Drug Could Be Non-Antibiotic Alternative to Treat UTIs

FRIDAY, March 11, 2022 (HealthDay News) — Women plagued by frequent urinary tract infections often take daily antibiotics to ward them off. But an old antibiotic alternative might work just as well, a new clinical trial finds. Researchers found that the medication, called methenamine, was comparable to standard, low-dose antibiotics in preventing women’s recurrent urinary … Read more

Special Mouthguard May Be Alternative to CPAP for Sleep Apnea

WEDNESDAY, March 9, 2022 (HealthDay News) — Folks with sleep apnea are typically prescribed a CPAP machine to help them get a good night’s sleep, but there’s an alternative to the clunky, noisy devices that is growing in popularity. Oral appliances similar to mouthguards — called mandibular advancement devices (MADs) — have been shown to … Read more

Are Alternative Birthing Practices a Good Idea?

Feb. 18, 2022 — Can I eat my placenta? Is a water birth safe for my baby? These are a couple of the questions that more people have been asking Sarah Pachtman, MD, over the past couple of years amid a boom in alternative birthing practices. Pachtman, an obstetrics and gynecology doctor and a specialist … Read more

Allulose: What to Know About the Sugar Alternative

What Is Allulose? Allulose is a rare sugar that naturally occurs in fruits like figs and raisins. “It’s about 70% as sweet as sugar,” says Anthony DiMarino, a registered dietitian with the Cleveland Clinic. “So a little less sweet than normal sugar.” Basic sugar (called sucrose) is the most well-known form of sweetener. … Read more

Complementary and Alternative Treatments for Narcolepsy

SOURCES: National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health: “Sleep Disorders: In Depth,” “Acupuncture: In Depth,” “Complementary, Alternative, or Integrative Health: What’s in a Name?” Journal of Evidence-Based Integrative Medicine: “Clinical EFT (Emotional Freedom Techniques) Improves Multiple Physiological Markers of Health.” APA: “What is Cognitive Behavioral Therapy?” NHS: “Narcolepsy.” Johns Hopkins Medicine: “Natural Sleep Aids: … Read more

Oncologists, Breast Cancer Patients Differ on Alternative Therapies

June 14, 2021 — Oncologists may be underestimating how many breast cancer patients are using some type of complementary medicine or alternative treatments, according to a new survey released along with the American Society of Clinical Oncology’s annual meeting. Complementary or alternative treatments typically refer to treatments that are used alongside standard or conventional … Read more

Complementary and Alternative Treatment for Ovarian Cancer

When Maureen Peltier, 76, got chemotherapy for her advanced-stage ovarian cancer several years ago, she found that guided imagery helped her deal with the treatment’s unpleasant side effects. “Whenever I felt nauseous or exhausted, I would close my eyes and visualize the drugs as little smart bombs that traveled around my body to find and … Read more