The Opioid Crisis’ Latest Victims: Addicted Babies

Five words or less(NewsUSA) – And now the nation’s opioid crisis is putting newborn babies at risk.
The use of prescription painkillers like OxyContin by women during pregnancy has resulted in what’s being called “an explosion” of infants as addicted to the drugs as their mothers. Newly published data in JAMA Pediatrics shows the number of cases of neonatal abstinence syndrome (NAS) has risen five-fold in the U.S. from 2000 to 2012 — that’s nearly 22,000 affected infants in that last year alone — and the reality behind those stats is heart-wrenching.
“The babies, they really suffer, just like adults do when they withdraw from narcotics,” Dr. Terrie Inder, chair of pediatric newborn medicine at Boston’s Brigham and Women’s Hospital, told CBS News. “The babies are very irritable and sometimes have high heart rates, sweating, flushing, diarrhea. They cry a lot.”
Heightening experts’ concern:
* The crucial early “bonding” between mother and child is disrupted, given the babies’ average hospital stay of 24 days.
* The mothers — often unaware of the potential collateral damage from the painkillers they’ve been taking — experience what Inder calls “anxiety and guilt.”
Back and neck discomfort is especially common during pregnancy since women’s postural changes can result in spine and pelvic pain. The open question is whether this latest development — combined with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s call last year for physicians to dramatically curtail prescribing opioids — will encourage more women to seek alternatives like drug-free chiropractic care.
“All chiropractors are trained to work with women who are pregnant,” the American Pregnancy Association says, lauding their expertise in “establishing pelvic balance and alignment.”
As the Foundation for Chiropractic Progress notes, visits to highly educated and trained doctors of chiropractic are covered by most insurance and health plans.
Learn more at F4CP.com/findadoctor.

The Opioid Crisis’ Latest Victims: Addicted Babies

Five words or less(NewsUSA) – And now the nation’s opioid crisis is putting newborn babies at risk.
The use of prescription painkillers like OxyContin by women during pregnancy has resulted in what’s being called “an explosion” of infants as addicted to the drugs as their mothers. Newly published data in JAMA Pediatrics shows the number of cases of neonatal abstinence syndrome (NAS) has risen five-fold in the U.S. from 2000 to 2012 — that’s nearly 22,000 affected infants in that last year alone — and the reality behind those stats is heart-wrenching.
“The babies, they really suffer, just like adults do when they withdraw from narcotics,” Dr. Terrie Inder, chair of pediatric newborn medicine at Boston’s Brigham and Women’s Hospital, told CBS News. “The babies are very irritable and sometimes have high heart rates, sweating, flushing, diarrhea. They cry a lot.”
Heightening experts’ concern:
* The crucial early “bonding” between mother and child is disrupted, given the babies’ average hospital stay of 24 days.
* The mothers — often unaware of the potential collateral damage from the painkillers they’ve been taking — experience what Inder calls “anxiety and guilt.”
Back and neck discomfort is especially common during pregnancy since women’s postural changes can result in spine and pelvic pain. The open question is whether this latest development — combined with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s call last year for physicians to dramatically curtail prescribing opioids — will encourage more women to seek alternatives like drug-free chiropractic care.
“All chiropractors are trained to work with women who are pregnant,” the American Pregnancy Association says, lauding their expertise in “establishing pelvic balance and alignment.”
As the Foundation for Chiropractic Progress notes, visits to highly educated and trained doctors of chiropractic are covered by most insurance and health plans.
Learn more at F4CP.com/findadoctor.

Super Bowl Teams’ Shared Secret to Success

The two teams that competed in Super Bowl LI trained hard and smart to get there, and they shared one notable training element — chiropractic care.

Both the New England Patriots and the Atlanta Falcons employed team chiropractors last season. And while that might not have been the deciding factor that got them to the Super Bowl, chiropractic care has caught the attention of many coaches and players in football and other professional sports as part of a menu of conditioning to optimize athletic performance by staying healthy and injury-free.

Seniors Find That Doing Good Is Good For You

Five words or less(NewsUSA) – There are two things that older adults have in spades these days: time and knowledge. And both make them the perfect match for volunteering.
By giving back as little as two hours a week, or about 96 hours a year, older adults are discovering how to keep their lives active and healthy.
Research shows that seniors who volunteer can combat depression, stave off chronic pain, and boost brain power. In short, volunteering can promote longevity.
Still need another reason to get out and volunteer? With the number of volunteers age 65 and older expected to double in a few years, chances are you’ll reconnect with old friends and make new ones.
“Volunteering gave me a reason to get up in the morning and stimulated my brain as I learned about topics and issues that were completely unfamiliar to me,” says one volunteer.
To help educate older adults about the benefits of volunteering, the National Association of Area Agencies on Aging (n4a) launched a public education campaign to raise awareness of the issue and to prompt older adults to take action. The centerpiece of the campaign is a publication, “Doing Good Is Good for You: Volunteer!”
This brochure provides you with a Self-Assessment Checklist that can help you evaluate the range of issues and activities that you may find most interesting in a volunteer setting.
For example, are you interested in animals, politics, or art?
Do you enjoy activities such as gardening, tutoring, or counseling?
The Checklist gives you dozens of options.
One prospective volunteer who completed a checklist of his interests was a lifelong musician. He checked “arts and culture” as a favorite and said he loved teaching others. When the local volunteer coordinator signed him up, she had no idea that his instrument of choice was a ukulele. Two years later, his lessons have become so popular, he’s teaching in two senior centers to packed classes.
The point is, there’s a volunteer opportunity for everyone, and it can be found with the simple click of a mouse.
For more information on volunteering, and to download your free copy of the brochure and other resources, visit www.n4a.org and find the “Volunteer Resource Center” under n4a Initiatives.

Chiropractic Care Offers Drug-Free Pain Relief for Back Pain Sufferers

Lower back pain can be a short-term or chronic problem that can strike anyone of any age at any time. Whether you have a desk job or are on your feet all day, you are likely to experience an episode of lower back pain at some point in your life, along with tens of millions of others. At best, lower back pain is an annoyance; at worst, it is debilitating and interferes with work, leisure activities and your overall quality of life.

Depression Sufferers Find Hope With New Sound Technology

Five words or less(NewsUSA) – Healthcare in the United States is one of the hottest topics of conversation these days, in large part, because there are no easy answers on how to affordably offer it to everyone.
With the cost of healthcare continuing to skyrocket, it’s no surprise that many can’t afford health insurance.
And if you are one of the 18 million adults who suffers with depression, these healthcare expenses can add up even quicker with counseling and medication, which many times is needed daily and for long periods of time.
Now, however, there may be a way for those suffering from anxiety and/or depression to save money, feel better and increase emotional stability without medication.
Enter Revolutioner, a new sound technology that uses audio soundtracks to stimulate the brain through a complex neural process called Brainwave Entrainment. Brainwave Entrainment refers to the brain’s electrical response to rhythmic sensory stimulation, such as pulses of sound or light, say the creators of Revolutioner.
“One of the main causes of depression and anxiety is an imbalance of Alpha and Beta waves between the left and the right hemisphere of the brain,” according to studies and research. “Many sufferers also have too much Theta brainwaves (slow activity). This causes many additional issues such as poor sleep and brain performance.”
The Revolutioner Program stimulates Alpha, Beta and Theta brainwaves and corrects the imbalance between the two hemispheres with sound frequencies. Members of the program listen to a 12-minute soundtrack. During the 12 minutes, the frequencies in the soundtrack restore and enhance Alpha, Beta and Theta brainwaves, resulting in better brain functioning and general mood. After a few days on the Revolutioner program, the brain restores its balance between the left and right hemisphere, and with continued use of the program, it helps keep the balance.
The additional benefits of brainwave entrainment include:
* Cognitive abilities. Improved cognitive skills, brain processing speed, and increased focus and attention;
* Athletic performance. Athletes have reported massive improvements in their mental attitude and their ability to respond quickly in changing circumstances;
* Addiction. Removes the cravings, but it will also create a foundation towards an addiction-free life;
* Improvement in daily life. Decrease in stress and anxiety, and increase in energy and motivation.
For more information, visit https://revolutioner.com/

Going With Your Gut — Virtual Colonoscopy Simplifies Cancer Screening

Five words or less(NewsUSA) -Did you know that colorectal cancer is expected to kill more than 50,000 American men and women this year?
But there is hope.
Colorectal cancer is often preventable. According to the American Cancer Society (ACS), nearly all of these cancers start as “polyps”– growths inside the colon or rectum. If people 50-and-older get screened, these can be found and removed before they turn cancerous.
However, many adults choose not to get tested because of cultural stigmas, anticipated discomfort and the cost of a traditional colonoscopy. But new options can help. Under federal law, private insurers must now cover “virtual colonoscopy” — also known as CT colonography. Many large insurers — including CIGNA, UnitedHealthcare and Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield — have covered this ACS-recommended exam for some time.
Unlike its traditional counterpart, virtual colonoscopy is far less invasive. It still requires a laxative preparation, but does not require sedation. Little, if any, recovery time is needed, and patients can go back to work or daily activities afterward. In addition, it is as accurate as a standard colonoscopy for most people, and it costs less. Not surprisingly, availability of this test has been shown to increase screening rates.
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How it works: A radiologist uses high-tech, low-dose X-rays to generate 3D, moving images of the colon that doctors examine for polyps and signs of cancer. Only if polyps or cancers are found do you have to go on to have those removed by a standard colonoscopy or surgery.
Medicare does not yet cover virtual colonoscopy. However, patient groups, minority health care advocates, and medical societies are urging Medicare to cover the test.
“Colorectal cancer screening through less invasive options like CT colonography is appealing to patients, especially the Medicare population,” says Anne Carlson, executive director of the Colon Cancer Coalition. “Covering this patient-centered option will help save lives.”
Expanded insurance coverage of virtual colonoscopy can make it more appealing and accessible to many who should be screened but choose not to. According to ACS, African-Americans, those in many rural areas and Hispanics are less likely to be screened. African-American and rural residents are more likely to develop and die from colorectal cancer than Caucasians. And because U.S. Hispanics are less likely to be screened, they have their cancers discovered later. In fact, U.S. Hispanics are more likely to die from this disease than those in many Central- and South American countries.
Expanded coverage for less invasive, affordable screening could boost colorectal cancer care in these communities and nationwide.
For more information visit www.radiologyinfo.org/VirtualCT.

Amid Opioid Abuse Crisis, Back Pain Sufferers Look to Chiropractic Care

Five words or less(NewsUSA) – Lower back pain, it’s been said, is very democratic.
Meaning, tens of millions of people of all stripes — from truck drivers to stock brokers — experience it at some point in their lives, and the worst cases can be positively debilitating.
“You’d be a really uncommon person never to have had an episode of back pain,” Chris Maher, a health researcher at the University of Sydney, told NPR.
But now there’s a new wrinkle — or, some would say, an opportunity.
With the country in the midst of an opioid abuse crisis, many of those sufferers now find themselves looking for alternatives to the potentially addictive — and sometimes lethal — prescription painkillers that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recently urged physicians to dramatically curtail prescribing.
One favorite alternative? Drug-free chiropractic care, which has been praised for its”emphasis on your body’s innate healing wisdoms.”
Doctors of chiropractic are well-trained and highly educated, and use hands-on techniques to help enhance flexibility, muscle strength, and range of motion. Reflecting chiropractic’s growing popularity, notes the Foundation for Chiropractic Progress’ Dr. Sherry McAllister, most insurance and health plans cover its use.
To locate a nearby doctor of chiropractic, visit www.f4cp.com/findadoctor.

How an Ex-College Athlete Survived His Use of Prescription Painkillers

Five words or less(NewsUSA) – Pro sports stars may grab all the headlines, but college and high-school athletes also suffer from the negative effects of prescription painkillers.

One man tells how chiropractic care helped turn his life around.

Watch the video at: https://youtu.be/aRNF4rXcxbE

Cancer Drug Completes First Arm of Pivotal 28-Day Study, Gives Hope for Cure

Five words or less(NewsUSA) – A potentially new cure for cancer is one step closer to market, giving hope to the the 14 million people battling the incurable disease.
The Australian-based biotech company, Propanc Health Group (OTCQB: PPCH), which has been developing proprietary treatments for cancer patients suffering from solid tumors such as pancreatic, ovarian, and colorectal cancers, recently completed a 28-day toxicokinetic study to support a safe starting dose in patients, as it marches toward clinical trials in 2017 for its lead product, PRP.
Data from the study will form the basis of a clinical trial application in the United Kingdom and define conditions for a planned four-week regulatory Good Laboratory Practice compliant toxicology study, with results expected in early 2017.
Studies of this type are an important part of the development process for new therapeutic agents prior to clinical testing in humans.
“We are making excellent progress completing these studies for PRP,” says James Nathanielsz, Propanc’s chief executive officer. “Preclinical efficacy is well-established and the safety studies are pivotal because they provide the rationale for a safe starting dose for patient trials.”
Propanc’s proenzyme product, PRP, has the potential to be a game-changer for cancer care by offering an effective option for long-term therapy without the excessive toxicity associated with many current cancer treatments.
“My scientific colleagues and I believe a cancer stem cell targeting therapy, which reduces chemo-resistance and supports immune function could become a significant addition to the treatment process,” says Dr. Julian Kenyon, Propanc’s chief scientific officer. “PRP is going to be a part of many different cancer combinatorial regimes, which is why we’re keen to follow up on the immuno-biological aspects of PRP in future trials.”
For more information on PPCH, visit www.propanc.com.