Acupuncture for TTH 2023

Stimulated by Tao et al 2023.[1] Photo by Andrea Piacquadio on TTH – tension-type headacheCTTH – chronic tension-type headacheSR – systematic reviewTSA – trial sequential analysisRCT – randomised controlled trialSMD – standardised mean differenceRR50 – responder rate based on a 50% reduction in days with headacheRIS – required information size key to acronyms I … Continue reading Acupuncture for TTH 2023

Acupuncture vs fremanezumab 2023 the preventative treatment of episodic migraine Stimulated by Zheng et al 2023.[1] Photo by Anh Nguyen on Unsplash. NMA – network meta-analysisMAIC – matching adjusted indirect comparison analysisSR – systematic reviewTSA – trial sequential analysis key to acronyms This paper was published online at the end of January 2023, but it took me a while to be … Continue reading Acupuncture vs fremanezumab 2023

Stroke risk in migraine 2023

Inspired by Liao et al 2023.[1] Photo by SpotwizardLee on MDPI – Molecular Diversity Preservation InternationalLGTD 2005 – Longitudinal Generation Tracking Database 2005NHIRD – National Health Insurance Research DatabaseaHR– adjusted hazard ratio key to acronyms This is another one of those large retrospective cohort trials from Taiwan. Thanks to Martin Allbright for spotting it … Continue reading Stroke risk in migraine 2023

Acupuncture for MRM 2022

Inspired by Liu et al 2022.[1] Photo by Anh Nguyen on Unsplash. MRM – menstrual-related migraineMA – manual acupunctureRCT – randomised controlled trialRR50 – responder rate (% of patients with a reduction in headache days of 50% or more)AP – acupuncture point key to acronyms I almost skipped past this paper when it showed up … Continue reading Acupuncture for MRM 2022

Acupuncture and dementia risk in migraine

Inspired by Huang et al 2022.[1] Photo by Rad Cyrus on Unsplash. NHIRD – National Health Insurance Research Database (Taiwan)HR – hazard ratioaHR – adjusted hazard ratioSR – systematic reviewNMA – network meta-analysisEA – electroacupunctureMA – manual acupuncture key to acronyms It has been a while since I have seen one of these huge retrospective … Continue reading Acupuncture and dementia risk in migraine

Acupuncture for CTTH

…plus a protocol for CAT in migraine? Inspired by Zheng et al 2022,[1] and the protocol by Li et al 2022.[2] Photo by Andrea Piacquadio on CTTH – chronic tension-type headacheTTH – tension-type headache (episodic or chronic)ART – Acupuncture Randomised Trial (part of the Modellvorhaben Akupunktur)GERAC – GERman ACupuncture trial (part of the Modellvorhaben … Continue reading Acupuncture for CTTH

Acupuncture, drugs or Botox for chronic migraine?

Stimulated by Zheng et al 2021,[1] Giovanardi et al 2020,[2] and Yin et al 2020.[3] Photo by Andrea Piacquadio on Botox – botulinum toxin type ACI – confidence intervalEBM – evidence based medicinefMRI – functional magnetic resonance imagingGRADE – grading of recommendations, assessment, development and evaluationIF – impact factorMWoA – migraine without auraNMA – … Continue reading Acupuncture, drugs or Botox for chronic migraine?

Manual acupuncture for migraine

Stimulated by Xu et al.[1] Photo by Anh Nguyen on Unsplash. I casually picked up my copy of the BMJ on Friday 27th March 2020. The date on the cover was 28th March, in case any of you go searching. The cover image is a road sign mandating “Keep your distance”. Obviously COVID-19 is the big story, so … Continue reading Manual acupuncture for migraine

SAH headache 2019

Inspired by Dietzel et al 2019.[1] Image by Aarón Blanco Tejedor on Unsplash. This paper was published very recently in the journal Neurocritical Care. I was more familiar with it than you might expect because, on request of the senior author, I had checked the English a couple of times for submissions to different journals … Continue reading SAH headache 2019