Points of Interest 03/03/2016

ABANDONED HISTORY: Alternative medicine in Lockport

Mississippi House votes to expand vaccination exemptions

Tex Med. 2016 Mar 1;112(3):47-52. A Needling Controversy.

PLoS One. 2016 Feb 29;11(2):e0147959. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0147959. eCollection 2016. Effects of Expanded Coverage for Chiropractic Services on Medicare Costs in a CMS Demonstration "Expanded coverage increased Medicare expenditures by $50 million or 28.5% in users of chiropractic services and by $114 million or 10.4% in all patients treated for NMS conditions in demonstration areas during the two-year period. Results varied widely among demonstration areas ranging from increased costs per user of $485 in Northern Illinois and Chicago counties to decreases in costs per user of $59 in New Mexico and $178 in Scott County, Iowa."

Health (London). 2016 Feb 28. pii: 1363459316633281. What led health professionals to study and practise acupuncture in Spain?. "Acupuncture offers the possibility to improve the healthcare assistance by transcending the reification of human beings resulting from the pre-eminence of the biomedical paradigm and facilitating cooperation between disciplines." Must be a bd translation from the original Spanish.

J Pain Symptom Manage. 2014 Jan;47(1):12-25. doi: 10.1016/j.jpainsymman.2013.03.007. Epub 2013 Apr 17. The effectiveness of acupressure for the control and management of chemotherapy-related acute and delayed nausea: a randomized controlled trial.. ""Patients with cancer receiving chemotherapy were randomized to receive standardized antiemetics and acupressure wristbands, sham acupressure wristbands, or antiemetics alone. ... Primary outcome analysis (nausea in Cycle 1) revealed no statistically significant differences between the three groups,... However, the study provided evidence of encouraging signals in relation to improved nausea experience and warrants further consideration in both practice and further clinical trials." If acupuncture was a real medicine it would have long ago been thrown into the trash heap. But no ammount of negative studies will dissuade a believer.

Top uni scraps homeopathy - because it's nonsense. One of Spain's top universities has scrapped a homeopathy programme because of its "lack of scientific basis".

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