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HKBU's clinical trial acupuncture proves effectiveness for weight control

(Hong Kong Bapstist University) The School of Chinese Medicine (SCM) of Hong Kong Baptist University recently completed a clinical trial on the use of acupuncture for weight control. After an eight-week treatment, the participants' average body weight decreased by 2.47 kg, with a weight loss of 7.2 kg for the most successful participant, whose body mass index dropped by 3.2 kg/m2. The trial was initial testimony to the effectiveness of acupuncture for controlling the weight of adults.
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

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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: European Journal of Pain - Category: Anesthesiology Authors: Tags: Original Article Source Type: research
Source: Trials - Category: General Medicine Authors: Tags: Correction Source Type: research
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Source: Kevin, M.D. - Medical Weblog - Category: General Medicine Authors: Tags: Physician Endocrinology Oncology/Hematology Source Type: blogs
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Source: RSC - Analyst latest articles - Category: Chemistry Authors: Source Type: research
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Source: Current Oncology Reports - Category: Cancer & Oncology Source Type: research
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Source: PMandR - Category: Rehabilitation Source Type: research
Funding Opportunity PA-18-322 from the NIH Guide for Grants and Contracts. This funding opportunity announcement (FOA) encourages exploratory /developmental research grant applications (R21) to investigate the fundamental science of mind and body approaches, including mind/brain-focused practices (e.g., meditation, hypnosis), body-based approaches (e.g., acupuncture, massage, spinal manipulation/mobilization), meditative exercise (e.g., yoga, tai chi, qi gong), art and music therapies, or integrative approaches combining several components. Studies of pharmacologic approaches exclusively are not included in the scope of this FOA.
Source: NIH Funding Opportunities (Notices, PA, RFA) - Category: Research Source Type: funding
Funding Opportunity PA-18-323 from the NIH Guide for Grants and Contracts. This Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) encourages research grant applications (R01) to investigate the fundamental science of mind and body approaches, including mind/brain-focused practices (e.g., meditation, hypnosis), body-based approaches (e.g., acupuncture, massage, spinal manipulation/mobilization), meditative exercise (e.g., yoga, tai chi, qi gong), art and music therapies, or integrative approaches combining several components. Studies of pharmacologic approaches exclusively are not included in the scope of this FOA.
Source: NIH Funding Opportunities (Notices, PA, RFA) - Category: Research Source Type: funding
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Source: Trials - Category: General Medicine Authors: Tags: Study protocol Source Type: research
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