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Celebrating excellence in the Ontario chiropractic profession, the OCA Awards recognize chiropractors and professionals who deliver exceptional health care, inspire and lead the profession forward.
TORONTO—Commonly used household disinfectants could increase the risk of young children becoming overweight by altering the makeup of their gut bacteria during the first few months of life, a study suggests.
HALIFAX — Nova Scotia's NDP says the emergence of a new private Halifax clinic that aims to reduce the strain on the public health-care system is "deeply troubling."=
A new study from the University of Toronto's Faculty of Kinesiology & Physical Education has found that starting aerobic exercise sooner rather than later after a diagnosed concussion contributes to a faster recovery and return to sport, school and work.
A new study in the Journal of Public Health indicates that adolescents who experience back pain more frequently are also more likely to smoke cigarettes, drink alcohol, and report problems like anxiety and depression.
New research published in Diabetologia (the journal of the European Association for the Study of Diabetes [EASD]) shows that cardiorespiratory fitness (CRF), high-intensity physical activity (HPA) and low sedentary time (ST) are all associated with a lower risk of Type 2 diabetes.
When medical marijuana is taken for chronic nerve pain, it may provide pain relief by reducing connections between the areas of the brain that process emotions and sensory signals, according to a study published in the September 5, 2018, online issue of Neurology®, the medical journal of the American Academy of Neurology. The study looked specifically at radicular pain, a type of nerve pain that radiates from the spine into the legs. Sciatica is a common form of radicular pain.
CALGARY—A University of Calgary researcher says new concussion guidelines in the United States could change care for all children with mild traumatic brain injuries.
Mark your calendars, Chiropractors!
When most people think about opioid overdoses, it's typically a younger person that comes to mind. But it's often older Canadians who bear the brunt of detrimental effects related to the powerful narcotics.
Combined deaths from drug overdose and suicide ('self-injury') now outstrip those from diabetes in the US, reveals a brief report published online in the journal Injury Prevention.
Higher levels of moderate to vigorous physical activity improve all-cause mortality and cardiovascular events.
Do your knees ache? According to new findings from OMRF, your diet could be a culprit.
ARLINGTON, VA—American Chiropractic Association (ACA) President N. Ray Tuck, Jr., DC, released the following statement today in response to UnitedHealthcare’s decision to withdraw a recent policy that denied coverage of manipulative therapy for the treatment of headache:The American Chiropractic Association (ACA) has confirmed that UnitedHealthcare (UHC) has restored its policy in support of coverage for nondrug manipulative therapy for headache treatment. The change was posted online in a revised policy document for manipulative therapy dated Aug. 1.We appreciate that UHC weighed the evidence in support of manipulative therapy for headache that ACA provided in its July 23 letter to UHC President Dan Schumacher, and made the determination that patients should have access to this effective, nondrug treatment option.  ACA is especially grateful to the 40 national and state chiropractic organizations that amplified our message and joined with us in our work with UHC to achieve the best possible result on behalf of patients. BELOW IS THE ORIGINAL WEB POSTING (JULY 24TH)ARLINGTON, VA—The American Chiropractic Association (ACA), supported by chiropractic organizations across the country, strongly opposes a new policy by UnitedHealthcare (UHC) that denies headache sufferers the option to treat their pain without drugs using spinal manipulative therapy (SMT).In a letter to UHC President and CEO Dan Schumacher, ACA calls the policy--which denies coverage of SMT for headache treatment because it states it is "unproven and/or not medically necessary"--flawed because UHC failed to include key studies in an analysis conducted in advance of its determination."We urge UHC to withdraw its policy based on the most recent research, systematic reviews, and practice guidelines (including AHRQ), which support the use of spinal manipulation for the treatment of headache," writes ACA President N. Ray Tuck, Jr., DC.The letter is cosigned by the Congress of Chiropractic State Associations, the Clinical Compass (formerly known as the Council on Chiropractic Guidelines and Practice Parameters), the American Black Chiropractic Association and 24 state/regional chiropractic associations.Offering additional justification for the policy's withdrawal, ACA points to the "insufficient and inadequate" management of migraine and cervicogenic headache using drugs along with the relative safety of SMT compared to other treatments covered by UHC for headache. "Providing headache sufferers with viable alternatives for managing their condition is an important aspect of patient-centered care," the letter states.This was not the first time that UHC has tried to deny coverage of SMT for headache. In 2008, the company made a similar determination but later reversed its decision after reviewing evidence provided by ACA and others. ACA and its partners plan to oppose the current policy with equal vigor by reaching out not only to UHC but also potentially to employers and other stakeholders to share information regarding the serious issues raised by UHC's determination.ACA's letter adds, "The use of this flawed policy constitutes, in our view, a breach of fiduciary responsibility for a health plan administrator who must ensure that the plan claims are decided in accordance with plan documents and valid evidence."
To improve communication about pain between patients and physicians, a team led by researchers from the University of Pittsburgh and UPMC has developed a mobile application called "Painimation" that has the potential to assess and monitor pain better than any previously used measurement tools. Results of the clinical trial were published today in the Journal of Medical Internet Research.
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