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Climate Change Could Sting Allergy, Asthma Sufferers
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ALTERNATIVE MEDICINE
Holistic Treatment for Candida Infection
Memory Loss Help from Brain Supplement Prevagen
Massage Fosters Healing in Bereaved Relatives
ANIMAL CARE
Separation Anxiety, Canine-Style
'Comfort Dogs' Come to Emotional Rescue
Animals Respond to Acupuncture's Healing Touch
BONES & JOINTS
Gene Plays Key Role in Clubfoot
Tips to Ease an Aching Back
Autumn Sees More Women With Bunion Problems
CANCER
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U.S. Reported 25,000 Cases of HPV-Related Cancers Annually
Green Tea May Help Prevent Oral Cancer
CAREGIVING
Study Casts Doubt on Influential Hospital Safety Survey
Preventing Shaken Baby Syndrome
Study Links Pesticides to Birth Defects
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Years of Exposure to Traffic Pollution Raises Blood Pressure
An Apple a Day May Help Keep Heart Disease Away
Smog Tougher on the Obese
COSMETIC
Mouse Study Finds Molecule That Tells Hair to Grow
Science May Banish Bad Hair Days
What to Do If You Have Unsightly Veins
DENTAL, ORAL
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Dental Implants Need More Work Than Root Canals
Periodontal Disease Impacts Whole Health
DIABETES
Fish Twice a Week Cuts Diabetics' Kidney Risks
Doctors Urged to Screen Diabetics for Sleep Apnea
Brown Rice Bests White for Diabetes Prevention
DIET, NUTRITION
Fruit Even Healthier Than Thought: Study Shows
5 Reasons why you could gain weight while dieting
Marinades Help Keep Grilled Meat Safe
DISABILITIES
Could Your Cell Phone Help Shield You From Alzheimer's?
Review Finds Marijuana May Help MS Patients
ENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH
Household Chemicals May Affect Cholesterol Levels
Ozone Pollution Taking Toll on American Lives
Meat-Eating Dinosaurs Used Legs and Arms Like Birds
EYE CARE, VISION
Vision Test for Young Children Called Unreliable
Omega-3 Foods May Lower Eye Disease Risk
Green Tea May Ward Off Eye Disease
FITNESS
Exercise Helps Reduce Falls in Young and Old
Football Can Shrink Players
Avoiding a Holiday Season of Discontent
GASTROINTESTINAL PROBLEMS
Japanese Herbals May Ease Gastro Woes
Olive Oil May Protect Against Bowel Disease
Intestinal Bacteria Trigger Immune Response
GENERAL HEALTH
After Job Loss, People Report More Health Issues
Asparagus May Ease Hangover
Household Insecticides May Be Linked to Autoimmune Diseases
HEAD & NECK
Ski Helmets Encouraged for All
Zen May Thicken Brain, Thwart Pain
Many Children Will Outgrow Headaches
HEALTH & TECHNOLOGY
Combating Myths About Seasonal Allergies
E-Mailing Your Way to Healthier Habits
The Internet Is Becoming One-Stop Shopping for Health Help
HEARING
Summer Sounds Can Lead to Hearing Loss
Noise Hurts Men's Hearing More, Study Shows
HEART & CARDIOVASCULAR
Boosting Vitamin D Can Do a Heart Good
Brown Rice Tied to Better Heart Health in Study
Small Cuts in Salt Intake Spur Big Drops in Heart Trouble
INFECTIOUS DISEASE
Surgical Masks Could Prevent Flu, Maybe
Chinese 'Devil Dung' Plant Could Be a Swine Flu Fighter
The HPV Vaccine: Preventative Medicine or Human Sacrifice?
INFERTILITY
Obesity May Affect Fertility in Young Womene
KID'S HEALTH
Backpack Safety Should Be on Back-to-School Lists
Most Depressed Teens Don't Get Treatment
School Phys. Ed. Injuries Up 150 Percent
MEN'S HEALTH
Low Vitamin D Levels May Boost Men's Heart Attack Risk
Strenuous Daily Workout May Keep Cancer at Bay
Could Chinese Herb Be a Natural Viagra?
MENTAL HEALTH
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Psychotherapy Can Boost Happiness More Than Money
Teen Internet Addicts More Likely to Self-Harm: Study
PAIN
Tai Chi May Help Ease Fibromyalgia
'Cell Phone Elbow' -- A New Ill for the Wired Age
Acupuncture, Real or Fake, Eases Back Pain
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PREGNANCY
Acupuncture May Ease Depression During Pregnancy
Prenatal Stress May Boost Baby's Asthma Risk
Expectant Mom's Exercise Keeps Newborn's Birth Weight Down
SENIORS
Mediterranean Diet Plus Exercise Lowers Alzheimer's Risk
Common Antioxidant Might Slow Parkinson's
A Little Alcohol May Stave Off Alzheimer's
SEXUAL HEALTH
SLEEP DISORDERS
Meditation May Help Put Primary Insomnia to Bed
Exercising Throat Muscles May Relieve Sleep Apnea
Moderate Aerobics May Ease Insomnia Symptoms
WOMEN'S HEALTH
Iodine in Prenatal Vitamins Varies Widely
Simple Carbs Pose Heart Risk for Women
Being Active an Hour a Day Puts Brakes on Weight Gain
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Acupuncture May Help Restore Lost Sense of Smell

Acupuncture may help people who lose their sense of smell after a viral infection, researchers say.

In a new study, 15 patients with post-viral olfactory dysfunction (PVOD) had 10 weekly, 30-minute sessions of traditional Chinese acupuncture. These patients were compared with PVOD patients treated with vitamin B complex.

Smell function improved in eight patients in the acupuncture group and in two patients in the vitamin B group. The findings suggest that acupuncture may be a new treatment option for patients with PVOD, the researchers reported in the April issue of the journal Otolaryngology -- Head and Neck Surgery.

There is no validated drug treatment for PVOD. Current treatments include systemic and topical steroids, vitamin B supplements, caroverine, and alpha lipoic acid. In addition to these treatments, many patients use complementary and alternative medicines, the researchers noted.

SOURCES: American Academy of Otolaryngology -- Head and Neck Surgery, news release, April 1, 2010 Published on: April 01, 2010