Dental Health: Waterpik vs. flossing: What is best?

Written by Nicole Galan Reviewed by Christine A. Frank, DDS Last reviewed: Fri 24 February 2017 Most people know to brush and floss their teeth regularly. However, many people have questions about whether water flossing is an alternative to traditional flossing. Flossing Brushing the teeth is an effective way of removing food plaque from the…

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Can staying active help to prevent chronic pain?

The more it hurts, the less we move to try to protect it, but if we move more, it will hurt less. Kind of ironic, isn’t it. The article below describes a study that found that light to moderate activity helps to prevent or reduce chronic pain in arthritis, back pain and fibromyalgia. Date: February…

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Weak Thigh Muscles Increase Knee OA Risk in Women

Growing evidence of relationship, but only for females by Wayne Kuznar, Contributing Writer February 19, 2017 Women with thigh muscle weakness have an increased risk of radiographic knee osteoarthritis (RKOA), but this relationship was no longer significant when adjusting for body mass index (BMI). In men, in contrast, thigh muscle strength was similar between knees with RKOA and…

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The Side Effects of Orthopedic Knee Surgery: Doubling Down at the Great Orthopedic Surgery Casino

by Chris Centeno, M.D. What are the side effects of orthopedic surgery? One of the more disturbing things we see in interventional orthopedics is patients who have undergone multiple aggressive types of orthopedic surgery. The behavior is a bit like a gambler at a casino. If you don’t hit it big the first time, keep doubling…

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Placebo Plus Usual Treatment Achieves Clinically Significant Back Pain Relief

Patients who knew they were taking a placebo pill had 28% more pain relief and 30% less disability as the treatment as usual group. FEBRUARY 9, 2017 A placebo of a pill added to treatment as usual for chronic low back pain resulted in clinically significant improvements in patients who were informed about the placebo…

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Vitamin K and osteoporosis: Myth or reality?

Vitamin K is necessary for improving bone health.  Vitamin K is found in plants and green vegetables.  If you decide to take dietary supplements, I would suggest you consider MegaQuinone K2-7. FEBRUARY 09, 2017 Metabolism Palermo A, et al. This study was focused on determining the effect of Vitamin K (plasma levels, dietary intake, and…

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Manual Therapy vs Surgery for Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

In my experience, Carpal Tunnel Syndrome can be caused by more than just a nerve entrapment at the level of the wrist.  The peripheral nerve actually emerges from the spinal cord in the neck, then goes through the neck muscles, shoulder muscles/joint, elbow muscles/joint and then finally the wrist muscles/joint.  The nerve can be trapped…

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Does Diet Have Any Effect On Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD) In Children

I found the article below very interesting.  If we can just get the “junk phood” out of the diet, such as what they mention, i.e., fast-food, sugar, candy, cola beverages and soft drinks.  In my opinion, just doing that is going to help children. February 08, 2017 Pediatrics TAKE-HOME MESSAGE Children and adolescents with attention-deficit/hyperactivity…

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Lumbar Support for Low Back Pain: Does It Work?

From: PAIN MEDICINE NEWS FEBRUARY 3, 2017 Lumbar support cannot be recommended for the management of nonspecific low back pain in the general population, according to a study conducted by a French research team affiliated with CHU Gabriel-Montpied Hôpital, in Clermont-Ferrand, France (Ann Phys Rehabil Med 2016;59S:e29). Charlotte Lanhers and her colleagues conducted a review…

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Western Diet May Cause Divrticulitis

Here’s a study that related the Western Diet with developing diverticulitis. The recommended it would be wise to avoid foods high in processed red meat, refined grains, and high-fat dairy. Risk of Incident Diverticulitis Increases With Western Dietary Pattern and Decreases With Prudent Dietary Pattern February 03, 2017 Gastroenterology TAKE-HOME MESSAGE This prospective cohort study…

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