I was recently treating a patient who had significant health challenges from a life-altering injury that threatened to end her career. Specialist after specialist had been unable to provide answers, or had told her she would have to live with her condition.
A review of more than 90 studies found that electrical stimulation may help restore function in people paralyzed after a spinal cord injury. The article is published in Physiology.
LOMBARD, Ill. - Shoe orthotics alone or combined with chiropractic care can significantly improve low back pain experienced by millions of Americans, according to a new study conducted by National University of Health Sciences (NUHS).
University of Waterloo professor emeritus of spine biomechanics and evidence-based back care expert Stuart McGill will be hosting a webinar entitled, Working with the Back-Pained Patient, on Sept. 13 at 12 noon. The webinar has been approved for CC credit in Alberta (seminar no. 3523).
A pilot study conducted by the Canadian Concussion Centre has shown that using a non-LCD screen for computer tasks may decrease the risk of exacerbating symptoms in sufferers of post-concussion syndrome (PCS).
The Krembil Neuroscience Centre's Canadian Concussion Centre (CCC) said the analysis of the brain of former CFL player, Rick Klassen, showed signs of chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE) – a neurodegenerative brain disorder linked to multiple concussions.
Imagine being fully conscious, fully aware, but trapped inside your body with no ability to move at will or communicate with loved ones or health-care providers – with no way to say "I'm in here."
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – University of Alabama at Birmingham assistant professor of medicine Dr. Stefan Kertesz, recently co-wrote and published an editorial commentary on a new randomized controlled trial focusing on prescribing yoga for low back pain.
MAYWOOD, Ill. – About 1 in 1,111 patients who undergo urologic surgery for conditions such as prostate cancer and kidney stones experience opioid dependence or overdose (ODO), a Loyola Medicine study has found.
REGINA – Saskatchewan's one-for-one model, which allows private MRI scans as long as a second scan is done at no charge for a patient on the public wait list, is not reducing wait times, the province' auditor said.
Stroke patients who learned to use their minds to open and close a device fitted over their paralyzed hands gained some control over their hands, according to a new study from Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis.
OTTAWA – Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says governments won't rest until they turn the tide on a rising opioid epidemic.
Four out of six people with paralyzing spinal cord injuries who were treated with a new cell therapy have recovered two or more motor levels on at least one side, new study results show.
TORONTO – With hockey season now underway, here's something for fans to take to heart: a new study suggests the excitement of watching one's favourite team, either live or on TV, can have a profound effect on the cardiovascular system, in some cases even doubling the heart rate.
It has long been thought that rheumatic and musculoskeletal diseases were centered in the joint cartilage.
BOSTON – A new biomarker (CCL11) for chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE) has been discovered that may allow the disease to be diagnosed during life for the first time, according to findings from a study by Boston University School of Medicine (BUSM) and the VA Boston Healthcare System (VABHS).
The brain plays an active and essential role much earlier than previously thought, according to new research from Tufts University scientists in Medford/Somerville, Mass., which shows that long before movement or other behaviors occur, the brain of an embryonic frog influences muscle and nerve development and protects the embryo from agents that cause developmental defects.
DALLAS – University of Texas Southwestern (UTSW) researchers have uncovered new clues about how gut bacteria and the body's circadian clock work together to promote body fat accumulation.
CHICAGO – Researchers are tackling fresh questions about a degenerative brain disease now that it has been detected in the brains of nearly 200 football players after death. The suspected cause is repeated head blows, an almost unavoidable part of contact sports.
Montreal's world-famous brain research centre is in the middle of conducting an experiment on what could be its most ambitious subject: itself.
TV infomercials offer a world of potential solutions for back pain, but most of them have at least one of three problems – they're unproven, unworkable or just plain unattractive.
A number of systematic reviews have been performed on spinal manipulative therapy (SMT), although their findings have been conflicting.
High-level containment labs at Canada's National Microbiology Laboratory (NML) in Winnipeg are being expanded to allow scientists increased capacity to research some of the world's most dangerous infectious diseases, federal Health Minister Jane Philpott announced Thursday.
AMES, Iowa – Holly remembers the day doctors diagnosed her son with cerebral palsy and told her he would need life-long care.
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – Bananas and avocados — foods that are rich in potassium — may help protect against pathogenic vascular calcification, also known as hardening of the arteries.
FREDERICTON – A new study suggests having daily exposure to trees and other greenery can extend one's life.
Workers who stand on the job most of the time are at greater risk of heart disease than workers who predominantly sit.
CALGARY – Canada's elite athletes are smoking, eating and investing in marijuana. Is a toke before stepping to the start line far off?
Science suggests fats, protein and carbohydrates may be the only macronutrient choices for people. However, some in the scientific field are speculating that newly available exogenous ketones (EK) could be the fourth macronutrient as they are energy-containing molecules.
HALIFAX – For Janet Glazebrook, having to beg a doctor to test her sister for hip fractures after waiting hours in a crowded emergency room helped determine her vote in Nova Scotia's May 30 election.
Canada is in the midst of an epidemic of opioid use and abuse – involving both prescription and illicit forms of the potent narcotics – that shows no signs of abating and has led to an explosion of fatal overdoses.
VANCOUVER – A new study has found teens who have a "couch potato" lifestyle risk having permanent negative effects on their bone health.
Canadians – especially young people – are consuming excessive amounts of sugary drinks, a trend that could have future consequences for their health and the overall health-care system, new research suggests.
CHICAGO – Older adults who suffer from arthritis need to keep moving to be functionally independent. But in an examination of a goal that is daunting for most of this aging population, a new Northwestern Medicine study found that performing even a third of the recommended activity is beneficial.
Researchers at University of California San Diego School of Medicine report that elderly women who sit for more than 10 hours a day with low physical activity have cells that are biologically older by eight years compared to women who are less sedentary.
A new study led by investigators at the University of Utah School of Medicine finds that individuals with symptoms that put them at increased risk for heart disease could be more likely to have shoulder problems, including joint pain and rotator cuff injury.
For the people of the City of Nanaimo, the spirit of Christmas is a really big deal.
Rising chiropractic association fees, dramatic hikes in minimum wage, and the elevation in inflation are only some of the factors that negatively affect our small business practice.
This past June I wrote an eye-opening article that revealed the truth about how chiropractors and team medical doctors get paid in professional football. My research verified that while many non-health-care professions who work with pro teams get paid – chiropractors are merely volunteers. For this follow-up piece, I look to answer the question: How are chiropractic practitioners treated in other sports, namely the Olympics and Major League Baseball.
Chiropractors either dread missed appointments or bury their heads in the sand and ignore them. I believe missed appointments provide us with a great deal of information.
In light of the increasingly aging population in Canada and advances in digital technology innovation in health care, a new study commissioned by Telus Health reveals those who would benefit most from health-care innovation are the least likely to adopt it.
As health-care professionals, you spend your time helping Canadians make healthy choices to prepare them physically for a productive life – but what about your financial health? Retirement planning is often delayed, or worse, it is left unmanaged where it falls subject to a wide range of risks and uncertainties.
When an employee leaves your clinic do not get too disappointed – they have just given you a chance to do things at a lower cost. When someone gives you two weeks notice, it is the most inexpensive way for you to break ties with that employee.
When I was in chiropractic school a professor told me chiropractors in the NFL made a salary of $250,000 per year. I believe my professor was telling me what they thought to be the truth – although they have been misinformed.
A while back I had an informal conversation with a Canada Revenue Agency auditor. During that conversation the auditor told me that in the last 10 years the number of chiropractors in arrears on their taxes has risen dramatically.
If you don’t think of your next day in the office as one filled with excitement and extreme importance, then you will likely continue to practice in a mediocre manner.
For the most part, whenever chiropractic makes the news it is typically associated with something negative about the profession. The moments when what chiropractors do are displayed in a positive light are few and far between. Although that is the reality for many alternative services, it will get better if chiropractors learn how to take advantage of golden opportunities like this one.
For those of you who have created a LinkedIn profile just because it seemed like the right thing to do, consider this your secret strategy session to finding new opportunities, new clients, or just keeping on top of industry news.
Most people know Dr. Ted Carrick as the chiropractic neurologist who helped Canadian hockey star Sidney Crosby get back on the ice after suffering severe post-concussion syndrome. What some may not realize, however, is that Carrick’s work and the successes he’s had on patients with brain disorders date back decades before Crosby even walked into his clinic.
Dr. Ted Carrick, professor of clinical neurology and founder of Carrick Institute, was a speaker at this year's Life West Wave Conference in San Francisco. He discusses the potential of chiropractic care in managing brain dysfunction. The video shows an excerpt from his presentation.
SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. – Dr. Heidi Haavik, chiropractic scientist, neurophysiologist, and director of research at New Zealand College of Chiropractic, has spent years researching the effects of the chiropractic adjustment on the brain.
The Canadian Chiropractic Guideline Initiative (CCGI) has launched two new online resources aimed at helping chiropractors better care for their patients.
With the development of the Clinical Practice Guideline: Evaluation of the Neck Mass in Adults, published in Otolaryngology–Head and Neck Surgery and presented at the AAO-HNSF 2017 Annual Meeting and OTO Experience in Chicago, the appropriate testing and physical examination of an adult with a neck mass is addressed, with a specific goal to reduce delays in diagnosis of malignant disease and to optimize outcomes.
A patient waits nervously in the doctor’s office. He’s a young man with a big problem – a low back gone very badly with one awkward lift, weeks ago. He’s in pain and doesn’t get why it’s not just going away. He’s troubled because it even hurts to put his work boots on.
More chiropractors are reporting a slightly better income than the previous year, according to results of the 2017 annual Canadian Chiropractor Practice Trends survey.
A Toronto lawyer has expressed concern a new Ontario legislation designed to protect patients from sexual abuse in the hands of a health-care professional may result in unintended consequences.
Arlington, Va. – The American Chiropractic Association (ACA) and chiropractors in the U.S. will observe National Chiropractic Health Month (NCHM) this October by sharing information on back pain prevention and the value of a conservative approach to treatment with the theme "Back to Basics."
Hayward, Calif. – Dr. Ron Oberstein has been named the third president of Life Chiropractic College West, the school's board of regents has announced.
FREDERICTON – The New Brunswick Health Research Foundation and the Canadian Chiropractic Research Foundation have announced a partnership of $1 million over five years for the establishment of the Canadian Chiropractic Research Foundation Chair in Best Practices for Musculoskeletal Health at the University of New Brunswick.
HALIFAX, N.S. – Hundreds of patient records at the Nova Scotia Health Authority were inappropriately accessed in two separate incidents involving six employees.
Data from a recent University of Toronto study has found that MuscleCare all-natural topical product is as effective as those containing non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAIDs). A recent double-blind study also revealed that all- natural Professional Therapy MuscleCare is marginally more effective than Voltaren, which contains Diclofenac NSAID.
Spenco has introduced its new Professional Collection, attractive footwear ideal for people whose professions require long hours of standing or walking.
The new Biofreeze Professional is based on the original Biofreeze formula and has optimized key ingredients based on scientific research to provide a longer-lasting experience, according to the brand's proponent, Performance Health. It also has a smoother application with fast absorption for relief from backaches, arthritis, sore muscles and joints, sprains, strains and bruises.
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.
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 brain was the big subject at this year’s Wave conference, held in San Francisco in August and hosted by Life Chiropractic College West.
What chiropractic used to be might be quite different from what it has become and these changes may not necessarily be in the best interest of patients.
I recently attended Life Vision Seminars in Montreal and helped organize Alliance for Chiropractic’s Spring Conference the very next weekend. Needless to say, there was a lot of catching up to do with friends and colleagues, and by the end of the second weekend I lost my voice. I was on a plane back home Sunday without the ability to say one word.
The Alberta College and Association of Chiropractors (ACAC) is celebrating its centennial this year and I had the privilege to attend the Centennial Gala event held in Calgary last May.
There is a new series on Netflix that is proving to be one of its most watched shows to date: "13 Reasons Why." It’s about a teenage girl who, before committing suicide, created a cassette tape recording pouring her heart out and calling out 13 people who she claims are the reasons why she decided to end her life.
OTTAWA – Canadians know this best. In addition to being the "globalization nation" of immigrants and travellers, we've had a stake in nearly every major global health threat of the last two decades.
This article was selected by the editorial team of the Chiropractic & Manual Therapies journal as the best paper for the third quarter of 2016. The full commentary of this paper has been published and can be freely accessed online.
I am one of the lucky parents whose children rarely ever get sick. In my house, that’s a good thing because my boys have never been crazy about ingesting anything that does not taste like food. When they were little, the site of a bottle of children’s Tylenol sent them running in the other direction.
Four years ago, at age 84, my dad survived a severe stroke. The downside is that during his hospital stay this otherwise fit person was put on a drug regimen and has been taking nine prescription drugs a day ever since.
Have you ever been given advice that you either didn’t understand, or worse, chose to ignore? Have you ever taken longer than usual to grasp certain concepts more than others? Our lives and our practices can be full of these situations, and if we listen and take some good advice, it could lead to much more efficiency in delivering our care.
Much of the talk around solutions to the country's growing opioid crisis has been focused on treating overdoses, mainly by increasing the availability of naloxone kits for first responders as a stopgap measure. Some have also suggested pouring more resources into addiction treatment centres to help those with drug dependency problems get better.
TORONTO/Troy Media/ – Canada has a mismatch between the world-class health research we produce and how that research is implemented into our health-care system.
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