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

Side-effects of cancer treatment – Brazil 2019

Stimulated by Paim et al and D’Allessandro et al 2019.[1,2] Photo by Wolfgang Hasselmann on Unsplash. I selected these trials that were published online on consecutive days last week whilst I was attending a conference in Gramado, Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil. It was only after selecting them that I noticed that both trials were conducted in Brazil. … Continue reading Side-effects of cancer treatment – Brazil 2019

CIPN 2019

Inspired by Molassiotis et al Integr Cancer Ther 2019.[1] Chemotherapy-Induced Peripheral NeuropathyCIPN Photo by Alexander Krivitskiy on Unsplash. This is the first fully powered RCT of acupuncture in CIPN This is the first fully powered RCT of acupuncture in CIPN (chemotherapy-induced peripheral neuropathy). Alex Molassiotis is an academic from a nursing background who worked at … Continue reading CIPN 2019

Aromatase inhibitors, joint pain and acupuncture

This blog was first published on 2nd August 2018 on https://blogs.bmj.com/aim/ Effect of Acupuncture on Joint Pain Related to Aromatase Inhibitors Among Women With Early-Stage Breast Cancer - Hershman et al JAMA 2018 A large rigorous and statistically positive trial published in a prestigious general medical journal,[1] and an increasingly familiar conclusion rings out – acupuncture is … Continue reading Aromatase inhibitors, joint pain and acupuncture

Breathless…

…a career-defining symptom? This blog was first published on 18th May 2016 on https://blogs.bmj.com/aim/ The Filshie files - breathlessness Dr Jacqueline Filshie Jacky Filshie (JF) has devoted a medical career to symptom management in the cancer suffering population. Her early personal experience of acupuncture needling had a significant impression on her, probably because she happened to … Continue reading Breathless…