If I Were Your Spine Surgeon…

Dr. David Hanscom, a spine surgeon gives his recommendations on back surgery in this article in the National Pain Report. July 1, 2017 As a spine surgeon, who has been practicing surgery for over 30 years, I have attacked top-level fellowship spine problems with a fury. Convinced that I could help almost anyone in pain…

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What’s Better, Vitamin D3 or Vitamin D2?

This article showed that 600 IU of vitamin D3 significantly more effective in wintertime study. by Kristen Monaco, Contributing Writer, MedPage Today July 06, 2017 Vitamin D3 was more effective at raising serum total 25-hydroxyvitamin D [25(OH)D] levels in the wintertime than vitamin D2, according to British researchers. Biscuits and juice fortified with 15 µg (600 IU) of…

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Exercise Helps Reduce Inflammation

If your pain responds to a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory like ibuprofen, or naproxen, you have be suffering from inflammation. This study concluded that “a combination of aerobic exercise and resistance training was effective in reducing inflammation. Thus, implementation and maintenance of similar exercise programs can contribute to reduce chronic inflammation among obese postmenopausal women.” J Phys…

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Upper Neck Problemes In Women With Chronic Migraine Headaches

In this study, they used a test that I perform in my office on headache patients.  Its called the Flexion Rotation Test.  What I do, is to have you lay on your back, and I gently flex your chin to your chest.  Then I turn the head both ways to see if there is any…

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Sedentary Lifestyle May Up Risk of Renal, Bladder Cancers

73 percent increased risk for bladder cancer, 77 percent increased risk for kidney THURSDAY, June 15, 2017 (HealthDay News) — New research adds to growing evidence that inactivity may be a significant risk factor for cancer, according to a report published online May 19 in Cancer Epidemiology. Rikki Cannioto, Ph.D., an assistant professor of oncology at the…

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Surgical versus non-surgical treatment for lumbar spinal stenosis

Authors’ conclusions: We have very little confidence to conclude whether surgical treatment or a conservative approach is better for lumbar spinal stenosis, and we can provide no new recommendations to guide clinical practice. However, it should be noted that the rate of side effects ranged from 10% to 24% in surgical cases, and no side…

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Sugar Intake During Pregnancy Tied to Allergy in Offspring

July 10, 2017 As maternal sugar intake rose, so did allergies and asthma in children by age 7 MONDAY, July 10, 2017 (HealthDay News) — There is a causal relationship between increasing body mass index (BMI) and asthma and decreased lung function, according to a study published online July 4 in Allergy. Tea Skaaby, Ph.D., from…

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Vitamin E and Late State Knee Osteoarthritis

This article showed that people with knee arthritis who took 400 I.U. of Vitamin D per day for 2 months before surgery had improvements in PAIN, STIFFNESS, AND FUNCTION. BMC Musculoskelet Disord. 2017; 18: 281. Published online 2017 Jun 29. doi:  10.1186/s12891-017-1637-7 PMCID: PMC5492918 Effect of vitamin E on oxidative stress level in blood, synovial fluid, and synovial…

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Carpal Tunnel Up With Increased Electronic Device Use

June 26, 2017 FRIDAY, June 23, 2017 (HealthDay News) — Extended use of smartphones and other hand-held electronic devices leads to an increased risk of carpal tunnel syndrome, according to a study published online June 21 in Muscle & Nerve. Peter White, Ph.D., an assistant professor in the department of health technology and informatics at…

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Eating Fish May Ease Rheumatoid Arthritis

by Judy George, Contributing Writer, MedPage Today June 26, 2017 Eating fish — tuna, salmon, sardines, trout, sole, halibut, poke, and grouper — may help reduce joint pain and inflammation in rheumatoid arthritis (RA) patients, according to a new study in Arthritis Care & Research. RA patients who ate baked, steamed, broiled, or raw fish 2 or more times per…

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