Sitting is the new Smoking

Another Study Ties Sitting to Mortality Risk by Alexandria Bachert MPH, Staff Writer, MedPage Today September 11, 2017 Sitting more than half the day, regardless of how much exercise people got otherwise, was associated with increased risk of all-cause mortality in a large prospective study of middle-aged and older adults in the U.S. Those spending…

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Bone Density Exam/Testing

Bone Density Test A bone density test is the only test that can diagnose osteoporosis before a broken bone occurs. This test helps to estimate the density of your bones and your chance of breaking a bone. NOF recommends a bone density test of the hip and spine by a central DXA machine to diagnose…

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Why Is Osteoarthritis Increasing?

New study finds osteoarthritis is more than wear and tear by Leo Robert, Rheumatology Network August 20, 2017 Knee osteoarthritis has more than doubled in prevalence since the mid-20th century after occurring at low frequencies since prehistoric times, a study has found. Writing online in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, a team of researchers from…

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Hydraulic distention and frozen shoulder management

This study discusses a technique called hydraulic distension for frozen shoulder.  What is hydraulic distension?  The technique involves inserting a needle into the front of the shoulder joint and injecting lidocaine, a numbning agent, triamcinolone, which is a steroid, and then about 40 ml of chilled saline solution forcibly injected into the joint space. This…

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Growing-Up Barefoot Influences the Development of The Foot

This study found that habitual footwear use has significant effects on foot-related outcomes in all age groups, such as a reduction in foot arch and hallux angles.  A reduction in the foot arch is associated with problems like plantar fascitis and heel spurs.  Hallux angles are associated with problems like bunions. Growing-up (habitually) barefoot influences…

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Reducing inflammation without lowering cholesterol cuts risk of cardiovascular events

Inflammatory hypothesis confirmed: Landmark randomized clinical trial of high-risk patients finds that a drug targeting inflammation reduced risk of major adverse cardiovascular events Date: August 28, 2017 Source: Brigham and Women’s Hospital Summary: Investigators have announced results of a clinical trial culminating from 25 years of cardiovascular research work. The team reports a significant reduction…

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Lower back pain may all be in the mind, study suggests

Sunday 3 September 2017 This article says that some people with chronic back pain have a sense of stiffness that seems to be set up in the brain to protect the back from further injury.  They found that when they measured how stiff the back tissues were, it was not as stiff as their brains’…

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Study Links Failed Back Surgery Syndrome to Fibromyalgia

APRIL 5, 2017 San Diego—A new study shows that one in four patients with failed back surgery syndrome (FBSS) also has a diagnosis of fibromyalgia. According to the retrospective analysis, patients with FBSS and fibromyalgia also had more surgeries than patients with FBSS alone. The association between fibromyalgia and FBSS is significant, the authors noted,…

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Dark chocolate with olive oil associated with improved cardiovascular risk profile

8/29/2017 European Society of Cardiology News Dark chocolate enriched with extra virgin olive oil is associated with an improved cardiovascular risk profile, according to research presented at ESC Congress. “A healthy diet is known to reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease,” said lead author Dr Rossella Di Stefano, a cardiologist at the University of Pisa,…

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Recurrences of Low Back Pain During the First 12 Months After Chiropractic Treatment

This study reports a very low recurrence rate of low back pain after chiropractic treatment.  In this study, the  recurrence rate after chiropractic treatment was 13.4%.   To put this in perspective, another study of people receiving usual non-operative care such as steriod injections for back pain from a herniated disc, have a recurrence rate…

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