Can You Prevent Carpal Tunnel Syndrome?

Carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS) is the most common of the many “entrapment neuropathies”— nerve pinches in the arms or legs—likely because we use our hands and fingers repetitively for long time frames at work and during many of our hobbies. In addition, the wrist is a very complicated joint because it’s not a simple ball-and-socket…

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What’s Wrong with My Shoulder?

Shoulder pain is a REALLY common problem that can arise from many causes. There are actually several joints that make up the shoulder, so shoulder injuries can be quite complex! Probably the most common source of shoulder pain arises from the muscle tendons and the bursa—the fluid-filled sacs that lubricate, cushion, and protect the sliding…

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Does Neck Pain Cause Headaches?

Headaches can arise from many different causes. A partial list includes stress, lack of sleep, allergies, neck trauma (particularly sports injuries and car accidents), and more. In some cases, the cause may be unknown. A unique common denominator of headaches has to do with cervical spine anatomy, in particular the upper part of the neck.…

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What’s the Best Mattress for Your Back?

Have you ever wondered “What type of mattress is best for my back?” Between the many types of mattresses available on the market—foam, coiled, water, as well as combinations of all these, not to forget further options between soft, medium, or firm—where do we begin? All of these variables make finding the right one truly…

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Iron-deficiency anemia in ulcerative colitis: Many patients don’t get testing, treatment

Date: October 24, 2016 Source: Wolters Kluwer Health: Lippincott Williams and Wilkins Summary: Many patients with ulcerative colitis don’t receive recommended testing and treatment for the common problem of iron deficiency anemia, reports a new study. Many patients with ulcerative colitis don’t receive recommended testing and treatment for the common problem of iron deficiency anemia,…

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Potatoes and cereals are health risk, while dairy is good for you, says new study

POTATOES and cereals increase the risk of heart disease while high fat dairy products cut the risk, according to a new study which rejects accepted wisdom on a healthy diet. By LUCY JOHNSTON PUBLISHED: 00:01, Sun, Oct 16, 2016 | UPDATED: 11:51, Sun, Oct 16, 2016 The research, which looked at dietary habits in 42…

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Less carbs, more fat: ketogenic diet makes migraine patients’ headaches disappear

14th October 2016 by Danielle Bengsch The diet was originally developed for childhood epilepsy a century ago and is now studied to treat migraines. Before the ketogenic diet became the latest low-carb diet trend, it was used to treat childhood epilepsy. Doctors had observed that fasting reduced the amount of seizures, and eating mainly fat…

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The clinical effect of acupuncture therapy in patients with gouty arthritis

Evidence-based Complementary and Alternative Medicine , 11/01/2016 Lu WW, et al. The aim of this study is to evaluate the clinical efficacy and safety of acupuncture therapy in the treatment of acute gouty arthritis. In context of the findings,, the authors illustrate that acupuncture is an effective and safe therapy for patients with gouty arthritis.…

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Acupuncture and splinting helps carpal tunnel syndrome

Electroacupuncture and splinting versus splinting alone to treat carpal tunnel syndrome: a randomized controlled trial CMAJ September 6, 2016 vol. 188 no. 12 First published June 6, 2016, doi: 10.1503/cmaj.151003 Vincent C.H. Chung, PhD Abstract Background: The effectiveness of acupuncture for managing carpal tunnel syndrome is uncertain, particularly in patients already receiving conventional treatments (e.g.,…

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Ear Acupuncture May East Inflammation in Chronic Low Back Pain

I was reading on a study published in 2014 in the journal Medical Acupuncture where they were trying to figure out how ear acupuncture helps low back pain.  They thought it may have to do with inflammation, so they did blood tests for inflammation markers before treatment, 30 minutes after the first treatment, and every week for…

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