Stimulated by Shah et al 2019. Photo by Tamara Bellis on Unsplash. Tamara is a fashion blogger, and this seems to be a selfie of sorts. Well the subject of the picture looks just like Tamara’s profile picture on Unsplash. I’m guessing someone else held the camera though. I chose it because of the five … Continue reading Ears and the battlefield
Stimulated by Gao et al 2019. Photo by The Honest Company on Unsplash.Well this little chap looks a little oriental to me, so as all the trials in the highlighted SR were performed in China, he seemed most appropriate. Much as I would have liked to let this one slide by unannounced, I feel obliged … Continue reading Acupuncture versus clomiphene controversy
Stimulated by Moon et al 2019. Photo by Suhyeon Choi on Unsplash. I found this image when searching for pregnancy and Korea on Unsplash. I suspect that these women are not actually pregnant, but I strongly suspect that they are Korean, since the photographer is from South Korea herself. This blog is about a retrospective … Continue reading Safety of AT in pregnancy
Stimulated by Kazis et al 2019. Photo by Aiony Haust on Unsplash.This photo was chosen to represent opioids being used on back pain because the first naturally occurring opioids were discovered in a flower. Yes, it is a shame (for my purposes here) that this artistic photographer did not use poppies :-). I am sure … Continue reading Initial healthcare provider and opioid use in LBP?
Stimulated by Kim et al 2019. Photo by Iai_man_nung on Unsplash. I have been waiting for this network meta-analysis to be published since reviewing it 18 months ago. It introduces data to support an idea that I have had in my head for some time but never thought to actually try to quantify. This paper … Continue reading Do sham devices impede real acupuncture?
Stimulated by Jiao et al 2019. Photo by Ibrahim Rifath on Unsplash. Over the 25 plus years that I have been using acupuncture techniques, I have treated very few patients for eczema or eczema-related symptoms. In the early days, when I took on an existing practice from Adrian White, I was presented with a number … Continue reading Acupuncture for atopic eczema
Stimulated by Chen et al 2019. Photo by Carolina Heza on Unsplash. I nearly overlooked this paper when it popped up on my PubMed search a few days after being published online in the Journal of Neurology on 21st August 2019. I guess it was the comparison with propranolol, and the fact that beta-blockers have … Continue reading Acupuncture vs propranolol in migraine
Stimulated by Lin et al 2019. Photo by Robina on Unsplash. Not more adverse event reports I hear you cry! No, this paper is very different, and again unexpected, despite actually being rather similar to the previous one I highlighted (sorry to be cryptic). It was just last week that I was musing at the … Continue reading Post-acupuncture pneumothorax incidence
Stimulated by Han et al 2019. Photo by Hisu Lee on Unsplash.Chosen because this Korean woman will certainly get neck painif she reads like this for any significant length of time 😉 I was very pleased to see this huge (n>100 000) retrospective cohort study publish online yesterday in Acupuncture in Medicine. I have commented … Continue reading Can acupuncture prevent neck surgery
Stimulated by Liu et al 2019. Photo by Idella on Unsplash.This image is chosen to illustrate the phrase 'like trying to find a needle in a haystack', and it reminds me of the difficulties surgeons used to have in finding embedded foreign bodies. This is a noteworthy case because it is the first report I … Continue reading Laparoscopic needle fragment removal 2019