Show Notes for August 21, 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 –

  • Healthy Beverage Index
  • And Finally, a Story about Flexion-Extension Radiographs in Lumbar Spondylolisthesis

For HealthBeat, This is Dr. Todd Eglow!

Welcome to HealthBeat Podcast #519 recorded August 21, 2015.

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And Now for some news ….

Healthy Beverage Index

Researchers have developed a new scoring method for assessing beverage intake, the Healthy Beverage Index (HBI).

Researchers at Virginia Tech have developed a new scoring method for assessing beverage intake, the Healthy Beverage Index (HBI). In a report published in the Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics they describe how this tool can be used to more accurately evaluate dietary consumption of all types of fluids.

They found that higher HBI scores were associated with more favorable lipid profiles, decreased risk of hypertension; and, among men, better C-reactive protein (CRP) levels.

The authors would like this technique to be developed into a rapid assessment tool that might be used online to provide patients, doctors, and dietetics practitioners with accurate consumption information that could be used to encourage better eating behaviors.

Also, they will continue to refine the index over time as new information about healthy beverage choices becomes available.

Remember to discuss all Nutritional Recommendations with your Qualified Health Care Provider.

Surf to our Show Notes for more information – http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2015/07/150709180204.htm

http://podcasts.elsevierhealth.com/jand/jand_pc_115_7.mp4

Flexion-Extension Radiographs in Lumbar Spondylolisthesis

A recent Spine journal study was published to investigate and compare the use of 2 diagnostic modalities in the evaluation of stability in lumbar spondylolisthesis.

Evaluating potential instability in lumbar spondylolisthesis is significant to its management. Lateral lumbar flexion-extension (FE) radiograph is frequently obtained on the basis of a thought that this forward-backward movement can actually describe hypermobility at the listhetic segment.

However, simply comparing standard upright lumbar lateral radiograph (U) with a supine sagittal magnetic resonance image (S) (combined, US), something typically conducted for patients with lumbar spondylolisthesis, may also be used.

The study concluded that Upright/Sagittal may offer an easily available, alternative diagnostic modality in lumbar spondylolisthesis, with the potential of reducing both radiation exposure and costs. Further studies should focus on its influence in clinical decision making.

Surf to our Show Notes for details – http://journals.lww.com/spinejournal/Abstract/2015/08150/Utility_of_Flexion_Extension_Radiographs_in_Lumbar.13.aspx

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

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