Acupuncture for antenatal depression

Stimulated by Ormsby et al 2020.[1] Photo by NEOSiAM 2020 on Pexels.com This is a pragmatic 3-arm comparative trial. It has feasibility in the title, so it may be that the authors are planning a much bigger version. I’ll ask! (No reply as yet...) Pregnant women of 24 weeks gestation who scored 13 or more … Continue reading Acupuncture for antenatal depression

Adrenaline Athletes and Acupuncture

Stimulated by Arriaga-Pizano et al 2020.[1] Image by Cesar Marquez on Unsplash. This paper was published online on 20th May, and it took me a while before I had a closer look and discovered that it is really quite unique. It was a subsequent paper published a week later, a systematic review of acupuncture in low back pain … Continue reading Adrenaline Athletes and Acupuncture

Functional dyspepsia 2020

Image by Paweł Czerwiński on Unsplash. The main paper this week was an obvious choice as it is a big clinical trial published in a mainstream general medicine journal. Currently the paper has not surfaced on PubMed, although it is published online. I was tipped off by an email from the journal editor as I had been one … Continue reading Functional dyspepsia 2020

CIPN 2020 plus FFP & FWB

Stimulated by Bao et al 2020,[1] and a few others. Image from the pre-digital era.This is yours truly after a dip in the Gulf of Mexico, somewhere close to Fort Walton Beach (FWB) in January 1990. I imagine my peripheries were a bit tingly for a few minutes. Thus with one old image I am … Continue reading CIPN 2020 plus FFP & FWB

Blinding – where is the bias?

Stimulated by Moustgaard et al 2020.[1] Photo by Mitchell Luo on Unsplash."We are only going to look at double-blind randomised sham-controlled trials of acupuncture. No matter what the cost." The BMJ still comes in paper form through my door every week. It is usually in time for leafing through with my coffee on a Saturday morning, if I … Continue reading Blinding – where is the bias?

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