Show Notes for June 19, 2015

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 –

  • Spinal Epidural Injections and Infections
  • And Finally, a Story about Exercise and The Brain

For HealthBeat, This is Dr. Todd Eglow!

Welcome to HealthBeat Podcast #512 recorded June 19, 2015.

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Spinal Epidural Injections and Infections

In the results of a recently published study, researchers reported findings that demonstrated a link between the receipt of spinal epidural steroid injections and an increased risk of infection.

The study included a 58-year-old male patient who received a spinal epidural injection for the management of low back pain due to L5-S1 disc herniation and a cervico-thoraco-lumbosacral spinal subdural abscess about a month after the treatment.

The rare abscess was not evident after an initial MRI but became evident 5 days later after additional imaging was taken. To the researchers’ knowledge, this was only the second spinal subdural abscess (SSA) following an epidural steroid injection, and only the third report of a spinal subdural abscess following any kind of epidural injection. The patient was successfully treated for the infection with surgical management and antibiotic treatments.

The researchers analyzed former patients with spinal subdural abscess and found a history of disc herniations or other spinal abnormalities may also increase patients’ risk of developing a spinal subdural abscess.

According to the researchers, patients undergoing spinal epidural injections with previous disc herniation or spinal abnormalities should be made aware of their increased risk of developing a spinal subdural abscess after undergoing a spinal injection for low back pain.

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Exercise and The Brain

Cardiorespiratory fitness may positively impact the structure of white matter in the brains of older adults. These results suggest that exercise could be prescribed to lessen age-related declines in brain structure.

The findings, which appear online in the Annals of Clinical and Translational Neurology, are the first to show a relationship between fitness and brain structure in older adults, but not younger adults.

The researchers found cardiorespiratory fitness was positively linked to the structural integrity of white matter fiber bundles in the brain in the older adults, while no such association was observed in younger adults.

According to the researchers these results provide evidence of a positive association between fitness and brain structure in older adults. “We hope this study provides additional motivation for older adults to increase their levels of physical activity, which positively impacts health, mood, cognition and the brain.”

They caution that additional research is needed to track changes in fitness and brain structure over time, as well as clarify the impact of specific exercise programs (such as strength, aerobic or combined training) or dose of exercise (frequency, intensity, duration) on white matter microstructure.

As always, discuss all Exercise related questions with your Qualified Health Care Provider.

Surf to our Show Notes for Links – http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2015-04/bumc-sfc042715.php

http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1002/acn3.204/epdf

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

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