Quick health and alternative medicine links


Just unloading some links.

* More dogs sniffing out cancer. I’ve heard these kinds of stories from time to time, and find them intriguing. If these stories are true, just what do dogs pick up?
* Here’s what I get from “this article”:http://go.reuters.com/newsArticle.jhtml?type=scienceNews&storyID=10769373&src=rss/scienceNews on “the end of magnet therapy.” “You can’t do placebo-controlled studies on magnet therapy, so all studies done so far on magnet therapy are crap. So magnet therapy is a waste of money.” So are the only studies worth doing ones that are easy to control with placebo? (Note: I’m not going to argue the merits or lack thereof of magnet therapy, and I am not going to support one side or the other in this entry.)
* Now we’re “aiming for the moon”:http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/health/4623622.stm on Type I diabetes. Good luck, Oxford’s Churchill!
* How does acupuncture “affect the brain”:http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/health/4631930.stm?
* More research links “omega-3 fatty acids and brain development”:http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/health/4631006.stm. By the way, did you know that the FDA has issued a qualified health claim that “omega-3 fatty acids reduce the risk of coronary heart disease”:http://www.fda.gov/bbs/topics/news/2004/NEW01115.html?
* Speaking of qualified health claims, “here is the FDA’s list”:http://www.cfsan.fda.gov/~dms/lab-qhc.html of qualified health claim petitions and responses.
* Some Euclidean geometry concepts may be “hard-wired”:http://go.reuters.com/newsArticle.jhtml?type=scienceNews&storyID=10909126&src=rss/scienceNews
* NCCAM did a study on EDTA chelation therapy for coronary artery disease. Here’s the “Q&A page”:http://nccam.nih.gov/news/2002/chelation/q-and-a.htm for the study, which has some interesting information on EDTA chelation in general.

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