Cohort Studies

Publication Title: 
Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine (New York, N.Y.)

OBJECTIVE: The objective of this study was to observe for any change in baseline seizure frequency with acupuncture in children with cerebral palsy. METHODS: A randomized controlled study was conducted: Group I consisted of integrated acupuncture, tuina, and rehabilitation (physiotherapy, occupational therapy, and hydrotherapy) for 12 weeks; and Group II consisted of rehabilitation (physiotherapy, occupational therapy, and hydrotherapy) for 12 weeks. After a washout period of 4 weeks, Group II then received acupuncture and tuina for 12 weeks.

Author(s): 
Wu, Yun
Zou, Li-Ping
Han, Tong-Li
Zheng, Hua
Caspi, Opher
Wong, Virginia
Su, Yani
Shen, Kun-Ling
Publication Title: 
Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine (New York, N.Y.)

OBJECTIVE: The objective of this study was to describe the profile of a cohort of patients who presented to a Neuro-Emotional Technique (NET) clinic. This study investigated the change in the Distress and Risk Assessment Method (DRAM) outcome measure score after a 3-month course of NET was administered to participants. DESIGN AND SETTING: This was an uncontrolled cohort study in private practice. SUBJECTS: One hundred and eighty-eight (188) consecutive new patients presented to a NET clinic.

Author(s): 
Bablis, Peter
Pollard, Henry
Publication Title: 
Sleep

STUDY OBJECTIVES: To evaluate the efficacy and safety of electroacupuncture as an additional treatment for residual insomnia associated with major depressive disorder (MDD). DESIGN: Randomized, placebo-controlled. SETTING: A psychiatric outpatient clinic. PARTICIPANTS: 78 Chinese patients with DSM-IV-diagnosed MDD, insomnia complaint, a Hamilton Rating Scale for Depression (HDRS(17)) score ≤ 18, and fixed antidepressant dosage.

Author(s): 
Yeung, Wing-Fai
Chung, Ka-Fai
Tso, Kwok-Chu
Zhang, Shi-Ping
Zhang, Zhang-Jin
Ho, Lai-Ming
Publication Title: 
Integrative Cancer Therapies

Although localized colon cancer is often successfully treated with surgery, advanced disease requires aggressive systemic therapy that has lower effectiveness. Approximately 30% to 75% of patients with colon cancer use complementary and alternative medicine (CAM), but there is limited formal evidence of survival efficacy.

Author(s): 
McCulloch, Michael
Broffman, Michael
van der Laan, Mark
Hubbard, Alan
Kushi, Lawrence
Abrams, Donald I.
Gao, Jin
Colford, John M.
Publication Title: 
Pediatrics

BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVES: Traditional chinese medicine (TCM) is one of the most commonly used complementary and alternative medicines. However, there is a paucity of epidemiologic reports on features of pediatric TCM users. As TCM services are fully reimbursed by National Health Insurance in Taiwan, this study used a nationwide cohort database to investigate demographics, diseases patterns, and parents' characteristics of pediatric TCM users. METHODS: Children aged <12 years were extracted from the National Health Insurance Research Database for analysis.

Author(s): 
Chen, Hsing-Yu
Lin, Yi-Hsuan
Wu, Jau-Ching
Chen, Yu-Chun
Thien, Peck-Foong
Chen, Tzeng-Ji
Yang, Sien-Hung
Chen, Jiun-Liang
Lo, Su-Shun
Publication Title: 
Journal of Traditional Chinese Medicine = Chung I Tsa Chih Ying Wen Pan / Sponsored by All-China Association of Traditional Chinese Medicine, Academy of Traditional Chinese Medicine

OBJECTIVE: To confirm the long-term outcomes of stroke patients and determine predicting factors for death, recurrence of vascular events and poor outcome (either recurrence or death) after the use of combined TCM therapy. METHODS: This was a retrospective hospital-based cohort study and was performed in the First Affiliated Hospital of Tianjin University of Traditional Chinese Medicine in Tianjin. All subjects with stroke consecutively admitted to an inpatient ward of the Acupuncture Department from January 1, 2008, to December 31, 2008 were retrospectively followed through one year.

Author(s): 
Zhao, Xiao-Feng
Su, Shi-jun
Yun, Guo
Guo, Yun-hong
Wang, Shu
Publication Title: 
PloS One

INTRODUCTION: Lower urinary tract symptoms (LUTS), which encompass storage, voiding, and postmicturition symptoms, are highly prevalent and recognized globally. Based on a nationwide population-based database, this study tests the hypothesis that medical attendance for LUTS is associated with a subsequent increase in the number of outpatient visits and hospitalizations, with differences among medical specialties and age groups.

Author(s): 
Wu, Ming-Ping
Weng, Shih-Feng
Hsu, Ya-Wen
Wang, Jhi-Joung
Kuo, Hann-Chorng
Publication Title: 
PloS One

BACKGROUND: This study searches the National Health Insurance Research Database (NHIRD) used in a previous project, aiming for reconstructing possible cerebrovascular disease-related groups (DRG),and estimating the costs between cerebrovascular disease and related diseases.

Author(s): 
Chiu, Hsienhsueh Elley
Hong, Yu-Chiang
Chang, Ku-Chou
Shih, Chun-Chuan
Hung, Jen-Wen
Liu, Chia-Wei
Tan, Teng-Yeow
Huang, Chih-Cheng
Publication Title: 
Journal of Traditional Chinese Medicine = Chung I Tsa Chih Ying Wen Pan / Sponsored by All-China Association of Traditional Chinese Medicine, Academy of Traditional Chinese Medicine

OBJECTIVE: To study serum visfatin levels in women with polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) grouped by Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) patterns. To study the correlations of serum visfatin levels with homeostatic model assessment insulin resistance (HOMA-IR), fasting plasma glucose (FPG), fasting insulin (FINS), body mass index (BMI), testosterone (T), total cholesterol (TC), and triglycerides (TG).

Author(s): 
Fu, Huijia
Qiu, Yan
Xia, Min
Wei, Feng
He, Huiyu
Yang, Li
Publication Title: 
Journal of the American Geriatrics Society

OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the training effects of Chinese shadow boxing, Tai Chi Chuan (TCC), on the maintenance of cardiorespiratory function in older individuals. DESIGN: Prospective study of a cohort of TCC practitioners and a group of sedentary controls examined 2 years after initial examination. SETTING: Research project at a hospital-based exercise physiology laboratory. PARTICIPANTS: Eighty-four community-dwelling older adults (mean age: 64 +/- 9 years) with no significant cardiovascular, pulmonary, and musculoskeletal disease completed this study.

Author(s): 
Lai, J. S.
Lan, C.
Wong, M. K.
Teng, S. H.

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