Points of Interest 06/06/2014

  • Evid Based Complement Alternat Med. 2014;2014:870271. Epub 2014 May 8. Acupuncture for Treating Whiplash Associated Disorder: A Systematic Review of Randomised Clinical Trials. "None of the RCTs showed that AT/EA/DN was more effective than various types of control groups in reducing disability/function. One RCT did not report between-group comparisons of any outcome measures. The evidence for the effectiveness of AT/EA/DN for the treatment of WAD is limited. Therefore, more research in this area is warranted." Actually, I would suggest no further research is needed.

  • Evid Based Complement Alternat Med. 2014;2014:804746. Epub 2014 May 12.

  • Pharmacopuncture for Cancer Care: A Systematic Review. "Pharmacopuncture, injection to acupoints with pharmacological medication or herbal medicine, is a new acupuncture therapy widely available in Korea and China for cancer-related symptoms. However, the evidence is yet to be clear...Conclusion. It may be suggested with caution that pharmacopuncture may help various symptom relief in cancer patients, but it is hard to draw a firm conclusion due to clinical heterogeneity and high ROB of the included studies, hence warranting further investigation." Um. No again.

  • Obstet Gynecol. 2014 Jun 4. [Epub aheadVersion of Breech Fetuses by Moxibustion With Acupuncture: A Randomized Controlled Trial. "Treatment by moxibustion with acupuncture was not effective in correcting breech presentation in the third trimester of pregnancy." I'm shocked a worthless intervention is, well, worthless.

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