Risk of T2DM in RA

Inspired by Chen et al 2021.[1] Tea fields, Alishan Township, Chiayi County, Taiwan. Photo by Alexa Soh on Unsplash. T2DM – type 2 diabetes mellitusRA – rheumatoid arthritisCHD – coronary heart diseaseaHR – adjusted hazard ratioMA – manual acupunctureEA – electroacupunctureTNFα – tumour necrosis factor alpha (a potent inflammatory cytokine)LHID – longitudinal health insurance database … Continue reading Risk of T2DM in RA

Cortisol and the menopause 2021

Inspired by Cagnacci et al 2021.[1] Professor Angelo Cagnacci presenting at the BMAS Autumn Scientific Meeting in 2019. RCT – randomised controlled trialHRT – homone replacement therapyCVD – cardiovascular diseaseROS – reactive oxygen species (a form of free radicals)NO – nitrous oxidekey to acronyms This is the third and probably the last paper to come … Continue reading Cortisol and the menopause 2021

Acupuncture in PD 2021

Inspired by Brandín-de la Cruz et al 2021,[1] Pereira et al 2021,[2] and Park et al 2021.[3] Dopamine – carbon (yellow), oxygen (red), nitrogen (blue) and hydrogen (gold). PD – Parkinson’s diseaseRCT – randomised controlled trialDN – dry needlingTrP – trigger point1Hz DN – insertion of the needle once every secondTUG – timed up and … Continue reading Acupuncture in PD 2021

A neuroanatomic basis for EA

Inspired by Lui et al 2021.[1] Diagramatic representation of the genetic manipulation used to make cells expressing both prokineticin receptor 2 and advillin produce and thus fluoresce with tdTomato – redrawn by MC on Adobe Illustrator. EA – electroacupunctureIF – impact factor (2-year)Prokr2Adv – a set of nerves expressing both Prokr2 and advillinProkr2 – prokineticin … Continue reading A neuroanatomic basis for EA

MA vs TENS in PGP

Inspired by Svahn Ekdahl et al 2021.[1] Image by Janko Ferlič on Unsplash. MA – manual acupunctureTENS – transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulationPGP – pelvic girdle painNIHR – National Institute of Health ResearchODI – Oswestry disability indexITT– intention to treatPP – per protocolCI – confidence intervalQoL – quality of lifekey to acronyms There was a flurry of research activity … Continue reading MA vs TENS in PGP

QoL in gastric cancer patients 2021

Inspired by Zhu et al 2021.[1] Photo by Anna Tarazevich on Pexels.com QoL – quality of lifeHRQoL – health related quality of lifeEA – electroacupunctureMA – manual acupunctureAEs – adverse eventsITT – intention to treat (analysis)PP – per protocol (analysis)key to acronyms This is a relatively small (n=66) pilot study with 3 parallel arms. It … Continue reading QoL in gastric cancer patients 2021

Needle retrieval 2021

Inspired by Ikoma et al 2021.[1] Photo by SUNBEAM PHOTOGRAPHY on Unsplash. I have mentioned embedded needle fragments and the surgical retrieval of such fragments several times previously on this blog. But this is the first account of successful image-guided percutaneous retrieval of needle fragments using myocardial biopsy forceps. myocardial biopsy forceps The report includes … Continue reading Needle retrieval 2021