Acupuncture for LBPGP 2022

Inspired by Yang et al 2022.[1] Photo by Pavel Danilyuk on Pexels.com LBPGP – low back or pelvic girdle pain during pregnancyNICE – National Institute for Health and Care ExcellenceRCTs – randomised controlled trialsQoL – quality of lifeLBP – low back painPGP – pelvic girdle pain key to acronyms I did see this review paper … Continue reading Acupuncture for LBPGP 2022

Acupuncture vs NRT

Inspired by Dai et al 2021.[1] Photo by David Yanutama on Unsplash. NRT – nicotine replacement therapyNMA – network meta-analysiskey to acronyms I wonder how many former smokers have relapsed after that last penalty on Sunday night? I cannot imagine many England football fans resorted to acupuncture after the disappointment of losing on penalties in the Euro … Continue reading Acupuncture vs NRT

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

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

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

Acupuncture in the ED 2020

Stimulated by an email from a colleague in Australia re Jan et al 2020;[1] plus Cohen et al 2017.[2] Photo by NCI on Unsplash. ED –Emergency DepartmentBFA – BattleField AcupunctureIF – Impact Factorkey to acronyms This week I am focussing on the possible role for acupuncture as a non-pharmacological adjunct or alternative analgesic intervention for … Continue reading Acupuncture in the ED 2020

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

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