CALGARY – Experts say it's faith in all things natural combined with a distrust of science and possibly authority that leads some to bypass the medical system – even to the point where they put themselves or their children at risk.
Here are five things to know about the Zika virus and its rapid and explosive spread in the Americas, which the World Health Organization calls a global emergency that poses a public health threat to other parts of the world.
When actor Will Smith plays a forensic pathologist who discovers neurological deterioration similar to Alzheimer's disease in the brain of a former NFL football player, the world pays attention.
How many times have we heard the diagnosis, "non-specific back pain" or "mechanical back pain"? Some patients have been scarred with the highly iatrogenic radiological diagnosis of "degenerative disc disease." Often, patients do not understand the cause of their pain, nor do they have a solid direction of what to do. Too often, they feel helpless and are forced to just live with the pain.
VICTORIA – Health Minister Terry Lake says he wants British Columbia's seniors to have more flexibility to live independently before their only option is full-time residential care.
Ontario will set up a new clinic to help diagnose and treat people with Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome, or EDS, and it could expand to help patients with other rare diseases, Health Minister Eric Hoskins announced Monday.
SACRAMENTO, CALIF. – Walking with a wearable robotic exoskeleton may enable people with multiple sclerosis to walk more efficiently by reducing the energy and muscle activity needed to walk, according to research presented recently at the Association for Academic Physiatrists Annual Meeting in Sacramento, Calif.
The Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics (JMPT), the official scientific journal of the American Chiropractic Association (ACA), published an update to a previously issued evidence-based clinical practice guideline on chiropractic management of low-back pain (LBP). The update, which revised and combined three previous guidelines, supports that doctors of chiropractic (DCs) are well-suited to diagnose, treat, co-manage and manage the treatment of patients with low-back disorders.
It is upsetting to see anyone in pain, but it's especially heartbreaking to watch a child endure chronic pain.
Scoliosis affects around three out of every 100 people. While most cases of scoliosis are mild, some children develop spine deformities that continue to get more severe as they grow. An especially severe spinal curve can reduce the amount of space within the chest, making it difficult for the lungs to function properly.
Wishing patients a "Happy New Year" is all well and fine, but if you're serious about spreading cheer in the New Year, consider passing along more specific advice from a psychologist who studies the science of happiness at Washington University in St. Louis. There is no secret to happiness, but there is a science to it, says Tim Bono, a psychology lecturer in arts and sciences who teaches courses on happiness at the university.
In my third year of practice my dear late mother asked me if I regretted not becoming a medical doctor. I told her, “No, mom, I will help more people with their health over my career than I would being a MD.”
The potential of light as a non-invasive, highly-focused alternative to pain medication was made more apparent thanks to research conducted by scientists at the Montreal Neurological Institute and Hospital of McGill University and the McGill University Health Centre.
While scientists have known for many years that there are cells living in the cavities surrounding various organs such as the heart, lung and liver, their function has remained unknown. A recent study from the Cumming School of Medicine at the University of Calgary examined these cells, and discovered they play an integral role in fast tissue repair. The study was published in the journal Cell this month.
Older people are increasingly active, and this lifestyle shift has contributed to the rise in average age of a person experiencing a spinal cord injury.
After a concussion, the most common symptoms are headache and dizziness, followed by nausea and neck pain. Although the majority of symptoms resolve in seven to 10 days, in approximately 30 per cent of athletes they persist. Post-concussion headaches have been reported as a predictor of longer time loss, while cervical spine trauma may cause prolonged post-concussion headache. Dizziness and balance dysfunction are also commonly reported following sport-related concussion.
Neck pain and headache (including migraine) are very common conditions that prompt millions of people to seek health care every year, and persons with these conditions often utilize chiropractic care.
Doctors of chiropractic serve approximately 10 per cent of the Canadian population annually, with the aim to improve the health and well-being of Canadians, primarily with musculoskeletal disorders. Despite available evidence for optimal management of these disorders, poor adherence to guidelines and wide variations in service delivery by clinicians have been noted across health-care disciplines, including chiropractic.
A new study found that eating less fiber, more saturated fat and more sugar is associated with lighter, less restorative, and more disrupted sleep.
Breaking a major bone may increase risk of widespread chronic body pain in later life, a new study has found.
Despite the health-enhancing benefits of physical activity, this alone may not be enough to reduce the risk of disease and illness. Population-based studies found more than half of an average person’s working day involves sedentary activities associated with prolonged sitting.
PHILADELPHIA – Physicians and others now recognize that seemingly mild, concussion-type head injuries lead to long-term cognitive impairments surprisingly often. A brain protein called SNTF, which rises in the blood after some concussions, signals the type of brain damage that is thought to be the source of these cognitive impairments, according to a study led by researchers from the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania, and the University of Glasgow in Glasgow, U.K.
WINNIPEG – Researchers at the University of Manitoba are giving thanks for a popular fund-raising craze that led everyone from little kids to big-time celebrities to get buckets of ice dumped on their heads.
HALIFAX – In a lab at Dalhousie University's medical school, a few twitches of a mouse's leg represent a big step forward for research into motor neuron disease.
Researchers are making a strong case that the duration and timing of people's sleep are closely associated with whether their behavior is heart-healthy.
Older adults who met twice-weekly strength training guidelines had lower odds of dying in a new analysis by researchers at Penn State College of Medicine, Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center and Columbia University. The study is the first to demonstrate the association in a large, nationally representative sample over an extended time period, particularly in an older population.
Women with high concentrations of vitamin D have been found to have a much lower chance of developing cancer, according to a recently published study.
MIAMI – After a few weeks of working out at CrossFit, Charles Banfield says his back hurt constantly and his joints felt terrible. The 47-year-old's aches and pains were so bad, he initially blamed his bed and purchased a new mattress.
CHICAGO – A workplace exercise challenge using pedometers and social media in a global competition shows potential to improve health in a study involving almost 70,000 employees in 64 countries.
Did you ever wake up thinking, “I just don’t feel good,” then you realize that you had been saying this to yourself for days, weeks, months or even years?
When workplaces make large improvements in occupational health and safety (OHS), it seems some type of external influence helps bring three internal factors into play: an organizational motivation to take action in OHS, the introduction of new OHS knowledge, and an engaged health and safety champion who integrates that knowledge into the organization.
Researchers have developed a tool that can predict whether a child or teen with a newly diagnosed concussion is likely to have symptoms that will persist longer than usual, giving them the opportunity to see a specialist sooner.
There is growing evidence that high levels of intense exercise may be cardiotoxic and promote permanent structural changes in the heart, which can, in some individuals, predispose them to experience arrhythmias (abnormal heart rhythm).
NEW YORK – There are no meals anymore, only snacks.As around-the-clock grazing upends the way people eat, companies are reimagining foods that aren't normally seen as snacks to elbow in on the trend. That means everything including grilled chicken, cereal, chocolate, peanut butter and even Spam are now being marketed as snacks.
Mindfulness programs may help alleviate chronic low-back pain among older adults, according to a new study published in JAMA Internal Medicine.
Depressive symptoms are common in the first year after people have been injured at work, and the first six months appear to be particularly important to an injured worker's future mental health, a new study by Toronto-based Institute of Work and Health (IWH) found.
In terms of value, a 10-year lease for a professional office could easily be a commitment of half a million dollars. Yet doctors rarely give their lease more than a cursory read.
Up until a few years ago, not only did people share almost every post and tweet they found the least bit interesting, they would routinely thank others for doing the same. This resulted in both companies and individuals having the ability to build large, engaged followings, which could potentially be leveraged to generate business.
Whether you are setting up your first clinic or have owned your practice for decades, you probably have similar concerns that keep you up at night.
There comes a time in the life of every chiropractor when age has taken its toll and it is time to lay down the instruments, the activators and the tools for practice, pack the bags and move on. After many years of professional practice, many find this a difficult realization. Still, it must happen and the practice will likely have to be sold.
One of the greatest pieces of advice I ever received from one of my mentors was to further my faith, confidence and belief in chiropractic. It was something I took seriously and continue to work on in order to deliver the chiropractic story to my community.
There comes a time in their career when every employee chiropractor would feel it is time to cut the ties and start his or her own practice. However, starting from the ground up is seldom as simple as renting a vacant space, moving in, hanging out one’s shingle and initially attracting a sufficient number of patients to make it pay.
The Ontario Clinic Regulation Working Group has released feedback and submissions from various stakeholders regarding the proposed regulation of health care clinics in Ontario.
Have you checked your online reputation lately? If you have no idea where or how to check what people are saying about you, it’s high time to keep up with the times.
The increasing consumer demand for patient-driven health care is demonstrating the need for chiropractors to continue to engage their patients on their terms. The focus of Canada's growing aging population has shifted from traditional health care to staying healthy through preventive measures. This subtle shift combined with patient demand to manage their own health care will continue to influence the way chiropractors connect and engage their patients.
I became a chiropractic student in the fall of 1999 and graduated in the winter of 2002. I started my own practice six weeks later. Ever since, I have been finding ways to use and manipulate time to improve the quality of treatment I deliver and enhance the overall patient experience.
Up until a few years ago, not only did people share almost every post and tweet they found the least bit interesting, they would routinely thank others for doing the same. This resulted in both companies and individuals having the ability to build large, engaged followings, which could potentially be leveraged to generate business. However today, that trend seems to have virtually disappeared.
When my friend Maggie was pregnant, she suffered with debilitating back pain. Steve, a local chiropractor and owner of a wellness clinic, wrote an article about how he helps pregnant women relieve their back pain, along with self-care ideas to try on their own.
Fraud charges have now been laid against legal and health practitioners at a Toronto clinic following an investigation into alleged fraudulent auto insurance injury claims.
The best way to explain how a bagpipe-playing DC from Oakville, Ont., became one of Canada’s most inspiring chiropractors is to tell the story of 11-year-old Jayden Elphage.
This time of year always gets me reflecting on things that went well and some that I’d like to forget.
Arlington, Va. – The American Chiropractic Association (ACA) has welcomed the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's (CDC's) draft Guideline for Prescribing Opioids for Chronic Pain, commending the agency for recommending the use of conservative forms of pain management as an initial treatment option.
Drs. Megan and Mailie Harris have taken almost the exact same path in their careers, albeit at different times. They went to the same university, took the same program, held the same summer jobs, operated a business together, went to the same chiropractic college, and now work in the same clinic. When it comes to practice, however, each sister assumes her own identity.
More than 1.8 million people in Ontario have a disability. For many of them, accessing goods, services and employment is a challenge because society does not always, or consistently, consider the accessibility needs of people with disabilities.
VICTORIA – Chiropractors in British Columbia are working toward legislation that will further expand their scope of practice, including the ability to order diagnostic imaging for patients.
The College of Chiropractors of Ontario (CCO) is participating in a working group with other Ontario health care regulatory colleges to explore the possibility of developing regulation for health-care clinics in the province.
VICTORIA, B.C. – Is your practice multidisciplinary or interprofessional? While many chiropractors practice in a multidisciplinary setting, very few are practicing "interprofessionally" – which is more than just multiple health disciplines in one clinic referring patients to one another.
VANCOUVER – If British Columbians can't trust authorities to secure their sensitive medical records, there could be serious consequences to their health and a slump in scientific research, says the province's privacy commissioner.
The Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care is proposing new legislation aimed at strengthening privacy rules that protect people's personal health information.
NIAGARA FALLS, Ont. – Advancing the chiropractic profession through excellence in patient care has been the underlying theme at the recent chiropractic national convention hosted by the Canadian Chiropractic Association (CCA).
EmoBridge has introduced what it claims is the world's first smart wristband for accurately tracking and analyzing daily stress levels and sleep patterns to help people live a more well-balanced, peaceful life. The new Sensmi is built with patented, hospital-grade GSR-PRO bio-sensing technology that tracks brainwave activity through galvanic skin response (GSR) and a proprietary algorithm that disperses data that is easily understandable. Sensmi provides users with straightforward results and easy-to-follow instructions on how to confront lifestyle stressors.
A new line of instantly customizable insoles offers quick relief for athletes and others whose feet need orthotic support, according to its producer Spenco Medical Corporation. Spenco has just stocked its complete line of Spenco Medics Adjustable Replacement Insoles.
FitMag contains a 100 per cent naturally occurring form of magnesium chloride, according to its proponent Matt Selma founder of FitMe Inc. "As Dr. Carolyn Dean MD., ND, explains in her book, The Magnesium Miracle, magnesium chloride is the most bioavailable form of magnesium to humans because of its stability constant of 0," Selma said. It means that the magnesium ions in this form of magnesium are the most bioavailable. The product is the only 100 per cent unprocessed form of magnesium that comes straight from the earth and into a glass bottle, Selma said. This magnesium mineral deposit has been preserved underground for over 250 million years, making it 100 per cent pure and free of pollution and heavy metal toxins, he added. FitMag is trans-dermal, entering the bloodstream through the skin, thus bypassing potentially compromised intestines, which are very common these days. The product has been shown to replenish magnesium levels in as little as four to six weeks. Because it comes straight from the earth, it also contains additional trace elements beneficial for the human body, all of them also 100 per cent natural, Selma said. For more information, visit ineedmag.com
Vitality Depot has launched Pain Gone, a clinically tested pen-like device that patients can use for pain management.
LifeLabs Medical Laboratory Services has launched JOINTstat, a diagnostic blood test for rheumatoid arthritis. The JOINTstat blood test is the first test of its kind available in Canada that aids in the early detection and diagnosis of rheumatoid arthritis. When caught and treated early, rheumatoid arthritis outcomes can be greatly improved. Through an agreement with Augurex Life Sciences Corp., developer of the JOINTstat test, JOINTstat is now offered exclusively by LifeLabs to patients and physicians across Canada.
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.
The world was shocked when news of the death of yet another legendary music icon broke last week. Prince, who was well known for hits like "Kiss" and "When Doves Cry," was found dead in his home in Minneapolis.
VANCOUVER, B.C. / Troy Media/ – An unfortunate reality of Canadian health care is that long wait times that have characterized it for years have made us come to accept delayed treatment as the norm.
In October 2015, I wrote an article entitled, "Business is Life," which outlined the oversaturation of chiropractors in Ontario and some of the academic business deficiencies new graduates are facing once they leave chiropractic college.
Fifteen years ago my husband and I – with our one-year-old toddler in tow – immigrated to Canada, full of hope and anticipation for what we could bring to this country and what this country could offer us. Now with two teenage boys, who have their whole futures ahead of them, we are proud to call this country our home and its people, our people.
All across Canada provincial governments are grappling with ever growing healthcare demands in the face of shrinking resources. Our enviable publicly funded health system is now well into a downward spiral of unenviable disrepair. As patients are becoming more knowledgeable about their own care, and as doctors develop a wider array of options available to treat diseases, the costs are increasing.
Patient-centred care is currently dominating many discussions in the chiropractic community and promises to continue to be a hot topic of conversation among health professionals. It was certainly the theme for many health care conferences I’ve attended this past year.
Today marks the 6th year of the Bell Let's Talk Day, a national campaign to raise awareness about mental illness and get people talking about this invisible disability that affects one in five Canadians.
VANCOUVER/ Troy Media/ – A few weeks ago, the Fraser Institute released its annual report measuring wait times across Canada. Much has already been said about the national results – that we've seen no improvement over the past three years, that this year's wait is almost twice as long as it was in 1993, and that physicians are consistently telling us that their patients are waiting longer than clinically reasonable.
If a recent national U.S. survey is any indication, things might be looking up for the chiropractic profession.
Is it not puzzling to see how few people use chiropractic considering how effective it is?
Thank you, thank you, Dr. Wickes, for your response and for taking the time to write a letter to the editor. Students and practicing chiropractors need to hear from our leaders and I'm delighted that we have your attention.
In the last few months Canadians have been subjected to political debates, catchy sound bites, media ads and social media bickering – all for the purposes of scoring political points and winning votes.
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Webinar: There's no such thing as 'non-specific back pain'Tue May 03, 2016 @ 1:30pm - 02:30pm
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