This update of a Cochrane review of pharmacological and non-pharmacological interventions for the management of gagging in people undergoing dental treatment found very low-certainty evidence from four trials that was insufficient to conclude if there is any benefit of acupuncture, acupressure or laser at P6 point in reducing gagging and allowing successful completion of dental procedures.[read the full story...]
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Acupuncture for mild cognitive impairment: rubbish in, rubbish out
Edzard Ernst shines a light on the unfounded claims presented in a meta-analysis published today on acupuncture for amnestic mild cognitive impairment.[read the full story...]
Whiplash and neck pain: what’s most cost-effective?
GPs Tom Rowley and Michael Horsfield write their debut MSK Elf blog on a recent systematic review, which investigates the most cost-effective interventions for the management of whiplash-associated and neck pain-associated disorders.[read the full story...]
Subacromial impingement syndrome effectiveness of physiotherapy and manual therapy
Some of our Elf friends who are regular swimmers have been suffering from sore shoulders. One of them has been diagnosed as having subacromial impingement syndrome (SIS). In this blog, Tracey Howe considers a best evidence review on SIS effectiveness of physiotherapy and manual therapy.[read the full story...]
Effectiveness of dry needling Myofascial Trigger Points for neck and shoulder pain
In her debut blog, Catherine McRitchie considers a systematic review and a meta analysis, which examines the effectiveness of dry needling Myofascial Trigger Points for neck and shoulder pain.[read the full story...]
What is the best management approach for patellofemoral pain?
In this blog, Lesley Dawson considers a mixed methods study, which combined findings from high-quality systematic reviews with clinical reasoning from international clinical experts to produce a best practice guide for clinicians managing patients with patellofemoral pain.[read the full story...]
Cochrane review finds that acupuncture, acupressure, laser therapy and electrostimulation show little benefit for smoking cessation
Despite being on the decline, smoking is still one of the largest causes of preventable morbidity and mortality in the world. According to recent World Health Organisation data, smoking directly kills around 5 million people every year. The NHS spends almost £90 million on cessation efforts to combat the £5 billion treatment cost. Recent research [read the full story…]
Insufficient evidence for effects of non-pharmacological interventions for the relief of dry mouth
It has been estimated that between 10-26% of men and 10-33% of women experience dry mouth. The subjective sensation of dry mouth is called xerostomia and can be found in people with normal salivary gland function. The normal range of salivary production ranges from 0.5 to 1.5 litres per day. The aim of this Cochrane [read the full story…]