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Randomized Controlled Trial of Acupuncture for Chronic Neck Pain.

Randomized Controlled Trial of Acupuncture for Chronic Neck Pain. J Pain Palliat Care Pharmacother. 2008;22(1):25-26 Authors: Abernethy AP Abstract Timely and important studies are reviewed and commentaries provided by leading palliative care clinicians. Symptoms, interventions, mechanisms of action, and treatment-related adverse events addressed in this issue are: acupuncture for neck pain, role of IL-10 in neuropathic pain, treatments for diabetic neuropathy, probiotics for antibiotic-related diarrhea, and risk of fatal drug poisoning with opioid analgesics. PMID: 28792811 [PubMed]
Source: Journal of Pain and Palliative Care Pharmacotherapy - Category: Palliative Care Tags: J Pain Palliat Care Pharmacother Source Type: research

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