Monthly Archives: May 2012

ShowNotes for May 4, 2012

Hello and welcome to this week’s edition of HealthBeat, Chiropractic OnLine Today’s Health, News and Informational Podcast, and Proud to be the #1 Search Result for Chiropractic Podcasts in the iTunes Podcast Directory.

In this week’s news:  We’ll Be Looking At –

  • Steroids vs. Placebo for LBP
  • Sitting Time and All-Cause Mortality Risk
  • And Finally, a Story about Sleep and Obesity

For HealthBeat, This is Dr. Todd Eglow!

Welcome to HealthBeat Podcast #356, recorded May 4, 2012.

HealthBeat is Chiropractic OnLine Today’s radio program, providing current news and commentary about Chiropractic and Health.

You can download this week’s Podcast here – http://www.chiropracticradio.com/healthbeat/healthbeat0356.mp3

This week’s Episode is sponsored by DaVinci Laboratories.  Please surf to our web site at www.ChiropracticRadio.com and click on the DaVinci link for your Health and Nutritional needs.

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Next, we would like to send out a big Thank You to those of you who are linking our Podcast to your home pages…. We do request that you also include a link to our main Podcast Page at www.ChiropracticRadio.com

And as always, a big thank you to our COT HealthBeat Listener community.  This podcast is made available thru the generous donations we receive and greatly appreciate.  If you could remember to surf to our Web Site and click on the PayPal link to make a monthly donation, even $5-$10, this would be very much welcomed.

Finally, Chiropractic OnLine Today has always provided our news and education content for free and plan on continuing this policy.  However, we do request that if you are enjoying these podcasts, that you surf to ChiropracticRadio.com and consider clicking on our PayPal link to make a donation to keep these Podcasts airing.  We thank everyone for their continued support.

And Now for some news ….

 

 

Steroids vs. Placebo for LBP

A study published in the April 17th issue of the Annals of Internal Medicine looked at Perineural inhibitors of tumor necrosis factor, such as etanercept, have recently generated intense interest as an alternative to epidural steroid injections for lumbosacral radiculopathy.

The study’s objective was to evaluate whether epidural steroids, etanercept, or saline better improves pain and function in adults with lumbosacral radiculopathy.

Researchers tested 84 adults with back pain of less than six months’ duration, dividing them into three groups. They received either steroids or an inactive saline solution in two injections given two weeks apart.

At the end of one month, they were assessed for pain.

There were differences in results based upon the outcome measured.  For example, when comparing Primary Outcome measures, the epidural steroid group fared better than those receiving saline.

However, the largest differences were noted for functional capacity, in which etanercept fared worse than the other treatments: steroids vs. etanercept, and etanercept vs. saline.

More patients treated with epidural steroids (75%) reported 50% or greater leg pain relief and a positive global perceived effect at 1 month than those who received saline (50%) or etanercept.

The study concluded that Epidural steroid injections may provide modest short-term pain relief for some adults with lumbosacral radiculopathy, but larger studies with longer follow-up are needed to confirm their benefits.

Surf to our Show Notes for links – http://www.annals.org/content/156/8/551.abstract

http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/druginfo/meds/a602013.html

 

 

Sitting Time and All-Cause Mortality Risk

A recent study in the Archives of Internal Medicine looked the effect that Sitting has on our health.

Prolonged sitting is considered detrimental to health, but evidence regarding the independent relationship of total sitting time with all-cause mortality is limited. This study aimed to determine the independent relationship of sitting time with all-cause mortality.

The study’s results found that the association between sitting and all-cause mortality appeared consistent across the sexes, age groups, body mass index categories, and physical activity levels and across healthy participants compared with participants with preexisting cardiovascular disease or diabetes mellitus.

The study concluded that prolonged sitting is a risk factor for all-cause mortality, independent of physical activity. Public health programs should focus on reducing sitting time in addition to increasing physical activity levels.

Surf to our Show Notes for links – http://archinte.ama-assn.org/cgi/content/short/172/6/494

 

 

 

Sleep and Obesity

A study published in the May 1st issue of the journal Sleep, looked at whether sleep duration modifies genetic and environmental influences on body mass index (BMI).

The study included a population-based sample of US twins.

The study concluded that Shorter sleep duration is associated with increased BMI and increased genetic influences on BMI, suggesting that shorter sleep duration increases expression of genetic risks for high body weight.

At the same time, longer sleep duration may suppress genetic influences on body weight. Future research aiming to identify specific genotypes for BMI may benefit by considering the moderating role of sleep duration.

Surf to our Show Notes for Links – http://www.journalsleep.org/ViewAbstract.aspx?pid=28504

http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-504763_162-57425178-10391704/sleeping-longer-may-counter-effects-of-obesity-genes/

 

 

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Finally, I leave you with the following quote:

“If you can’t sleep, then get up and do something instead of lying there worrying. It’s the worry that gets you, not the lack of sleep.”
– Dale Carnegie

For Chiropractic OnLine Today’s HealthBeat, This is Dr. Todd Eglow.

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ShowNotes for April 27, 2012

Hello and welcome to this week’s edition of HealthBeat, Chiropractic OnLine Today’s Health, News and Informational Podcast, and Proud to be the #1 Search Result for Chiropractic Podcasts in the iTunes Podcast Directory.

In this week’s news:  We’ll Be Looking At –

  • Surgery versus rehabilitation in patients with low back pain and degenerative disc
  • Overuse and Acute Injuries among Competitive Collegiate Athletes
  • And Finally, a Story about a Delay in Implementation of ICD-10 Codes

For HealthBeat, This is Dr. Todd Eglow!

Welcome to HealthBeat Podcast #355, recorded April 27, 2012.

HealthBeat is Chiropractic OnLine Today’s radio program, providing current news and commentary about Chiropractic and Health.

You can download this week’s Podcast here – http://www.chiropracticradio.com/healthbeat/healthbeat0355.mp3

This week’s Episode is sponsored by DaVinci Laboratories.  Please surf to our web site at www.ChiropracticRadio.com and click on the DaVinci link for your Health and Nutritional needs.

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Next, we would like to send out a big Thank You to those of you who are linking our Podcast to your home pages…. We do request that you also include a link to our main Podcast Page at www.ChiropracticRadio.com

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And Now for some news ….

 

 

 

Surgery with disc prosthesis versus rehabilitation in patients with low back pain and degenerative disc

A recent study out of Norway looked at comparing the efficacy of surgery with disc prosthesis versus non-surgical treatment for patients with chronic low back pain.

Participants of the study included 173 patients with a history of low back pain for at least one year, Oswestry disability index of at least 30 points, and degenerative changes in one or two lower lumbar spine levels (86 patients randomized to surgery). Patients were treated from April 2004 to September 2007.

The study concluded that Surgical intervention with disc prosthesis for chronic low back pain resulted in a significantly greater improvement in the Oswestry score compared with rehabilitation, but this improvement did not clearly exceed the pre-specified minimally important clinical difference between groups of 10 points, and the data are consistent with a wide range of differences between the groups, including values well below 10 points.

The potential risks of surgery and the substantial amount of improvement experienced by a sizeable proportion of the rehabilitation group also have to be incorporated into overall decision making.

Surf to our Show Notes for Links – http://www.medscape.com/medline/abstract/21596740

   

 

 

Overuse and Acute Injuries among Competitive Collegiate Athletes

Overuse injuries are nearly 30% of all injuries sustained by college athletes, with a majority (62%) of overuse injuries occurring in female athletes, according to a study published in the Journal of Athletic Training.

“Overuse injuries may present not only physical challenges but also psychological ones that could significantly affect an athlete’s recovery and performance,” according to study co-author Tracey Covassin, PhD.

“Understanding the frequency, rate and severity of overuse injuries is an important first step for designing effective injury-prevention programs, intervention strategies and treatment protocols to prevent and rehabilitate athletes with these types of injuries.”

The most common overuse injuries were general stress (27%), inflammation (21%) and tendinitis (16%). The authors noted that wrestling, football, women’s soccer and other contact sports were associated with a higher acute injury risk while overuse injuries were found more frequently in rowing, softball, volleyball, cross country, track and field and other low-contact sports.

The study concluded that additional studies are needed to examine why female athletes are at greater risk for overuse injuries and identify the best practices for prevention and rehabilitation of overuse injuries.

Surf to our Show Notes for Links – http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22488286

http://www.healio.com/orthopedics/sports-medicine/news/online/%7B9055C68C-D5D7-4E6F-9043-99FD70F374DD%7D/Nearly-30-of-all-college-athlete-injuries-a-result-of-overuse

 

 

 

Delay in Implementation of ICD-10 Codes

On Monday April 9, 2012, the US Department of Health and Human Services announced they were delaying the implementation of the updated ICD-10 diagnosis and procedure codes.

According to this Press Release – “The proposed rule also delays required compliance by one year– from Oct. 1, 2013, to Oct. 1, 2014– for new codes used to classify diseases and health problems.

These codes, known as the International Classification of Diseases, 10thEdition diagnosis and procedure codes, or ICD-10, will include new procedures and diagnoses and improve the quality of information available for quality improvement and payment purposes.

Many provider groups have expressed serious concerns about their ability to meet the Oct. 1, 2013, compliance date. The proposed change in the compliance date for ICD-10 would give providers and other covered entities more time to prepare and fully test their systems to ensure a smooth and coordinated transition to these new code sets.”

Surf to our Show Notes for Links – https://www.cms.gov/apps/media/press/release.asp?Counter=4329&intNumPerPage=10&checkDate=&checkKey=&srchType=1&numDays=3500&srchOpt=0&srchData=&keywordType=All&chkNewsType=1%2C+2%2C+3%2C+4%2C+5&intPage=&showAll=&pYear=&year=&desc=&cboOrder=date

http://www.chirocode.com/clock_ticking_on_icd-10_30-day_comment_period

 

 

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Finally, I leave you with the following quote:

“The happiest conversation is that of which nothing is distinctly remembered but a general effect of pleasing impression.”
– Samuel Johnson

For Chiropractic OnLine Today’s HealthBeat, This is Dr. Todd Eglow.


ShowNotes for April 20, 2012

Hello and welcome to this week’s edition of HealthBeat, Chiropractic OnLine Today’s Health, News and Informational Podcast, and Proud to be the #1 Search Result for Chiropractic Podcasts in the iTunes Podcast Directory.

In this week’s news:  We’ll Be Looking At –

  • Efficacy of Systematic Active Conservative Treatment for Patients With Severe Sciatica
  • Serum Antioxidant Vitamin Levels in Patients with Coronary Heart Disease
  • And Finally a Story about Efficacy of Exercise-based Cardiac Rehabilitation Post–myocardial Infarction

For HealthBeat, This is Dr. Todd Eglow!

Welcome to HealthBeat Podcast #354, recorded April 20, 2012.

HealthBeat is Chiropractic OnLine Today’s radio program, providing current news and commentary about Chiropractic and Health.

You can download this week’s Podcast here – http://www.chiropracticradio.com/healthbeat/healthbeat0354.mp3

This week’s Episode is sponsored by DaVinci Laboratories.  Please surf to our web site at www.ChiropracticRadio.com and click on the DaVinci link for your Health and Nutritional needs.

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Next, we would like to send out a big Thank You to those of you who are linking our Podcast to your home pages…. We do request that you also include a link to our main Podcast Page at www.ChiropracticRadio.com

And as always, a big thank you to our COT HealthBeat Listener community.  This podcast is made available thru the generous donations we receive and greatly appreciate.  If you could remember to surf to our Web Site and click on the PayPal link to make a monthly donation, even $5-$10, this would be very much welcomed.

Finally, Chiropractic OnLine Today has always provided our news and education content for free and plan on continuing this policy.  However, we do request that if you are enjoying these podcasts, that you surf to ChiropracticRadio.com and consider clicking on our PayPal link to make a donation to keep these Podcasts airing.  We thank everyone for their continued support.

And Now for some news ….

 

  

Efficacy of Systematic Active Conservative Treatment for Patients With Severe Sciatica

A study in the April 1st issue of the journal Spine was posted to evaluate the efficacy of active conservative treatment and to compare 2 active conservative treatment programs for patients with severe sciatica.

Reviews have demonstrated little or no efficacy for passive conservative treatment modalities in patients suffering from sciatica. The results for surgery are conflicting. Cohort studies have shown excellent results for active treatment modalities in patients with sciatica.

One hundred eighty-one consecutive patients with radicular pain below the knee were examined at the baseline, at 8 weeks, and at 1 year after the treatment. Participants were randomized into 2 groups: (1) symptom-guided exercises + information + advice to stay active and (2) sham exercises + information + advice to stay active.

Symptom-guided exercises consisted of a variety of back-related exercises given in accordance with a written algorithm in which symptoms or response to exercises determined the exercises given.

The study concluded that active conservative treatment was effective for patients who had symptoms and clinical findings that would normally qualify them for surgery. Although participating patients had greater faith in the sham exercises before treatment, the symptom-guided exercises were superior for most outcomes.

Surf to our Show Notes for links – http://journals.lww.com/spinejournal/Fulltext/2012/04010/The_Efficacy_of_Systematic_Active_Conservative.2.aspx

http://www.sygehuslillebaelt.dk/wm345075

 

 

 

Serum Antioxidant Vitamin Levels in Patients with Coronary Heart Disease

The aim of a study in the April 2011 issue of the International Journal for Vitamin and Nutrition Research was to investigate anthropometric measurements, body composition, and serum antioxidant vitamin levels in men with coronary heart disease (CHD).

Thirty-five men with CHD and 31 men without coronary heart disease, aged 40 – 65 years, were included this study. Dietary records and anthropometric measurements of each participant were recorded by researchers and serum antioxidant vitamin levels and lipid profiles were analyzed.

When the antioxidant vitamin intake of participants was investigated, vitamin E intake in men without CHD was found to be less than in men with coronary heart disease.

However, serum vitamin A, vitamin E, and vitamin C levels in men with CHD were found to be lower than in men without coronary heart disease.

Based on the results of this study, we propose that high FM, low HDL-C, and low serum antioxidant vitamin levels could be important risk factors for CHD.

As always, discuss all Nutritional Recommendations with your Qualified Health Care Provider.

Surf to our Show Notes for Links – http://www.verlag-hanshuber.com/zeitschriften/journal.php?abbrev=VIT&show=abstract&abstract=33481

 

 

 

Efficacy of Exercise-based Cardiac Rehabilitation Post–myocardial Infarction

A study published on Medscape.com looked at how Exercise-based cardiac rehabilitation (CR) remains an underused tool for secondary prevention post–myocardial infarction (MI). In part, this arises from uncertainty regarding the efficacy of cardiac rehabilitation, particularly with respect to reinfarction, where previous studies have failed to show consistent benefit.

The authors therefore undertook a meta-analysis of randomized controlled trials (RCTs) to (1) estimate the effect of cardiac rehabilitation on cardiovascular outcomes and (2) examine the effect of cardiac rehabilitation program characteristics on the magnitude of cardiac rehabilitation benefits.

The study concluded that Exercise-based CR is associated with reductions in mortality and reinfarction post-MI. Our secondary analyses suggest that even shorter CR programs may translate into improved long-term outcomes, although these results need to be confirmed in an RCT.

Remember to discuss all Exercise recommendations with your Qualified Health Care Provider.

Surf to our Show Notes for Links – http://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/751986

 

 

 

This podcast is made available through the generous donations from our great Listeners, such as You!  If you are enjoying these HealthBeat Podcasts, Please surf to our Web Site and click on the PayPal link.

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As always, please surf to our Podcast Show Notes at ChiropracticRadio.com for a full listing of web references mentioned in today’s show.

And remember – COT’s Healthbeat always recommends discussing any nutritional or exercise lifestyle modifications with a qualified healthcare professional.

 

Thank you for listening…. As always, We Want to hear from you.  Please send us emails…. Simply surf to our Web Site at ChiropracticRadio.com and click on the Email link.

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If you have an idea for a future Health Segment, please feel free to contact me directly via email …. The address is:

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While at our Web Site, please remember to consider making a donation to help keep these Podcasts airing.  Listener support such as yours, via our PayPal link, does help in allowing us to bring these Podcasts to you weekly.

And please remember to support our sponsors by clicking their links located at ChiropracticRadio.com

Finally, I leave you with the following quote:

 “Humor is an affirmation of dignity, a declaration of man’s superiority to all that befalls him.”
– Romain Gary

For Chiropractic OnLine Today’s HealthBeat, This is Dr. Todd Eglow.


ShowNotes for April 13, 2012

Hello and welcome to this week’s edition of HealthBeat, Chiropractic OnLine Today’s Health, News and Informational Podcast, and Proud to be the #1 Search Result for Chiropractic Podcasts in the iTunes Podcast Directory.

In this week’s news:  We’ll Be Looking At –

  • Doctors Call For End to Unnecessary Tests – Including X-Rays
  • How the Smell of Food Affects How Much You Eat
  • And Finally, a Story about Geographic variation in cost of health care not linked to inappropriate care

For HealthBeat, This is Dr. Todd Eglow!

Welcome to HealthBeat Podcast #353, recorded April 13, 2012.

HealthBeat is Chiropractic OnLine Today’s radio program, providing current news and commentary about Chiropractic and Health.

You can download this week’s Podcast here – http://www.chiropracticradio.com/healthbeat/healthbeat0353.mp3

This week’s Episode is sponsored by DaVinci Laboratories.  Please surf to our web site at www.ChiropracticRadio.com and click on the DaVinci link for your Health and Nutritional needs.

We also would appreciate your passing the word of our Podcasts to your friends and colleagues.  Please let everyone know how easy it is to subscribe via the Apple iTunes directory.

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Twitter – We are always looking to expand our interactivity with you, our loyal Health Community.  If you would like to be kept up-to-date with current events about Health, Technology and ME, feel free to surf to – http://www.twitter.com/teglow and click on the Follow link.

Next, we would like to send out a big Thank You to those of you who are linking our Podcast to your home pages…. We do request that you also include a link to our main Podcast Page at www.ChiropracticRadio.com

And as always, a big thank you to our COT HealthBeat Listener community.  This podcast is made available thru the generous donations we receive and greatly appreciate.  If you could remember to surf to our Web Site and click on the PayPal link to make a monthly donation, even $5-$10, this would be very much welcomed.

Finally, Chiropractic OnLine Today has always provided our news and education content for free and plan on continuing this policy.  However, we do request that if you are enjoying these podcasts, that you surf to ChiropracticRadio.com and consider clicking on our PayPal link to make a donation to keep these Podcasts airing.  We thank everyone for their continued support.

And Now for some news ….

 

 

Doctors Call For End to Unnecessary Tests – Including X-Rays

Citing unnecessary medical tests and procedures as a major driver of soaring health-care costs, a coalition of doctors groups and consumer groups Wednesday unveiled a campaign to push doctors and patients away from 45 tests or procedures that are overused and often unhelpful.  The campaign was sponsored by the American Board of Internal Medicine Foundation.

The campaign, “Choosing Wisely”, aims to get doctors and patients talking about these procedures to achieve “better decision-making.

A 2005 National Academy of Sciences report found that 30 percent of U.S. health-care spending was unnecessary or wasteful; more recent studies arrive at similar figures. That amounts to a staggering $600 billion to $700 billion annually.

One of the tests cited for being questionable included X-rays for low back pain: These tests were deemed Unnecessary unless “red flags” signify possible serious disease.

Surf to our Show Notes for the full list – http://goo.gl/03Rma

Video – http://goo.gl/dDcrR

 

 

 

 

How the Smell of Food Affects How Much You Eat

According to a March 21st Science Daily article, bite size depends on senses such as texture of food. Smaller bite sizes are taken for foods which need more chewing and smaller bite sizes are often linked to a sensation of feeling fuller sooner.

New research published in BioMed Central’s new open access journal Flavour, shows that strong aromas lead to smaller bite sizes and suggests that aroma may be used as a means to control portion size.

The aroma experience of food is linked to its constituents and texture, but also to bite size. Smaller bites sizes are linked towards a lower flavour release which may explain why we take smaller bites of unfamiliar or disliked foods.

In order to separate the effect of aroma on bite size from other food-related sensations researchers from the Netherlands developed a system where a custard-like dessert was eaten while different scents were simultaneously presented directly to the participant’s nose.

The results showed that the stronger the smell the smaller the bite.

This study suggests that manipulating the odor of food could result in a 5-10% decrease in intake per bite. Combining aroma control with portion control could fool the body into thinking it was full with a smaller amount of food and aid weight loss.

As always, discuss all Nutritional recommendations with your Qualified Health Care Professional.

Surf to our Show Notes for Links – http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2012/03/120321094137.htm#.T2qaD6qReqw.email

http://www.flavourjournal.com/content/1/1/3

 

 

 

Geographic variation in cost of health care not linked to inappropriate care

A literature review published in Medical Care questions the notion that U.S. regions spending more on health care and having higher rates of use deliver more unnecessary care to patients and that areas spending less provide more efficient and higher quality care.

The authors performed a Medline search to analyze 114,830 articles published between January 1, 1978 — the first year a framework for quality appeared in the literature — and January 1, 2009. They found five papers that compared geographical variations of health care to the overuse of health care services, according to the study abstract.

However, the results of those studies were insufficient to conclude that geographical areas with higher health care costs deliver inappropriate care.

According to the Authors, “The literature is so limited that you cannot either support or refute such an assertion. There is just not enough data”.

A lack of patient care guidelines plays a major factor. Guidelines will tell physicians when to perform a test, but do not indicate when a test might be inappropriate or unnecessary. This impacts expenses and patient care. A nationwide effort to create guidelines to address these problems is needed, according to the study’s Author.

The study concluded that the limited available evidence does not lend support to the hypothesis that inappropriate use of procedures is a major source of geographic variations in intensity and/or costs of care. More research is needed to improve our understanding of the relationship between geographic variations and the quality of care.

Surf to our Show Notes for links – http://journals.lww.com/lww-medicalcare/Abstract/2012/03000/The_Relationship_Between_Geographic_Variations_and.10.aspx

 

 

 

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For Chiropractic OnLine Today’s HealthBeat, This is Dr. Todd Eglow.