a recent study indicates. (Daily News Central)

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July 28, 2005

Benefits of Echinacea Disputed

The National Institutes of Health has bad news for the millions of Americans who spend $155 million a year on the popular herbal remedy echinacea to treat the cough, runny nose and malaise that is the common cold: It doesn't work. (USA Today)

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July 24, 2005

Maggot Treatment Saves Woman's Foot

Barbara Enser wasn't very comfortable at first with the idea of using maggots to clean the wound on her right foot. But if it meant saving it from amputation, she was willing to give it a try. For the procedure, the maggots - about 2 millimeters each in size - are placed on the wound, then surrounded by an adhesive foam, clear tape, and a gauze bandage. (AP)

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July 15, 2005

Acupuncture for Overactive Bladder

Acupuncture performed at specific sites on the skin may relieve some of the symptoms of overactive bladder, according to researchers. Their study of 85 women with the condition, marked by an overwhelming and frequent urge to urinate, found that a few sessions of acupuncture improved these symptoms for many. (Reuters)

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July 12, 2005

Walking on Cobblestones is Healthy

The path to better health and lower blood pressure may be paved with cobblestones. When people over 60 walked on smooth, rounded cobblestones for just a half-hour a day over four months, they significantly lowered their blood pressure and improved their balance, a study showed. (AP)

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July 5, 2005

Self-Hypnosis for Allergies

People itching for a solution to seasonal allergies could get help from self-hypnosis, a team of Swiss researchers suggests. The study finds that simply focusing one's thoughts on allergen-free environments can reduce symptoms of hay fever by one-third. (nature.com)

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