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Acupuncture relieves pain in emergency patients: Study

(RMIT University) The world's largest randomized controlled trial of acupuncture in emergency departments has found the treatment is a safe and effective alternative to pain-relieving drugs for some patients.Led by RMIT University in Melbourne, Australia, the study found acupuncture was as effective as pain medicine in providing long-term relief for patients who came to emergency in considerable pain.But the trial, conducted in the emergency departments of four hospitals, showed pain management remains a critical issue.
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

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Source: European Spine Journal - Category: Orthopaedics Source Type: research
Authors: Bonapace J, Gagné GP, Chaillet N, Gagnon R, Hébert E, Buckley S Abstract OBJECTIVE: To review the evidence relating to nonpharmacological approaches in the management of pain during labour and delivery. To formulate recommendations for the usage of nonpharmacological approaches to pain management. OPTIONS: Nonpharmacological methods available for pain management during labour and delivery exist. These should be included in the counselling and care of women. EVIDENCE: PubMed and Medline were searched for articles in French and English on subjects related to "breastfeeding," &...
Source: Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology Canada : JOGC - Category: OBGYN Tags: J Obstet Gynaecol Can Source Type: research
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Source: Acupuncture in Medicine : journal of the British Medical Acupuncture Society - Category: Complementary Medicine Authors: Tags: Acupunct Med Source Type: research
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Source: American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology - Category: OBGYN Authors: Tags: Oral Presentation Source Type: research
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Source: Acupuncture in Medicine - Category: Complementary Medicine Authors: Tags: Med Acupunct Source Type: research
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Source: JAMA Surgery - Category: Sports Medicine Source Type: research
In this study, we found evidence that acupuncture and electrotherapy following total knee arthroplasty were associated with reduced and delayed opioid use, an important finding given the current opioid epidemic in the United States.
Source: JAMA Surgery - Category: Sports Medicine Source Type: research
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Source: Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews - Category: General Medicine Authors: Tags: Cochrane Database Syst Rev Source Type: research
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Source: Harvard Health Blog - Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Tags: Complementary and alternative medicine Headache Health Pain Management Source Type: blogs
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Source: PediatricEducation.org - Category: Pediatrics Authors: Tags: Uncategorized Source Type: news
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