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In this week’s news: We’ll Be Looking At –
- Exercise and Aging
- And Finally, a Story about the American Chiropractic Association Seeking Full Physician Status
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Welcome to HealthBeat Podcast #528 recorded November 6, 2015.
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Exercise and Aging
Short leukocyte telomere length (LTL) has become a hallmark characteristic of aging. Some, but not all, evidence suggests that physical activity (PA) may play an important role in attenuating age-related diseases and may provide a protective effect for telomeres.
The purpose of a study published in the journal Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise, was to examine the association between physical activity and leukocyte telomere length in a national sample of US adults from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey.
This survey, the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey, accumulated data from 1999 to 2002. Four self-report questions related to movement-based behaviors (MBB) were assessed. The four MBB included whether individuals participated in moderate-intensity physical activity, vigorous-intensity physical activity, walking/cycling for transportation, and muscle-strengthening activities.
The study concluded that greater engagement in movement-based behaviors was associated with reduced odds of being in the lowest leukocyte telomere length tertile.
Remember to discuss all Exercise related activities with your Qualified Health Care Professional.
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ACA Seeks Full Physician Status
The American Chiropractic Association (ACA) has launched a national grassroots effort to eliminate a blatantly anti-competitive provision of Medicare law that arbitrarily limits reimbursement for medically necessary services delivered by doctors of chiropractic (DCs).
The statutory change ACA seeks would define DCs as “physicians” under Section 1861 of the Social Security Act for the provisioning of any existing Medicare covered service that falls within the scope of practice of an individual DC as defined by their applicable state law.
The centerpiece of ACA’s campaign will focus on generating a robust level of patient grassroots support aimed at Congress that seeks to ensure that Medicare beneficiaries have full access to a broader range of covered services provided by chiropractic physicians than current law permits.
The level of support needed will be largely generated via the distribution of a National Medicare Equality Petition that will raise awareness of how the current Medicare system shortchanges seniors who want and need the essential services provided by DCs to stay healthy, pain free and mobile.
According to ACA President Anthony Hamm, DC. – “Studies have shown that essential services provided by chiropractic physicians can help aging Americans live healthier lives, yet every day our nation’s seniors are being unjustly denied reimbursement for Medicare-covered services by chiropractic physicians that could improve their quality of life,”
Doctors and patients who wish to support the campaign may access the equality petition at www.acatoday.org/equality.
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For Chiropractic OnLine Today’s HealthBeat, This has been
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