Effects of maternal caffeine consumption on the breastfed child

The authors of this systematic review identified 5 papers for their narrative synthesis. They report that maternal chocolate and coffee might be associated with increased infant colic and atopic dermatitis, although it remains unknown whether caffeine is a causative agent. They note that the quality of the studies reviewed was variable, and that evidence for any recommendations therefore remains scant and and inconclusive. Read more

Pilot study exploring manual therapy on the diaphragm for asthmatic patients

This small study of 32 patients explored the effect of diaphragmatic stretching on some measures of asthmatic function, including respiratory pressures, rib-cage excursion, and spinal mobility. The authors found an increase in maximum inspiratory pressure 5 minutes after treatment, and increased flexibility and mobility of the rib-cage 20 minutes after treatment. Read more

Pericranial tenderness in females with episodic cervical headache

40 participants (20 with cervical headache, 20 asymptomatic) were assessed in this single-blinded trial. Tenderness was assessed in the suboccipital, temporal, frontal, masseter, upper trapezius, levator scapula, and sternocleidomastoid muscle insertions. Passive cervical mobility was also assessed, and headache pattern (intensity, frequency, and duration) were noted. Read more

Factors influencing osteopaths’ relationship with evidence based practice

370 respondents completed a version of the JQ37 questionnaire adapted for the osteopathic profession. Generally UK osteopaths were interested in improving the skills needed to implement evidence-based practice. However, respondents did not search databases for current literatue, or use available practice guidelines, believing guidelines to be inapplicable to osteopathic patients. Read more