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Randomised controlled trial of infantile colic treated with chiropractic spinal manipulation
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    Comparison to placebo vs. comparison to nocebo: a chiropractic result in perspective.

    Dear Editor,

    There is a bias in research on treatments that sometimes manifests itself in odd ways. The preference for a one-tailed test, for instance, may lead us to focus on whether a treatment makes things better, but leads us to miss important details when a treatment makes things worse. This is an important point when testing treatments against such alternatives.

    Before turning to the central point,...

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    Diluted treatment effects?
    Dear Editor

    If my reading of this colic study is correct it appears that both groups received standand counciling and recommendations for the care of a colicky child. My question to the author(s) is, if standard recommendations are effective in the reduction of colic, does this not raise the possibility that any treatment effect in the CMT group could have been diluted by the introduction of a second active treatment...

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    Infantile colic and chiropractic spinal manipulation
    Dear Editor,

    We congratulate Olafsdottir et al on their article “Randomized controlled trial of infantile colic treated with chiropractic spinal manipulation” (Arch Dis Child 2001;84:138-41). The sum of the evidence on spinal manipulative therapy (SMT) in the treatment of infantile colic now is, that there are 3 RCTs on the subject.

    Two RCTs demonstrated a significant positive effect of SMT,[1][2] and 1 RCT was unabl...

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