Inspired by Wen et al 2021. Photo by Sebastian Pena Lambarri on Unsplash. The admittedly tenuous link to this week's blog is of course FINS, which feature in both. EA – electroacupunctureMA – manual acupunctureIR – insulin resistancePCOS – polycystic ovary syndromeRCT – randomised controlled trialBMI – body mass indexHOMA-IR – homeostatic model assessment of … Continue reading EA vs metformin for IR in PCOS 2021
Metabolic effects 2020
Stimulated by Li et al 2020, and Kim et al 2020. Image by Sharon Pittaway on Unsplash. I was looking around for a story, and I thought I ought to check through the Online First papers from Acupuncture in Medicine. I’m sure you frequently do the same. Another paper from Lisa’s team (see last week’s … Continue reading Metabolic effects 2020
Stimulated by Risal et al 2019. Yes, I am late to this party! Well, in my defence, there is no mention of ‘acup’ anywhere in the text of this paper, so it did not pop up in my searches back in December 2019 when it was published. By the way, ‘acup’ is a really useful … Continue reading Transgenerational PCOS
Should I read a protocol?
Stimulated by Huang et al 2020. Image by Kai Dahms on Unsplash. This is the first BMAS blog that highlights a protocol, rather than the results of research. I rarely read protocols! If it looks like a big study or I know the team, I might have a quick look at the abstract. Protocols really … Continue reading Should I read a protocol?
Acupuncture versus clomiphene controversy
Stimulated by Gao et al 2019. Photo by The Honest Company on Unsplash.Well this little chap looks a little oriental to me, so as all the trials in the highlighted SR were performed in China, he seemed most appropriate. Much as I would have liked to let this one slide by unannounced, I feel obliged … Continue reading Acupuncture versus clomiphene controversy
Acupuncture and IVF
– no clear effect on live birth rate This blog was first published on 18th June 2018 on https://blogs.bmj.com/aim/ Acupuncture has become very popular within the field of assisted reproduction, and particularly as an intervention within IVF (In-Vitro Fertilisation). In an editorial from 2015 in Acupuncture in Medicine, David Carr lists 12 meta-analyses on the subject … Continue reading Acupuncture and IVF
Segmental EA falls short in ovulation induction
…in women with polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS) This blog was first published on 18th November 2017 on BMJ Blogs, but has subsequently been removed. Photo by Pixabay on Pexels.com Finally I have come to address this topic, some months following publication of an eagerly awaited (at least by me) large clinical trial. I have been a … Continue reading Segmental EA falls short in ovulation induction
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