Hi-Tech Implants Offer Hope for Medical Disabilities

It sounds like science fiction, but neural prosthetics are a reality, with the potential to change the lives of individuals with a range of medical disabilities including epilepsy, Alzheimer’s disease and spinal cord injuries.

Neural prosthetics are miniature bioengineered devices that are implanted in the brain. The prosthetics serve as replacements for damaged nerves, just as a prosthetic arm or leg replaces an amputated one, or a cochlear implant simulates the auditory nerve in a deaf ear.

The ongoing research and development of neural prosthetics is a multidisciplinary effort involving neurologists, orthopedic surgeons, materials scientists and mechanical engineers.

Managing Headaches With Chiropractic Care

Five words or less(NewsUSA) – Got a headache? You’re not alone.
Headaches are responsible for more than 18 million doctor’s office visits annually in the U.S., and are the most common reason for reaching for over-the-counter medication. Likewise troubling is their toll on the economy: $25 billion in lost productivity, based on the estimated 156 million work days lost each year by sufferers sometimes too debilitated to even make it out of bed.
All of which helps explain why a study in the Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics is causing such a stir among health experts — and prompting patients interested in drug-free alternatives to consider heading for their nearest chiropractor.
The study came down squarely in favor of chiropractic for two key types of sufferers. “Evidence suggests,” it concluded, “that chiropractic care, including spinal manipulation, improves migraine and cervicogenic headaches.” The latter refers to headaches originating from faulty cervical and other spinal biomechanics often precipitated by awkward motion or positioning, and can be accompanied by neck, shoulder or arm pain.
What’s more, even patients with episodic or chronic tension type headaches were found to be “helped” by doctors of chiropractic, who go through a minimum of four years of post-college chiropractic education and clinical training.
One man who knows that chiropractors can do even more to help relieve such conditions — providing nutritional advice, posture coaching and exercises — is Gerard Clum, DC, an avid supporter of the Foundation for Chiropractic Progress, who said in response to the study: “Chiropractic care helps relieve the stress on your nervous system. And it’s fast becoming a go-to choice for providing a non-pharmacological approach to effectively manage headaches.”
For more information, visit www.yes2chiropractic.org.

Mental Health Trending Toward Recovery

Five words or less(NewsUSA) – The discrimination and stigma surrounding mental health challenges along with a troubling history of medically sanctioned treatments are no secret. Today, for someone with a psychiatric diagnosis — such as schizophrenia, depression, bipolar or ADHD — the standard treatment is psychotropic medications that are always doctor-ordered and sometimes court-mandated.
Researchers and clinicians are now providing data suggesting that recovery is not always achieved solely with prescribed medications.
“By pursuing a multi-faceted approach that combines peer support, person-driven plans and other supports with medication at an individual’s optimal level, if needed, we are witnessing results with much better long-term success,” said Dr. Gina Firman Nikkel, president and CEO of the Foundation for Excellence in Mental Health Care.
Part of the equation is recognizing that psychiatric medications can come with side effects, and because each person’s chemistry differs, these can range from minor to significant. Over long periods of use in particular, the side effects can outweigh the benefits, particularly when addiction is involved.
This recovery model for mental health care is not a one-size-fits-all cure. Because mental health issues develop regardless of age, race or income level, an approach that requires collaboration is crucial. Most importantly, individuals and their families who face mental health challenges need to realize that they have choices.
Dr. Nikkel’s organization, which was founded in 2011, is driven by a mission to educate professionals and individuals with the goal of making the recovery model of care the new mainstream. As a community foundation with an international reach, the Foundation for Excellence in Mental Health Care funds independent research, new program development and awareness. “As a community mental health development bank, we match the passion of private philanthropy with today’s top researchers to bring recovery practices to every community,” said Dr. Nikkel.
For more information about the Foundation for Excellence in Mental Health Care, the programs and research it funds and how to help spread the message, visit www.mentalhealthexcellence.org.

Health Care’s Future Is in the Home

Five words or less(NewsUSA) – Home health care is an essential part of the nation’s health care system.
Rapid advances in technology and new ways health care is provided to patients have created new opportunities to receive care at home. The health care community is constantly evolving and understanding that not only does home health care reduce the overall cost of treatment, it also improves the quality of life of patients and their families. In fact, a recent study by the U.S. Government Accountability Office revealed that people receiving home care tend to live longer and have a better quality of life.
Home health care providers include medical professionals like physicians, nurses, physical therapists, occupational therapists and speech therapists, as well as medical social services providers and skilled home health aides. It’s the best way to ensure ill, elderly or disabled people receive high-quality health care in the privacy and comfort of their own homes. In addition, home health nurses serve as the eyes and ears of physicians, keeping them up-to-date on recovery and alerting them to potential health concerns.
As home health agencies coordinate a plan of care with your physician, there are dozens of administrative and operational tasks that go on “behind the scenes” concerning scheduling and planning patient care. That’s where companies, like Axxess, a technology company that integrates home health care software to promote quality health care services, come in.
The Axxess software is a complete, end-to-end solution for home health care agencies to manage and efficiently run their businesses. It allows an agency to deliver the best tools possible to their health care providers for excellence in patient care.
Axxess puts all care and administrative aspects of a home health care agency at the fingertips of managers and providers: care plans, patient data, medication management, assessments, clinical progress notes, scheduling and billing. This type of software is user-friendly, cost-effective and secure and with ongoing customer training and support available at no additional cost, Axxess has quickly become the industry’s fastest-growing home health software.
Axxess is committed to advancing the technology of health care. For home health providers who use their mobile device, Axxess has a free mobile app. Axxess clients can download the app for free and get driving directions to patient’s homes, see their daily schedule at a glance and keep in touch with agencies for real-time patient care and collaboration. For more information, visit www.axxess.com.

4 Food Truths and Myths Go Head-to-Head

In our information-loaded world, it’s difficult to know what’s true and what isn’t—especially when it comes to food choices.

In many case, people are basing their assumptions on either pure myth or the latest diet fad. A perfect example is: Gluten is bad for you. Listening to these ever-changing “rules,” however, can be risky.

“Food myths are dangerous because they can deprive you of the benefits of a healthy diet,” says Tara Gidus, MS, R.D., who’s the team dietician for basketball’s Orlando Magic.

The following are a few myths that deserve to be debunked:

Big Tobacco Beware, Vapor Cigarettes Are Here

For decades, tobacco companies cornered the market on cigarette sales. However, sales have been taking a nosedive lately, and the once-booming industry is seeking to protect its multi-billion-dollar bottom line by concentrating on its global reach in Asia and other continents.

Besides the usual suspects as reasons for the decline—health risks and cost at the forefront—other obstacles exist. In 2008, China became the first country to introduce a non-tobacco alternative known as the “electronic cigarette”—also known as the “vapor cigarette.”

Sportscaster Linda Cohn Talks Love of the Game, Chiropractic Care

If you were to ask Linda Cohn, one of the most successful female sportscasters in the business, what is one thing that’s surprised her in her 22 years of covering sports, it’s not the scandals she’s reported on—and there have been many—but rather, how many professional athletes credit their success to chiropractic care.

“Chiropractic care is a remarkable approach to health care that helps to keep you healthy and vibrant,” she says, referring not only to the athletes she interviews, but herself as well.

Chiropractic Care on the Rise, May Be Best Career Option

Despite optimistic media reports that the economy is on the rebound and more robust than it has been in recent years, finding a job—never mind a career—is still difficult.

Consider this: fully 77 percent of positions added to the market this year have been part-time, according to economic analysts. Yet, there is one occupation that is on the rise.

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor and Statistics, jobs in chiropractic care will increase 28 percent by 2020—placing this field at a much faster rate of growth than other professions.

Stopping the Hurt: Chiropractic Care Offers Alternative for Arthritis Sufferers

As America grows increasingly gray, the seniors who make up this part of the U.S. demographic are anxious to find alternative forms of health care to help them through their golden years. This is especially true for those with arthritis, and it turns out that chiropractic care may be the magic bullet some have been looking for.

To date, the traditional approach to alleviating arthritis aches and pains involves over-the-counter and prescription medications that can have severe adverse effects. But a recent article in the respected journal Medscape Rheumatology, titled “CAM for Arthritis: Is There a Role?”—”CAM” being short for “complementary and alternative medicine”—confirmed the steady growth in chiropractors’ popularity among the nation’s nearly 50 million arthritis sufferers. “There’s little question in my mind that chiropractic works especially for acute musculoskeletal pain,” wrote Dr. Nathan Wei, MD.

Love Gets Around With Help From Chiropractic Care

Mike Love, a founding member of the iconic band the Beach Boys, helped cowrite the song “I Get Around” back in the 1960s. Little did he know then that the song would come to epitomize how much his life would improve thanks to chiropractic care.

“In more than 50 years of performing over 100 shows a year, I’ve traveled by car, van, bus, train, plane and occasional boat,” he says of the toll that touring has taken on his body. “Chiropractors have helped me remain mobile and pain free.”