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Publication Title: 
Journal of Acupuncture and Meridian Studies

This systematic review aims to evaluate the therapeutic effects of yoga therapy using an evidence-based approach and investigates the relationship between yoga and the meridian energies based on all available clinical studies in Korea. Sixteen electronic databases will be searched from the inception of the study until January 2016. All clinical evidences that evaluate any type of yoga and any type of control in individuals with any type of condition will be eligible.

Author(s): 
Choi, Jiae
Jun, Ji Hee
Lee, Ju Ah
Lee, Myeong Soo
Publication Title: 
BMC complementary and alternative medicine

BACKGROUND: The collaborative treatment of acupuncture in addition to routine care as an approach for the management of low back pain (LBP) is receiving increasing recognition from both public and professional arenas. In 2010, the Ministry of Health, Welfare and Family Affairs (MOHW) of South Korea approved the practice of doctors and Oriental medical doctors (acupuncture qualified) working together in the same facility and offering collaborative treatment at the same time for the same disease.

Author(s): 
Kim, Namkwen
Yang, Bongmin
Lee, Taejin
Kwon, Soonman
Publication Title: 
PloS One

OBJECTIVE: Acupuncture is commonly practiced in Korea and is regularly evaluated in clinical trials. Although many Cochrane reviews of acupuncture include searches of both English and Chinese databases, there is no information on the value of searching Korean databases. This study aimed to investigate the impact of searching Korean databases and journals for trials eligible for inclusion in existing Cochrane acupuncture reviews.

Author(s): 
Kim, Kun Hyung
Kong, Jae Cheol
Choi, Jun-Yong
Choi, Tae-Young
Shin, Byung-Cheul
McDonald, Steve
Lee, Myeong Soo
Publication Title: 
BMJ open

OBJECTIVES: This study aims to assess the completeness of reporting of randomised controlled trials (RCTs) of acupuncture in the Korean literature. DESIGN: Systematic review. METHODS: We searched 12 Korean databases and 7 Korean journals to identify eligible RCTs of acupuncture published from 1996 to July 2011. We used the Consolidated Standards of Reporting Trials (CONSORT) checklist for parallel RCTs and the revised STandards for Reporting Interventions in Clinical Trials of Acupuncture (STRICTA) to assess the quality of reporting in Korean RCTs.

Author(s): 
Kim, Kun Hyung
Kang, Jung Won
Lee, Myeong Soo
Lee, Jae-Dong
Publication Title: 
Trials

The aim of this study was to assess the endorsement of reporting guidelines in Korean traditional medicine (TM) journals by reviewing their instructions to authors. We examined the instructions to authors in all of the TM journals published in Korea to assess the appropriate use of reporting guidelines for research studies. The randomized controlled trials (RCTs) published after 2010 in journals that endorsed reporting guidelines were obtained.

Author(s): 
Choi, Jiae
Jun, Ji Hee
Kang, Byoung Kab
Kim, Kun Hyung
Lee, Myeong Soo
Publication Title: 
BMJ open

INTRODUCTION: Total knee arthroplasty (TKA) is a common surgical method in orthopaedics; however, pain management after TKA remains a significant challenge. This review provides a comprehensive evaluation of the effects of acupuncture for postoperative pain after TKA.

Author(s): 
Jung, Jae-Young
Cho, Jae-Heung
Chung, Seok-hee
Publication Title: 
The Korean Journal of Gastroenterology = Taehan Sohwagi Hakhoe Chi

BACKGROUND/AIMS: The prevalence of colonic diverticulosis in Korea is increasing in conjunction with the adoption of western dietary pattern, extension of lifespan, and advances in diagnostic modalities. The clinical characteristics of colonic diverticulosis seem to be gradually becoming similar to those of Western societies. Therefore, factors associated with the clinical characteristics of colonic diverticulosis in Korea were investigated.

Author(s): 
Kim, Sun Young
Kim, You Sun
Kim, Hyun Tae
Kwon, Sun Ok
Oh, Myoung Ki
Cha, In Hye
Ok, Kyeong Sam
Kwak, Cheol Hun
Kim, Jin Nam
Moon, Jeong Seop
Publication Title: 
International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health

Although there is some evidence supporting the existence of an association between prenatal maternal or postnatal child's urine phthalate metabolite concentrations and poor attentional performances, the interaction between urine phthalate metabolite levels and genetic variation for neuropsychological deficit of attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) has not been examined.

Author(s): 
Park, Subin
Kim, Bung-Nyun
Cho, Soo-Churl
Kim, Yeni
Kim, Jae-Won
Lee, Ju-Young
Hong, Soon-Beom
Shin, Min-Sup
Yoo, Hee Jeong
Im, Hosub
Cheong, Jae Hoon
Han, Doug Hyun
Publication Title: 
Journal of Affective Disorders

Considerable evidence suggests a crucial role for the epigenetic regulation of brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF) in the pathophysiology of major depressive disorder (MDD). However, the relationship between BDNF DNA methylation and white matter (WM) integrity in MDD has not yet been investigated. In the current study, we examined the association between the DNA methylation status of the BDNF promoter region and WM integrity in MDD.

Author(s): 
Choi, Sunyoung
Han, Kyu-Man
Won, Eunsoo
Yoon, Bong-June
Lee, Min-Soo
Ham, Byung-Joo
Publication Title: 
International Journal of Psychiatry in Medicine

OBJECTIVE: Brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF) has been considered a risk factor for suicidality. BDNF secretion is influenced by epigenetic (DNA methylation) and genetic (val66met polymorphism) profiles. We aimed to investigate the independent effects of BDNF promoter methylation status on suicidal ideation as well as the effects of its interaction with the val66met polymorphism in patients with breast cancer. METHODS: A total of279 patients with breast cancer were evaluated 1 week after breast surgery, and 244 (87%) were followed up 1 year later.

Author(s): 
Kim, Jae-Min
Kang, Hee-Ju
Kim, Seon-Young
Kim, Sung-Wan
Shin, Il-Seon
Kim, Hye-Ran
Park, Min-Ho
Shin, Myung-Geun
Yoon, Jung-Han
Yoon, Jin-Sang

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