Are Workers Taking Enough Time to Understand Their Benefits Choices?

Five words or less(NewsUSA) – NewsusaInfographic – Choosing the right health insurance plan is one of the most important decisions Americans make, yet workers spend more time researching for a car or planning a vacation. In fact, the 2014 Aflac Open Enrollment Survey found many workers spent 15 minutes or less researching their benefits options during open enrollment last year.

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Some Jobs Really Are a Pain in the Back

Five words or less(NewsUSA) – More than 200,000.
That’s the number of nonfatal occupational back injuries — 217,666, to be precise — that resulted in lost workdays in just one year, according to the most recent annual data compiled by the U.S. Bureau of Labor and Statistics. That’s more than the number of work-related head, neck, arm and foot injuries combined.
This has a huge impact on our economy: The World Health Organization has estimated that low back pain alone costs the U.S. between $100 billion and $200 billion annually.
Here’s some of the jobs that were most prone to back injuries:
* Laborers and freight, stock and materials movers.
* Heavy and tractor-trailer truck drivers.
* Nursing assistants.
* Production workers.
Until recently, surgeons could count on a booming business of patient referrals. But these days, given the increasing interest in drug-free, non-invasive alternatives and the reality of the outcomes of surgical care, chiropractic care has become a go-to approach.
“Very few conditions present situations where it is appropriate to proceed directly to the operating room,” Natalie Drake of the Texas Institute of Spine and Neurosurgery recently stated. “In many cases, less-invasive options will provide the desired relief.”
Cost has also played a factor in chiropractic’s rise. As noted in a recent study in the Journal of Manipulative & Physiological Therapeutics, “paid costs for episodes of care initiated with a D.C. [doctor of chiropractic] were almost 40 percent less than episodes initiated with an M.D. [medical doctor].”
Indeed, as Gerard Clum, D.C., of the not-for-profit Foundation for Chiropractic Progress says, “We’re noticing that patients who use chiropractic care as a first choice have better outcomes and incur fewer costs.”
To locate a doctor of chiropractic in your area, visit www.F4CP.org/findadoctor.

Straighten Up if You Want to Help Avoid Back Problems

Five words or less(NewsUSA) – Remember how mom always reminded you about your posture? Turns out she was right.
Years of poor posture, we now know, puts undue pressure on the spine and supporting muscles and ligaments that can result in everything from back pain to muscle strain to degenerative arthritis. And many of us make things worse on a daily basis.
How so?
Research has found that common things like stress, obesity, incorrect posture while sleeping, walking and working, and — yes, all you fashionistas out there — wearing high-heeled shoes can contribute to poor posture.
And the back pain alone that often follows hurts us in more ways than one. “Americans spend at least $50 billion each year (seeking relief from) back pain,” notes the not-for-profit Foundation for Chiropractic Progress. “And it’s one of the most common reasons for missed work.”
If you just read those stats while seated, here’s a quick checklist to see if you’re maintaining the correct posture:
* Relax shoulders and keep forearms parallel to the ground when working at a keyboard.
* Don’t cross your legs.
* Use a footrest if your feet don’t reach the floor.
For those who are past the checklist stage, know that the federal Agency for Health Care Policy and Research almost twenty years ago recommended spinal manipulation provided by a doctor of chiropractic as a “safe and effective, drugless” treatment for sufferers of low back pain.
“Old habits die hard,” says Ron Kirk, DC, an avid supporter of the Foundation for Chiropractic Progress and founder of Straighten Up America (straightenupamerica.org). “But a doctor of chiropractic can recommend exercises to strengthen core postural muscles and can help you choose proper postures to reduce your risk of injury during activities.”
For more information, visit www.yes2chiropractic.org.
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Taking a Holistic Approach to Fit Living

Five words or less(NewsUSA) – Is the holistic approach the way to go when it comes to your own and your children’s health?
That’s certainly the advice of a variety of experts who say that a more big-picture view of “fit living” — meaning, beyond the usual warnings to, say, exercise more — can actually help improve your overall quality of life.
Among the latest to weigh in: WebMD and Sanford Health, which recently unveiled their “Raising Fit Kids” informational guide that’s replete with ideas on how “families can work together” to make positive behavioral changes in all aspects of their lives. “Being fit is about being healthy,” says Dr. Chris Tiongson, a pediatrician with Sanford Health whose focus is childhood obesity. “It’s a balance between mind, body and spirit, and having everything be in sync.”
That same “balance,” in fact, has long been advocated by doctors of chiropractic — the nation’s third largest primary health care profession — who, along with providing non-invasive relief from things like back and neck pain, are trained in a wide range of conservative treatment and preventive services centered around lifestyle and nutrition.
“A holistic approach to fit living presents a great opportunity to improve overall health and well-being for a lifetime,” says Gerard Clum, DC, of the not-for-profit Foundation for Chiropractic Progress.
High on every chiropractor’s tip list:
* Take steps to manage stress.
* Make time for daily physical activity.
* Emphasize whole grains, fruits and vegetables in your diet.
* Maintain a healthy weight.
Need more convincing? Adopting a holistic strategy that includes chiropractic care, says Dr. Clum, “can help to successfully address consequential conditions such as diabetes, hypertension and heart disease, which are commonly associated with obesity and poor health.”
To locate a doctor of chiropractic, visit www.F4CP.org/findadoctor.

Grandparents Encouraged to Keep Meds Up and Away From Grandchildren

GrandkidsMedicationsCGrandparents love to spend time with their grandchildren. Many times, however, tiny fingers can end up in places they shouldn’t, which is why putting precious or breakable objects out of reach of curious little hands is important. Equally important (if not more so) is keeping medicines and vitamins up and away and out of sight of young children.

Consider this: more than 70,000 children end up in emergency departments each year after getting their hands on medicines left within reach. That’s 165 kids—or roughly four busloads of kids — per day. Quite often, that medicine belonged to a grandparent.

Some Jobs Are More Prone to Back Injuries, Study Finds

WorkRelatedInjuriesCMore than 200,000.

That’s the number of nonfatal occupational back injuries—217,666 to be exact—that resulted in lost workdays in a single year, according to the most recent annual data compiled by the U.S. Bureau of Labor and Statistics. This equates to more than the number of work-related head, neck, arm and foot injuries combined.

As a result, this can have a huge economic impact. Consider this: The World Health Organization has estimated that low back pain alone costs the U.S. between $100 billion and $200 billion annually.

Here are some of the jobs that are more prone to back injuries than others:

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.

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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