US Army phasing out sit-ups due to spine injuries

Finally, the Army is seeing a big problem that has been going on for some time now.  The way they do traditional sit-ups is causing back injuries in our Troops.  Here’s an article that reports on this issue.  If you want to learn now to do a save crunch style sit-up, go to this page…

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Spinal Manipulation Therapy – A Sham Procedure? A study says it actually might not be [Video]

You can watch Dr. Wilson’s comments on video HERE. Analyst: F. Perry Wilson, MD, MSCE by MedPage Today Staff April 11, 2017 Proponents have proclaimed a slew of benefits of spinal manipulation therapy, but most data is anecdotal. In this 150-Second analysis, F. Perry Wilson, MD, discusses a meta-analysis appearing in the Journal of the…

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Is soda bad for your brain? (And is diet soda worse?)

Both sugary, diet drinks correlated with accelerated brain aging Date: April 20, 2017 Source: Boston University Summary: Excess sugar — especially the fructose in sugary drinks — might damage your brain, new research suggests. Researchers found that people who drink sugary beverages frequently are more likely to have poorer memory, smaller overall brain volume, and…

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 Magnesium may prevent bone fractures

Earlier this month, there was an article published that suggests that low levels of magnesium may increase the risk of bone fractures and that, conversely, high levels may ward off this cause of disability. Bone is much more than calcium, and it may be a good idea to ask your doctor to test your magnesium…

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BACK SURGERY:  Two Articles About A Professional Basketball Coach

Golden State Warriors head coach Steve Kerr has been dealing with off-and-on painful symptoms since he underwent back surgery in July 2015, and he is urging anyone with back issues to avoid making the same mistake he made. Read story 1 here, and story 2 here. If you know of someone who still has back…

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Leg Length Discrepancy and Degenerative Changes in the Hip Joint and Lumbar Spine

There is an article that shows an association (not a cause) between leg length inequality and developing arthritis in the hips and the low back. Some articles in the past have said that you need over 20 mm difference to cause problems, but this articles says anything over 5 mm difference can start to cause problems,…

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Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug use is associated with increased risk of out-of-hospital cardiac arrest

This article published in 2017 suggests that there is an increased risk of cardiac arrest.  Cardiac arrest is the sudden, unexpected loss of heart function, breathing and consciousness. Sudden cardiac arrest usually results from an electrical disturbance in your heart that disrupts its pumping action, stopping blood flow to the rest of your body. Sudden…

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FDA Approves Hand Held Vagus Nerve Stimulation Device for Cluster Headache

Deborah Brauser DISCLOSURES April 18, 2017 Deborah Brauser – Medscape April 18, 2017 The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved a noninvasive vagus nerve stimulation device for the treatment of pain from episodic cluster headache in adults, the manufacturer announced. The thumbs-up decision for the gammaCore (electroCore LLC) marks the agency’s first release of a…

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Sugar and artificially sweetened beverages linked to obesity: A systematic review and meta-analysis

APRIL 18, 2017 QJM: An International Journal of Medicine Ruanpeng D, et al. Researchers evaluate the relationship between intake of sugar and artificially sweetened soda and obesity. This study exhibited an important relationship amongst sugar and artificially sweetened soda intake and obesity. This finding brings issues to light and question of the negative clinical effect…

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DASH Diet May Reduce Your Chance of Gout Attacks Within 30 Days

April 13, 2017 Clinical Rheumatology TAKE-HOME MESSAGE Participants adhering to either the Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension (DASH) diet or a control diet underwent repeated serum uric acid (SUA) measurement to evaluate the time required for the DASH diet to affect SUA levels. The participants following the DASH diet had a reduction in SUA of…

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