Does acupuncture reduce opioid use?

Stimulated by Pham et al 2021.[1] Photo by Alexandru G Stavrică on Unsplash.Woman in a field of poppies... the original source of opiates – the natural subset of opioids. NSAIDs – non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugsPT – physical therapyTENS – transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulationED – emergency departmentkey to acronyms This is another large retrospective observational cohort trial, … Continue reading Does acupuncture reduce opioid use?

Post-stroke dementia

Stimulated by Chu et al 2021.[1] Photo by Steven HWG on Unsplash. LHID – Longitudinal Health Insurance Database (Taiwan)NHIRD – National Health Insurance Research Database (Taiwan)CCI – Charlson Comorbidity IndexHR – hazard ratiokey to acronyms We all know that dementia is fast becoming one of the biggest health and social care challenges of our era, … Continue reading Post-stroke dementia

Acromioplasty

Stimulated by Yang et al 2020.[1] Photo by Kindel Media on Pexels.com Acromioplasty – removal of parts of the subacromial bursa and the anterior-inferior surface of the acromionNHIS – National Health Insurance Service (Korea)CCI – Charlson comorbidity indexkey to terms and acronyms I am really late to comment on this paper, and I’m not sure … Continue reading Acromioplasty

Acupuncture and cellulitis risk

Stimulated by Lin et al 2020.[1] Taipei City, Taiwan.Photo by TangChi Lee on Unsplash. LHID – Longitudinal Health Insurance Database (Taiwan)NHIRD – National Health Insurance Research Database (Taiwan)PD –Parkinson’s Disease (again!)key to acronyms This paper from Taiwan is another of the large retrospective observational cohort studies, which I listed in a previous blog: Reducing TKR … Continue reading Acupuncture and cellulitis risk

Acupuncture PD and depression

Stimulated by Huang et al 2020.[1] Sunset over Taipei City, Taiwan.Photo by Thomas Tucker on Unsplash. PD –Parkinson’s DiseaseLHID – Longitudinal Health Insurance Database (Taiwan)NHIRD – National Health Insurance Research Database (Taiwan)NHI – National Health Insurance (Taiwan)key to acronyms This is one of two papers from Taiwan I am highlighting on the blog this week … Continue reading Acupuncture PD and depression

Reducing TKR surgery

Inspired by Gang et al 2020.[1] Photo by Ketut Subiyanto on Pexels.com OA – osteoarthritisNHIS – National Health Insurance Service (Korea)CCI – Charlson comorbidity indexHR – hazard ratioTKR – total knee replacementkey to acronyms This week we have another big retrospective observational study. This makes number 14 on my list of similar papers published over the … Continue reading Reducing TKR surgery

Epigenetics PD and medical costs

Inspired by Hong et al 2020,[1] Deuel et al 2020,[2] and Tsai et al 2020.[3] PD – Parkinson's Disease Photo by Bess Hamiti on Pexels.com Before I launch into this blog, I want to clarify that the three subjects in the title are almost completely unrelated, apart from the fact that acupuncture figures in all … Continue reading Epigenetics PD and medical costs

CHD risk in OA 2000-12

Inspired by Ton et al 2020.[1] Photo by Hernan Pauccara on Pexels.com CHD – Coronary Heart DiseaseOA – Osteoarthritis This week another large retrospective cohort study from Taiwan. In this paper the target group was patients with osteoarthritis (OA) identified from the LHID 2000 – the Longitudinal Health Insurance Database 2000. The LHID 2000 is … Continue reading CHD risk in OA 2000-12