Acupuncture relieves pain in emergency patients: Study

Date: June 18, 2017 Source: RMIT University Summary: The world’s largest randomized controlled trial of acupuncture in emergency departments has found the treatment is a safe and effective alternative to pain-relieving drugs for some patients. The study found acupuncture was as effective as pain medicine in providing long-term relief for patients who came to emergency…

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Yoga Just As Good As Physical Therapy For Chronic Low Back Pain Patients

This recent study in the Annals of Internal Medicine, compared Yoga to Physical Therapy for chronic low back pain.  They found that Yoga did just as well as Physical Therapy over a year, and both groups did not have to use as much medicine. Yoga, Physical Therapy, or Education for Chronic Low Back Pain: A Randomized…

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Physical Activity Important In Low Back Pain

This 2017 study suggests that people who are active for 75 minutes of vigorous-intensiy activity, or 150 minutes of moderate-intensity activity per week have reduced risk of reporting back pain. Examples of Vigorous Intensity: Race walking, jogging, or running. Swimming laps. Tennis (singles) Aerobic dancing. Bicycling 10 miles per hour or faster. Jumping rope. Heavy…

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Meditation and yoga can ‘reverse’ DNA reactions which cause stress

Date: June 15, 2017 Source: Coventry University Summary: Mind-body interventions (MBIs) such as meditation, yoga and Tai Chi don’t simply relax us; they can ‘reverse’ the molecular reactions in our DNA which cause ill-health and depression, according to a study. Mind-body interventions (MBIs) such as meditation, yoga and Tai Chi don’t simply relax us; they…

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Low back surgery patients with previous hip replacement have worse pain after surgery

June 7, 2017 VIENNA — Patients who had previously undergone total hip replacement experienced less reduction of pain 1 year after low back surgery compared to patients with no prior total hip replacement, according to a presentation scheduled to be presented during the Free Papers award session for orthopaedics at the 18th EFORT Annual Congress…

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Grilled Okra

Grilled Okra Place okra into a bowl, and sprinkle with olive oil to moisten surfaces. Season with Tony Chachere’s Creole Seasoning. On a 400-450° pit, put okra directly on grill. Turn often until the first one pops open and you see the seeds. That’s when they are done. Bon Appétit

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Multivitamins: Is the Jury Still Out?

JoAnn E. Manson, MD, DrPH April 04, 2014 Hello. This is Dr. JoAnn Manson, Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School and Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston. Today I want to talk about multivitamins. Is the jury still out? Should we be recommending multivitamins for our patients? Do we know who is a good…

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No significant benefit found between arthroscopic partial meniscectomy, placebo surgery

Sihvonen R, et al. Ann Rheum Dis. 2017;doi:10.1136/annrheumdis-2017-211172. June 7, 2017 Recently published results showed patients with a degenerative meniscal tear who underwent arthroscopic partial meniscectomy had no significant benefit over placebo surgery. “As the evidence started to mount that arthroscopic partial meniscectomy (APM), the most common orthopedic procedure, offers little more than just placebo…

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The acupuncture effect on median nerve morphology in patients with carpal tunnel syndrome: An ultrasonographic study

An increase in the cross sectional area (thickness) of the median nerve at the wrist is associated with carpal tunnel syndrome. This study showed that not only did acupuncture help with the symptoms of carpal tunnel syndrome, but also reduced the thickness of the median nerve! JUNE 07, 2017 Evidence-based Complementary and Alternative Medicine Ural…

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Non-Prescription Treatments for Menstrual Migraine

By Heidi Moawad, MD Non-Prescription Treatments for Menstrual Migraine  Given that this patient population is quite large, many patients who experience menstrual migraines are otherwise healthy and express a strong interest in attempting to prevent or manage their migraine headaches without the use of prescription strength medications. Some non-pharmacological therapies that have shown promise in…

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