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Acupuncture can curb hot flashes in breast cancer patients: Study

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In a new study of breast cancer patients being treated with estrogen-targeting therapies, it  has been  proved that  Acupuncture is a viable remedy for hot flashes.

The researchers analysed how effectively an acupuncture technique known as electroacupuncture – in which embedded needles deliver weak electrical currents – reduces incidents of hot flashes as compared to the epilepsy drug gabapentin, which was previously shown to be effective in reducing hot flashes for these patients.

The study was carried out by researchers at the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania, involving 120 breast cancer survivors, who reported experiencing multiple hot flashes per day.

“Acupuncture is an exotic therapy, elicits the patient’s active participation, and involves a greater patient-provider interaction, compared with taking a pill,” said lead researcher Jun J. Mao, M.D., associate professor of family medicine and community health.

The Pensylvanian researchers surveyed the subjects sixteen weeks after treatment ended, and found that the electroacupuncture and sham electroacupuncture groups had enjoyed a sustained–and even slightly increased–abatement of hot flashes. The pill-placebo patients also reported a slight improvement in symptoms, whereas the gabapentin pill group reported a worsening.

Apart from reduction in hot flashes, participants receiving acupuncture also reported fewer side effects than those who took the pill.

 

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Pennsylvania College Condemns White Students’ online Blackface Video

Pennsylvania college is condemning an online video posted by two white students, including one in blackface who lampoons the “Black Lives Matter” movement

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А protester holds up a sign reading "Black Lives Matter," with the names of black men killed by police, during a rally, in Miami, Florida, Dec. 5, 2014. Albright College students in Pennsylvania have been criticized for lampooning the movement in a video. VOA

Albright College in eastern Pennsylvania is condemning an online video posted by two white students, including one in blackface who lampoons the “Black Lives Matter” movement.

College President Lex O. McMillan III issued a statement Thursday saying the school unequivocally condemns the video.

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McMillan’s statement says the students who posted the Snapchat video on Tuesday voluntarily came forward and have “expressed deep remorse.”

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In the video, the student in blackface refers to herself as “Carlisha,” insults “Black Lives Matter” then dances around with padding in her pants, meant to increase the size of her butt.

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McMillan’s statement didn’t say whether the students have been disciplined. Some students planned to demonstrate against the video on Friday, the beginning of the 160-year-old, private, liberal arts school’s homecoming weekend. (VOA)

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