A new, first-of-its-kind app is now available to support clinicians with decisions on best practice rehabilitation strategies for patients with arm impairment due to stroke.
It’s a typical scenario in many chiropractic clinics: patients come in complaining of back pain. They have been to the family doctor a few times, but nothing seems to help. They were prescribed different painkillers, including some narcotics, but nothing has provided any lasting relief. “No one can help me,” is the usual cry of chronic pain sufferers.
Music therapy decreases pain in patients recovering from spine surgery, compared to a control group of patients who received standard postoperative care alone, according to results of a new study.
A new report released today reveals that many patients living with inflammatory diseases lack the critical information necessary to be able to properly understand and evaluate their treatment options.
An extra layer of fat won't provide a cushion against pain – in fact, obese people are more sensitive to pressure pain than those who are not overweight, and they are equally susceptible to extremes of hot and cold.
I have a confession to make. Although I have practiced for more than 38 years, it was not until a little over a year ago that I truly appreciated the value of X-ray studies in my practice.
MAYWOOD, Ill. – Paralysis is just one of the many serious health problems faced by patients who suffer spinal cord injuries.
HARTFORD, Conn. – A growing number of U.S. states are working to help patients make it clear to medical professionals they don't want to be prescribed powerful opioids.
ROCHESTER, Minn. – Ice fishing might seem like a benign sport for everyone – except the fish. Sitting in a cozy shanty waiting for a bite, what could go wrong? A lot, Mayo Clinic surgeons have found. The ice fishing injuries they have chronicled seem more like a casualty list from an extreme sport: burns, broken bones, concussions and more. The findings are published in the American Journal of Emergency Medicine.
COLUMBUS, Ohio – Getting a tattoo may hurt, but giving one is no picnic, either.That's the finding of the first study ever to directly measure the physical stresses that lead to aches and pains in tattoo artists—workers who support a multibillion-dollar American industry, but who often don't have access to workers' compensation if they get injured.
CALGARY – A University of Calgary study suggests that patient care is suffering from an overuse of computers in hospitals and doctors' offices.
Young children whose mothers have been prescribed an opioid are at an increased risk of being hospitalized for an overdose from the potent pain medications, most often through accidental ingestion, a study has found.
San Diego, Calif. – Surgical approaches to treating tennis elbow may not offer additional benefit to patients, according to research presented at the American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine's (AOSSM) Specialty Day in San Diego. The study, a randomized, double-blinded clinical trial, explored patient responses to a common surgery aimed at repairing a damaged elbow, compared to a placebo procedure.
ORLANDO – Insufficient sleep, a common problem that has been linked to chronic disease risk, might also be an unrecognized risk factor for bone loss. Results of a new study were presented March 31st at the Endocrine Society's 99th annual meeting in Orlando.
More than two-thirds of adults experience low back pain (LBP) at some point in their lives. It is also commonly thought that LBP is more prevalent in individuals who sit for prolonged periods.
Three teams of Canadian scientists will collaborate with Caribbean and Latin American researchers to study the Zika virus, a partnership between the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) and the International Development Research Centre. This is part of a $3-million investment for Zika research announced by Health Minister Jane Philpott in May 2016.
Las Vegas – The foot and tibial angles of a rearfoot strike runner do not correlate well with loading impact rates, according to research presented at this year's Association of Academic Physiatrists Annual Meeting in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Researchers at the University of Virginia School of Medicine have reversed depression symptoms in mice by feeding them Lactobacillus, a probiotic bacteria found in live-cultures yogurt. Further, they have discovered a specific mechanism for how the bacteria affect mood, providing a direct link between the health of the gut microbiome and mental health.
Researchers at Toronto Western Hospital's Canadian Concussion Centre have discovered the presence of chronic traumatic encephalopathy in the brain of a deceased patient with no known history of concussions.They say it's the first known case of its kind.
Quadricep strength and speed of force production (SFP) both affect physical functioning in people with, or at risk for, knee osteoarthritis, according to research presented recently at the Association of Academic Physiatrists Annual Meeting in Las Vegas.
Twelve men and 12 women were selected for this study.
NEW YORK – It can almost certainly ease chronic pain and might help some people sleep, but it's also likely to raise the risk of getting schizophrenia and might trigger heart attacks.
People who live in close proximity to high-traffic roadways appear to have a higher risk of dementia than those who live farther away, say researchers, suggesting that air pollution from vehicles may be a factor in the development of the neurological disease.
Dizziness has been reported in up to 58 per cent of women and 30 per cent of men over 65, with prevalence increasing with age.
CALGARY – Shirley Jager has a wicked right hook and iridescent lime-green boxing gloves and shoes.She's 79 and has taken up boxing as part of her own personal title bout against the ravages of Parkinson's disease.
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.
CALGARY – A study aimed at helping more than 110,000 Canadians living with celiac disease has been given a boost thanks to a seed grant from the University of Calgary's Faculty of Kinesiology.
NEW YORK – Don't count on smartphone health apps in an emergency: A review shows many don't warn when you're in danger.
Depression has been known to be associated with poor cardiovascular outcomes, but if patients who are depressed attend cardiac rehabilitation after heart surgery, their risk of death is significantly reduced, according to a new study.
Doctors are warning about vitamin D again, and it's not the "we need more" news you might expect. Instead, they say there's too much needless testing and too many people taking too many pills for a problem that few people truly have.
OTTAWA – The Trudeau government is being urged to make mental health a top priority as it negotiates a new health accord with the provinces and territories.
Tai Chi, a low-impact mind-body exercise, can be as effective as neck exercises in relieving persistent neck pain, according to results of randomized controlled trial reported in The Journal of Pain, the peer-reviewed publication of the American Pain Society.
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.
Health-care facilities can be stressful places for patients and visitors, with depressing waiting rooms, rows of uncomfortable seating, a blaring television. Designers of some medical spaces, however, are remedying the situation.
Patient flow determines practice sustainability, but new patient referrals drive practice growth. There are essentially two reasons patients refer you to new patients: Patients like you, and patients love your product. These reasons are outlined in the NY Times bestselling book Word of Mouth Marketing - How Smart Companies Get People Talking by Andy Sernovitz.
According to a study commissioned by GoDaddy, 60 per cent of small businesses don't have a website. Factor in that, according to Google, 97 per cent of consumers search online for businesses and products before making a purchase, and it could be argued that having a professional website is essential for success. Regardless of your industry, your website needs to accomplish some key objectives.
Q: What is the most effective way to achieve balance between patient care and financial health?
Employees have the ability to attract new patients, develop new products and services, and become your greatest salespeople. Alternatively, they can also drive away patients, negatively impact service and product quality, and totally ruin your business. That's why hiring the right person is so important.
More than ever, the success of an organization depends on its ability to prepare for change and predict which trends will make a major impact. The chiropractic industry is no different.
MONTREAL – Equipping students with the knowledge and tools to be able to demonstrate the value of chiropractic in multidisciplinary health care teams will help in advancing the profession as primary spine care experts.
As chiropractic health professionals we are very educated and we know how to differentiate things like a sacroiliac dysfunction from a disc injury – but very few of us know how to differentiate a con from a contractor.
ANN ARBOR, Mich. – Some footwear stores videotape a jogger's gait on a treadmill to help determine the kind of running shoe that would be the best fit. The University of Michigan is taking that practice a few steps beyond.
VANCOUVER – A tag hanging from a dead man's left toe says the cause of death was an overdose of fentanyl, "unknowingly taken with other drugs."
The Alberta College and Association of Chiropractors (ACAC) is celebrating its centennial year and asking chiropractic patients to share stories of healing and their experiences with chiropractic.
World Spine Care will be the beneficiary of a seminar series designed to educate chiropractic practitioners on the latest research and promote evidence-based practice.
The Canadian Chiropractic Guideline Initiative (CCGI) has launched a series of video resources for clinicians and patients in an effort to promote the effective application of recently released clinical practice guidelines.
The town of Petrolia, Ont. – just outside Sarnia – may have got its name from its reputation as a pioneer of the oil industry in North America, but the innovative efforts of its local doctors are making a mark in the health care realm.
The day international track star Andre De Grasse showed up for his very first track meet at York University – wearing basketball shoes and basketball shorts – was the day Tony Sharpe, head coach at The Speed Academy in Pickering, Ont., saw him run 100 metres in 10.9 seconds.
Many of the doctors and volunteers who attend chiropractic mission trips abroad and briefly leave their comfortable lives in North America discover that the needs of the people they serve are far greater and more desperate than they realized. This has certainly been the case for thousands of volunteers who have been traveling to the Dominican Republic, one of the regular international countries ChiroMission serves.
When Daniel Budgell, a student at Vancouver’s Langara College, visited Tanzania in the spring of 2005 for a student project sponsored by the Canadian International Development Agency, he probably had no idea he would end up saving dozens of kids from a life on the streets, put hundreds of children through school and establish successful interdisciplinary clinics in rural communities. In other words, like most of us, he had no idea how much good one person can do.
The Canadian Chiropractic Guideline Initiative (CCGI) understands that clinicians need easy and rapid access to information, tools and resources to become evidenced-informed practitioners. We provide clinicians with evidence at their fingertips, giving them user-friendly tools to find out how to best translate research evidence into practice, and thereby ensuring patients receive optimal care.
HALIFAX – Ten Nova Scotia doctors are being investigated for irregularities in their prescribing practices for highly addictive opioids.
OTTAWA – Health Minister Jane Philpott is vowing to leave no stone unturned as the federal government eyes a number of legislative changes to address an opioid crisis that has resulted in hundreds of deaths in Canada this year alone.
Hayward, Calif. – The Life Chiropractic College West Board of Regents has unanimously elected Dr. Amit (Jimmy) Nanda as its new chair. A Canadian chiropractor based in Ontario, Nanda has served on the Life West board since 2014, and as chair of the Governance Committee since 2015.
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.
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.
This past July, Canadian Chiropractor Magazine conducted and released its survey of national and provincial chiropractic practices. The staff at Canadian Chiropractor should be very proud of their efforts as they were able to collect 796 responses and use 631 of those as qualifying submissions.
Fear can be one of the most paralyzing emotions we can feel as human beings. It can lead to health, spiritual, relationship, and even business problems.
Whenever one of our devices or software programs run into issues and prevent us from seamlessly carrying out our tasks, it’s very easy to aim our frustration on the technology.
There is growing concern in the health care community about increasing incidents of prescription painkiller addiction and related deaths, and the significant toll it's taking on the health care system.
Our first point of contact with the health system – often referred to as 'primary care' – should result in prompt and efficient care for our general health concerns, and coordinate our journey through the system when we need more specialized care.That's if things are working properly. Unfortunately, this isn't always the case.

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