Survival analysis in stroke

Stimulated by Sangtin et al 2020.[1] Photo by Robin Noguier on Unsplash. This image popped up when I put ‘survival’ and ‘Thailand’ in the search box on Unsplash. This paper was published online in our very own Acupuncture in Medicine just the other day. I was drawn in by the term survival analysis, which has never appeared before … Continue reading Survival analysis in stroke

Sacral needling 2020

Stimulated by Yuan et al 2019 and Sun et al 2020.[1,2] Photo by Pavel Nekoranec on Unsplash. This is a statue of Prometheus and the Oceanids.I have added coloured dots over BL32, BL33 and BL35. Rather similar to last week’s blog, I was drawn to the first of these papers by the comparison of techniques alluded to in … Continue reading Sacral needling 2020

EA for CP 2020

Stimulated by Wang et al 2020.[1] Photo by Mi Pham on Unsplash. This paper was published online on the 2nd January. I was drawn to read the abstract because the title mentioned a comparison of EA (electroacupuncture) and MA (manual acupuncture) in spasticity, although MA is referred to in the paper as body acupuncture. The abstract suggested a … Continue reading EA for CP 2020

A review or three from 2019

Stimulated by three review papers appearing on PubMed in the last week of 2019.[1–3] Photo by Elijah Hail on Unsplash. This time of year is ripe with reviews… usually the past year on broadcast media rather than research reviews, as I have chosen here. They are all quite different and I aim to highlight different aspects in each … Continue reading A review or three from 2019

High on festivities 2019

Stimulated by my first full year of weekly blogs ending on Christmas day, as well as He et al 2019.[1] Photo by Oziel Gómes on Unsplash. I set myself a target at the beginning of the year to write a weekly blog, each centred around a recent acupuncture-related research paper. With this one it looks as though I … Continue reading High on festivities 2019

RIX sham and cultural differences

Stimulated by Garcia et al 2019.[1] Photo by Wolfgang Hasselmann on Unsplash. This is rather a unique and striking study, published this week in an open access JAMA journal. It is the first large (n=399) three arm clinical trial in RIX (Radiotherapy-Induced Xerostomia), the first trial that performed the acupuncture from the start of radiotherapy, and the first … Continue reading RIX sham and cultural differences

Co-occurrence of pain syndromes

Stimulated by Affaitati et al 2019.[1] Photo by Aiony Haust on Unsplash. This paper popped up on a very recent search, but not because it mentions acupuncture, in fact it doesn’t. I also search every day for the latest research in myofascial pain. I had a look at this one because of the last author … Continue reading Co-occurrence of pain syndromes

Opioids and IM

Stimulated by Hassan et al 2019.[1] Photo by Alexandru G Stavrică on Unsplash.Woman in a field of poppies... another plant-based former-alternative medicine 😉 This is a systematic review that asks the question: Does integrative medicine (IM) reduce prescribed opioid use for chronic pain? Obviously, I needed to look, having recently highlighted a similar topic on … Continue reading Opioids and IM

Mike’s minerva 1

Stimulated by recent letters in Acupuncture in Medicine.[1–4] Artist is Elihu Vedder (1836–1923). Photographed in 2007 by Carol M. Highsmith (1946–).Minerva is the Roman goddess of poetry, medicine, wisdom, strategic warfare, commerce weaving and the crafts. Her Greek equivalent is Athena... In the last week or so we have published several letters online, and they … Continue reading Mike’s minerva 1