Show Notes for September 26, 2014

Hello and welcome to this week’s edition of HealthBeat, Chiropractic OnLine Today’s Health, News and Informational Podcast.

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

  • New Screening Tool for Migraine Headaches
  • And Finally a story about a New Scoliosis Classification System

For HealthBeat, This is Dr. Todd Eglow!

Welcome to HealthBeat Podcast #478 recorded September 26, 2014.

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New Screening Tool for Migraine Headaches

Researchers have developed a new tool that can accurately identify patients with chronic migraine (CM)

The screening questionnaire — called the ID-CM — can potentially be used by physicians or by patients themselves.

The tool “… may be helpful for people living with chronic migraine who don’t realize there’s a term for what they’re living with,” she said. “It might help connect them with specialist health care professionals who can treat them well, and it may help connect them with the right treatment.”

Among other things, the final 12-item screening tool asks respondents how often their pain is moderate or severe, how often they’re unusually sensitive to light and sound, how often they feel nauseated or sick to their stomach, and how often they worry about missing work, school, or social events because of headaches.

Despite its substantial economic and quality-of-life burden, chronic migraine remains underdiagnosed and undertreated.

Surf to our Show Notes for the full article – http://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/831261

New Scoliosis Classification System

A classification system was developed by a group of experienced surgeons to identify early-onset scoliosis. The system will serve as a guide for new research and clinical communication when treating the disorder.

Fifteen surgeons participated in a nominal group technique with the goal of developing a consensus-based classification system for early-onset scoliosis. During the course of three group meetings and two rounds of surveying, the surgeons generated a list of factors important to managing early-onset scoliosis using information gathered from a standard literature review, semi-structured interviews and open-forum discussion.

Three core variables — major curve angle, etiology and kyphosis — were identified using the nominal group technique. Thirty patients with early-onset scoliosis were then analyzed using the system for reliability testing.

According to the researchers, the mean kappa value for etiology was substantial at 0.64, whereas the mean kappa values for major curve angle and kyphosis were in nearly perfect agreement, at 0.95 and 0.93, respectively.

The surgeons’ final classification system consisted of continuous age prefix, etiology, major curve angle, kyphosis variables and an optional progression modifier.

Surf to our Show Notes for Links – http://www.healio.com/spine-surgery/deformity/news/online/%7Bcf5687d2-f7df-42bb-a4ab-56ac35c36891%7D/surgeons-develop-classification-system-for-early-onset-scoliosis

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

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