Deanna Befus

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BACKGROUND Vasomotor symptoms such as hot flashes and night sweats are a common concern of perimenopausal and postmenopausal women and are associated with a decreased quality of life. These symptoms can be effectively managed with hormone therapy, but safety concerns limit its use. Thus, understanding the effectiveness of nonpharmacologic therapies such as(More)
OBJECTIVE To summarize the current evidence that evaluates the effectiveness of acupuncture for the treatment or prevention of migraine, tension-type headache, and chronic headache disorders. METHODS Findings from selected systematic reviews and meta-analyses are summarized. RESULTS Recently published systematic reviews and meta-analyses demonstrate(More)
  • Deanna Befus
  • Transactions of the Royal Society of Tropical…
  • 1986
Although intestinal helminth and protozoan infections are prevalent throughout the world, their impact is poorly known. Nevertheless, the morbidity and mortality that occur have stimulated research into host resistance and pathogenesis. Unfortunately, despite an increasing knowledge base, the actual effector molecules which lead to parasite loss are(More)
OBJECTIVES Vasomotor symptoms (VMS), commonly reported during menopausal transition, negatively affect psychological health and health-related quality of life (HRQoL). While hormone therapy is an effective treatment, its use is limited by concerns about possible harms. Thus, many women with VMS seek nonhormonal, nonpharmacologic treatment options. However,(More)
Author details Center for Health Services Research in Primary Care, Durham Veterans Affairs Medical Center, Durham, NC, USA. Department of Medicine, Division of General Internal Medicine, Duke University Medical Center, 411 W. Chapel Hill Street; Suite 500, Durham, NC 27701, USA. Duke University School of Nursing, Durham, NC, USA. Duke Clinical Research(More)
Postmenopausal women with bothersome vasomotor symptoms (VMS) often seek alternatives to hormone-based treatment due to medication risks or personal preference. We sought to identify the effects of meditation, mindfulness, hypnosis and relaxation on VMS and health-related quality of life in perimenopausal and postmenopausal women. To do this, we conducted(More)
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