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Many Cancer Patients Take Alternative Meds But Don't Tell Their Doctors

Posted 11 Apr 2019 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, April 11, 2019 – One out of every three U.S. cancer patients uses alternative or complementary therapies, but many keep that info from their doctors, a new study finds. That's a real concern, the study's lead author said, especially when it comes to supplements and cancer radiation therapy. "You don't know what's in them," said Dr. Nina Sanford, assistant professor of radiation...

Many Mistakenly Believe Alternative Therapies Can Cure Cancer

Posted 30 Oct 2018 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Oct. 30, 2018 – Despite evidence to the contrary, four in 10 Americans believe alternative therapies can cure cancer, a new survey finds. Research shows that cancer death rates are much higher among patients who use only alternative therapies than among those who receive standard cancer treatments, according to the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO). The group's second annual...

Many Parents Don't Tell Doctor About 'Complementary' Therapy Use in Kids

Posted 29 Aug 2017 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Aug. 29, 2017 – Parents often try unconventional treatments – such as acupuncture and herbal products – when their kids are sick, but many don't tell their pediatricians about it, a new report shows. Such omissions could be risky, especially when these young patients are already taking traditional medications, the report authors said. "The point we're making in this report is that...

Broccoli Extract Shows Promise for Type 2 Diabetes

Posted 14 Jun 2017 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, June 14, 2017 – Your Mom may have been right about broccoli's goodness. A small study hints that a substance in the crunchy veggy may help some with diabetes get better control of their blood sugar. Researchers found that a concentrated extract of the substance, called sulforaphane, helped obese type 2 diabetes patients rein in their stubbornly high blood sugar levels. The caveat,...

FDA Warns 14 Companies on Bogus Cancer 'Cures'

Posted 25 Apr 2017 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, April 25, 2017 – The U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Tuesday posted warning letters to 14 companies that are selling more than 65 fake cancer treatments. The bogus products include pills, capsules, powders, creams, teas, oils and treatment and diagnostic kits. They're most commonly marketed and sold without FDA approval on websites and social media platforms, the FDA announcement...

Review Raises Questions About Herbal Meds for Heart Problems

Posted 27 Feb 2017 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, Feb. 27, 2017 – While there's scant evidence that herbal medications are safe or effective to treat heart conditions, they remain popular among people with heart disease, a new review suggests. "Physicians should improve their knowledge of herbal medications in order to adequately weigh the clinical implications related to their use," said senior review author Dr. Graziano Onder. Onder,...

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