Stimulated by Zhou et al 2020. Image by Cristian Newman on Unsplash. I was drawn to look at this paper because the title suggested a possible link between calf muscles and plantar fasciitis (PF). I have resisted this idea for many years, and perhaps this paper would shed some light on my gut feeling about … Continue reading Plantar fasciitis 2020
Stimulated by Chen et al 2020. Image by MC on Unsplash. This paper was a last-minute decision as I looked through today’s searches on PubMed. I was ready to address the influence of a WFPB meal on PPG and try to draw in the data on acupuncture for ED, but I thought TEAS would be … Continue reading TEAS anyone?
Stimulated by Constantini et al 2020. Image by Emiliano Vittoriosi on Unsplash. This is another paper from the Italian stable of Maria Adele Giamberardino. So perhaps you have guessed that the V-V stands for viscerovisceral. This is another novel relatively long-term experimental study embedded within actual clinical practice. The rather older but similar clinical experimental … Continue reading V-V hyperalgesia again
Stimulated by Jung et al 2020. Monument of Admiral Zheng He located in the Stadthuys, Melaka.Photo by Hassan Saeed from Melaka, Malaysia (reproduced under CC licence). This paper popped up on my searches because it had fibromyalgia in the abstract. I don’t deliberately search for fibromyalgia, but it is linked in the PubMed system of terms … Continue reading Proton MRS 2020
Stimulated by Moustgaard et al 2020. Photo by Mitchell Luo on Unsplash."We are only going to look at double-blind randomised sham-controlled trials of acupuncture. No matter what the cost." The BMJ still comes in paper form through my door every week. It is usually in time for leafing through with my coffee on a Saturday morning, if I … Continue reading Blinding – where is the bias?
Stimulated by Sangtin et al 2020. 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
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
Stimulated by Wang et al 2020. 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
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
Stimulated by my first full year of weekly blogs ending on Christmas day, as well as He et al 2019. 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