(NewsUSA) – The move for a “chiropractic first” approach to treating pain just got a big boost.
In recent years, a growing number of experts have argued that the downsides of relying on drugs and invasive spinal surgery were potentially so great in certain cases — particularly among patients with chronic back pain — that a proven alternative like chiropractic care should officially be recognized as a serious option. Now comes word that the influential Joint Commission has done just that.
Following what it called “an extensive literature review,” the not-for-profit organization, which accredits and certifies more than 20,500 health organizations and programs in the U.S., announced that it was revising its “Provision of Care, Treatment, and Services” standard to “affirm” the role of nonpharmacologic approaches including chiropractic care in pain management.
“In addition,” the commission warned regarding the use of medications, “organizations should consider both the benefits to the patient as well as the risks of dependency, addiction and the abuse of opioids.”
Nearly 80 percent of Americans are believed to experience back pain at some point in their lives. Past studies have shown that patients who turned to a chiropractor first had consistently better health outcomes and drastically reduced their odds of having to undergo costly surgery.
“As a nation, we are facing an epidemic of prescription drug abuse, and all stakeholders in health care stand to benefit from a conservative approach focusing on chiropractic first, drugs second and surgery last,” said Gerard Clum, D.C., of the not-for-profit Foundation for Chiropractic Progress.
To learn more about chiropractic care or to find a chiropractor near your area, visit www.F4CP.org/findadoctor.
(NewsUSA) – The move for a “chiropractic first” approach to treating pain just got a big boost.
(NewsUSA) – Each year 14 million people worldwide find out they have cancer, and 8 million die from the disease. It is now the leading cause of death around the world, and there is no cure. However, one company is working on what it believes to be an effective method to help control the spread of the disease, and treat and stabilize the cancer.
Propanc Health Group is a Melbourne, Australia-based health care company currently focusing on developing new cancer treatments for patients with solid tumors such as pancreatic and colorectal cancer. With its lead product, PRP, currently in animal trials — and soon moving to clinical trials, the company believes it has a way to extend the life expectancy of cancer patients. In a previously conducted compassionate care study, PRP did increase life expectancy in terminal patients.
The way it works is this: Propanc has identified that pancreatic proenzymens are able to suppress, or stop, a long-silent embryonic program reactivated by cancer cells, by returning cancer cells back toward normal behavior. This is important because certain cancer cells develop traits such as motility, invasiveness and a resistance to death. They also become “stem-cell” like and develop the ability to seed new tumors. This process, called metastasis, is responsible for about 90 percent of deaths from cancer.
“From our research we observed that pancreatic proenzymes enforce the re-entry of cancer cells into normal cellular pathways and could represent an exciting new method of managing the disease process,” said Dr. Julian Kenyon, Chief Scientific Officer of Propanc Health Group. “We believe this small but significant step supports my initial observations from clinical practice that pancreatic proenzymes have the potential to prolong life and stop tumors from spreading, especially if we treat patients during earlier stages of the disease process.”
The company’s vision is to identify active anti-cancer agents, which have anti-cancer effects and are a less-toxic and effective way to treat patients, compared to standard treatment approaches.
“Propanc is a very well tolerated medication and has been shown to extend survival time well beyond that expected in any of the patients it has been used on,” said Dr. Kenyon. “These results are by far and away better than I have ever seen with chemotherapy, radiotherapy or monoclonal antibodies, which are the treatments offered currently.”
More information can be found at www.propanc.com. Media and investors should reach out to Regal Consulting at 702-575-9157.
(NewsUSA) – Most people have never heard of sarcoidosis, but this complex condition has actually been acknowledged for more than 150 years. Well-known people who have been impacted by the condition include Bernie Mac, Reggie White, Evander Holyfield, Tisha Campbell-Martin and Daisy Fuentes. Although anyone can develop sarcoidosis, it is most common among people between the ages of 20-40.
Often, the symptoms of sarcoidosis are similar to cancer or arthritis, and people may undergo unnecessary treatment before finding out their actual diagnosis. It’s stories like this that inspired the CHEST Foundation of the American College of Chest Physicians and the Foundation for Sarcoidosis Research (FSR) to team up and launch “Sarcoidosis: Seek Answers. Inspire Results,” a campaign that encourages people living with sarcoidosis to take a proactive role in their treatment.
“While sarcoidosis is not fully understood, it’s important to consider it if symptoms are present,” said Doreen J. Addrizzo-Harris, MD, FCCP, co-director of the Pulmonary/Critical Care Faculty Group Practice at NYU Langone Medical Center, pulmonary section chief at Tisch Hospital in New York City, and trustee of the CHEST Foundation board. “The educational resources available at www.chestnet.org/sarcoid encourage people living with sarcoidosis to openly discuss options with their doctor, then follow their unique treatment plan.”
Sarcoidosis is an inflammatory disease wherein the immune system goes into overdrive, causing cells to group together into clumps called granulomas. When too many granulomas form on an organ, they can interfere with its function. Though sarcoidosis can impact any organ, the lungs and lymph nodes are affected in more than 90 percent of cases.
With good medical care, most cases are not severe and do not cause lasting damage to the body. However, 30-40 percent of people with sarcoidosis have a persistent condition that may require treatment to control symptoms.
Common symptoms include:
1. Fever, fatigue, weight loss, night sweats and an overall feeling of ill health.
2. A persistent cough, shortness of breath and chest pain.
3. Enlarged lymph nodes — most often located in the neck, but they can also be under the chin, in the armpits or the groin area.
Other signs may include skin changes (such as painful or red, raised bumps), joint pain or eye sensitivity.
For more information and to download sarcoidosis resources — including the “Sarcoid Five,” a list of five questions designed to jump-start conversations between patients and doctors — please visit www.chestnet.org/sarcoid.
(NewsUSA) – A medida que los nacidos durante la explosión de natalidad de la posguerra se jubilan de sus trabajos en índices sin precedentes en los EE. UU., uno tiende a pensar que ellos estarían disfrutando de su tiempo libre con amigos, leyendo el periódico mientras toman café por las mañanas o tomándose vacaciones en enero en algún lugar cálido. Pero muchas de estas personas se encuentran actualmente ante un dilema que pocos prevén para esa etapa de la vida: volver a criar niños. Los censos indican que 2,7 millones de abuelos son responsables del cuidado de sus nietos. Estas nuevas responsabilidades pueden ser gratificantes, pero también causan mucho estrés.
De hecho, hay muchas cosas que pueden generarles estrés a los jubilados; pagar las cuentas con un ingreso fijo, los problemas de salud, el ocuparse de parientes o esposos enfermos, e incluso el ser abuelos. El estrés en exceso puede provocar problemas serios de salud.
“Al estar estresado, el cuerpo libera sustancias como cortisol y adrenalina que afectan a todos los órganos y que provocan tensión en los músculos, secreción de insulina y un aumento del ritmo cardíaco”, señaló Arthur Hayward, médico geriatra y Jefe del cuerpo de médicos del Instituto para el Cuidado de Ancianos de Kaiser Permanente.
“No es posible evitar el estrés, pero manejarlo puede ayudarlo a preservar su salud y bienestar”, añadió el Dr. Hayward. Recomienda identificar y comprender la causa del estrés y buscar formas de liberarlo, como alguna de los siguientes consejos:
1. Modere su propio ritmo. No trate de abarcar demasiado. Sea consciente de sus limitaciones.
2. Fíjese objetivos y expectativas realistas, y no tenga miedo de pedir ayuda.
3. Planifique tiempo para usted mismo. Recargue sus baterías.
4. Haga ejercicio y siga una dieta balanceada. Coma muchas frutas, verduras y alimentos integrales.
5. Intente practicar técnicas de relajación como meditación o yoga.
6. Duerma lo suficiente. Si tiene problemas para dormir, consúltelo con su médico. El tomar bebidas con cafeína y alcohol puede afectar su capacidad para dormir bien por la noche.
7. Hable con alguno de sus afectos o escriba en un diario personal.
8. Sea positivo. Los pensamientos positivos pueden hacer la diferencia, como “Tengo esperanza” o “Las cosas van a mejorar”.
Para más información, consulte kp.org/healthyaging. Para preguntas o consejos sobre una enfermedad específica, consulte a su médico.
(NewsUSA) – As boomers retire from their jobs at unprecedented rates in the U.S., you’d think they’d be spending their free time with friends, lingering over the morning newspaper and coffee or taking January vacations in a warm place. But many seniors are finding themselves in a predicament that few anticipate in retirement: parenting for a second time. Census reports indicate that 2.7 million grandparents are responsible for their grandchildren. Their added duties may be fulfilling, but they may be stressful, too.
In fact, many things can trigger stress among retired adults — paying bills on a fixed income, failing health, caring for ill parents or spouses, or even grandparenting. Excessive stress can lead to serious health problems.
“When stressed, the body releases substances such as cortisol and adrenaline that affect every organ and can cause muscle tension, insulin secretion and increased heart rate,” said Arthur Hayward, M.D., a geriatrician and the clinical lead physician for elder care with Kaiser Permanente’s Care Management Institute.
“You can’t avoid stress, but managing it can help preserve your health and well-being,” Dr. Hayward added. He recommends identifying and understanding the cause of your stress and finding ways to relieve it, such as these eight tips:
1. Pace yourself. Don’t take on too much. Be aware of your limitations.
2. Set realistic goals and expectations, and don’t be afraid to ask for help.
3. Plan time for yourself. Recharge your batteries.
4. Exercise and eat a balanced diet. Get plenty of fruits, vegetables and whole grains.
5. Try relaxation techniques such as meditation or yoga.
6. Get enough sleep. If you have problems sleeping, talk to your doctor. Drinking caffeinated beverages and alcohol can affect your ability to get a good night’s sleep.
7. Talk with a loved one or write in a journal.
8. Stay positive. Positive thoughts can make a difference, such as “I am hopeful” or “Things will be better.”
For more information, go to kp.org/healthyaging. For questions or advice about a specific condition, talk to your physician.
That’s how many children are involved in organized sports in the course of one year, according to The Center for Kids First.
In fact, for many moms and dads, playing on a football, soccer or Little League team is an important rite of passage for children.
However, some parents are overlooking the significance of recognizing, managing and preventing sports-related injuries and health conditions.
Kids are able to bounce back from many minor bumps and bruises. Better than bouncing back is avoiding injuries—minor or major—whenever possible.
(NewsUSA) – Sports-related injuries are common and, when an athlete is hurt, care follows a proven, long-standing protocol of rehabilitation. But what happens when impact occurs to the head, face or jaw, and — at the time — no immediate injury is diagnosed?
Weeks, months or even years later, many of these players begin to experience headaches, TMJ/D, migraines, vertigo or tinnitus — estimated to impact 50 million people in the U.S. to some degree.
“Undiagnosed head trauma from sports injuries — or other types of impact, including minor car accidents — is one of the most common causes we see of chronic headaches, migraine, tinnitus and vertigo,” says Dr. Ben Burris, an orthodontist with 28 clinics in Arkansas.
Now, these long-term and sometimes debilitating conditions can often be resolved with a painless, non-invasive treatment without drugs or needles — and all at the dentist’s office.
“For over three years, we have been able to help patients with conditions caused by sports injuries,” says Dr. Tad Morgan of Tyler, Texas. “If you damaged your knee or shoulder, you would go to the sports medicine clinic for rehab. With injuries to the head, face or jaw, rehab was unavailable until the advent of TruDenta care.”
Once diagnosed using a painless, digitally enhanced process, patients receive treatment through a proprietary combination of FDA-cleared, low-level laser therapy, therapeutic ultrasound and other modalities. Each of these was originally developed by MDs in sports medicine to speed the healing of joints and force-related traumas. The TruDenta system can quickly resolve issues in the head, neck, face and jaw, which people may have suffered for years.
“Many of our patients with chronic headaches and migraines are females who have played sports — soccer, gymnastics or even cycling,” says Dr. Richard Hughes of Sandy, Utah. “The common denominator is some form of undiagnosed head trauma which was not properly rehabilitated and resulted in long-term painful symptoms.”
TruDenta doctors report rapidly resolving these issues for the majority of patients with long-lasting results. Care is often covered by medical insurance, and TruDenta doctors provide a free consultation.
“We are excited to help these patients in 12 weeks or less without drugs or needles,” says Dr. Jeffrey Mastroianni of Glen Carbon, Illinois. “It is truly life-changing for many.”
To download the free e-book “Start Living Pain Free,” visit www.TruDenta.com/NUSA or call 844-202-2651.
For the elderly, the need (and even acknowledgement) that it would be best to downsize, contrasts sharply with the desire to stay in a home that is filled with decades of memories. In addition, moving might be impractical because of today’s still sluggish housing market.
So, what to do? One option might be to install a stairlift to make your current home more practical.
(NewsUSA) – There are many things that American health care professionals do well, but transitioning patients from hospital to home still isn’t one of them.
From anxiety about at-home care to confusion with instructions and medications, to lack of appropriate equipment, coupled with little to no communication between doctors and patients, it’s no wonder that hospital readmission rates remain at an all time high, according to a 2012 report from the Alliance of Community Health Plans.
A Pittsburgh-based health care services company, however, believes this doesn’t have to be the case. Instead, a new program by AdvaCare is helping patients and doctors come together.
“By becoming an advocate for both patients and physician’s, AdvaCare has found a way to bridge treatment for patients from hospital to home and help reduce overall health care costs,” said AdvaCare Home Services President Tammy Zelenko.
Zelenko noted that the Patient Partner Program, which recently launched, decreases health care costs for patients by reducing the number of hospital readmissions, emergency room visits, and additional health complications that can occur during the hospital-to-home transition.
No small undertaking, but a necessary one since, according to the report, the U.S. loses $26 billion annually in Medicare readmissions, which means that AdvaCare’s program could be just what the doctor ordered.
And if insurance won’t cover the cost of a home health care provider, be prepared for some sticker shock. According to disabled-world.com, depending on what city you live in, the average out-of-pocket expense of hiring a home health care aide is $29 an hour or $18,000 a year for someone to come in three times a week for 12 months. In Los Angeles, the price tag goes up to $50 per hour.
For its part, AdvaCare helps patients with the transition from hospital to home by monitoring its patients and providing detailed, individualized patient care plans and in-home assessments.
“The program offers physicians and doctors an additional route that helps save lives and money,” Zelenko said. “The focus is not only to help patients adjust to their diagnoses, but to make lifestyle changes, and educate them on their chronic diseases. Through this level of dedication, AdvaCare is helping hospitals avoid costly readmission penalties, allowing more involved patients to better manage their healthcare,” she said.
For more information, visit www.advacarehsppp.com.
Most people would do just about anything to avoid becoming dependent on medications with all their side effects or having to undergo surgery to find relief from back pain, sciatica or neck pain and headaches.
Fortunately, chiropractic care provides such an option. Doctors of chiropractic (DCs) have been earning the trust of patients because of their natural, holistic approach to treating these types of ailments. Doctors of chiropractic appreciate that a person is made up of interdependent parts, and—if one part is not working properly—all the other parts will be affected.
If you’ve never been to a chiropractor, here’s what you can expect: