Does acupuncture reduce opioid use?

Stimulated by Pham et al 2021.[1] Photo by Alexandru G Stavrică on Unsplash.Woman in a field of poppies... the original source of opiates – the natural subset of opioids. NSAIDs – non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugsPT – physical therapyTENS – transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulationED – emergency departmentkey to acronyms This is another large retrospective observational cohort trial, … Continue reading Does acupuncture reduce opioid use?

Post-stroke dementia

Stimulated by Chu et al 2021.[1] Photo by Steven HWG on Unsplash. LHID – Longitudinal Health Insurance Database (Taiwan)NHIRD – National Health Insurance Research Database (Taiwan)CCI – Charlson Comorbidity IndexHR – hazard ratiokey to acronyms We all know that dementia is fast becoming one of the biggest health and social care challenges of our era, … Continue reading Post-stroke dementia

Acupuncture and MDD

Stimulated by Hu et al 2021.[1] Photo by Milada Vigerova on Unsplash. MDD – major depressive disorderNMA – network meta-analysisEA – electroacupunctureMA – manual acupunctureHAMD-17 – Hamilton depression rating scale (17 item)[2]SSRIs – selective serotonin reuptake inhibitorsSNRIs – serotonin noradrenaline reuptake inhibitorsNASSAs – noradrenaline and specific serotoninergic antidepressantsTCAs – tricyclic antidepressantskey to acronyms This is the first network … Continue reading Acupuncture and MDD

Context effects in LBP

Stimulated by Bishop et al 2021.[1] Photo by Benjamin Wedemeyer on Unsplash. LBP – low back painRCT – randomised controlled trialRMDQ – Rowland Morris Disability QuestionnaireMCID – minimum clinically important differencekey to acronyms I have been interested in context effects since Fabrizio Benedetti described the dramatic difference between open and closed administration of opioids in … Continue reading Context effects in LBP

Acromioplasty

Stimulated by Yang et al 2020.[1] Photo by Kindel Media on Pexels.com Acromioplasty – removal of parts of the subacromial bursa and the anterior-inferior surface of the acromionNHIS – National Health Insurance Service (Korea)CCI – Charlson comorbidity indexkey to terms and acronyms I am really late to comment on this paper, and I’m not sure … Continue reading Acromioplasty

Consider acupuncture for chronic pain

Stimulated by NG193.[1] Photo by Arno Smit on Unsplash. NICE – National Institute for Health & Care ExcellencecLBP – chronic low back painMSK – musculoskeletalGERAC – German acupuncture trials (large 3 arm trials with ~1000 patients in each)MCID – minimum clinical important differenceLA – local anaestheticCRPS – complex regional pain syndromeRFD – radiofrequency denervation.key to … Continue reading Consider acupuncture for chronic pain

EA vs Prucalopride in SCC

Stimulated by Liu et al 2020.[1] Protocol in Liu et al.[1]Diagram by MC. EA – electroacupunctureSCC – severe chronic constipationIF – impact factorCSBM – complete spontaneous bowel movement5–HT4 – 5–hydroxytryptamine 4 receptorkey to acronyms This paper came out in December 2020, and I have been sitting on it ever since waiting for the urge to … Continue reading EA vs Prucalopride in SCC

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

Acupuncture PD and depression

Stimulated by Huang et al 2020.[1] Sunset over Taipei City, Taiwan.Photo by Thomas Tucker on Unsplash. PD –Parkinson’s DiseaseLHID – Longitudinal Health Insurance Database (Taiwan)NHIRD – National Health Insurance Research Database (Taiwan)NHI – National Health Insurance (Taiwan)key to acronyms This is one of two papers from Taiwan I am highlighting on the blog this week … Continue reading Acupuncture PD and depression