Alternative medicine

David Ramsey, a Medicaid patient who suffers from chronic pain after falling off a cliff in 2011, receives acupuncture treatment in Warrensville Heights, Ohio on November 13, 2017. Long derided as pseudoscience, acupuncture is increasingly being used by doctors and officials seeking a new weapon in the nation's struggle with opioids. Ohio's Medicaid program is the latest to start covering the cost of acupuncture for low-income patients in pain, following similar programs in California, Massachusetts, Oregon, and Rhode Island. (AP Photo/Dake Kang)
February 20, 2018 - 9:48 am
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Marine veteran Jeff Harris was among the first to sign up when the Providence VA hospital started offering acupuncture for chronic pain. "I don't like taking pain medication. I don't like the way it makes me feel," he said. Harris also didn't want to risk getting addicted to...
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FILE - In this Sept. 27, 2017 photo, kratom capsules are displayed in Albany, N.Y. U.S. health authorities say kratom, a herbal supplement promoted as an alternative pain remedy, contains the same chemicals found in opioids, the addictive family of drugs at the center of a national drug abuse crisis. The Food and Drug Administration analysis, published Tuesday, Feb. 6, 2018, makes it more likely that kratom could be banned by the federal government. (AP Photo/Mary Esch, File)
February 06, 2018 - 5:12 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. health authorities say an herbal supplement promoted as an alternative pain remedy contains the same chemicals found in opioids, the addictive family of drugs at the center of a national addiction crisis. The Food and Drug Administration analysis, published Tuesday, makes it...
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January 25, 2018 - 3:04 pm
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — In a story Jan. 24 about medical care for three wild animals burned in fires in Southern California, The Associated Press, relying on information from the animal's caregivers, reported erroneously that a 5-month-old mountain lion being treated for burns would be released back...
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January 10, 2018 - 10:44 am
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio residents with work-related back injuries in most cases must try remedies like rest, physical therapy and chiropractic care before turning to spinal fusion surgery and prescription painkillers under a groundbreaking new guideline that is partly meant to reduce the...
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FILE - This June 16, 2009, file photo shows Zicam Cold Remedy nasal gel in Boston. The Food and Drug Administration on Monday, Dec. 18, 2017, issued a new proposal for regulating homeopathic medicines that have long been on the fringe of mainstream medicine. The agency plans to target products that pose the biggest safety risks, including those marketed for children or for serious diseases. (AP Photo/Eric Shelton, File)
December 18, 2017 - 2:28 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. health officials plan to crack down on a growing number of unproven alternative remedies, focusing on products containing dangerous ingredients that have occasionally been linked to serious injury and death. The Food and Drug Administration on Monday issued a new proposal for...
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November 23, 2017 - 8:06 am
BERLIN (AP) — A reported fire in a Hamburg basement turned out to be a false alarm after firefighters determined that the smell of burning came from an alternative therapy being used at a neighboring gynecological clinic. The fire department said Thursday they received a call at lunchtime Wednesday...
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FILE - In this March 27, 2008, file photo, an aerial view of the Pentagon. The Army is putting together a series of new mental health, counseling and career management programs to shape stronger, more ethical leaders. The move is an effort to grappling with an embarrassing rash of misconduct and behavior problems among senior officers. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak, File)
September 25, 2017 - 5:23 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — Struggling with an embarrassing series of misconduct and behavior problems among senior officers, the Army is putting together new mental health, counseling and career management programs to shape stronger, more ethical leaders. The programs stem from a broader worry across the...
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FILE - In this March 27, 2008, file photo, an aerial view of the Pentagon. The Army is putting together a series of new mental health, counseling and career management programs to shape stronger, more ethical leaders. The move is an effort to grappling with an embarrassing rash of misconduct and behavior problems among senior officers. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak, File)
September 24, 2017 - 8:02 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — Struggling with an embarrassing series of misconduct and behavior problems among senior officers, the Army is putting together new mental health, counseling and career management programs to shape stronger, more ethical leaders. The programs stem from a broader worry across the...
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FILE - In this file image taken from Jan 6, 2008, video, Liu Xiaobo speaks during an interview in his home in Beijing, China. The hospital treating ailing Chinese Nobel Peace laureate Liu says his condition is now critical and doctors are in "active rescue" mode for China's best-known political prisoner. The First Hospital of China Medical University said in a statement Monday, July 10, 2017, that Liu, who has liver cancer, is suffering from a severely swollen stomach, low blood pressure and poor kidney function. An MRI scan also revealed growing cancer lesions.(AP Photo, File)
July 09, 2017 - 7:28 am
BEIJING (AP) — Two foreign specialists who visited Liu Xiaobo said Sunday that the cancer-stricken Nobel Peace Prize laureate can safely travel abroad for treatment, apparently contradicting statements by Chinese experts who say a medical evacuation would be unsafe for China's best-known political...
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FILE - In this file image taken from Jan 6, 2008, video, Liu Xiaobo speaks during an interview in his home in Beijing, China. The hospital treating ailing Chinese Nobel Peace laureate Liu says his condition is now critical and doctors are in "active rescue" mode for China's best-known political prisoner. The First Hospital of China Medical University said in a statement Monday, July 10, 2017, that Liu, who has liver cancer, is suffering from a severely swollen stomach, low blood pressure and poor kidney function. An MRI scan also revealed growing cancer lesions.(AP Photo, File)
July 09, 2017 - 6:16 am
BEIJING (AP) — Two foreign specialists who visited Liu Xiaobo said Sunday that the cancer-stricken Nobel Peace Prize laureate would be able to safely travel abroad for treatment, apparently contradicting statements by Chinese experts who say a medical evacuation would be unsafe. The American and...
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