Points of Interest 12/03/2016

Complement Ther Med. 2016 Dec;29:219-228. doi: 10.1016/j.ctim.2016.10.010. Epub 2016 Oct 11. A randomized placebo-controlled trial of traditional Chinese medicine as an add-on therapy to oral montelukast in the treatment of mild persistent asthma in children. Improved the symptoms but not the actual lung function. Hmmmm.

Complement Ther Med. 2016 Dec;29:141-151. doi: 10.1016/j.ctim.2016.09.019. Epub 2016 Sep 20. Complementary and alternative medicine for lowering blood lipid levels: A systematic review of systematic reviews.. "To conclude, the evidence from SRs evaluating the effectiveness of CAM in lowering BLL is predominantly equivocal and confusing"

Complement Ther Med. 2016 Dec;29:45-47. doi: 10.1016/j.ctim.2016.09.012. Epub 2016 Sep 12. Further comments on some core arguments from a discussion about: "Is traditional Chinese medicine really relevant?"  I'd say no.

Complement Ther Med. 2016 Dec;29:164-168. doi: 10.1016/j.ctim.2016.10.005. Epub 2016 Oct 6. Assessing knowledge about acupuncture: A survey of people with back pain in the UK.. I would say the authors were incorrect about the questionnaire when then suggest that false statements are true: Acupuncture can help to relieve pain. True.
Acupuncture can release natural pain-killing chemicals in our brains. True

Complement Ther Med. 2016 Dec;29:229-234. doi: 10.1016/j.ctim.2016.10.013. Epub 2016 Nov 2. A randomized controlled trial of a homeopathic syrup in the treatment of cold symptoms in young children.. All homeopathy trials in children represent a failure of the IRB to protect study subjects.

Points of Interest 12/05/2016
Disgraced former physician Andrew Wakefield is key...

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