Patient Care
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.
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.
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.
VANCOUVER – Just down the street from Crosstown Clinic at a flea market in Vancouver's Downtown Eastside, Michael Totten, 44, said his life spiralled into illicit drug use after he was prescribed the painkiller Percocet following a back injury.
Getting physical exercise within a week of suffering a concussion may reduce a young person's risk of experiencing ongoing symptoms, say researchers, whose finding runs counter to conventional guidelines calling for strict mental and physical rest following the common brain injury.
If a recent study is any indication, more injured workers could be returning to work earlier if they seek chiropractic care first for work-related back pain.
Despite a 50 per cent increase in hospitalization of children and youth with mental-health problemssince 2008/09, the province of Ontario has not analyzed the reasons for the increase or taken steps to address it, the province's Auditor General Bonnie Lysyk says in her 2016 Annual Report.
I distinctly remember the day almost 50 years ago when my father came home from the doctor's office with the news that he had been diagnosed with diabetes. He was very upset and I could see that he was afraid of what the consequences would be. He was a World War II veteran who had completed two active tours of duty, and this was the first time I had seen him afraid of anything.
Unfortunately, when it comes to new patients, our profession is in defense mode.   
New Orleans, LA – Dr. John England, professor and chair of Neurology at LSU Health New Orleans School of Medicine, and colleagues in Honduras and Venezuela have reported a new neurological complication of infection with the Zika virus. They described the first confirmed case of Zika-associated sensory polyneuropathy in a paper published online by the Journal of the Neurological Sciences.
Women who do the same tasks as men often face a higher risk of musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs) in their neck and upper limbs, according to a researcher from McGill University in Montreal.
LONDON, ONT. – Researchers at Lawson Health Research Institute has developed clinical practice guidelines for managing neuropathic pain with patients who have experienced a spinal cord injury (SCI). Lawson Health claims the document is the first of its kind in Canada.
To reduce the health and injury risks of prolonged sitting, workers should change postures often and aim to stand for an equal amount of time that they spend sitting over the course of a work day.

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