How Chiropractic Care Can Help Lower Your Chances of Back Surgery

ReduceSurgeryCWhen faced with the thought of having to undergo back surgery, who wouldn’t want a real alternative?

Those who suffer from back pain may finally be able do just that as evidence mounts supporting the growing movement toward chiropractic care as the “first option” for relief over costly and invasive procedures such as spinal surgery. One job-related statistic underscores just how big a deal that really is: Back pain injuries outnumber all other occupational injuries in the U.S.

Guiding Treatment of Advanced Breast Cancer Using Subtypes

Five words or less(NewsUSA) – For patients with breast cancer, knowing whether the diagnosis is early stage or advanced is needed to help treat the disease.
Vice-President and Chief Medical Officer for Georgia Cancer Specialists, Cheryl Jones, MD, has experience in treating patients with advanced breast cancer, an incurable but treatable disease, which comprises metastatic (stage IV) and locally advanced (stage III) breast cancer.
Metastatic breast cancer occurs when the cancer spreads to other parts of the body and is treated differently than earlier stages of the disease. Dr. Jones explains the importance of understanding tumor subtypes to help patients become more involved in treatment discussions.
Here she addresses questions about the different subtypes, which include human epidermal growth factor receptor-2 positive (HER2+) and hormone receptor-positive (HR+).
Q: How do HR and HER2 status help determine a treatment plan?
Dr. Jones: Each tumor’s genetic makeup helps oncologists identify the best approach to the treatment of advanced breast cancer.
HR+ tumors, which occur in approximately 70 percent of cases, are fueled by hormones like estrogen and progesterone. Therefore, postmenopausal patients may benefit from hormonal therapy, such as an aromatase inhibitor, which blocks the production of estrogen from helping the cancer grow.
If the breast cancer is HR-, accounting for about 15-20 percent of cases in the US, then we treat with drugs other than hormonal therapy, such as chemotherapy.
If the tumor overexpresses the HER2 gene it is known as HER2+ and requires aggressive treatment such as with drugs that target the HER2 protein. This occurs in about one in five breast cancers.
Q: What are the biggest considerations when treating advanced breast cancer subtypes?
Dr. Jones: For advanced HR+/HER2- breast cancer, we consider how this type can outsmart hormonal therapy over time and become resistant, resulting in tumor progression.
Treatments exist that may extend the benefits of hormonal therapy. For example, Afinitor (everolimus) is a prescription medicine used to treat advanced HR+/HER2- breast cancer, along with the medicine exemestane (an aromatase inhibitor), in postmenopausal women who have already received certain other medicines for their cancer. Afinitor can cause serious side effects, including lung or breathing problems, infections and kidney failure which can lead to death.
Even though HER2+ tumors tend to be more aggressive, HER2 targeted treatments also exist.
Tumors that are both HER2- and HR-, known as triple negative breast cancer, cannot be treated with HER2 targeted or hormonal therapies, so we will commonly use a combination of surgery, radiation and chemotherapy.
Visit www.Afinitor.com to learn more about advanced HR+/HER2- breast cancer.

Reducing the Likeliness of Back Surgery With Chiropractic Care

Five words or less(NewsUSA) – Who wouldn’t want to avoid back surgery if there was a real alternative?
Countless back pain sufferers could finally do just that as evidence continues to mount supporting the growing movement toward chiropractic care as the “first option” for relief over costly and invasive procedures like spinal surgery. One job-related statistic alone says it all regarding how big a deal that represents: Back pain injuries outnumber all other occupational injuries in the U.S.
To that point, the latest study to show that seeing a doctor of chiropractic first reduced the odds of having to undergo surgery was conducted by a collaboration of prestigious institutions that included Dartmouth College’s Geisel School of Medicine and the University of Washington School of Public Health. Their published results (“Early Predictors of Lumbar Spine Surgery After Occupational Back Injury: Results from a Prospective Study of Workers in Washington State”) found that while close to half — or 42.7 percent — of that state’s workers who visited a surgeon wound up going under the knife, only a scant 1.5 percent of those who consulted a chiropractor first shared the same extreme fate. The outcomes reflect conditions of similar severity.
Prior studies have also focused on chiropractic patients’ consistently better health outcomes, less use of opioid medications, and considerably lower medical expenses.
“As more data continues to surface, I expect that patients and practitioners will move toward considering chiropractic care first, medicine second, and surgery last,” said the not-for-profit Foundation for Chiropractic Progress’ Gerard Clum, D.C., in noting that health providers like the University of Pittsburgh have already adopted just such an approach.
To locate a doctor of chiropractic, visit www.F4CP.org/findadoctor.

Using Subtypes to Guide Treatment of Advanced Breast Cancer

Five words or less(NewsUSA) – For patients with breast cancer, knowing whether the diagnosis is early stage or advanced is needed to help treat the disease.

Vice-President and Chief Medical Officer for Georgia Cancer Specialists, Cheryl Jones, MD, has experience in treating patients with advanced breast cancer, an incurable but treatable disease, which comprises metastatic (stage IV) and locally advanced (stage III) breast cancer.

Metastatic breast cancer occurs when the cancer spreads to other parts of the body and is treated differently than earlier stages of the disease. Dr. Jones explains the importance of understanding tumor subtypes to help patients become more involved in treatment discussions.

A Tip About Secondhand Smoke and Asthma

Five words or less(NewsUSA) – NewsusaPSAVideo – Don’t be shy about telling people not to smoke around your kids. Call 1-800-Quit-Now for free help or visit www.CDC.gov/tips.

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Former Smoker: You Can Quit

Five words or less(NewsUSA) – NewsusaInfographic – Smoking can cause immediate damage to your body.
Call 1-800-Quit-Now for free help or visit www.CDC.gov/tips.

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Raising Autism Awareness for Better Lives

Five words or less(NewsUSA) – NewsusaInfographic – While there is currently no cure for autism, early detection and intervention can result in critical improvements for many young children. Learn more at www.autismspeaks.org.

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Don’t Be a Slouch — Straighten Up to Avoid Back Problems

PostureChiroCRemember when your mom used to tell you to sit up straight? It turns out she was right.

Years of poor posture, according to experts, have been shown to put unnecessary pressure on the spine and supporting muscles and ligaments that can result in everything from back pain to muscle strain to degenerative arthritis. And most of us make things worse on a daily basis.

How so?

Research has found that stress, obesity, incorrect posture while sleeping, standing, sitting, working and—for the fashionistas in the group—wearing high heels can all contribute to poor posture.

Managing Pain: Are You Reading Your Medicine Labels?

Five words or less(NewsUSA) – You may not be able to spell or even pronounce the word “acetaminophen,” but almost 50 million Americans use it each week to manage pain and fever.
Acetaminophen is the most common drug ingredient in America, found in more than 600 different prescription (Rx) and over-the-counter (OTC) medicines. While it is safe and effective when used as directed, there is a limit to how much can be taken in one day: 4,000 mg for most adults. Taking more acetaminophen than directed is an overdose and can lead to liver damage.
According to the Acetaminophen Awareness Coalition, sometimes people may unintentionally exceed the 4,000 mg daily dose because they don’t realize that several medicines they take — such as pain medications and fever reducers, cough/cold and allergy medicines, and even some sleep aids — may all contain acetaminophen.
In its report, “Acetaminophen: How It’s Used, Preventing Overdose and What We Can Do to Promote Safe Use,” the Coalition points out three common acetaminophen dosing mistakes:
* Taking the next dose too soon.
* Using multiple acetaminophen-containing medicines at the same time.
* Taking more than the recommended dose at a single time.
“Educating patients is a key step to promoting safe acetaminophen use and preventing overdose,” said nurse practitioner Anne Norman of the American Association of Nurse Practitioners, a founding organization of the AAC. “I always tell consumers to be diligent about reading their medicine labels, to know the ingredients in their medicines and to carefully follow dosing directions when taking all medicines.”
So whether or not you can spell it or say it, when taking a medicine that may contain acetaminophen, the Acetaminophen Awareness Coalition encourages you to follow these four steps to use it safely:
1. Always read and follow the medicine label.
2. Know if your medicines contain acetaminophen.
3. Never take two medicines that contain acetaminophen at the same time.
4. Ask your pharmacist or other healthcare professional if you have questions.
For more safe medicine use tips, visit www.knowyourdose.org.

You Can Quit

(NewsUSA) – NewsusaInfographic – Smoking causes immediate damage to your body.Call 1-800-Quit-Now for free help or visit www.CDC.gov/tips. See full-sized image here.