Spinal Cord Injury: How Could Acupuncture Help?

Publication date: Available online 30 May 2018 Source:Journal of Acupuncture and Meridian Studies Author(s): Qianqian Fan, Omer Cavus, Lize Xiong, Yun Xia Spinal cord injury (SCI) is one of the most common causes of death and disability worldwide, and it can result in both permanent disability and serial complications in patients. Research shows that patients with SCI complications are often interested in acupuncture for symptomatic relief. Therefore, the issue of physicians advising their patients regarding the use of acupuncture to alleviate SCI complications becomes pertinent. We review and summarize two types of relevant publications: (1) literature concerning acupuncture for SCI and its complications and (2) underlying mechanisms of acupuncture therapy for SCI. Clinical trials and reviews have suggested that acupuncture effectively manages a range of post-SCI complications, including motor and sensory dysfunction, pain, neurogenic bowel and bladder, pressure ulcers, spasticity, and osteoporosis. The effect of acupuncture on post-SCI orthostatic hypotension and sexual dysfunction remains unclear. Decreased oxidative stress, inhibition of inflammation and neuronal apoptosis, regulation of the expression and activity of endogenous biological mediators, and increased regenerative stem cell production are the possible mechanisms of acupuncture therapy for SCI. Although many limitations have been reported in previous studies, given the evidence for the efficacy of acupuncture...
Source: Journal of Acupuncture and Meridian Studies - Category: Complementary Medicine Source Type: research

Related Links:

Conclusions: Hyposplenia is a rare pathologic finding and often associated with hematological/oncological and autoimmune diseases. Furthermore,  altered B-mode US appearance and a pathological CEUS pattern are frequently found. However, the clinical implication, especially regarding splenic function remains obscure to date.Digestion
Source: Digestion - Category: Gastroenterology Source Type: research
Conclusion: Although exploratory in nature and with a pilot character, this study highlights the potential role of microbiota manipulations in IBS and describes a novel association of intestinalAkkermansia and pain modulation.Digestion
Source: Digestion - Category: Gastroenterology Source Type: research
Sonja Vu čković, Dragana Srebro, Katarina Savić Vujović, Čedomir Vučetić, Milica Prostran
Source: Frontiers in Pharmacology - Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: research
“I’m a medical student. Which specialty should I choose and what skills will a future doctor need?” “I’m in radiology. Looking at the recent advancements in medical technology, was it a wise choice or should I train myself in something different, too?” These are the questions I most frequently receive after my keynote speeches. While all should be aware of their own physical and intellectual capabilities, here are a few pieces of advice which skills to concentrate on based on the current and future trends in healthcare. The most significant trends in healthcare Artificial intelligence, w...
Source: The Medical Futurist - Category: Information Technology Authors: Tags: Future of Medicine Medical Education Medical Professionals capabilities crowdsourcing digital digital health digital literacy gamification Healthcare Innovation medical specialties medical specialty patient design skills tech Source Type: blogs
In conclusion, our results suggest that patients with a HEART score ≤3 being evaluated for chest pain are at extremely low risk for major adverse cardiac events and may be safely discharged without provocative testing. Positive cardiac testing in this population is more likely to represent a false-positive finding, resulting in unnecessary testing. These findings should be prospectively validated.
Source: Critical Pathways in Cardiology - Category: Cardiology Tags: Original Articles Source Type: research
Chest pain can be a challenging complaint to manage in the emergency department. A missed diagnosis can result in significant morbidity or mortality, whereas avoidable testing and hospitalizations can lead to increased health care costs, contribute to hospital crowding, and increase risks to patients. The HEART score is a validated decision aid to identify patients at low risk for acute coronary syndrome who can be safely discharged without admission or objective cardiac testing. In the largest and one of the longest studies to date (N = 31,060; 30 months), we included the HEART score into a larger, newly developed low-ris...
Source: Critical Pathways in Cardiology - Category: Cardiology Tags: Original Articles Source Type: research
Conclusions: Successful dissemination of the HEART Pathway will require addressing institution-specific barriers, which includes engaging clinical and financial stakeholders. New SMART-FHIR technologies, compatible with many electronic health record systems, can overcome barriers to health systems with limited information technology resources.
Source: Critical Pathways in Cardiology - Category: Cardiology Tags: Original Articles Source Type: research
Conclusions: In conclusion, most participants have not adopted protocols focused on reducing variation in ED chest pain admissions. Robust systems to ensure follow-up care after ED visits may reduce admission rates by mitigating the perceived risk of discharging ED patients with chest pain. Greater use of observation protocols may promote adoption of clinical guidelines and reduce admission rates.
Source: Critical Pathways in Cardiology - Category: Cardiology Tags: Original Articles Source Type: research
The nationwide German certification process of specialized chest pain units is unique in Europe. By February 2018, 269 units had already been successfully certified. With that number, more than half of all catheter laboratories across the country offering service on a 24/7 basis for interventional treatment in myocardial infarction take part in that certified chest pain program – with still increasing tendency. Currently, those units provide a mean of one chest pain unit bed per 65,000 inhabitants. Thereby, a high percentage of recertification of about 95% reflects a high acceptance of the concept by the health care ...
Source: Critical Pathways in Cardiology - Category: Cardiology Tags: Review Article Source Type: research
Publication date: Available online 30 May 2018Source: Journal of Acupuncture and Meridian StudiesAuthor(s): Qianqian Fan, Omer Cavus, Lize Xiong, Yun XiaAbstractSpinal cord injury (SCI) is one of the most common causes of death and disability worldwide, and it can result in both permanent disability and serial complications in patients. Research shows that patients with SCI complications are often interested in acupuncture for symptomatic relief. Therefore, the issue of physicians advising their patients regarding the use of acupuncture to alleviate SCI complications becomes pertinent. We review and summarize two types of ...
Source: Journal of Acupuncture and Meridian Studies - Category: Complementary Medicine Source Type: research
More News: Acupuncture | Back Pain | Brain | Clinical Trials | Disability | Neurology | Orthopaedics | Osteoporosis | Pain | Pressure Sores | Sexual Dysfunction | Spinal Cord Injury | Stem Cell Therapy | Stem Cells | Study