Uneven spinal motion can lead to chronic low back pain

European Spine Journal pp 1–9 Uneven intervertebral motion sharing is related to disc degeneration and is greater in patients with chronic, non-specific low back pain: an in vivo, cross-sectional cohort comparison of intervertebral dynamics using quantitative fluoroscopy Authors Alan Breen Cite this article as: Breen, A. & Breen, A. Eur Spine J (2017). doi:10.1007/s00586-017-5155-y Abstract…

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Many US adults taking too much vitamin D

If you  are taking more than 2,000 IU of Vitamin D per day over an extended period of time, make sure you are getting your Vitamin D blood levels checked to make sure you really need that much.  This article says that a lot of people are causing their own problems. JUNE 21, 2017 Reuters…

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Correcting Vitamin D Deficiency May Improve Glycemic Control in Type 2 Diabetes

June 20, 2017 TAKE-HOME MESSAGE The authors of this systematic review and meta-analysis sought to determine if vitamin D supplementation influenced glycemic control in type 2 diabetes patients. The researchers found that supplementation with vitamin D was associated with lower HbA1c levels but not lower fasting blood glucose. However, in a subgroup of patients with…

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High-Protein Diet versus Standard-Protein Diet on Weight Loss and Biomarkers of Metabolic Syndrome

This paper encompassed the assessment of the impact of increased protein intake on weight loss, among Mexican adults with metabolic syndrome (MeS). No prominent variations were determined in weight loss and biomarkers of MeS, when the overall group was analyzed. Nevertheless, the candidates presenting with more adherence rate in the higher protein diet (HPD) group…

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Acupuncture for Migraine: a Feasible Option?

April 07, 2017 By Leah Lawrence Patients with migraine without aura experienced a long-term reduction in migraine recurrence after undergoing acupuncture compared with patients undergoing a sham procedure. “True acupuncture manifested persisting superiority and clinically relevant benefits for at least 24 weeks in migraine prophylaxis, including reducing the number of migraine frequency and days with…

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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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