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A group of UK authors has used a qualitative approach to examine in detail how participants in an RCT, conducted in the USA, conceptualised placebos.

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A study by German and US authors has revealed a high degree of variation in the localisation of acupuncture points, and suggests that the term 'acupuncture field' may in fact be more appropriate.

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A systematic review has investigated the effect of patient expectancy on treatment responses to acupuncture.

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A systematic review has concluded that the non-specific effects of sham acupuncture are likely to bring tangible benefits to patients, compared with no treatment.

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An international team of authors has conducted a systematic overview of studies that have used fMRI to investigate brain responses to acupuncture, concluding that it can affect a broad network of regions involving somatosensory, affective and cognitive processing.

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A Chinese fMRI study has found that stimulation of the acupuncture points Guanyuan REN-4 and Zhongwan REN-12 has an effect on functional brain networks associated with emotional and cognitive regulation.

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Acupuncture at Taixi KID-3 can enhance activity in brain areas associated with memory in patients suffering from mild cognitive impairment (MCI).

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Manual stimulation of the acupoints Zusanli ST-36 and Neiguan P-6 can influence gastric myoelectrical and cardiac activities in healthy volunteers.

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Electro-acupuncture at Hegu L.I.-4 can specifically decrease the pain sensitivity of the mandibular area, according to Japanese researchers.

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A case report from Taiwan warns that direct puncture of a metastatic lymph node by an acupuncture needle has led to cutaneous spread of the tumour.

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