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Neck Pain Education Not Enough

July 22, 2014
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Neck pain and associated disorders (NAD) is something that most people experience in their lives. Those that have been in traffic accidents may also experience whiplash-associated disorders (WAD). For many years, the best course of care was “patient education” that included oral and written information on neck pain and suggested exercises. A recent study...
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Papilloma Vaccine Danger

July 17, 2014
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Human papillomaviruses (HPVs) are a group of more than 150 related viruses that can cause warts, or papillomas. Some types of HPV (known as “high-risk”) are also associated with certain types of cancer. High-risk HPVs are a major cause of cervical cancer. Of the more than 150 types of HPVs, 40 can be passed...
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Drug Dangers during Pregnancy

July 15, 2014
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There is no such thing as a totally safe drug, especially when you are pregnant. A new study “analyzed 97,680 pregnancies. Prevalence of medication use was 74% pre-pregnancy, 56% during pregnancy, and 80% post-pregnancy. Most frequently used medications during pregnancy were antibiotics (47%), antiemetic (nausea) drugs (23%), and non-steroidal anti-inflammatory (aspirin, ibuprofen, Advil, Motrin,...
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Eat Veggies to Lower Blood Pressure

July 10, 2014
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There are many benefits to a vegetarian diet when used correctly. The hard part is being disciplined enough to insure that all of the essentials nutrients are included. A recent study found that “consumption of vegetarian diets is associated with lower BP (blood pressure). Such diets could be a useful nonpharmacologic means for reducing...
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Exercise for ADHD?

July 8, 2014
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An interesting study looks at how daily exercise might impact people with attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). The investigators found that “the present results suggested that treadmill exercise might exert ameliorating effect on ADHD through reduction of Purkinje cell loss and astrocytic reaction in the cerebellum.” While this was a study on rats, it has...
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Nutrition and Diabetes

July 3, 2014
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Good nutrition can offset some of the risk of diabetes as well as contribute to the health of those who have diabetes. Researchers report that “clinical trials also provide evidence for the effectiveness of nutrition therapy in the prevention of diabetes.” This study found that “a healthy eating pattern emphasizing nutrient-dense foods in appropriate...
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2nd Hand Smoking Increases Heart Risk

July 1, 2014
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Parental smoking has been shown to have an adverse effect on the health of their children. A new study looks at how second-hand smoke impacts children’s “vascular age”, the “age” of the child’s arteries based upon their health. The study found that “having both parents smoke was associated with vascular age 3.3 years greater...
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Safer Pregnancy with Vitamin D

June 26, 2014
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Vitamin D has been shown to be very important for many physiological processes in our bodies. So much so that the findings of the latest study regarding pregnancy come as no surprise: “Normal plasma levels of Vitamin D3 are needed for physiological development of pregnancy, normal skeletal mineralization of the fetal skeleton and lactation....
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Over-the-Counter Heart Danger

June 24, 2014
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Most people pop aspirin and other over-the-counter pain relievers without a second thought. But mounting evidence suggests that there should be cause for concern. In a recent study, researchers found that “NSAID (aspirin, ibuprofen, Advil, Motrin, etc.) use was associated with an increased risk of death or myocardial infarction (heart attack) by up to...
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Eating Habits Impact ADHD

June 19, 2014
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There are several studies that show an association between what a child eats and their risk of learning challenges, particularly attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). The latest study confirmed what others studies have found that “a high intake of sweetened desserts, fried food, and salt is associated with more learning, attention, and behavioral problems, whereas...
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Vitamin D for Psoriasis

June 17, 2014
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Psoriasis is a skin disease that produces unsightly scaly red blotches. While there are several drugs that claim levels of effectiveness, many people prefer to avoid the related side effects. A recent pilot study found that “high-dose vitamin D3 therapy may be effective and safe for vitiligo (patches of skin that have lost their...
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Chiropractic Better for Low Back Pain

June 12, 2014
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At some point in our lives, everyone experiences low back pain that is generally of a mechanical nature. You bend over wrong, lift something or just wake up with it. The question is, what should you be doing for it? A study comparing “family physician-directed usual care” and “chiropractic spinal manipulative therapy” was conducted...
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Hospital Formulas Reduce Breast Feeding

June 10, 2014
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There is little argument that breast feeding is best for both mother and infant. Breast feeding reduces the potential for infections, diarrhea and obesity in babies. It also provides significant health benefits to moms including the reduction of postpartum bleeding and a quicker return to pre-pregnancy weight. The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends exclusive...
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