Acupuncture May Ease Severe Nerve Pain Associated With Cancer Treatment

Cancer patients treated with taxanes, vinca alkaloids, or platinum compounds can develop a condition known as chemotherapy induced peripheral neuropathy, or CIPN for short, as a by-product of their treatment. These powerful drugs can damage peripheral nerves, particularly in the calves and feet, which can result in severe nerve pain and/or difficulty walking. As yet, there is no effective antidote.

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Acupuncture May Ease Severe Nerve Pain Associated With Cancer Treatment, Study Suggests

Acupuncture May Ease Severe Nerve Pain Associated With Cancer Treatment

Cancer patients treated with taxanes, vinca alkaloids, or platinum compounds can develop a condition known as chemotherapy induced peripheral neuropathy, or CIPN for short, as a by-product of their treatment. These powerful drugs can damage peripheral nerves, particularly in the calves and feet, which can result in severe nerve pain and/or difficulty walking. As yet, there is no effective antidote. Read More: Acupuncture May… Read More

DNA System Developed to Identify and Authenticate Plant Species

ScienceDaily (Nov. 23, 2011) — A pioneering system which uses a plant’s DNA to identify and authenticate a species has been developed in Leicester. Experts from De Montfort University (DMU) have developed a method which can detect the use of illegal or counterfeit plants in medicine and could also be used to boost conservation by identifying and monitoring the exploitation of endangered plant species. Read… Read More