Points of Interest 06/08/2014

  • Democrats Are Losing The War To Claim The Anti-Vaccination Movement Is Bipartisan

  • California Acupuncture Board Exam Stats 2014 "The Pacific College of Oriental Medicine, South Baylo University and Dong-guk University also posted some of the highest California Acupuncture Board exam pass rates at 70%. Five Branches University had the third highest pass rate at 59%."

  • Complement Ther Med. 2014 Jun;22(3):511-522. doi: 10.1016/j.ctim.2014.03.009. Epub 2014 Mar 31. Yoga for hypertension: A systematic review of randomized clinical trials.. "Seventeen trials met the inclusion criteria. Only two RCTs were of acceptable methodological quality. Eleven RCTs suggested that yoga leads to a significantly greater reduction in systolic blood pressure (SBP) compared to various forms of pharmacotherapy, breath awareness or reading, health education, no treatment (NT), or usual care (UC). Eight RCTs suggested that yoga leads to a significantly greater reduction in diastolic blood pressure (DBP) or night-time DBP compared to pharmacotherapy, NT, or UC. Five RCTs indicated that yoga had no effect on SBP compared to dietary modification (DIM), enhanced UC, passive relaxation (PR), or physical exercises (PE). Eight RCTs indicated that yoga had no effect on DBP compared to DIM, enhanced UC, pharmacotherapy, NT, PE, PR, or breath awareness or reading. One RCT did not report between-group comparisons."

  • Complement Ther Med. 2014 Jun;22(3):463-472. doi: 10.1016/j.ctim.2014.04.003. Epub 2014 May 2. Effectiveness of energy healing on Quality of Life: A pragmatic intervention trial in colorectal cancer patients. "Effects of healing on mood were only found for patients who had a positive attitude toward CAM and considered the outcome in question as important. CONCLUSION: Whereas it is generally assumed that CAMs such as healing have beneficial effects on well-being, our results indicated no overall effectiveness of energy healing on QoL, depressive symptoms, mood, and sleep quality in colorectal cancer patients. Effectiveness of healing on well-being was, however, related to factors such as self-selection and a positive attitude toward the treatment."

  • Rationalizing away evidence against a useless intervention. Complement Ther Med. 2014 Jun;22(3):523-540. doi: 10.1016/j.ctim.2014.03.011. Epub 2014 Apr 13. Acupuncture and acupressure for pain management in labour and birth: A critical narrative review of current systematic review evidence.. "The use of current systematic reviews of the evidence for acupuncture and acupressure for labour and birth may be misleading. Appropriate methods and outcome measures for investigation of acupuncture and acupressure treatment should more carefully reflect the research question being asked. The use of pragmatic trials designs with woman-centred outcomes may be appropriate for evaluating the effectiveness of these therapies."

  • Complement Ther Med. 2014 Jun;22(3):541-548. doi: 10.1016/j.ctim.2014.03.008. Epub 2014 Apr 1. Chinese massage (Tuina) for the treatment of essential hypertension: A systematic review and meta-analysis.. "The findings from our review suggest that Tuina might be a beneficial adjuvant for patients with EH, although the results are of limited value due to the clinical heterogeneity and low methodological quality of the included studies" But clinical heterogeneity and low methodological quality is the only study where pseudo-medicines work.

Points of Interest 06/10/2014