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					  CMAJ                                                            
				
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Description: The specific effect of acupuncture, compared with sham acupuncture, on recovery after stroke is uncertain. Of 10 trials identified in their systematic review, Kong and colleagues were able to summarize the findings of five trials that assessed the effect on functionality soon after stroke in a total of 368 patients. Acupuncture may not be as promising in stroke rehabilitation as was previously thought, and more rigorous research is needed, say the authors. See Research, page 1723A quarter of the people who saw a doctor because of shingles still had pain three months later. Drolet and colleagues report this finding from their prospective study that monitored the severity of pain, interference with normal activities and quality of life of 261 patients aged 50 years or more who had acute herpes zoster. These findings support the need for early intervention and prevention strategies to reduce the burden from herpes zoster and postherpetic neuralgia, say the authors. See Research, page 1731
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