PLOS ONE publishes a howler of a bad acupuncture network meta-analysis

Meta-analyses can sometimes suffer from the “GIGO problem” (garbage in, garbage out). The publication of a “crappy” acupuncture “network meta-analysis” for acupuncture and chronic constipation illustrates the GIGO problem on steroids a.nd reveals a problem with peer review at PLOS ONE, where it was published The post PLOS ONE publishes a howler of a bad acupuncture network meta-analysis appeared first on RESPECTFUL INSOLENCE.
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Background: Pain is one of the major comorbidities of sickle cell disease (SCD), which largely remains reliant on opioid use for analgesia. Side effects of opioids including, but not limited to fear of addiction, constipation, pruritus and opioid-induced hyperalgesia warrant the need for analgesic therapies devoid of side effects. Non-pharmacological strategies including acupuncture have been effective in pain treatment. A retrospective analysis (n=24 patients) showed that acupuncture reduced pain in a majority (75%) of SCD patients (Lu K et al., Clin J Pain. 2014). In a mouse model of SCD, electroacupuncture (EA) on consc...
Source: Blood - Category: Hematology Authors: Tags: 113. Hemoglobinopathies, Excluding Thalassemia-Basic and Translational Science: Poster I Source Type: research
(Natural News) Functional constipation is a pain in the butt. Not only does it disrupt your life, but it can bring about much more serious problems. South Korean researchers therefore looked into the possibility of using acupuncture to improve constipation. Acupuncture is one of the many techniques that traditional Korean medicine borrowed from its Chinese...
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This study will provide evidence of the preliminary effects and inform future sample size calculations for studies of acupuncture for constipation following an ischemic stroke. These findings will inform subsequent large-scale randomized controlled trials.Trial registrationISRCTN,22214747. Registered on 17 August 2015.
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Conclusion: The conclusion of our systematic review will provide evidence to judge whether EA is an effective intervention for patient with IBS. PROSPERO registration number: PROSPERO CRD42018081610.
Source: Medicine - Category: Internal Medicine Tags: Research Article: Study Protocol Systematic Review Source Type: research
Conclusion: There is a lack of conclusive evidence regarding the benefits of acupuncture for the treatment of breast cancer survivors in Korea. More rigorous RCTs are necessary in the future to establish stronger clinical evidence regarding the use of acupuncture to better reflect the clinical context of Korea.
Source: Medicine - Category: Internal Medicine Tags: Research Article: Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis Source Type: research
AbstractObjectiveTo observe the clinical efficacy of point application withDa Huang (Rhizoma Rhei Cruda) powder at Shenque (CV 8) plus moxa-salt hot compress on the umbilicus for preventing gastrointestinal adverse reactions after chemotherapy for non-Hodgkin lymphoma (NHL).MethodsA total of 60 cases with NHL under chemotherapy were divided into two groups by hospitalization order, with 30 cases in each group. The control group was treated with routine nursing and the observation group was additionally given point application withDa Huang (Rhizoma Rhei Cruda) powder plus moxa-salt hot compress on the umbilicus, to compare ...
Source: Journal of Acupuncture and Tuina Science - Category: Complementary Medicine Source Type: research
The prevalence of functional constipation (FC) is 3 –27%, and FC has been reported to cause discomfort in daily life and various complications. The treatment for FC depends on laxatives, and thus, effective and...
Source: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine - Category: Complementary Medicine Authors: Tags: Research article Source Type: research
Conclusions and InferencesElectro‐acupuncture at specific acupoints can improve intestinal motility in constipation by altering the ENS and differentially affecting excitatory and inhibitory neurons, restoring the coordination between contraction and relaxation muscles, and working in concert with the central nervous system and peripheral neural pathways. EA stimulation at either ST 37 or ST 25 relieves the symptoms of constipation, but has different effects in the proximal colon. ST 37 alters both excitatory and inhibitory enteric neurons, while ST 25 only influences inhibitory neurons.
Source: Neurogastroenterology and Motility - Category: Gastroenterology Authors: Tags: ORIGINAL ARTICLE Source Type: research
Okay, everyone knows smoking is bad for you, the number one cause of preventable death in the US and the world, a direct cause of lung and heart disease and cancer… et cetera. So let’s get right down to the nitty-gritty: quitting smoking is tough. What can people do to quit? To answer this question, I spoke with my colleague Nancy Rigotti, MD. Dr. Rigotti is director of the Massachusetts General Hospital Tobacco Research and Treatment Center. She has extensively researched nicotine and tobacco, evaluated public policies on tobacco, contributed to US Surgeon General’s Reports, and authored clinical guidel...
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Neurogastroenterology&Motility, EarlyView.
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