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OBJECTIVE To evaluate whether acupuncture improves rates of pregnancy and live birth when used as an adjuvant treatment to embryo transfer in women undergoing in vitro fertilisation. DESIGN Systematic review and meta-analysis. DATA SOURCES Medline, Cochrane Central, Embase, Chinese Biomedical Database, hand searched abstracts, and reference lists.(More)
In congestive hearf failure, increased secretion of afrial nafriurefic pepfide (ANP) is an important compensatory mechanism that unloads the failing heart and promofes renal salt and wafer excretion. However, acfivafion of opposing sodium-refaining facfors, parficularly the renin-angiofensin sysfem, reduces renal responsiveness to A NP and shifts the(More)
In November 2007, the Society for Acupuncture Research (SAR) held an international symposium to mark the 10th anniversary of the 1997 NIH Consensus Development Conference on Acupuncture. The symposium presentations revealed the considerable maturation of the field of acupuncture research, yet two provocative paradoxes emerged. First, a number of(More)
Neuropeptide Y (NPY) is coreleased with norepinephrine and stimulates vasoconstriction, vascular and cardiomyocyte hypertrophy via Y1 receptors (R) and angiogenesis via Y2R. Although circulating NPY is elevated in heart failure, NPY's role remains unclear. Activation of the NPY system was determined in Wistar rats with the aortocaval (A-V) fistula model of(More)
PURPOSE To assess attitudes toward complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) and its place in the medical school curriculum and medical practice among preclinical students at Georgetown University School of Medicine (GUSOM), Washington, DC. METHOD Two-hundred sixty-six first-year (n=111) and second-year (n=155) medical students rated their attitudes(More)
Georgetown University School of Medicine offers an elective Mind-Body Medicine Skills (MBMS) course to medical students to promote self-care and self-awareness. Participating medical students reported better management of academic stress and well-being than non-participants. In this study, we sought to assess the stress-reducing effects of MBMS by measuring(More)
In October 2007, a National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM)-sponsored workshop, entitled "Applying Principles from Complex Systems to Studying the Efficacy of CAM Therapies," was held at Georgetown University in Washington, DC. Over a 2-day period, the workshop engaged a small group of experts from the fields of complementary and(More)
Neuropeptide Y (NPY) is co-released with norepinephrine, and stimulates vasoconstriction, vascular and cardiomyocyte hypertrophy via Y1 receptors (R), and angiogenesis via Y2R. Although circulating NPY is elevated in heart failure, NPY's role remains unclear. Activation of the NPY system was determined in Wistar rats with the aortocaval (AV) fistula model(More)