POCUS for pneumothorax

Stimulated by Weagle et al 2020.[1] Photo by Pavan Krishna on Unsplash. POCUS – point of care ultrasoundPOTUS – president of the United StatesUS – ultrasoundTV – television (the original ones were black and white)key to acronyms Not another case report of pneumothorax I hear you cry, that is not news to the acupuncture community. … Continue reading POCUS for pneumothorax

EA or AA vs UC – the PEACE trial

Stimulated by Mao et al 2021.[1] Visual abstract of PEACE trial from JAMA Oncology EA – electroacupunctureAA – auricular acupunctureUC – usual carePEACE – Personalised EA vs AA Comparative EffectivenessMSK – musculoskeletalMSKCC – Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer CenterARC – Acupuncture in Routine CareBFA – battlefield acupunctureBPI – brief pain inventoryVA – The United States Department … Continue reading EA or AA vs UC – the PEACE trial

SCD and 100Hz EA for itch

Stimulated by Pan et al 2021,[1] and Li et al 2021.[2] Photo by Flickr on Pexels.com SCD – systemic contact dermatitisEA – electroacupunctureIgE – immunoglobulin EGRPR – gastrin-releasing peptide receptorDYN-A – dynorphin Akey to acronyms We have all heard of allergy to metals in the form of a localised dermatitis at the site of contact, … Continue reading SCD and 100Hz EA for itch

Acupuncture for athletes

Stimulated by Lee et al 2020,[1] and Yamamoto et al 2021.[2] Photo by mauro paillex on Unsplash. SR – systematic reviewMSK – musculoskeletalDOMS – delayed onset muscle sorenessYIPS – York Incontinence Perceptions ScaleYIPS – Yale Interpersonal Stressorkey to acronyms Lee et al is a systematic review (SR) that I have been wanting to highlight for … Continue reading Acupuncture for athletes

Acupuncture and arthroplasty

Stimulated by Chen et al 2021,[1] and Narayana Murthy et al 2021.[2] X ray film of a knee after TKR. Figure 1 from Narayana Murthy et al 2021.[2] TKA – total knee arthroplastyIF – impact factorRCT – randomised controlled trialkey to acronyms This week I have chosen a couple of papers that are linked by … Continue reading Acupuncture and arthroplasty

Median nerves and arteries

Stimulated by Liu et al 2020,[1] and Li et al 2021.[2] Figure 1 from Liu et al 2020.[1]A – superficial brachial arteryB – median nerve EBM – evidence based medicineMR angiography – magnetic resonance angiographyPMA – persistent median arterykey to acronyms These are a couple of recent papers, a case report and a letter with … Continue reading Median nerves and arteries

Acupuncture and cellulitis risk

Stimulated by Lin et al 2020.[1] Taipei City, Taiwan.Photo by TangChi Lee on Unsplash. LHID – Longitudinal Health Insurance Database (Taiwan)NHIRD – National Health Insurance Research Database (Taiwan)PD –Parkinson’s Disease (again!)key to acronyms This paper from Taiwan is another of the large retrospective observational cohort studies, which I listed in a previous blog: Reducing TKR … Continue reading Acupuncture and cellulitis risk

Needle trouble 2020

Stimulated by four recent papers appearing on PubMed.[1–4] Gold needle on brushed aluminium with x24 macro lens attachment on iPhone 6 plushttps://www.instagram.com/p/BGhNmuUI2aU/ AiM – Acupuncture in MedicineCXR – chest x-ray filmNEJM – New England Journal of MedicineFPL – flexor pollicis longusIP – interphalangeal (joint)MCP – metacarpophalangeal (joint)key to acronyms This week I am focussing on … Continue reading Needle trouble 2020

Acupuncture for dancers

Inspired by Blackmon & Elson 2020.[1] Photo by David Hofmann on Unsplash. Last week the topic was Parkinson’s disease (PD), and this week I have selected a paper on acupuncture for dancers, so I thought I would just check the PD literature, as I recalled that dancing was being used therapeutically in this condition. Sure … Continue reading Acupuncture for dancers

Haemophilia, bleeding and bubbles

Inspired by Oliveira et al 2020,[1] and Ma et al 2020.[2] Photo by Jesse van Vliet on Unsplash OA – osteoarthritisWFH – World Federation of Hemophilia (that’s how they spell it)TENS – transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulationASD – atrial septal defectkey to acronyms This blog follows on in a way from our consideration of OA last … Continue reading Haemophilia, bleeding and bubbles