MPS in patients with CA 2022

Inspired by Hasuo et al 2021a&b and Ishiki et al 2021.[1–3] Graphic by MC shows characteristic referred pain patterns from the most common trigger points in trapezius on the right and other possible sites of trapezius trigger points on the left. MPS – myofascial pain syndromeCA – cancer (in this case ‘incurable’ cancer) aka ‘the … Continue reading MPS in patients with CA 2022

Adjuvant acupuncture in cancer treatment 2021

Inspired by Ke et al 2021 and Shih et al.[1,2] Looking into the destruction chamber of a proteasome. Image by Thomas Splettstoesser (www.scistyle.com), CC BY-SA 3.0, via Wikimedia Commons. EA – electroacupunctureMM – multiple myelomaLC-MS – liquid chromatography mass spectrometryUHPLC-MS – ultra high performance LC-MSMA – manual acupunctureSR – systematic reviewkey to acronyms For the … Continue reading Adjuvant acupuncture in cancer treatment 2021

QoL in gastric cancer patients 2021

Inspired by Zhu et al 2021.[1] Photo by Anna Tarazevich on Pexels.com QoL – quality of lifeHRQoL – health related quality of lifeEA – electroacupunctureMA – manual acupunctureAEs – adverse eventsITT – intention to treat (analysis)PP – per protocol (analysis)key to acronyms This is a relatively small (n=66) pilot study with 3 parallel arms. It … Continue reading QoL in gastric cancer patients 2021

Preventing xerostomia

Stimulated by Menezes et al 2021.[1] Photo by Craig Cameron on Unsplash. RIX – radiation induced xerostomiaPROM – patient reported outcome measureXI – Xerostomia InventoryXQ – Xerostomia QuestionnaireBAI – Beck Anxiety Inventorykey to acronyms I was a bit late to pick up this paper, perhaps because the title is long, and I didn’t really notice … Continue reading Preventing xerostomia

Insomnia

Stimulated by Kwon et al 2021,[1] and Liou et al 2021.[2] Photo by David Clode on Unsplash. CBT–I – cognitive behaviour therapy for insomniaNMA – network meta-analysisRCT – randomised controlled trialPSQI – Pittsburgh sleep quality indexBDNF – brain-derived neurotrophic factorkey to acronyms I was wondering what to choose this week and it was a sunny … Continue reading Insomnia

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

ST36 EA and antitumour effects

Stimulated by Zhang et al 2021,[1] and Yang et al 2019.[2] Screen shot taken from the BMAS self acupuncture resource – this is the same EA protocol as resulted in antitumour effects. EA – electroacupunctureIF – impact factorMDSCs – myeloid-derived suppressor cellsCD8+ T cells – cytotoxic T lymphocytes expressing the CD8 glycoproteinNK cell – natural … Continue reading ST36 EA and antitumour effects

EA for sleep

Stimulated by Li et al 2020,[1] and Yu et al 2020.[2] Photo by Pixabay on Pexels.com EA – electroacupuncturePSQI – Pittsburgh Sleep Quality IndexPMI – perimenopausal insomniaMA – manual acupunctureCBT-I – cognitive behaviour therapy for insomniaMSKCC – Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer CentreISI – Insomnia Severity Indexkey to acronyms I am starting the year with a … Continue reading EA for sleep

Abdominal TrPs

Inspired by Mitidieri et al 2020,[1] Niraj et al 2020,[2], Niraj et al 2020,[3] Sangondimath et al 2020,[4] Hasuo et al 2020,[5] Jin et al 2020.[6] Photo by Dani Alejandro on Pexels.com TrP – myofascial trigger pointRCT – randomised controlled trialTPI – trigger point injectionAPB – abdominal plane blockMPS – myofascial pain syndromeSR – systematic … Continue reading Abdominal TrPs

Reviewing, Race & Sex

Photo by Pixabay on Pexels.com I was spoilt for choice this week! Various papers had the potential to make the cut, but there was no easy way to draw them together, apart from the fact that many were systematic reviews.[1–5] The race and sex from the title refers to a couple of recent experimental papers … Continue reading Reviewing, Race & Sex