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Short-term use of ibuprofen may increase chance of chronic pain, study suggests

Posted by Peng Zhang on Friday, May 13, 2022, In : News & research 

Using drugs like ibuprofen and steroids to relieve short-term health problems could increase the chances of developing chronic pain, new research suggests.

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New York Times: Considering Bone or Joint Surgery? You May Not Need It.

Posted by Peng Zhang on Friday, January 7, 2022, In : News & research 
British researchers looked at studies of 10 common orthopedic operations, including surgeries of the knee, hip, shoulder, spine and wrist. They found good evidence of the superiority of surgery over other treatments for carpal tunnel syndrome and total knee replacement.  For six other common surgeries, randomized trials found little advantage over interventions like exercise, weight management, physical therapy and drug treatment. The researchers found no controlled trials that had compared h...
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NICE Recommends Acupuncture for Chronic Primary pain

Posted by Peng Zhang on Thursday, April 8, 2021, In : News & research 
The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence has published support for the use of both traditional Chinese and Western acupuncture for chronic primary pain.  Chronic primary pain is defined by NICE as pain for which no underlying condition adequately accounts for the pain or its impact. 

In November 2016, NICE did not support acupuncture for the treatment of low back pain.  Their view was that there was no evidence that it was better than sham treatment. (
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Commonly used treatments for chronic pain can do more harm than good and should not be used, says NICE in draft guidance

Posted by Peng Zhang on Tuesday, August 11, 2020, In : News & research 
Acupuncture is recommended as an option for some people with chronic primary pain, provided it is delivered within certain, clearly defined parameters.

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Clinical Evidence for Association of Acupuncture and Acupressure With Improved Cancer Pain - A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis

Posted by Peng Zhang on Saturday, December 21, 2019, In : News & research


Importance  Research into acupuncture and acupressure and their application for cancer pain has been growing, but the findings have been inconsistent.

Objective  To evaluate the existing randomized clinical trials (RCTs) for evidence of the association of acupuncture and acupressure with reduction in cancer pain.

Data Sources  Three English-language databases (PubMed, Embase, and CINAHL) and 4 Chinese-language biomedical d...

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Can acupuncture help menopause symptoms?

Posted by Peng Zhang on Thursday, March 14, 2019, In : News & research

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Acupuncture in cancer study reignites debate about controversial technique

Posted by Peng Zhang on Friday, December 15, 2017, In : News & research 
Large study suggests acupuncture could help women stick with unpleasant cancer treatments.

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Battlefield acupuncture: Opening the door for acupuncture in Department of Defense/Veteran's Administration health care

Posted by Peng Zhang on Friday, January 6, 2017, In : News & research 
Nurs Outlook. 2016 Sep-Oct;64(5):491-8.
By Walker PH 

Battlefield acupuncture is a unique auricular acupuncture procedure which is being used in a number of military medical facilities throughout the Department of Defense (DoD). It has been used with anecdotal published positive impact with warriors experiencing polytrauma, post-traumatic stress disorder, and traumatic brain injury. It has also been effectively used to treat warriors with mu...

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Cupping: it's not just for Olympians

Posted by Peng Zhang on Wednesday, August 10, 2016, In : News & research 
“Athletes train extremely hard for years, so they are not going to waste time on something that doesn’t work or may harm them,”

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Differential cerebral response to somatosensory stimulation of an acupuncture point vs. two non-acupuncture-points measured with EEG and fMRI

Posted by Peng Zhang on Tuesday, May 17, 2016, In : News & research Front Hum Neurosci 2015; 9: 74 By Till Nierhaus 


Acupuncture can be regarded as a complex somatosensory stimulation. Here, we evaluate whether the point locations chosen for a somatosensory stimulation with acupuncture needles differently change the brain activity in healthy volunteers. We used EEG, event-related fMRI, and resting-state functional connectivity fMRI to assess neural responses to standardized needle stimulation of the acupunctu...

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York study maps the effects of acupuncture on the brain

Posted by Peng Zhang on Monday, January 5, 2015, In : News & research 
The study, by researchers at the University of York and the Hull York Medical School published in Brain Research, indicates that acupuncture has a significant effect on specific neural structures.

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Science Behind Medical Acupuncture

Posted by Peng Zhang on Thursday, November 6, 2014, In : News & research 

A special issue of Medical Acupuncture presents a series of articles by authors from around the world who provide diverse and insightful perspectives on the science and physiologic responses underlying medical acupuncture.

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Acupuncture Helps Pediatric Patients Manage Pain and Nausea

Posted by Peng Zhang on Thursday, September 25, 2014, In : News & research 

Controlled studies of acupuncture in pediatric patients have shown its usefulness in managing nausea after surgical removal of tonsils and adenoids and following eye surgery to correct strabismus. It has also been shown to help reduce chronic headache pain in children. Just how acupuncture works is not well understood, but it may stimulate the release of neurotransmitters such as endorphins and serotonin or otherwise inhibit pain transmission.
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BBC News: Antibiotics resistance 'as big a risk as terrorism'

Posted by Peng Zhang on Monday, March 11, 2013, In : News & research 

The danger posed by growing resistance to antibiotics should be ranked along with terrorism on a list of threats to the nation, the government's chief medical officer for England has said.

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News: Plymouth NHS Acupuncture Service Petition

Posted by Peng Zhang on Tuesday, January 1, 2013, In : News & research 
More than 1,200 people have signed an online petition to save an acupuncture service based at the maternity unit at Plymouth's Derriford Hospital.

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BBC news: Painkillers 'are the cause' of millions of headaches

Posted by Peng Zhang on Wednesday, September 19, 2012, In : News & research 
National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence's (NICE) says that taking too many painkillers can make headaches worse, and acupuncture is recommended in patients susceptible to migraine and tension headaches.
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News: House Of Commons Talk Pinpoints Acupuncture As A Cost-Effective Solution For The NHS

Posted by Peng Zhang on Monday, May 14, 2012, In : News & research 

Please read the press release shown below for more information.

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