New Resources Critical for Stroke Recovery

(NewsUSA) – The American Heart Association/American Stroke Association (AHA/ASA), the world’s leading voluntary organization dedicated to building healthier lives, free of cardiovascular diseases and stroke has developed new stroke rehabilitation tools for healthcare professionals and clinical providers, to help stroke patients achieve the best recovery outcomes and quality of life possible.The tools, which are developed through the AHA/ASA’s Together to End Stroke initiative, leverage recommendations from the first-ever, AHA/ASA issued Adult Stroke Rehabilitation and Recovery Guidelines for healthcare providers, and call for intensive, multidisciplinary treatment.The Healthcare Provider tool-kit includes recommendations in the following areas (and more):* The Rehab Program* Prevention and Medical Management of Comorbidities* Transition in Care and Community InterventionsThe Patient and Caregiver toolkit is also available and includes:* Patient guide to making good rehab decisions, such as what to expect in medical rehab and how to choose the right rehab facility.* Patient quick sheet to rehab planning to ask the right questions at the hospital, before discharge, for rehab providers and questions family members should be asking.Together to End Stroke, which is nationally sponsored by Kindred Rehabilitation Services, elevates awareness that stroke is largely beatable through high-quality rehabilitation, patient support and implementation of the AHA/ASA’s Stroke Rehabilitation and Recovery Guidelines."The science of stroke rehabilitation is advancing rapidly, due to the development of new technology, and stroke outcomes are improving as a result," says Dr. Mitchell Elkind, chair of the American Stroke Association and professor of Neurology and Epidemiology at Columbia University.Stroke is a leading cause of serious disability. But there’s increasing evidence that rehabilitation can have a big impact on a survivors’ quality of life. In many cases, survivors regain skills and return to independent living. However, many survivors do not receive the appropriate level and amount of rehabilitation services needed to maximize recovery."Stroke is largely preventable, increasingly treatable, and, now more than ever, beatable. With the AHA/ASA and its alliances putting more strategic efforts in place, all of us can provide better care, which can translate into fewer stroke recurrences and less disability in stroke survivors," says Elkind.For more information and to access the free rehabilitation and recovery resources for healthcare providers and patients, visit StrokeAssociation.org/recovery

The 3 Signs of Tech Neck

(NewsUSA) – Headaches? Neck pain? Numbness and tingling in your fingers? Yep, you’ve got all the signs of "tech neck" – courtesy of incessantly staring down at all those mobile devices of yours. Know, though, that given those extra pounds of stress you’ve been putting on your spine, not only can doctors of chiropractic provide you with options for relieving your pain, they can also help correct the overall poor posture that tech neck results in. View the full-sized image here. 

Opioid Crisis Inspires Drug-Free Pain Management Awareness Month

(NewsUSA) – What to do about an opioid crisis that claims 91 American lives every day? While the politicians continue to debate solutions, Ret. Brigadier General Becky Halstead — honorary chair of the 2017 Drug-Free Pain Management Awareness Month — has an answer based on what she learned following her combat tour of duty in Iraq. You see, the U.S. Army believed the solution for her chronic pain was multiple prescription painkillers. Wrong. Only after she sought out safer, effective alternatives on her own did she discover what she says "saved my life" — chiropractic care. Watch the video at: https://youtu.be/T0LDJBD-kWg

Chiropractic Care: A Key to Solving Our Opioid Crisis?

(NewsUSA) – How do we find a way out of today’s opioid crisis? Obviously, no one wants tens of thousands of Americans to continue dying each year from the abuse of prescription painkillers. And with more and more physicians heeding the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s call to use alternative approaches, it’s time to understand why chiropractic care is increasingly being viewed as a safer "first-line treatment" for many patients suffering from spine and joint-related pain. Hint: Among other reasons, it’s drug-free. View the full-sized image here. 

The Truth About Sugary Drinks

(NewsUSA) – A recent national survey commissioned by Panera Bread revealed that 99 percent of Americans do not know the amount of added sugar in a 20 fl. oz. serving of standard cola, with 83 percent of Americans underestimating the amount. To better support and inform guests, Panera Bread is the first national restaurant company to place calories and added sugar information directly in the hands of guests, by rolling out a new fountain beverage cup that lists the calories and added sugar in each of its six new craft beverages, as well as regular cola. See full-sized image here.    

Americans Address The Need To Better Prepare for Alzheimer’s Disease

(NewsUSA) – The odds that you know someone affected by Alzheimer’s are high, considering that more than five million people are living with Alzheimer’s and more than 15 million Americans provide unpaid care for those living with the disease.With the number of people in the United States living with Alzheimer’s disease expected to triple in the next few decades, to more than 16 million in 2050 it is not only individuals with Alzheimer’s who are impacted — their family members and friends can feel the toll of providing care for loved ones.As Alzheimer’s and other dementias impact a growing number of individuals and their families, communities must find ways to become more supportive and accessible to those living with these diseases.The Home Instead Senior Care network encourages Americans to pledge to learn more about the disease and how to compassionately engage with those who live with it.No matter who you are, you have something to learn — from caregivers and families of those living with Alzheimer’s, to business owners or simply those who want to be more respectful and compassionate to those they may meet suffering from Alzheimer’s or other dementia.Home Instead Senior Care invites everyone to participate in free online training based on your role.These educational courses, created by experts in dementia care, will help people learn how to better respond to the needs of those living with the condition and their caregivers.After the online learning sessions, participants are encouraged to share what they have learned with friends and family.Interested individuals can find a training course that can help at www.AlzLearn.com.Most courses take no more than one hour to complete. The website also includes a variety of other free resources and opportunities to learn more about Alzheimer’s and dementia. For example, Home Instead recommends these five tips to learn more about Alzheimer’s and dementia:1. Learn the symptoms. Visit http://www.helpforalzheimersfamilies.com/alzheimers-dementia-dealing/symptoms-and-stages to learn more about the symptoms and signs of Alzheimer’s and other dementias.2. Read an article about Alzheimer’s. Articles about Alzheimer’s can be found at http://www.helpforalzheimersfamilies.com/alzheimers-dementia-dealing/guide3. Watch and share the "I Will Remember You" video at http://www.helpforalzheimersfamilies.com/alzheimers-dementia-dealing/capturing-memories/video4. Take an E-Learning Class. Visit http://www.helpforalzheimersfamilies.com/alzheimers-dementia-education to find an online Alzheimer’s and dementia class that interests you.5. Spread the word. Take the Home Instead Alzheimer’s Learning Day pledge and share on your social media channels why you are participating.To explore more about Alzheimer’s and dementia care and family caregiving, find a Home Instead office near you at www.homeinstead.com/state 

The Signs and Symptoms of Prescription Opioid Abuse

When a medical doctor prescribes an opioid painkiller to help you or someone you love manage back pain, you probably don’t think about the drug’s addictive effects such as physical dependency, abuse, or even death.

However, you might want to think again.

Addiction to prescription opiate pain medications such as OxyContin has reached such epidemic proportions in the U.S., that the President’s Commission on Combating Drug Addiction has called for the White House to declare a “national emergency” to combat the enormous toll opioid use and abuse is taking on the country.

Millennials’ View of the Opioid Crisis

(NewsUSA) – How easy is it for millennials to get their hands on the very drugs fueling today’s opioid crisis? Easier than you might think. According to a new national poll released by the American Psychiatric Association, 46 percent of millennials surveyed said illicitly obtaining such drugs would be a cinch in their neighborhoods — a far higher number than other adults questioned. With stats like that, it’s no wonder so many health experts now warn pain sufferers — including millennials — to first consider drug-free, non-invasive options like chiropractic care to avoid the risk of getting hooked on potentially lethal painkillers like OxyContin. View the full-sized image here.

An Alternative to Opioids for That Pain in Your Neck

(NewsUSA) – Your body does quite an amazing balancing act with your head.Which is to say, if you imagine a 10-pound mass (your head) sitting atop a column of bones (your neck) — with split-second movements in all directions — you’ll begin to understand why neck pain ranks as one of humankind’s most common and persistent problems.There are all sorts of neck pain: the temporary type you have after sleeping awkwardly, the sore type you have following exercise, or the nagging type often associated with a car accident. At least in the first case, the general consensus can be summed up thusly: "Stop doing what makes it worse."Chronic pain, however, is a different matter.Not only can it be debilitating, but — since prescription drugs are often used to address the condition — it’s also at the center of the opioid crisis now roiling the nation.With drugs like OxyContin, Norco and Vicodin carrying the risk of addiction and even death, both the Food and Drug Administration and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have urged consumers and healthcare providers alike to seek non-pharmacologic alternatives for managing such pain.One of the most popular choices? Drug-free chiropractic care, which boasts high patient-satisfaction scores and is covered by most insurance."Doctors of chiropractic are well-trained and highly educated in the structure and function of the human body," says Sherry McAllister, DC, executive vice president of the not-for-profit Foundation for Chiropractic Progress. "They use hands-on techniques to help enhance neurological control, flexibility, muscle strength, and range of motion."To locate a nearby doctor of chiropractic, visit f4cp.com/findadoctor

Good Health is More Than What You Eat

(NewsUSA) – Behavioral health issues are more common today. According to a study by the American Psychological Association, about 25 percent of all adults in the United States have a mental illness and 50 percent will develop one in their lifetime.Mental health diseases affect not only the mind, but the body too. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found that "[mental illness] is associated with chronic medical diseases such as cardiovascular disease, diabetes, and obesity."Public health surveillance, the continuous collection and analysis of health-related data, can help ensure high-quality health care. Monitoring mental health illnesses via population-based surveys and other methods can provide valuable information on how to run effective treatment programs. If behavioral health problems are managed successfully, the effects of mental illness and chronic diseases can be minimized, leading to improved general health.Currently, companies and institutions around the country are working to provide better access to mental health treatment services. Humana, a leading health and well-being company, has pilot programs and initiatives as part of its Bold Goal aimed at making communities 20 percent healthier by 2020. To do this, they tackle barriers that prevent good mental health, as well as food insecurity and social isolation. Program objectives of the Bold Goal include: providing remote access to behavioral health within a primary care setting, teaching educational classes that discuss nutrition and health literacy, and addressing suicide prevention.Try these ideas, from Humana’s Dr. Lawrence Weinstein, Chief Medical Officer for Humana Behavioral Health, to enhance your own mental health:Exercise: There is overwhelming evidence that indicates physical exercise helps to lessen the effects of depression. This is due to the release of endorphins, or "feel-good" hormones, in the brain.Eat a Healthy Diet: A diet high in sugar consumption is strongly correlated with mental health problems. Eating whole foods and limiting intake of processed foods are important habits to maintain.Go Outside: Get enough exposure to sunlight to maintain healthy vitamin D levels. Low levels of vitamin D are associated with psychiatric and neurological disorders.Eliminate Bad Habits: Both smoking cigarettes and drinking alcohol can cause increased levels of stress and tension. Over time, this can lead to mental illnesses, such as depression.Get Help When Needed: Getting help from a friend, family member, or professional is highly likely to improve behavioral health. Actively seeking guidance can lead to a quicker recovery from mental illnesses and mental disorders. And this will ultimately allow you to live a healthier, fuller life.For more information, visit www.humana.com