Stimulated by a pandemic! This illustration, created at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), reveals ultrastructural morphology exhibited by coronaviruses. Note the spikes that adorn the outer surface of the virus, which impart the look of a corona surrounding the virion, when viewed electron microscopically. A novel coronavirus, named Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome … Continue reading COVID-19
Stimulated by Chen et al 2020. Image by MC on Unsplash. This paper was a last-minute decision as I looked through today’s searches on PubMed. I was ready to address the influence of a WFPB meal on PPG and try to draw in the data on acupuncture for ED, but I thought TEAS would be … Continue reading TEAS anyone?
Stimulated by Constantini et al 2020. Image by Emiliano Vittoriosi on Unsplash. This is another paper from the Italian stable of Maria Adele Giamberardino. So perhaps you have guessed that the V-V stands for viscerovisceral. This is another novel relatively long-term experimental study embedded within actual clinical practice. The rather older but similar clinical experimental … Continue reading V-V hyperalgesia again
Stimulated by Wang et al 2020. Photo by Mi Pham on Unsplash. This paper was published online on the 2nd January. I was drawn to read the abstract because the title mentioned a comparison of EA (electroacupuncture) and MA (manual acupuncture) in spasticity, although MA is referred to in the paper as body acupuncture. The abstract suggested a … Continue reading EA for CP 2020
Stimulated by Nakahara et al 2019. Photo by Crystal Kwok on Unsplash. The suggestion of point specific effects always ruffles my metaphorical feathers. The suggestion of point specific effects always ruffles my metaphorical feathers. I had to come to terms with the use of the term when editing a chapter in the big textbook on … Continue reading Point specific effects on BP?
Stimulated by Dimitrova et al 2019 & Zheng et al 2019.[1,2] Photo by Aliona Gumeniuk on Unsplash. I first came across the acronym QST some years ago in one of the big national or international pain conferences where there are always numerous companies exhibiting extraordinarily expensive pieces of kit. QST devices appeared to be just … Continue reading Sensory testing again
Stimulated by Lee et al 2019 & Wei et al 2019.[1,2] Photo by Brad Lloyd on Unsplash. Back pain was a regular topic on this blog at its inception in March 2016 – around the time that the draft of NG59 was published. NG59 is the current NICE guideline for back pain and sciatica, although … Continue reading Phantom acupuncture for back pain
Stimulated by Cui et al 2019. Photo by Omer Salom on Unsplash. The whole point of this blog originally was to highlight papers from our own journal Acupuncture in Medicine. This may only be the second time I have done so, and for the first time I have bitten off a laboratory study. One reason for choosing this … Continue reading Atheroma 2019
Inspired by Chang et al Front Neurosci 2019. Photo by Clint Adair on Unsplash. This paper was published on 20th February 2019, but it did not appear on my PubMed search until last week. The title gives away the story: Peripheral Sensory Nerve Tissue but Not Connective Tissue Is Involved in the Action of Acupuncture.Chang … Continue reading Does connective tissue have any role in the acupuncture effect?