This year went especially fast!  Everyone seems to be in agreement on that.  I hope this letter finds you happy and healthy and ready for the holidays. 
I'd love to see you.
Kristen
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News for October, 2014
 Clinic News and Cases
Clinic News: Two Publications, High Blood Pressure and Sleep Disorders
  My research article for Medical Acupuncture on Acupuncture for High Blood Pressure is published.  The National Library of Medicine link is here My study suggests that measurable stress levels decrease in acupuncture patients being treated for hypertension along with their blood pressure.  Similar results in a recent UCLA study in patients with coronary artery disease. Nice!
 
My oral presentation for a Medical Acupuncture Conference in Barcelona November 8th went well.  Fortunately there were enough researchers interested in the project (mainly from Germany) who stuck around to hear it.  I was almost the last speaker after a long day. I am researching whether varying the actual needling strategy improves the relaxation response that often accompanies acupuncture treatment.  I'm finding is that it is highly individual, just as we are taught in Chinese Medicine!

This short paper is  on how to treat sleep disorders in the Acupuncture Clinic. It is a part of a series in Alternative and Complementary Therapies' column entitled: "Clinical Roundup: Selected Treatment Options for Sleep Disorders." which is scheduled to appear in Volume 20, Number 6, December 2014. I submitted it with the welcome assistance of Dr. Brenda Golianu a fellow Anesthesiologist/Acupuncturist.

First, Do No Harm
Fitness and Health Files
 Hopefully, short shorts not required for the app 

Workout App
Here's a link for an app from the New York Times for the 7 minute workout.  I will try it and let you know how it goes!
 Cosmetic Acupuncture and Derma Roller
This is a nice summary of the benefits of cosmetic acupuncture and the derma roller.  I've been recommending and using the derma roller for quite a few years now and this article gives a good overview. 

 
Acupuncture Research Files

UCLAAcupuncture in Patients with Stable Coronary Artery Disease 
A study from UCLA looking at Heart Rate Variability before and after 12 weeks of 3 times per week of acupuncture.  They had an decrease in stress levels compared to the group receiving sham acupuncture treatment which correlates with lower risk of hospitalization or sudden death. I learned from this paper that acupuncture can help with arrhythmias and angina pectoris.
Lots of fascinating acupuncture research lately, if you are interested in that or some of my recent clinical cases, please visit the blog.


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