Acupuncture for breathlessness in advanced diseases: A systematic review and meta-analysis

Non-pharmacological approaches are effective strategies for difficult to palliate breathlessness. Whilst acupuncture is effective for dyspnoea in early-stage COPD, little is known about its effects in patients with advanced (non-)malignant diseases.
Source: Journal of Pain and Symptom Management - Category: Palliative Care Authors: Source Type: research

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Source: Anaerobe - Category: Microbiology Authors: Tags: Anaerobe Source Type: research
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Source: Journal of Neurosurgery.Spine - Category: Neurosurgery Authors: Tags: J Neurosurg Spine Source Type: research
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Source: The Orthopedic Clinics of North America - Category: Orthopaedics Authors: Tags: Orthop Clin North Am Source Type: research
Fight Aging! publishes news and commentary relevant to the goal of ending all age-related disease, to be achieved by bringing the mechanisms of aging under the control of modern medicine. This weekly newsletter is sent to thousands of interested subscribers. To subscribe or unsubscribe from the newsletter, please visit: https://www.fightaging.org/newsletter/ Longevity Industry Consulting Services Reason, the founder of Fight Aging! and Repair Biotechnologies, offers strategic consulting services to investors, entrepreneurs, and others interested in the longevity industry and its complexities. To find out m...
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Source: Allergy, Asthma and Immunology Research - Category: Allergy & Immunology Tags: Allergy Asthma Immunol Res Source Type: research
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Source: Annals of Epidemiology - Category: Epidemiology Authors: Tags: Ann Epidemiol Source Type: research
This week is Te Wiki o te Maori – and the theme is Kia Kaha te Reo Maori. For those readers not familiar with te reo, kia kaha translates to “be strong.” It’s a word people from Otautahi (Christchurch) have used a lot since 2010 and the first of the many events that have shaken (literally) our world since then. Te Wiki o te Maori is a week dedicated to celebrating and strengthening the use of Maori language in New Zealand. While the week celebrates the language of Aotearoa, it also helps us tangata tiriti, or people of the Treaty of Waitangi, remember that we have a place in this whenua (land). ...
Source: HealthSkills Weblog - Category: Anesthesiology Authors: Tags: Chronic pain Pain conditions Professional topics Research Resilience/Health Science in practice respect values Source Type: blogs
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Source: Dr. Smith's ECG Blog - Category: Cardiology Authors: Source Type: blogs
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