Stimulated by Li et al 2023. Figure 2 from Li et al 2023. RCT – randomised controlled trialVAS – visual analogue score key to acronyms This is the second moderately large (n=106) controlled trial of acupuncture in endometriosis. It is a sham controlled trial. The first was a similarly sized (n=101) cross-over trial using acupuncture … Continue reading Acupuncture for endometriosis pain 2023
Category: Retrospective cohorts
Stroke risk in migraine 2023
Inspired by Liao et al 2023. Photo by SpotwizardLee on Pexels.com 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
Idiopathic facial palsy 2022
Inspired by Yang et al and Shi et al 2022.[1,2] Scottish neurophysiologist Sir Charles Bell was the first author to describe the anatomical basis for facial paralysis, and has since served as the eponym for Bell's palsy. Bell’s palsy – idiopathic facial palsyMA – manual acupunctureEA – electroacupunctureH-B – House–Brachmann (a grading system for facial … Continue reading Idiopathic facial palsy 2022
Where to start in LBP
Stimulated by Harwood et al 2022. Photo by Adam Jones on Unsplash. Photo by Olenka Kotyk on Unsplash. LBP – low back painUS – United States of AmericaHCCI – Heath Care Cost InstituteED – emergency departmentEM – emergency medicinekey to acronyms This is very large retrospective observational cohort from the US examining opioid use, other … Continue reading Where to start in LBP
Acupuncture and fracture risk in OA
Inspired by Huang et al 2022. Photo by Pixabay on Pexels.com OA – osteoarthritisJICM – Journal of Integrative and Complementary MedicineJACM – Journal of Alternative and Complementary MedicineVIP – very important personaHR – adjusted hazard ratiokey to acronyms This paper appeared online on the 14th of this month in JICM, and it was then that … Continue reading Acupuncture and fracture risk in OA
Risk of T2DM in RA
Inspired by Chen et al 2021. Tea fields, Alishan Township, Chiayi County, Taiwan. Photo by Alexa Soh on Unsplash. T2DM – type 2 diabetes mellitusRA – rheumatoid arthritisCHD – coronary heart diseaseaHR – adjusted hazard ratioMA – manual acupunctureEA – electroacupunctureTNFα – tumour necrosis factor alpha (a potent inflammatory cytokine)LHID – longitudinal health insurance database … Continue reading Risk of T2DM in RA
Acupuncture for TLE
Inspired by Oliveira et al 2021. Lightening in Campinas by Chaval Brasil from Campinas, São Paulo, Brazil. TLE – temporal lobe epilepsyTLE-HS – temporal lobe epilepsy with hippocampal sclerosisAEDs – antiepileptic drugsCLS – Cantril ladder scaleQoL – quality of lifeQOLIE-31 – quality of life in epilepsy (31 item scale)aHR – adjusted hazard ratiokey to acronyms … Continue reading Acupuncture for TLE
CHD risk in depression
Inspired by Huang et al 2021. Photo by Jiroe on Unsplash. CHD – coronary heart diseaseFM – fibromyalgiaRA – rheumatoid arthritisOA – osteoarthritisPD – Parkinson’s diseaseNHIRD – National Health Insurance Research Database (Taiwan)aHR – adjusted hazard ratioMA – manual acupunctureEA – electroacupuncturekey to acronyms This is the fourth large retrospective observational cohort from Taiwan measuring … Continue reading CHD risk in depression
Does acupuncture reduce opioid use?
Stimulated by Pham et al 2021. 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?
Stimulated by Chu et al 2021. 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
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