• Archive for July, 2014

    Acupuncture provides significant quality of life improvements among breast cancer patients taking drugs to prevent recurrence, study shows

    by  • 30 July 2014 • Pain News

    Use of electroacupuncture (EA) – a form of acupuncture where a small electric current is passed between pairs of acupuncture needles – produces significant improvements in fatigue, anxiety and depression in as little as eight weeks for early stage breast cancer patients experiencing joint pain related to the use of aromatase inhibitors (AIs) to treat breast cancer. The study is the first demonstration of EA’s efficacy for both joint pain relief, as well as these other common symptoms.

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    Could heart attack patients could be treated more quickly?

    by  • 25 July 2014 • Pain News

    Clinical judgement, combined with an electrocardiogram (ECG) and blood test on arrival, is effective in reducing unnecessary hospital admissions for chest pain, a new study shows. The findings of a research group could potentially make a huge difference to a large number of patients. Researchers assessed the diagnostic accuracy of emergency doctors’ clinical judgement for acute coronary syndromes – both alone and in combination with the tests available on arrival – ECG and a blood test which detects a protein called troponin.

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