Vitamin D Helps Reduce Chronic Non-Specific Widespread Pain Including Fibromyalgia

The authors of this study suggest that supplementation with Vitamin D in patients with low serum levels seemed to help decrease pain scores in patients with chronic non-specific widespread pain, including fibromyalgia.  This was a meta-analysis which looked at the results of several studies. Effect of vitamin D supplementation in chronic widespread pain: a systematic review…

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Headache, Jaw Problems and Grinding Teeth

This study shows that TMJ problems go along with headaches.  They also found that people who grind their teeth (bruxism) can have TMJ issues and headaches as well. Clin J Pain. 2017 Sep;33(9):835-843. doi: 10.1097/AJP.0000000000000470. van der Meer HA1, Speksnijder CM, Engelbert RHH, Lobbezoo F, Nijhuis-van der Sanden MWG, Visscher CM. Abstract OBJECTIVES: The objective of this observational study was to…

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Type I Diabetes and Frozen Shoulder

Highlights Of patients with type 1 diabetes for ≥45 years, 59% had frozen shoulder, with 73% affected bilaterally. Patients with painful frozen shoulder had highest disability and least shoulder mobility. High glycemic index was associated with severe disability and restricted shoulder mobility. Author: Niels Gunnar Juel, MD Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation August 2017 Volume…

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Acupuncture in the treatment of restless legs syndrome

This article showed that acupuncture added to low dose gabapentin (300 mg/day) is clinically useful for restless leg syndrome.  The acupuncture treatment was 3 times per week for a total of 10 sessions.  The treatment lasted at least 8 weeks after that. AUGUST 23, 2017 Journal of Acupuncture and Meridian Studies Raissi G, et al.…

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Can Cranberries Contribute to Reduce the Incidence of Urinary Tract Infections?

August 23, 2017 The Journal of Urology TAKE-HOME MESSAGE Urinary tract infections (UTIs) are common and result in considerable morbidity. While the ingestion of cranberry products has long been promoted to reduce the risk of UTIs, the effect of cranberry products on risk reduction remains controversial. This systematic review and meta-analysis evaluated the relationship between…

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5 Universal Myths About Chiropractic Medicine

by Dr. Christopher Arick Wednesday, August 23, 2017 Chiropractic medicine is a form of integrative medicine that focuses on natural, non-invasive, evidence-informed practices of disease prevention and health promotion. Through a broad scope of assessment and treatment modalities such as manipulation, functional medicine, physical rehabilitation therapy, targeted nutritional and botanical treatment, acupuncture, and diet/lifestyle management,…

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Chiropractic Care For Low Back Pain Compared to Physical Therapy and Medical Care

When comparing chiropractic treatment for low back pain to physical therapy, exercise, and medical treatment, these Canadian researchers found no real differences, and suggested that patient preference is important as to how they want their back pain treated.  They also found that one is not more expensive than the other. PLoS One. 2016 Aug 3;11(8):e0160037. doi:…

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Osteoarthritis in Hips and Knees, Increases Cardiovascular Risk

Hip and knee osteoarthritis arthritis increase the risk of cardiovascular events such as congestive heart failure, hear attacks, stroke, angina, and revascularization procedures. The risk is higher with a greater number of hips and knees affected. This study suggests that increased attention to management of osteoarthritis with a goal of improving mobility has potential to reduce cardiovascular events. OA…

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The Better Way to Get Back Pain Relief – Consumer Reports

Consumer Reports magazine wrote up this article about back pain that I thought was interesting enough to share with you guys.  It talks about new guidelines put out by the American College of Physicians, and the guidelines mention things like spinal manipulation and acupuncture which up until recently, were not recommended treatments for back pain by…

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In a nutshell: Walnuts activate brain region involved in appetite control

Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center AUGUST 17, 2017 Packed with nutrients linked to better health, walnuts are also thought to discourage overeating by promoting feelings of fullness. Now, in a new brain imaging study, researchers at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (BIDMC) have demonstrated that consuming walnuts activates an area in the brain associated with…

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