Patrick J Lariccia

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Weaning patients from mechanical ventilation can be hindered by both physical and psychologic factors. Biofeedback has been used successfully as an adjunct in difficult weaning problems. We have used a combination of hypnosis and biofeedback to wean a patient with neurologic disease who previously failed weaning by standard procedures. A 30-year-old woman(More)
This study addresses the hypothesis that electrocardiographic T-wave amplitude is influenced by beta-adrenergic stimulation of the heart. Beta-adrenergic activity was manipulated both pharmacologically and through behavioral challenge. Under resting conditions, 12 healthy men underwent infusion of placebo and then the beta-agonist, isoproterenol, and the(More)
BACKGROUND The purpose of this study was to investigate the cerebral blood flow changes associated with the analgesic effect of acupuncture in patients with chronic pain. METHODS Seven patients presenting with a chronic pain syndrome and 5 healthy controls were included. All single-photon emission computed tomography (SPECT) scans were acquired with a(More)
BACKGROUND Knee osteoarthritis is a chronic disease associated with significant morbidity and economic cost. The efficacy of acupuncture in addition to traditional physical therapy has received little study. OBJECTIVE The objective of this study was to compare the efficacy and safety of integrating a standardized true acupuncture protocol versus(More)
Strittmater 1 describes many instances wherein a scar that is affecting a patient adversely can be treated by needling or cold lasering the corresponding point on the ear. Successful auricular therapy depends on an assessment that leads to the proper selection of points to be treated. Strittmatter also describes the use of Nogier’s vascular autonomic signal(More)
modality in Asia for more than 2000 years, has been growing dramatically in North America and Europe over the past decade. The first documented mention of acupuncture dates back to a Chinese medical textbook from the first century BCE, but its actual use may predate this time period. The Western world first gained knowledge of this technique about 300 years(More)
Chronic upper gastrointestinal (GI) symptoms of unclear etiology are frustrating to patients and physicians alike. The integrative medicine procedures of acupuncture and neural therapy may provide treatment options. Tongue piercing, which is prevalent in 5.6% of the adolescent population, may be a contributing factor in upper gastrointestinal symptoms. The(More)
Pediatric obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) is prevalent in 1% to 2% of the population. Emerging studies have correlated non-celiac gluten sensitivity with psychiatric conditions such as schizophrenia, depression, mania, and anxiety. This case study is the first reported case of OCD associated with non-celiac gluten sensitivity. The objectives of this(More)
OBJECTIVE To determine the efficacy of the food supplement OPC Factor to increase energy levels in healthy adults aged 45 to 65. DESIGN Randomized, placebo-controlled, triple-blind crossover study. SUBJECTS Twenty-five (25) healthy adults recruited from the University of Pennsylvania Health System. INTERVENTIONS OPC Factor,trade mark (AlivenLabs,(More)
The present study examined the acute effects of drugs that stimulate or block sympathetic nervous system activity on components of Type A behavior, affect, and cardiovascular responses to mental stressors. Either propranolol (a beta-adrenergic blocker), isoproterenol (a beta-agonist), or placebo was infused intravenously at different times in 12 healthy(More)