Physician Prescribers Should Recommend Drug-Free Options Rather Than Opioids for Pain Relief

Chiropractor/doctor discussing treatment options with a beautiful senior patient.

The recent opioid overdose-related death of Prince, a world-renowned musician, has once again put the spotlight on how overmedicated our society is and how desperately it is in need of an adjustment.

Last March, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shook the medical industry to its roots by encouraging doctors to use conservative care options prior to taking out the prescription pad for opioid use.

The move came in response to growing alarm over the most recent statistics, showing an annual toll of 28,647 deaths involving the potentially addictive drugs. The United States makes up only 4.6 percent of the world’s population, and yet consumes 80 percent of its opioids — and 99 percent of the world’s hydrocodone.

Appear Younger With a Stunning Smile

Five words or less(NewsUSA) – Sponsored News – There’s no stopping the aging process, but there are options for those who want to look and feel younger. One trend that is gaining popularity as an alternative to plastic surgery is cosmetic dentistry, according to the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry (AACD).
Experts say that with age, faces can shorten, chins can move back, cheeks hollow and wrinkles stand out. These changes can be at least partially abated by taking a seat in your dentist’s chair. “When the teeth are in the right position, they fill out the volume (of the face). You see more teeth, resulting in a more youthful appearance,” Nicholas Davis, DDS, and past president of the AACD told the Wall Street Journal in an interview. In addition to taking years off of your appearance, you get an added boost of confidence in being able to smile without inhibition.
The following tips from the AACD can help you look and feel younger:
* Contour or reshape your teeth. Look younger by correcting minor imperfections in your teeth. Simply polishing the worn edges and sharp angles of your teeth, they appear more aligned and symmetrical, and you appear younger. Porcelain veneers and crowns can restore and enhance a tooth’s original structure, and bonding can conceal gaps, chips and stains to give the appearance of more attractive and youthful teeth.
* Whiten your teeth. A youthful smile is a healthful, white smile. Teeth become discolored over time from drinking, smoking and neglect. Whitening your teeth can belie years of abuse. A word of advice, however: Don’t overdo it. Cosmetic dentists are trained to select the appropriate natural shade that suits you. Once teeth are whitened, avoid drinks such as grape juice, red wine, tea and coffee, which stain teeth, and definitely refrain from smoking.
* Replace silver mercury amalgam fillings. For the same reason that tooth decay looks bad, black mercury fillings show your age as well. Black silver mercury amalgam, which has been used for decades to repair cavities, expands and contracts, causing tiny cracks in teeth that can be a concern over time. Replacing that material with a new tooth-colored composite resin filling may both alleviate any further breakdown of the teeth and brighten your smile.
For more information, visit www.YourSmileBecomesYou.com.

Why Sunglasses Are a Must-Have for Kids

Five words or less(NewsUSA) – Sponsored News – Most parents know how damaging the effects of ultraviolet radiation (UVR) can be to our skin, which is why they dutifully slather sunscreen on their kids during the summer. But one thing that often gets overlooked is protecting their children’s eyes.
According to vision-care experts, kids receive three times more UV exposure than adults annually, yet less than 30 percent of parents currently protect their children’s eyes with sunglasses.
The reason for concern is that children and adolescents are particularly vulnerable to the sun’s rays because their ocular lenses aren’t mature enough to filter UV light as effectively as adults, causing damage to the retina.
“Everyone buys into what happens to your skin when it comes to sun damage, but many parents are really surprised to learn about the cumulative UV damage to the eyes,” Dawn Hartman, an optometrist at Columbus Ophthalmology Associates in Columbus, Ohio, told The Wall Street Journal in an interview.
But the right sunglasses can help, as parents become more aware that protection from the sun isn’t just skin deep.
Babiators, for instance, is a brand that offers safe and durable sunglasses for babies and kids. They protect them from harmful rays by offering 100 percent UVA and UVB protection, flexible frames and shatter-resistant lenses in stylish colors and patterns. In addition, Babiators are backed by a one-year “Lost & Found Guarantee” — if the glasses are lost or broken in the first year, they will be replaced for free.
“We created Babiators because we know that habits form at a young age and we wanted to promote a healthy habit of wearing sunglasses to help protect children’s eyes,” Carolyn Guard, co-found of Babiators, told The Optician in an interview. “Not only do these glasses shield little ones from UV rays, they are also fun, unique and vibrantly colored so that children love wearing them and parents can rest at ease knowing they are doing their part to promote healthy vision.”
Experts say that risk is greatest to the eyes between 8 a.m. to 10 a.m., and from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m., because during those times, UV rays come from different angles and eyes receive nearly double the amount of UV than during midday hours.
For more information, please visit www.babiators.com.

New Sauna Accelerates Health and Fitness Benefits

Five words or less(NewsUSA) – Sponsored News – Infrared sauna manufacturer Luxsauna has announced a new distribution deal with Hi-Q Fitness for the rights to promote its latest product, the FitBomb far infrared fitness sauna.
LuxSauna has been an innovator of the use of infrared sauna technology in the health and fitness business since 2004. The company has been a market leader as well; more than 20,000 LuxSauna infrared saunas have been sold worldwide.
The new owners of LuxSauna have expressed a goal of remaining strong players in the health and fitness category. According to a company press release, they hope to expand beyond the traditional sauna audience with the new, patent-pending FitBomb sauna by emphasizing its additional health and fitness benefits supplementing the well-known detox and relaxation benefits of traditional infared saunas. The potential benefits of the FitBomb include therapeutic recovery, fitness, pain relief from arthritis pain and headaches, as well as relief from the pain of muscle strains and sprains, improved circulation, improvements in the appearance of scars and skin tone, and weight loss.
“The FitBomb is a health and fitness breakthrough for anyone, regardless of age, physical limitation, handicap or fitness level,” says David Floyd, inventor of the FitBomb. “In addition to years of research revealing massive health benefits derived from the infrared heat technology, the new FitBomb helps trigger your body to build muscle, burn fat and even heal itself,” he states in a company statement.
The FitBomb provides another tool in the fitness toolkit that may replace most others and is especially beneficial for anyone older than 40. In general, muscles shrink with age. Data suggest that muscle mass in adults over 40 years of age declines by as much as 8 percent per decade, the result of a process known as sarcopenia. With age, reduced muscle tone may start to interfere with activities of daily living, such as climbing stairs or carrying groceries. Cosmetic effects, such as sagging skin and increased fat, also start to appear.
However, a potential muscle-building protein may be activated from using a tool such as the Hi-Q FitBomb. Combining regular sauna use with a healthy diet may also mitigate the impact of aging on the body and mind, Mr. Floyd notes.
For more information about LuxSauna and FitBomb, please visit www.luxsauna.com or www.getfitbomb.com.

EMD Serono Improves Access to Fertility Care for Eligible Military

Five words or less(NewsUSA) – Sponsored News – Through its unique patient assistance programs, EMD Serono, Inc., the North America biopharmaceutical business of Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany, has been working to bridge significant gaps in coverage of fertility treatment for eligible active U.S. military, and veterans who have been injured in service such as Alex D., who suffered from a spinal cord injury while in active service.
“More than 2,200 service people have suffered catastrophic injury which has rendered them infertile, and many of these patients have been medically retired, which compromises their coverage for infertility treatment,” says Alan Copperman, MD, a reproductive endocrinologist in New York City. “It’s crucial that the infertility community work together to help increase access to fertility treatment for these men and women, who have made such great sacrifices for our country.”
The company’s Compassionate Corps program is the first patient-assistance program to provide fertility medications at no charge for eligible U.S. Veterans who are infertile due to a service-related injury. Since launching less than two years ago, EMD Serono’s Compassionate Corps program has helped more than 70 veterans obtain medication for IVF/advanced reproductive technology (ART).
Uninsured active U.S. military, as well as military veteran patients who do not qualify for the Compassionate Corps Program, are encouraged to apply for EMD Serono’s Compassionate Care Program, which helps uninsured, income-eligible patients receive discounted fertility medications. The program has helped more than 30,000 underserved patients gain access to fertility medications. Of these, more than 1,400 are active U.S. military or veterans.
“With more than a million Gulf War veterans living in the U.S., many of whom are still of child-bearing age, the veteran community is significant in number and highly in need of increased access to family-building resources,” says Craig Millian, Senior Vice President, Head of U.S. Endocrinology and Fertility. Through the Compassionate Corps and Compassionate Care programs, we have advanced our mission of advocating for people who want to have a child.
For more information about the Compassionate Care and Compassionate Corps programs, and about infertility, treatment options, and finding a specialist near you, visit www.FertilityLifelines.com.

Yes, Most Insurance Plans Cover Chiropractic Care

Five words or less(NewsUSA) – Sponsored News – Feel free to use your insurance card when seeing a doctor of chiropractic.
About 30 million Americans seek chiropractic care annually, and apparently not all of them realize their visits are now routinely covered by major medical plans, Medicare, workers’ compensation, and even some Medicaid plans. Part of the increased availability is a result of measures like the Affordable Care Act and the embrace of chiropractic care at various government levels including military bases and Veterans Administration facilities.
How much of a game-changer would boosting awareness be?
Well, consider this: The more than $796 billion spent caring for musculoskeletal diseases in 2011 made it among the costliest health care expenditures, according to the latest available statistics. Meanwhile, the “chiropractic-first” approach many experts advocate — avoiding traditional surgery and potentially addictive drugs, that is — has been shown in numerous studies to be friendlier to both wallets and patients.
“Chiropractic care is documented to reduce costs per episode of care by up to 40 percent, while also yielding improved clinical outcomes and overall higher patient satisfaction,” notes Sherry McAllister, DC, executive vice president of the not-for-profit Foundation for Chiropractic Progress.
Doctors of chiropractic, who have a minimum of seven years of higher education, practice a hands-on, drug-free approach to addressing neuro-musculoskeletal conditions, including back, neck and joint pain.
Although perhaps best known for performing spinal adjustments, doctors of chiropractic are also trained to provide nutritional, dietary and lifestyle counseling.
Learn more at F4CP.com.

Have Pain? Chiropractic Can Help, and It’s Safer Than Opioids and Other Pain Pills

Male Patient Describing Injury To Osteopath

Three days. That’s the maximum amount of time doctors are supposed to prescribe opioids for in most cases, according to the new guidelines the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released in March in an attempt to reverse the mounting death toll and serious adverse effects to the liver, stomach and kidneys from the overuse of prescription and over-the-counter pain pills.

Get Involved in Preventing Mosquitoes

Five words or less(NewsUSA) – Sponsored News – Across the country, families are embracing the warmer weather and spending more time outside. This year, as families prepare to host a variety of outdoor gatherings, mosquito prevention and protecting against mosquito bites should be top of mind.
Mosquitoes transmit numerous diseases and are often described as one of the deadliest animals on the planet. This year, the Zika virus has made the mainstream news and has become a cause for public concern, especially for women who are or planning to become pregnant. As it is unknown how Zika will spread, particularly in the U.S., practicing caution is warranted.
“Proactivity and public cooperation are huge components of mosquito prevention,” said Cindy Mannes, vice president of public affairs at the National Pest Management Association. “Homeowners play an important role in helping to reduce mosquito populations and can work to eliminate mosquito breeding grounds throughout the season.”
Fortunately, there are several important measures the American public can take in protecting against the diseases transmitted by mosquitoes. The NPMA is urging homeowners to help in eliminate mosquito breeding grounds on their properties and practice vigilance in wearing proper attire to protect against bites:
* Remove all sources of stagnant water. Standing water can be found in areas such as gutters, buckets, flowerpots and bird baths. Mosquitoes only need 1/2 inch of standing water to breed, so it is essential to minimize these areas to reduce offspring.
* Wear an insect repellent containing DEET or another EPA-registered ingredient to help prevent mosquito bites. The NPMA, in partnership with the CDC, developed an instructional video on how to properly apply insect repellent.
* Minimize outside activity between dusk and dawn, when mosquitoes are most active. Also take proactive measures during the day to protect against daytime biters like the Asian tiger mosquito, the main carrier of Zika.
* When outdoors, wear long-sleeve shirts, long pants, socks and closed-toe shoes.
* When hosting guests outside, keep the air moving. Using a fan where you and your guests may lounge makes it less likely mosquitoes will land on you. These pests are not strong fliers, so circulating air can make an outside gathering more pleasant.
By following these tips and actively working to prevent mosquitoes on the home front, you will help reduce the risk of you and your family getting bitten by mosquitoes this season.

A Safer Alternative to Opioids for Treating Chronic Pain

Five words or less(NewsUSA) – Sponsored News – Three days.
That’s the maximum amount of time doctors are supposed to prescribe opioids for in most cases, according to the new guidelines the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released in March in an attempt to reverse the mounting death toll from the overuse of prescription pain drugs.
But the guidelines are only that — voluntary standards — and a just-released survey by the National Safety Council shows just how difficult it could be to get physicians onboard: Not only did 99 percent of doctors polled say they prescribe the potentially highly addictive drugs for longer than three days, but — even worse, given their effect on the brain — 23 percent say they prescribe at least a month’s worth at a time.
“Opioids do not kill pain, they kill people,” says Dr. Donald Teater, the Council’s medical advisor.
So what’s a patient looking for a safer alternative for pain management to do?
With the CDC and others, including the Food and Drug Administration, advocating for alternative approaches to the likes of OxyContin, many experts recommend drug-free chiropractic care for those suffering from headaches and other neuromusculoskeletal conditions involving the back, neck and other joint-related extremity pain.
In fact, the whole “chiropractic-first” movement — over both prescription pills and elective surgery — is based on numerous studies showing it yields improved patient outcomes, higher satisfaction and lower costs.
“A more conservative and safer approach is needed, and yet you have 72 percent of doctors in the NSC survey prescribing opioids for back pain,” says Sherry McAllister, DC, executive vice president of the not-for-profit Foundation for Chiropractic Progress, noting that doctors of chiropractic have a minimum of seven years of higher education and use techniques focusing on conservative spinal manipulation and structural adjustments.
Learn more at F4CP.com.

Tips for Seniors Who Suffer From Muscle Aches and Pains

Tips4Seniors(NewsUSA) – Sponsored News – Knees start to hurt. Hips start to ache. Maybe your lower back too. And you finally understand what “tennis elbow” means. Welcome to getting older.
For years, your bones, muscles, and joints have held up with nothing more than a minor twinge here or a bruise there. Now, however, it takes longer to get out of bed and daily aches and pains seem to be the norm.
While it may sound counterproductive, studies have shown that engaging in a moderate strength training program not only helps in toning up, but strengthening muscles that can ache for days. This is especially true as you get older.
Experts say that while some pain is expected as you age, it is also the body’s way of telling you something. The following tips can help tired, sore muscles and joints feel better:
* Soothe with heat. A warm shower or bath, hot water bottle, or warm cloth can help relax tired muscles and ease muscle spams.
* Invite in the cold — therapy, that is. Ice packs can soothe pain, especially if a joint is inflamed or swelling (think joints ankles, elbows, shoulders). Try a cool cloth, cold pack, cold compress wrap, or ice massage. Typically the time is 15-20 minutes on, and the same amount of time off the joint or muscle.
* Practice deep breathing. The benefits of using the breath to soothe yourself cannot be underscored enough. Slow, quiet breathing helps relax the body and mind and ease the pain. Aim for about six long, deep breaths a minute.
* Get a massage. A foot, back, or hand rub can also alleviate pain. Warm oil or lotion may also help you relax. One note: massage in one area for 10 seconds first to see if it feels good.
* Invest in a stairlift. If you have stairs in your home, and there are days that you just can’t seem to make it up due to tired, aching muscles, a stairlift, such as those from Orlando-based Acorn Stairlifts, can help. Unlike chair lifts of old, new models are powered by two small 12-volt batteries under the seat or by regular house current. The chair and built-in footrest typically fold up when not in use. Available for straight or curved stairs, these lifts can be a godsend if you’re recovering from an injury. The lifts include safety belts, lockable swivel seats, and light touch controls for easy operation.
For more information, please visit www.acornstairlifts.com.