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Oct. 21, 2014 – A Toronto scientist has launched a five-year research program that aims to look at how gender-related factors affect differences in work injury risks, return-to-work and illnesses between male and female workers.
Oct. 8, 2014 – Rheumatoid arthritis is a very painful and tiring condition and, not long ago, being diagnosed with it usually meant having to leave the workforce. But improvements in treatment mean more people can now remain at work in spite of their rheumatoid arthritis.
Chiropractors certified in adjusting animals say having the ability to offer their skills to both human and animals have brought fulfillment in their professional career and opened up new opportunities for their practice. It is a relatively new trend in practice, but proponents say interest from both chiropractors and veterinarians are increasing steadily.
Over the last four years, Hamilton, Ont., medical doctor and pain management physician Dr. Ravidner Ohson has become a big supporter of the functional approach for assessment and treatment.
Also called the progress exam, re-exam or re-assessment, the re-evaluation is an overlooked tool that can increase your practice’s ability to retain patients for the long term. 
Recent news about actor and comedian Robin Williams’ death by suicide has re-ignited calls for a broader, multisectoral approach to addressing mental health.
Sept. 26, 2014 – Those living in a regulated nursing home are likely in the frailest condition of their lives, and approaching the end of life. The individual reasons for entering a nursing home are many, but commonly, residents require intense personal care for an indefinite period of time. Nursing home residents often require significant assistance because many suffer from chronic conditions, which impair their capacity to live on their own. Residents rely heavily on the nursing home to ensure their protection and well-being. So it is paradoxical – some would say tragic – that nursing home residents are too often put on drugs they don’t need, which can be dangerous, and may even kill them.
Sept. 10, 2014 ­– “Ow, my back!” They're hardly the words one wants to hear from a partner while having sex. But for many people, intimacy in the bedroom often takes a back seat to low back pain, say researchers, who have scientifically determined the best sexual positions to prevent spinal muscles from seizing up at an inopportune moment.
From time-to-time, people from all walks of life find the need to overcome painful and limiting conditions through assistive devices that support painful and unstable joints.
August 20, 2014 – In my first career as a pharmacist, I worked in more than 30 pharmacies across Nova Scotia, filling more than 100,000 prescriptions between 1990 and 1995. Some of these were for strong painkillers called opioids – drugs like morphine and oxycodone, which are chemically and biologically very similar to heroin. Back then, these drugs were generally reserved for patients with acute, severe pain or pain due to cancer. Twenty years into my second career as a physician, much has changed.
August 18, 2014 – The federal government is putting stronger warninglabels on extended-release painkillers like OxyContin in an effort to prevent the abuse of opioids.
Study title: Evidence-based guidelines for the chiropractic treatment of adults with neck pain
Sept. 18, 2014 – A new expert panel report, Improving Medicines for Children in Canada, released today by the Council of Canadian Academies, addresses the importance of developing safe and effective medicines for children.
Sept. 11, 2014 – Leading researchers and industry experts are gathered in Ottawa to discuss how to accelerate the development of new treatments and technologies to help people with dementia, their families and caregivers.
August 26, 2014 – Canadian doctors have begun using stem cell transplants to treat “stiff person syndrome,” a rare neurological condition in which a patient's leg and other muscles suddenly contract painfully, often leaving them immobilized like a tin soldier. The disorder, which affects an estimated one in a million people, occurs when the immune system turns against a person's own tissues, in this case attacking cells in the brain and spinal cord.
Study title: Evidence-based guidelines for the chiropractic treatment of adults with neck pain
New data from Vanderbilt University Medical Center (VUMC) helps prove that written care protocols can significantly improve the overall emergency care pathway for stroke, the fourth leading cause of death in the U.S. The findings were announced at this year’s Society of NeuroInterventional Surgery (SNIS) 11th Annual Meeting in Colorado Springs, Colorado.
Study title: Is manipulative therapy more effective than sham manipulation in adults? A systematic review and meta-analysis
July 3, 2014 – A typical Canadian family with two parents and two children will pay up to $11,786 for public health care in 2014, finds a new study released by the Fraser Institute, an independent, non-partisan Canadian public policy think-tank.
Study Title: Changes in vertebral artery blood flow following various head positions and cervical spine manipulation
You may remember Robbie the Robot from Forbidden Planet, C-3PO from Star Wars and Rosie from The Jetsons.
In last issue, I discussed the potential for chiropractors in taking the lead in the establishment of a primary spine care provider (PSCP) designation, a clinical specialty with advanced training in the area of spine care and spine-related disorders (SRDs).
Oct. 17, 2014 – Everybody’s a critic. On the one hand, there are health experts wagging fingers at Americans and their obesity epidemic, blaming it largely on a lack of old-fashioned traditions including home-cooked meals. On the other, people occasionally do sit down to home-cooked meals – and complain about what they’re served.
Sept. 2, 2014 – It's a question that bedevils dieters on a regular basis: Is a low-fat or a low-carb diet the true path to weight reduction? A new study suggests either will do – so long as one actually works at whichever one chooses. The study is what is called a meta-analysis; it groups together and reanalyzes data from 48 different randomized trials of various diets.
Virtually every symptom and condition that a chiropractor encounters in a clinical setting has an inflammatory component.
May 29, 2014 -   According to a new study, more Canadians think they're doing well when it comes to nutrition.
Canada's growing wait times for health care may have contributed to the deaths of 44,273 Canadian women between 1993 and 2009, a new study released by the Fraser Institute has concluded. The study, The Effect of Wait Times on Mortality in Canada, examines the relationship between mortality rates and lengthy wait times for medically necessary care in Canada. As wait times between referral (from a general practitioner) and treatment increase, so does the rate of female mortality, the study found.
March 24, 2014 — With the number of seniors set to grow by five per cent this year, Alberta's Budget 2014 is increasing funding to programs designed to help seniors stay independent. Funding increases are targeted in a variety of areas, including home care, continuing care, supplementary benefits including optical and dental, and special needs assistance for people living on a low-income.
Feb. 24, 2014 — Ontario's governing Liberals are expected to announce legislation Monday that would require large chain restaurants to put calories and other nutritional information on their menus and menu boards.
Feb. 12, 2014 — The Canadian Centre on Substance Abuse (CCSA) has welcomed the strong leadership shown by the federal government on the issue of prescription drug abuse in its budget released yesterday. The 2014 Economic Action Plan commits $44.9 million over five years to expand the focus of the National Anti-Drug Strategy (NADS) from illicit drugs to address prescription drug abuse.
Dr. Paul Poirier has brain cancer. The Cornwall, Ont., chiropractor has undergone four surgeries.
Adrenal fatigue, adrenal burnout, hypoadrenia, adrenal exhaustion, adrenal insufficiency –  whatever you want to call it – refers to lowered adrenal function or output.
My recent vacation inspired me to share with you some ideas I have learned about stepping away from your practice, and giving yourself some much-needed rest and recreation. 
Fuelling your body for mountain biking and backcountry skiing runs parallel to fuelling your body for survival at upper elevations.
Dr. Anthony Lombardi's presentation at the 2014 Canadian Chiropractor Business and Professional Growth Forum gave attendees an overview of the key elements chiropractors
Most chiropractors I interact with share a proactive and preventative approach to health and well-being with their patients.
When employing an associate, most chiropractors realize that in time this associate will leave, go elsewhere or establish his or her own practice.
While reading an article in Massage Therapy Canada magazine featuring Aurel Hamran, a sports massage therapist from Edmonton, I was inspired to write a piece which focuses on the power of volunteerism in business.
Taxes are inevitable. The amount of tax you pay is often your highest lifetime expense. With inadequate planning, Canada Revenue Agency can become the largest beneficiary of your hard-earned dollars.
How many times have you gone into work and felt tired and fatigued? It happens to all of us at some point.
After 12 years in private practice, I decided to turn back the clock and open a satellite clinic to complement my flagship office. This start-up office provides a niche service to patients while expanding awareness of my brand.
August 12, 2014 – Many chiropractors will tell you that operating a practice is risky. The implication revolves around patient acquisition, money management and even staff development. Yet, one of the riskiest aspects of chiropractic practice growth involves risk management.
In practice, it is a good idea to have a mentor to look up to with help and guidance when approaching clinical cases.
Most of us never get the chance to get out of our offices and observe how others become successful.
Many experienced chiropractors – or other health-care professionals, for that matter – would agree that growing and sustaining a practice involve a multifaceted recipe for success.
Nov. 17, 2014 – The family of an 11-year-old aboriginal girl with cancer has a constitutional right to opt for traditional medicine over chemotherapy, an Ontario judge ruled Friday in what some observers called a landmark decision.
Oct. 10, 2014 – WorkSafeBC is asking for stakeholder review and comment on the possible creation of policy on plantar fasciitis. The Occupational Disease Recognition Regulation of the Workers Compensation Act recognizes plantar fasciitis as an occupational disease, with no presumption in favour of work causation. There is currently no policy direction on plantar fasciitis or the recognition of any risk factors.
You might know Cori Morris as a member of the women’s curling team that won the silver medal at the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics. But you might not know just how important chiropractic care is for this Calgary athlete.
Thompson Technique Seminars in Toronto  Dr. John Minardi and his Thompson team are returning in 2015 to bring chiropractors informative lectures and hands-on instruction in the Thompson chiropractic technique. Seminars are scheduled in Toronto, Ontario. CEUs will be available for Ontario Chiropractors. 
Sept. 3, 2014 – A rheumatology clinic in Edmundston, N.B., is using interdisciplinary care and telemedicine to cut down on travel for patients living with arthritis in the region. “This new clinic is a good example of how, by working in teams and using technology, we can bring specialized care closer to patients, in the language of their choice, no matter where they live,” said Social Development Minister Madeleine Dubé on behalf of Health Minister Hugh Flemming.
August 26, 2014 ­– The ice bucket challenge's phenomenal success is making other charitable organizations rethink how they connect with a younger generation of potential donors. Since the ALS Association, in Washington, DC, began tracking the campaign's progress on July 29, it has raised more than $88 million and generated 1.9 million new donors in what is one of the most viral philanthropic social media campaigns in history. ALS Canada has to date raised close to $8 million, surpassing its fundraising goal of $7.5 million through the ice bucket challenge campaign.
Transformation is a buzzword these days. When applied to leadership, it changes how we think and approach our team. It can very well serve to change how we approach our patients as well.
In 2012, the Global Burden of Disease report, published in the journal The Lancet, cited low back pain as the leading cause of disability worldwide.
August 14, 2014 – The International Chiropractors Association (ICA) has undertaken a review of the scientific and clinical literature addressing issues of the safety and effectiveness of chiropractic adjustive procedures, highlighting the unique safety record enjoyed by the profession.
DATE: Spring 2015 in Regina, SK COST: $925 CDN ASSESSMENT & TREATMENT • Learn the EXSTORE Assessment System Functional Musculoskeletal Scans for Upper and Lower Extremities.
When Dr. Jean Moss announced last year she is ending her 24-year service as president of the Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College, the next several months were spent searching for the best, qualified executive to fill some pretty big shoes.
Dr. Chris Oswald had been practicing chiropractic in the Toronto area for 16 years when he reached a point of frustration and decided to change the game.
California based health and wellness company Metagenics launches FirstLine Therapy Healthy Transformation Weight Loss program, its latest product to assist in weight loss and healthy living.
Frazer, Pa.-based Hill Laboratories has received UL Approval 60601-1:2012 3rd Edition and Health Canada approval for its premiere Class II Medical Device, the Hill DT Decompression System. Hill Laboratories is a fourth generation family-owned manufacturer of chiropractic, medical and physical therapy tables and products.
Metagenics, Inc., a nutrigenomics and lifestyle medicine company focused on improving health, has launched the new Mega 10 — a unique omega fatty acid supplement combining specially designed levels of purified omega-7s and omega-3s to provide both targeted support for healthy blood lipids and general support for overall cardiovascular health.
The Spine Specialist Laser Assisted Spinal Restoration (LASR) procedure offers an entirely new method of treatment available for patients suffering from neck and low back pain. This revolutionary treatment device has been designed and developed by chiropractor, Dr. Mark Jagger, to treat those patients that have not responded satisfactorily to other traditional forms of therapy. The Spine Specialist simultaneously combines a precise and gentle spinal decompressive force with a specially designed Automated Class 4 Medical Laser Treatment Delivery System. It applies them in a scientifically specific manner and is achieving unparalleled results.
Quality of Life Labs (QOL) has launched three new products at the Natural Products Expo East trade show in Baltimore, Maryland: Fucoxanthin MD, Green Coffee MD and Kinoko To-Go AHCC Powder Packets.
Alomune daily immune supplements have been shown in clinical trials to help improve the body’s natural defenses for optimized immune health, according to its manufacturer Lonza. The active ingredient in Alomune is proprietary ResistAid made with larch arabinogalactan (LAG), a safe, natural extract sourced from renewable Minnesota Larch trees. LAG is generally recognized as safe for consumption as a food and dietary ingredient and, according to the National Institutes of Health, is an excellent source of dietary fibre.
Metagenics now offers PhytoMulti in easy-to-swallow vegetarian capsules. PhytoMulti is an entirely new class of daily foundation supplementation, designed to help defy aging. This unique product defends cells from free radical damage and oxidative stress, recharges cellular health and nourishes cells with a complex array of phytonutrients, the company said.
Innovative Life Sciences Corporation (ILS) has isolated the active ingredient in cinnamon cassia and has scientifically enhanced its concentration by 12 times to create a unique and powerful natural extract called CM-X.
The VacuPractor is a solution that works in minutes to relieve back pain by comfortably decompressing the spine and gently stretching the surrounding muscles.
Multi Radiance Medical has launched the new MR4 Laser DLS Hands Free Therapy System. The product is featured at the 2013 Florida Chiropractic Association’s National Convention in Orlando from August 23 to 25, 2013.
Inspired and developed by Jerome Fryer, BSc DC, this new model by Dynamic Disc Designs Corp. releases an audible “crack” when the facets are manually distracted. Finally, chiropractors can demonstrate the sound of manipulation, Fryer said. 

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