Acupuncture for DLSS
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by bmasmd
5d ago
Stimulated by Zhu et al 2024.[1] DLSS – degenerative lumbar spinal stenosis IF – impact factor RCT – randomised controlled trial NRS – numerical rating scale RMDQ – Roland Morris disability questionnaire MCID – minimum clinical important difference SSSQ – Swiss spinal stenosis questionnaire – key to acronyms This paper in Annals of Internal Medicine (IF 39.2) reports on a multi-centre sham controlled RCT (n=196) from 5 hospitals in China. The paper comes from a well-known group based at the China Academy of Chinese Medical Sciences in Beijing. As suggested by the full title of the paper, wh ..read more
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Acupuncture for sleep in PD 2024
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by bmasmd
1w ago
Stimulated by Yan et al 2024.[1] PD – Parkinson’s disease IF – impact factor RCT – randomised controlled trial PDSS – Parkinson’s disease sleep scale UPDRS-III – unified Parkinson’s disease rating scale part 3 (motor examination) MCID – minimum clinical important difference – key to acronyms This paper in JAMA Network Open (IF 10.5) reports on a single-centre sham controlled RCT (n=83) from Guangzhou. The paper comes from the same group that published a similar study on perimenopausal GAD last year (see: Acupuncture for perimenopausal GAD). They used a novel sham acupuncture device that all ..read more
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Acupuncture in the ED 2024
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by bmasmd
2w ago
Stimulated by Eucker et al 2024.[1] Photo by Charles Givens on Unsplash. ED – emergency department NC – North Carolina IF – impact factor RCT – randomised controlled trial MSK – musculoskeletal BFA – battlefield acupuncture ASP – Aiguille d’acupuncture Semi-Permanente NRS – numerical rating scale MCID – minimal clinically important difference LBP – low back pain EA – electroacupuncture – key to acronyms This paper from Duke University, NC, was published online in May, but I seem to have missed it until a linked opinion piece was published last week.[2] Both are in the journal Annals of Emerg ..read more
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Acupuncture versus topiramate in chronic migraine 2024
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by bmasmd
3w ago
Stimulated by Liu et al 2024.[1] IF – impact factor RCT – randomised controlled trial ART – Acupuncture Randomised Trial (part of the Modellvorhaben Akupunktur) RR50 – responder rate 50 (50 refers to a reduction of 50% or more in headache days) MMDs – monthly migraine days NICE – National Institute for Health and Care Excellence NMA – network meta-analysis – key to acronyms The double dummy is mentioned again this week. In fact, it features in the title of this paper in Cephalalgia (IF 4.9 and since 2023, a gold open access journal). This one is a head-to-head RCT with 2 parallel arms (n=60 ..read more
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EA plus CBZ for TN 2024
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by bmasmd
1M ago
Stimulated by Li et al 2024.[1] EA – electroacupuncture CBZ – carbamazepine TN – trigeminal neuralgia IF – impact factor G – google tid – ter in die (latin for three times a day) – key to acronyms I chose this paper in the Journal of Neurology (IF 6.0) because the 2×2 factorial design is uncommon in acupuncture research from China, it is moderately large, I like EA, and TN is a challenging condition to treat… plus this is probably one of the best sham controlled trials of acupuncture in TN to date. The research team mainly come from Hangzhou, but they teamed up with colleagues from Jiaxing ..read more
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Acupuncture and BCG 2024
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by bmasmd
1M ago
Stimulated by Psutka et al 2024.[1] BCG – Bacillus Calmette-Guérin TB – tuberculosis IF – impact factor NMIBC – non-muscle-invasive bladder cancer EA – electroacupuncture UTI – urinary tract infection PROMs – patient-reported outcome measures – key to acronyms The title of this paper captured my attention because a colleague had undergone BCG instillation into the bladder to treat bladder cancer a few years ago. Up to that point I don’t think I was aware of it as a treatment for this indication. BCG was developed in the early 20th century (1921) as a vaccine against TB. At the time it was a ..read more
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MSK mimics of LS radiculopathy
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by bmasmd
1M ago
Stimulated by Bateman et al 2024.[1] This is a section from the BMAS TrP chart with referral patterns relevant to the topic of this blog. MSK – musculoskeletal LS – lumbosacral IF – impact factor LBP – low back pain DRG – dorsal root ganglion NCS – nerve conduction studies EMG – electromyography OA – osteoarthritis FAI – femoroacetabular impingement QL – quadratus lumborum ICT – iliocostalis thoracis RA – rectus abdominis EDL – extensor digitorum longus SIJ – sacroiliac joint PFM – pelvic floor muscles – key to acronyms This review paper popped up in my searches because it mentions myofascia ..read more
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Acupuncture for chronic RIX
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by bmasmd
2M ago
Stimulated by Cohen et al 2024.[1] Photo by Pixabay on Pexels.com RIX – Radiotherapy-Induced Xerostomia IF – impact factor SOH – standard oral hygiene RTOG – radiation therapy oncology group XQ – Xerostomia Questionnaire FACT-G – Functional Assessment of Cancer Therapy – General QoL – quality of life – key to acronyms This paper was published on 13th May on JAMA Network Open (IF 13.8). It took me a bit by surprise because I had not heard of this trial before, despite it being a large multicentre study and the fact that it has been going on for over 10 years. It is a 3-arm trial (n=258) of ac ..read more
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Pyonex for necks 2024
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by bmasmd
2M ago
Stimulated by Horike & Ukezono 2024.[1] Deniah modelling 3 pink Pyonex over her upper L SCM. DIY – do-it-yourself VAS – visual analogue score (for pain intensity in this case) M-VAS – motion-related VAS (for neck movement-related pain in this case) NDI-J – neck disability index (Japanese version) PPT – pressure pain threshold – key to acronyms This is the second blog on needling necks in as many weeks, but this time there is little or no risk or concern regarding anatomy, despite the fact that the paper involves DIY needling. This is because the needles are only 0.6mm long. Yes, they are ..read more
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Acupuncture for SCD 2024
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by bmasmd
2M ago
Stimulated by Wang et al 2024.[1] SCD – subjective cognitive decline IF – impact factor SCDQ – subjective cognitive decline questionnaire MMSE – mini mental state examination MCI – mild cognitive impairment AD – Alzheimer’s disease EA – electroacupuncture AVLT – auditory verbal learning test TMT – trail making test AFT – animal fluency test BNT – Boston naming test SCWT – Stroop colour word test DSST – digit symbol substitution test DST – digit span test CDT – clock drawing test MoCA – Montreal cognitive assessment GDS – geriatric depression scale PSQI – Pittsburgh sleep quality index FA – f ..read more
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