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  1. 21 Aug 2014
    Antioxidants to reduce pain in chronic pancreatitis New
    Chronic pancreatitis is a persistent inflammation of the pancreas that in the long run can cause irreparable damage. The major causes of chronic pancreatitis are genetics, alcohol toxicity and other conditions that might damage or obstruct the pancreas. This inflammation can cause pain that often is severe and leaves patients socially isolated and unable ...
  2. 14 Aug 2014
    Hypnosis for induction of labour New
    Labour induction is the artificial stimulation of uterine contractions in order to bring about birth. It is commonly used in late pregnancy to address maternal and fetal problems. Induction of labour using pharmacological and mechanical methods can cause complications or side-effects such as bleeding, caesarean section uterine hyperstimulation and maternal ...
  3. 7 Aug 2014
    What are the effects of vitamins E and C, beta-carotene, selenium and glutathione on lung disease in people with cystic fibrosis? Updated
    Background Frequent chest infections in people with cystic fibrosis cause long-lasting inflammation in their lungs. Cells causing inflammation produce a kind of oxygen molecule (reactive oxygen species (ROS)) which can easily harm proteins and DNA (oxidative damage). To fight these effects, the body may produce antioxidants. The genetic defect in ...
  4. 29 Jul 2014
    Therapeutic touch therapy for healing acute wounds.
    Therapeutic touch is an alternative therapy that is gaining popularity as a wound treatment. Practitioners enter a meditative state and pass their hands above the patient's body to find and correct any imbalances in the patient's 'life energy' or chi. Scientific instruments have been unable to detect this energy. The review found contradictory evidence ...
  5. 25 Jul 2014
    Should Chinese herbal medicines be used in patients with skin and soft-tissue infections?
    What are skin and soft-tissue infections? Skin and soft-tissue infections (SSTIs) are common infections of the skin or the tissue beneath the skin. They include impetigo, abscesses, cellulitis, erysipelas, necrotising (flesh-killing) skin infections, infections caused by animal or human bites or by animal contact, and infections after surgery. Most ...
  6. 20 Jul 2014
    Relaxation for perimenopausal and postmenopausal symptoms
    Review question: We wanted to discover whether relaxation techniques were better or worse than other interventions, such as acupuncture, in the management of menopausal symptoms. We reviewed the evidence on the effects of these techniques on hot flushes, night sweats and sleep disturbances in menopausal women. Background: Management of menopausal ...
  7. 16 Jul 2014
    Phototherapy for treating pressure ulcers
    What are pressure ulcers? Pressure ulcers (also called bed sores or pressure sores) are sores on the skin caused by constant pressure or friction. They usually affect people who are immobilised or find it difficult to move themselves, for example the elderly or paralysed. Pressure ulcers frequently occur on bony parts of the body, such as the heels ...
  8. 29 Jun 2014
    Zinc supplements for preventing middle ear infections
    Background Middle ear infections are common, especially among young children, usually causing earache and some temporary (occasionally permanent) hearing loss. Zinc is an essential micronutrient, which has a role in the optimal functioning of the immune system and resistance to infection. It must be consumed regularly as it cannot be stored in the ...
  9. 24 Jun 2014
    Calcium supplementation during pregnancy for preventing hypertensive disorders and related problems
    Evidence from randomised controlled trials shows that calcium supplements help prevent pre-eclampsia and preterm birth and lower the risk of a woman dying or having serious problems related to high blood pressure in pregnancy. This is particularly for women on low calcium diets. Pre-eclampsia is evident as high blood pressure and protein in the urine. ...
  10. 23 Jun 2014
    Acupuncture for sudden-onset ankle sprains in adults
    An acute ankle sprain is a sudden-onset injury of the ankle ligaments (tough strands of tissue that connect and stabilise the bones at the ankle). It is one of the most common injuries in the general population as well as in athletes. Acupuncture is frequently used for treating ankle sprains in eastern Asian countries. This review aimed to assess the ...

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