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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Gabapentin Seem to Offer Little Benefit, Substantial Risks in Low Back Pain

August 16, 2017 By Amy Orciari Herman Edited by David G. Fairchild, MD, MPH, and Lorenzo Di Francesco, MD, FACP, FHM Gabapentinoids, increasingly used for chronic low back pain, offer little benefit and carry substantial risks in this setting, finds a systematic review in PLOS Medicine. Researchers examined eight randomized trials in which gabapentin or pregabalin was compared…

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Health and Spirituality

July 27, 2017 Tyler J. VanderWeele, PhD1; Tracy A. Balboni, MD, MPH2,3; Howard K. Koh, MD, MPH1,4 JAMA. Published online July 27, 2017. doi:10.1001/jama.2017.8136 For centuries, physicians and other healers have witnessed how illness focuses attention on “ultimate meaning, purpose, and transcendence, and … relationship to self, family, others, community, society, nature, and the significant or sacred.”1…

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Coming Soon to a Hospital Near You

Imagine chiropractic care as a pain management option at hospitals nationwide. Not as far-fetched as you might think now that The Joint Commission, which currently evaluates and accredits more than 21,000 health care organizations and programs throughout the U.S. – including nearly 90 percent of all U.S. hospitals – has issued revised pain assessment and…

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Sonography May Aid Hyaluronic Acid Injections for Knee Arthritis

Some doctors still provide hyaluronic acid (rooster comb) injections for knee osteoarthritis.  This article published in the International Journal of Rheumatic Diseases suggests that doctors who use guided ultrasound while performing the injection get better results. MONDAY, Aug. 14, 2017 (HealthDay News) — Sonography-guided hyaluronic acid injection may yield better results than surface anatomy-guided injection in…

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Rooster Comb Injections For Hip Osteoarthritis?

The authors of this study concluded, “We do not recommend viscosupplementation for hip osteoarthritis. Compared to placebo, data shows scarce evidence of its efficacy up to 3 months, and suggests no difference at 6 months.” AUGUST 14, 2017 Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Leite VF, et al. This meta–analysis intended to evaluate the efficacy…

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An Eye to Health: Diet and Age-Related Macular Degeneration

by William C. Ou, BS; Charles C. Wykoff, MD, PhD June 27, 2017 Age-related macular degeneration (AMD) is a leading cause of vision loss in the developed world, with advanced AMD affecting approximately 2 million people in the United States.[1,2] AMD is characterized by damage to the macula, the part of the retina responsible for central vision. In…

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Reducing Pain Medications Using Acupuncture in the Military

In this study in Medical Acupuncture, the number of opioid prescriptions decreased and patients reported improved symptom control, ability to function, and sense of well-being after receiving courses of acupuncture by their primary care physicians.  This is good news, considering the opioid epidemic going on in America today.  Let’s help our veterans! Reduction in Pain…

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