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Ital J Pediatr. 2015 Jul 7;41(1):48. doi: 10.1186/s13052–015–0155–1. Efficacy of acupuncture in children with asthma: a systematic review. "The efficacy of acupuncture on other outcome measures is unclear. Large-scale RCTs are needed to further assess the efficacy of acupuncture in the treatment of asthma in children."

Evid Based Complement Alternat Med. 2015;2015:871327. doi: 10.1155/2015/871327. Epub 2015 Jun 16. Eye Acupuncture Treatment for Stroke: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis. As always: Sixteen trials (1120 patients) were involved with generally poor methodological quality… Conclusions. The current evidence is insufficient and the rigorously designed trials are warranted.

Evid Based Complement Alternat Med. 2015;2015:671242. doi: 10.1155/2015/671242. Epub 2015 Jun 16. Analysis and Thoughts about the Negative Results of International Clinical Trials on Acupuncture. Denial in action: "The studies with negative results or placebo effects showed the following deficiencies with respect to intervention details: (1) incompletely rational acupoint selection; (2) inconsistent ability of acupuncturists; (3) negligible needling response to needling; (4) acupuncture treatment frequency too low in most studies; and (5) irrational setting of placebo control. Thus, the primary basis for the negative results or placebo effects of international clinical trials on acupuncture is not in the quality of the methodology, but in noncompliance with the essential requirements proposed by acupuncture theory in terms of clinical manipulation details."

Rev Clin Esp. 2015 Jul 6. pii: S0014–2565(15)00180–0. doi: 10.1016/j.rce.2015.02.022. What does «integrative medicine» provide to daily scientific clinical care? Nothing? And they get it wrong in the first sentence: "Integrative medicine is an ambitious and noble-minded attempt to address the shortcomings of the current public health systems in our Western societies…"

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