Points of Interest 11/27/2016

Death from acupuncture. From poor technique leading to bloodstream infection.

Spine J. 2016 Nov 22. pii: S1529-9430(16)31063-4. doi: 10.1016/j.spinee.2016.11.003. The quality of placebos used in randomized, controlled trials of lumbar and pelvic joint thrust manipulation - a systematic review.. "Imperfect placebos are ubiquitous in clinical trials of LP-SMT and few trials have assessed for successful subject blinding or balanced expectations of treatment success between active and control group subjects. There is thus a strong potential for unmasking of control subjects, unequal non-specific effects between active and control groups, and non-inert placebos in existing trials."

Points of Interest 11/28/2016
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