Show Notes for December 12, 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 –

  • A Comparison of Spinal Manipulation Methods and usual Medical care for Acute and Sub-Acute Low Back Pain
  • And Finally, a Story about an Atherosclerosis Biomarker for Cholesterol

For HealthBeat, This is Dr. Todd Eglow!

Welcome to HealthBeat Podcast #488 recorded December 12, 2014.

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A Comparison of Spinal Manipulation Methods and usual Medical care for Acute and Sub-Acute Low Back Pain

A recent study was conducted whose objective was a comparative effectiveness trial of: manual-thrust manipulation (MTM) versus mechanical-assisted manipulation (MAM); and manipulation versus usual medical care (UMC).

Low back pain (LBP) is one of the most common conditions seen in primary care and physical medicine practice. Manual-thrust manipulation is a common treatment for LBP.

Claims that mechanical-assisted manipulation is an effective alternative to manual-thrust manipulation have yet to be substantiated. There is also question about the effectiveness of manipulation in acute and sub-acute LBP, as compared to usual medical care.

The study concluded that Manual-thrust manipulation provides greater short-term reductions in self-reported disability and pain scores compared to usual medical care or mechanical-assisted manipulation.

Surf to our Show Notes for Links – http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25423308

Atherosclerosis Biomarker for Cholesterol

It is unclear whether high-density lipoprotein (HDL) cholesterol concentration plays a causal role in atherosclerosis. A more important factor may be HDL cholesterol efflux capacity, the ability of HDL to accept cholesterol from macrophages, which is a key step in reverse cholesterol transport.

The authors of the study investigated the epidemiology of cholesterol efflux capacity and its association with incident atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease outcomes in a large, multiethnic population cohort.

The Authors measured HDL cholesterol level, HDL particle concentration, and cholesterol efflux capacity at baseline in 2924 adults free from cardiovascular disease who were participants in the Dallas Heart Study, a probability-based population sample.

The primary end point was atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease, defined as a first nonfatal myocardial infarction, nonfatal stroke, or coronary revascularization or death from cardiovascular causes.

The study concluded that Cholesterol efflux capacity, a new biomarker that characterizes a key step in reverse cholesterol transport, was inversely associated with the incidence of cardiovascular events in a population-based cohort.

Surf to our Show Notes for Links – http://www.nejm.org/doi/full/10.1056/NEJMoa1409065#t=abstract

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

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