Accepted for Publication: March 5, 2012.
Published Online: May 14, 2012. doi:10.1001/archinternmed.2012.1233
Author Contributions: Study concept and design: M. Suzuki, Muro, Ando, Omori, Fukui, and Mishima. Acquisition of data: M. Suzuki, Shiota, Endo, Sato, Aihara, Matsumoto, S. Suzuki, Itotani, Ishitoko, Hara, Takemura, Ueda, Kagioka, Hirabayashi, and Fukui. Analysis and interpretation of data: Muro, Ando, Omori, Fukui, and Mishima. Drafting of the manuscript: M. Suzuki, Muro, Ando, Fukui, and Mishima. Critical revision of the manuscript for important intellectual content: M. Suzuki, Muro, Omori, Shiota, Endo, Sato, Aihara, Matsumoto, S. Suzuki, Itotani, Ishitoko, Hara, Takemura, Ueda, Kagioka, Hirabayashi, Fukui, and Mishima. Statistical analysis: Ando and Omori. Obtained funding: M. Suzuki. Administrative, technical, and material support: Muro, Endo, Sato, Hara, Hirabayashi, Fukui, and Mishima. Study supervision: Muro, Hirabayashi, Fukui, and Mishima.
Financial Disclosure: None reported.
Funding/Support: This trial was funded by the Grants-in-Aid for scientific research from the Japan Society of Acupuncture and Moxibustion (JSAM).
Role of the Sponsors: The JSAM had no role in the design and conduct of the study; collection, management, analysis, and interpretation of the data; and preparation, review, or approval of the manuscript.
Disclaimer: The contents of this publication are solely the responsibility of the authors and do not necessarily represent the official views of JSAM or pharmaceuticals and medical devices agency.
Previous Presentation: The results of the study were presented at the International Conference of American Thoracic Society; May 19, 2010; New Orleans, Louisiana. This study received an American Thoracic Society Travel Award.
Additional Contributions: Professor Naoto Ishizaki (Department of Clinical Acupuncture and Moxibustion, Meiji University of Integrative Medicine) provided administrative support and assistance with manuscript preparation.