Sham Acupuncture

What is sham acupuncture? It is an acupuncture treatment that does not stimulate known acupuncture points.

What is real acupuncture? In this new acupuncture study published in a real medical journal:
A randomized trial comparing acupuncture, simulated acupuncture, and usual care for chronic low back pain [Archives of Internal Medicine, 2009 May 11];
simulated acupuncture using toothpicks that did not penetrate the skin was just as effective as real acupuncture.

Simulated acupuncture could be considered to be sham needling but it is not sham acupuncture. Time.com is a little confused about this in Acupuncture for Bad Backs: Even Sham Therapy Works. But at least they included an image of a half naked Asian woman in their story.

Acupuncture Side Effect?

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Stroke And The Three Nuns

What is the stroke definition?

A stroke is a sudden loss of brain function. It is caused by the interruption of the flow of blood in part of the brain. There are two kinds of stroke :

  1. The most common is ischemic stroke. Is is caused by a blood clot in the brain.
  2. The other kind of stroke is hemorrhagic stroke. It is caused by bleeding in the brain.

One of the risk factors for having a stroke is high blood pressure. High blood pressure which is often seen in the elderly.

Can you identify the kind of stroke described in the following story? Continue reading

Prostate Cancer – Knowledge Through Humor

This public service announcement about Prostate specific antigen uses clips from old western movies to encourage men to have a PSA (Prostate specific antigen) test.

Therefore, this video is PSA about getting a PSA test…got that? | (PSA = Prostate specific antigen, Public service announcement)

What is a prostate-specific antigen (PSA) test?

Prostate-specific antigen is a protein produced by the prostate gland.
Low levels of PSA are normally found in the blood.
The PSA test measures the level of PSA in the blood.
Elevated levels of PSA could be an indication of prostate diseases such as benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH) and prostate cancer.

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A Short History Of Medicine

“Doctor, I have an ear ache.”

2000 B.C. – Here, eat this root.
1000 A.D. – That root is heathen. Here, say this prayer.
1850 A.D. – That prayer is superstition. Here, drink this potion.
1940 A.D. – That potion is snake oil. Here, swallow this pill.
1985 A.D. – That pill is ineffective. Here, take this antibiotic.
2000 A.D. – That antibiotic is artificial. Here, eat this root.

 

An adverse effect is a harmful effect caused by a medication such as an antibiotic…or a root.