A recent survey of patients with myeloproliferative neoplasms found integrative medicine interventions improved symptom burden, fatigue, depression, and improved quality of life.
For patients with myeloproliferative neoplasms, integrative medicine (IM) offers a range of benefits, according to a new study of survey results, which found that the interventions improved symptom burden, fatigue, and depression, and improved quality of life (QoL).
IM approaches, which work to optimize health, QoL, and clinical outcomes, are increasingly being leveraged by both patients with cancer and cancer care providers and organizations, although there is need for more evidence-based data to guide clinical practice, particularly for hematologic malignancies.
“The treatment of MPNs has revolutionized in recent decades with the approval JAK inhibitor therapy and other targeted therapies, leading to improvements in splenomegaly, symptom burden, and even overall survival,” wrote the researchers. “Despite these advancements, the need for IM interventions to address high symptom burden and poor quality of life remain a large unmet need in the MPN patient population.”
The researchers of the current study disseminated a survey of IM among patients with MPN, with more than 800 respondents. Among the respondents, 338 had essential thrombocythemia, 188 had myelofibrosis, 315 had polycythemia vera, and 17 had other/unspecified MPN. IM interventions ranged widely, with the most common interventions including aerobic activity (51.5%), massage (28.4%), yoga (25.6%), nutrition (25.2%), and strength training (23.8%).
Both aerobic activity and strength training lowered MPN-Symptom Assessment Form (SAF) scores (33.3 vs 39.7 and 34.0 vs 37.7, respectively), indicating lower symptom burden, although they were surprisingly associated with a lower QoL. However, the researchers added the caveat that the latter association may be due to those with lower QoL are more likely to try exercise-based wellness strategies like these.
In a similar pattern, massage and support groups led to higher symptoms burden (MPN SAF-TSS mean score 40.5 vs. 35.3 and 42.3 vs. 36.0, respectively) but were associated with a higher QoL, with the researchers noting that highly symptomatic patients may be more likely to try non-pharmacologic symptom management and social support.
Decreased levels of depression were noted among patients participating in aerobic activity and strength training, as well as yoga. Aerobic activity and strength training also reaped benefits for fatigue, with patients participating in the interventions reporting lower levels of fatigue, while patients participating in massage and breathing techniques noted higher levels of fatigue.
According to the researchers, while most patients participated in some form of IM intervention, “80.2% of patients felt their integrative health needs were not heard by their healthcare provider. This underscores the importance of enhancing integrative therapy communication in our health system.”
The finding, they say, indicates “the need for more integrative medicine practitioners and more robust integration of these practitioners and modalities within standard medical care.”
Gowin K, Langlais B, Kosiorek H, et al. The SIMM study: survey of integrative medicine in myeloproliferative neoplasms. Cancer Med. Published online November 3, 2020. doi: 10.1002/cam4.3566.
Maryland University of Integrative Health Appoints New Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine Department Chair
Laurel, Md. – Maryland University of Integrative Health is pleased to announce that it has appointed Dr. Sharon Jennings-Rojas as the new chair of its acupuncture and Oriental medicine department. She brings a wealth of professional experiences to the role as a clinician, community health advocate, faculty member, and administrator.
Dr. Jennings-Rojas’ career includes a strong emphasis on community outreach and services. Since 2001, she has maintained a private practice providing care for individuals, families, and communities, and has served as a consultant, acupuncturist, and educator for the Howard County (MD) Detention Center and the Goucher College Student Health Center. She has also provided acupuncture detox services at Lincoln Hospital in New York, directed a maternal substance abuse acupuncture program as part of University of Maryland Medical Systems, consulted with the Federal Bureau of Prisons to incorporate acupuncture and meditation into recovery programs, and directed acupuncture and HIV administrative services for the CAMBA community support organization in the New York City area. Her work also includes providing access and advocacy for wounded warriors within various military installations.
“It’s paramount that we elevate the next generation of practitioners/healers. In this day and time, this new level of compassionate care is calling us all to take action by making integrative health, inclusive of acupuncture and other forms of world medicine, accessible to all people, including marginalized populations. We need more focus and care that provide an expanded understanding of the co-morbidities that plague underserved communities. Education and access are the keys. Once communities, and the people within them, know their natural healthcare options, and holistic ways of bolstering their health, they are more empowered to take their healthcare and wellness into their own hands. Education, self-advocacy, and access are key features of a healthcare system that can truly bring forth health and healing in all communities. MUIH is in a position to help redefine how we provide healthcare in this country. We’re prepared to take compassionate care to the next level, for all people and all communities.” said Dr. Jennings-Rojas.
She holds a Master of Acupuncture, and a Doctorate of Oriental Medicine from MUIH, as well as a B.A. in Eastern Philosophy from Vassar College. She has also completed graduate coursework in the philosophy of education from Teachers College of Columbia University. She also holds certification as a practitioner and trainer for the NADA protocol/ Ear acupuncture to address addictions, stress, and trauma. Dr. Jennings-Rojas has been a longstanding member of the MUIH community as a student, faculty, and staff member. She previously held several roles in MUIH’s acupuncture and Oriental medicine department including clinical faculty, director of community partnerships, and division chair of clinical practices.
“Dr. Jennings-Rojas has the experience and vision to expand acupuncture access across healthcare settings and within communities. Her academic, administrative, and clinical backgrounds make Dr. Jennings-Rojas the ideal leader for educating an acupuncture workforce prepared to address the complexity of modern healthcare needs,” said Dr. James Snow, Dean of Academic Affairs.
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Living Health Integrative Medicine, Which Was Founded by Dr. Thomas Chaney and Dr. Stephanie Chaney, Provides a Natural and Effective Integrative Approach to Health
ANNAPOLIS, MD / ACCESSWIRE / October 13, 2020 / Dr. Thomas Chaney and Dr. Stephanie Chaney are pleased to announce that Living Health Integrative Medicine, which they co-founded, is celebrating 19 years in business.
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As Dr. Thomas Chaney noted, he and Dr. Stephanie Chaney are proud of the way their devotion to integrative medicine has helped Living Health Integrative Medicine to become the leader in holistic wellness throughout Maryland, Washington DC and Northern Virginia.
They also take pride in the fact that they are leaders in functional medicine and physical medicine. They use the most current research and science to help guide the treatments they suggest for their valued patients.
Dr. Thomas Chaney, Dr. Stephanie Chaney and their team of practitioners truly live up to their practice’s name, working as an integrated team to provide everyone with the best possible care and results.
“Our model of integrative medicine incorporates natural therapies and treatments to address the whole body versus simply treating a symptom temporarily,” Dr. Thomas Chaney said.
“Our goal is to help you achieve your health goals and for you to reach your maximum health potential.”
From people who are dealing with the pain associated with neuropathy, to those who are looking for effective physical therapy, require regenerative medicine treatments and/or wish to lose weight or have been diagnosed with diabetes, Dr. Stephanie Chaney said they focus on practicing integrative medicine, which focuses on identifying the root cause of health issues.
“We combine multiple treatment options, such as chiropractic, physical therapy, functional medicine, nutrition, regenerative medicine, diagnostic testing, dietary supplement therapy, detoxification and custom nutrition plans,” she said.
About Dr. Thomas Chaney, Dr. Stephanie Chaney and Living Health Integrative Medicine:
Dr. Thomas Chaney is a Maryland native and the founder and co-owner of Living Health Integrative Medicine, which takes a holistic approach to healthcare. He is the co-author of the best-selling books “Lose the Gluten, Lose your Gut. Ditch the Grain, Save your Brain” and “Defeat Diabetes.” Dr. Chaney is a respected member of the profession with a national reputation for dedication to helping the public improve their health naturally.
Dr. Stephanie Chaney grew up in Ottawa Canada and is the co-owner of Living Health Integrative Medicine. She is a leader in the integrative health field, sharing her knowledge with practitioners and the public. Dr. Chaney is a renowned speaker on holistic health and regular guest on the morning show, Great Day Washington. She has also been featured as a guest natural health expert on FOX, ABC and NBC. She is the co-author of the best-selling books “Lose the Gluten, Lose your Gut. Ditch the Grain, Save your Brain” and “Defeat Diabetes.”
For more information, please visit https://www.mylivinghealth.com/.
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Middlesex Integrative Medicine Announces Grand Opening for Their Norwood Retail Location This Saturday
NORWOOD, Mass. – October 16, 2020 – ( Newswire.com )
Middlesex Integrative Medicine (MIM) announces it will host a grand opening for their Norwood retail location at 76 Astor Avenue, this Saturday, Oct. 17, 2020, from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Nancy Koury, President of MIM, said the company is eager for Saturday’s grand opening, representing the successful culmination of several years of a combined effort between MIM, CCC, and the Town of Norwood. “We have collaborated with officials from the Town of Norwood, its residents, and local businesses through every step of this process,” said Nancy. “It’s vital to us that we show our appreciation for the approval to operate here, by taking steps to be a responsible and valuable member of this community, including a commitment to local hiring and by creating a retail establishment that adds value to Norwood.”
To help ensure their visitors’ health and safety, MIM’s leadership decided to forgo a traditional ribbon-cutting ceremony that typically draws large crowds, making it harder for the staff to enforce the state’s social distancing protocols. Instead, MIM plans on celebrating its grand opening by offering first-time patients a 20% discount on their purchase, along with other specials advertised on their website.
Even without the traditional opening activities, word of MIM’s presence has already spread through the local community. Mighty Mystic, a Jamaican-born, Boston-based reggae artist, dropped by MIM for a surprise visit. Later he posted several pictures and videos on his social media channels saying MIM was “Medical marijuana on the highest levels!”
Eddie Bartlett, General Manager for the Norwood dispensary, said, “Our team is extremely excited to open the doors to medical patients in Norwood and the surrounding towns. MIM’s knowledgeable staff focuses on providing education and guidance, resulting in exceptional patient experience. Having grown up in Norwood, I am proud to serve area patients while giving back to the community that means so much to me.”
MIM produces its products at the company’s cultivation center in Leominster, MA. Completed in late 2019, this 24,000 square-foot facility includes a state-of-the-art extraction lab where cannabis experts cultivate and develop innovative products from numerous strains of flower offering MIM patients a wide range of cannabis solutions to meet their health and wellness goals.
Greg DeConciliis, MIM’s Chief Operations Officer, shared some additional insight. “It’s important to us that every patient understands the how and why of cannabis, so they feel confident and empowered about making decisions that can improve the quality of their life in very tangible ways.”
To ensure this goal is met, MIM’s website offers an online assessment tool that helps match patients with the best strains and products for their individual needs. The site also allows patients to pre-order products for a faster, more convenient patient experience.
For more information visit http://www.mimrmd.com.
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