Fat fuels

Fat fuels

Science suggests fats, protein and carbohydrates may be the only macronutrient choices for people.

Doctor inventor

Doctor inventor

A pioneering chiropractor with a Canadian pedigree has invented protective sports gear to help football players reduce the risk of concussions.

Taking a holistic approach to multidisciplinary practice

Taking a holistic approach to multidisciplinary practice

After a few years of toiling in the trenches of practice development, owning an integrative practice can seem like a logical next step.

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.
EDMONTON – Alberta's auditor general is calling for immediate action to improve a health-care system he says is still falling short despite years of recommendations on how to make it better.
Skin cancer is a major public health concern in Canada. According to recent estimates, the economic burden of skin cancer in Canada exceeds $530 million per year, and this cost is expected to rise.   
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.
Workplace injuries don't just come from lifting heavy things or falling off a ladder. People with desk jobs can develop debilitating hand and wrist problems that make it difficult to work, and poorly designed software could be to blame. However, researchers at the Texas A&M School of Public Health are creating tools to that could help develop safer software.
Chronic pelvic pain (CPP) is characterized by episodic or constant pain in the pelvic region lasting more than six months.
The Center for Joint Preservation at the Rubin Institute for Advanced Orthopedics at Sinai Hospital in Maryland is participating in a clinical study with Orthofix International N.V. to assess the effectiveness and safety of pulsed electromagnetic field technology (PEMF) for osteoarthritis of the knee.
Patients taking prescription opioids before knee replacement operation has poorer pain outcomes six months post-surgery, according to a study published May 17 in The Journal of Bone & Joint Surgery. The journal is published in partnership with Wolters Kluwer.
Analysis of a 3.3 million-year-old fossil skeleton reveals the most complete spinal column of any early human relative, including vertebrae, neck and rib cage. The findings, published recently in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, indicate that portions of the human spinal structure that enable efficient walking motions were established millions of years earlier than previously thought.
A new paper in the Journal of the Canadian Chiropractic Association indicates that the most widely accepted theory to date of joint cracking fails to explain why joints produce sound when cracked – and may lead to inaccurate predictions relating to health outcomes.
The pathophysiology of craniocervical pain is not well understood and treatment of these disorders often targets the suboccipital region.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
A pioneering chiropractor with a Canadian pedigree has invented protective sports gear to help football players reduce the risk of concussions.
After a few years of toiling in the trenches of practice development, owning an integrative practice can seem like a logical next step. But the decision to expand your practice to include other health-care practitioners can be fraught with hesitation and overwhelm.
OTTAWA – A former Liberal cabinet minister who led a federally appointed task force on legalizing cannabis says Canada's plan to greenlight the drug for recreational use is in keeping with the spirit of international treaties – all of which criminalize the possession and production of marijuana.
CALGARY – Solid succession planning and a marketing strategy that's built around market research are the key pillars that the Alberta College and Association of Chiropractors (ACAC) leadership is attributing to the profession's continued progress in Alberta.
The car insurance regime in Ontario has undergone extensive and significant changes over the past several years. Prior to 1990, Ontario had a “pure tort” system.  Under this system, an accident victim was entitled to make a claim for compensation for damages against the negligent driver who was at fault for the accident.
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.
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.
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.
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.

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