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Comparative Efficacy of Oral Traditional Chinese Patent Medicines for Acute Cerebral Infarction: A Protocol for a Systematic Review and Network Meta-Analysis

Traditional Chinese patent medicines (TCPMs) are widely used in the treatment of ACI in China. Many oral traditional Chinese patent medicines have been reported to be effective for acute cerebral infarction (ACI). However, a comparison of randomized controlled trials (RCTs) to directly compare the efficacy of different oral TCPMs has not been performed. There is no evidence to demonstrate which of oral TCPMs more effective for clinicians. Therefore, we plan to conduct a systematic review and network meta-analysis (NMA) to compare the efficacy of 10 kinds of oral TCPMs for ACI.

Cancer, Sleep Problems, and Mind‐Body Medicine Use: Results of the 2017 National Health Interview Survey

Sleep problems affect physical and emotional well‐being as well as immune system function. Evidence has demonstrated an improvement in sleep problems in patients with cancer through the use of mind‐body medicine (MBM). In the current study, the authors sought to elucidate the prevalence of sleep problems and the use of MBM in adult cancer survivors. Read more here.

Prophylactic Acupuncture Treatment during Chemotherapy with Breast Cancer: A Randomized Pragmatic Trial with a Retrospective Nested Qualitative Study

This study investigated the effect of additional prophylactic acupuncture during chemotherapy on quality of life and side effects compared to standard treatment alone in breast cancer patients. Read more here.

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy for Irritable Bowel Syndrome: 24-Month Follow-Up of Participants in the ACTIB Randomised Trial

Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) is common, affecting 10–20% of the adult population worldwide, with many people reporting ongoing symptoms despite first-line therapies. Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) is recommended in guidelines for refractory IBS but there is insufficient access to CBT for IBS and uncertainty about whether benefits last in the longer term. Assessing Cognitive behavioural Therapy for IBS (ACTIB) was a large, randomised, controlled trial of two forms of CBT for patients with refractory IBS.

Chinese Herbal Medicines for Restenosis After Percutaneous Coronary Intervention: A Meta-Analysis of Randomized Controlled Trials

This study evaluates the efficacy of Chinese herbal medicines after percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI). Read more here.

Motivations for Adopting and Maintaining a Yoga Practice: A National Cross-Sectional Survey

Yoga practice is becoming increasingly popular around the world, yet little is known regarding why people adopt the practice of yoga or how their reasons for practice change with continued practice. Furthermore, whether those who practice different types of yoga have different motives remains unknown. Read more here.

Perceptions of Using Herbal Medicines for Managing Menopausal Symptoms: A Web-Based Survey of Korean Medicine Doctors

Background: Most women experiencing menopause have sought out traditional treatment options to relieve their symptoms. The aim of this study, which used a web-based survey, was to investigate perceptions of Korean medicine doctors (KMDs) on managing menopausal symptoms with herbal medicines. Read more here.

The Efficacy of Topical Sesame Oil in Patients with Knee Osteoarthritis: A Randomized Double-Blinded Active-Controlled Non-Inferiority Clinical Trial

Sesame oil is an herbal product that has been used to treat the joints pain in several traditional medicines. In this study, we evaluated the efficacy of topical sesame oil versus diclofenac gel in patients with knee osteoarthritis (OA). Read more here.

Comparing Physicians’ and Patients’ Reporting on Adverse Reactions in Randomized Trials on Acupuncture—A Secondary Data Analysis

We aimed to compare patients’ and physicians’ safety reporting using data from large acupuncture trials (44,818 patients) and to determine associations between patient characteristics and reporting of adverse reactions. Read more here.

Cervical Surgery Rate in Neck Pain Patients with and Without Acupuncture Treatment: A Retrospective Cohort Study

Surgical treatment of neck pain often entails high costs and adverse events. The present cohort study investigated whether utilisation of acupuncture in neck pain patients is associated with a reduced rate of cervical surgery. Read more here.