Show Notes for May 6, 2016

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 –

  • Smartphones and Spinal Surgery
  • And Finally, a Story about Pro- and Anti-Inflammatory Cytokines and Lumbar Radicular Pain

For HealthBeat …. This is Dr. Todd Eglow!

Welcome to HealthBeat Podcast #549 recorded May 6, 2016.

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Smartphones and Spinal Surgery

The increased utilization of smartphones together with their downloadable applications (apps) provides opportunity for doctors, including spinal surgeons, to integrate such technology into clinical practice.

However, the clinical reliability of the medical app sector remains questionable.

The authors of the study, published in the European Spine Journal, reviewed available apps themed specifically towards spinal surgery and related conditions and assessed the level of medical professional involvement in their design and content.

A total of 78 individual spinal surgery themed apps were identified, of which there were six duplicates.

This is the first study to specifically address the characteristics of apps related to spinal surgery. The authors of the study found that nearly half of spinal surgery apps had no named medical professional involvement, raising concerns over app content and evidence base for their use.

The authors of the study recommend increased regulation of spinal surgical apps to improve the accountability of app content.

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Pro- and Anti-Inflammatory Cytokines and Lumbar Radicular Pain

The factors influencing the presence or absence of pain in sciatica secondary to disc herniation remain incompletely understood.

The authors of a study, published in the European Spine Journal hypothesized that the imbalance in inflammatory cytokines is implicated in the generation of pain.

In the study, serum levels of pro-inflammatory and anti-inflammatory cytokines were investigated among patients with severe sciatica; the serum levels were compared with those of patients with mild sciatica and healthy subjects.

In this prospective study, blood protein levels of the pro-inflammatory cytokines, namely, interleukin-6 (IL-6), interleukin-8 (IL-8),and tumor necrosis factor-α (TNF-α), and the anti-inflammatory cytokines, namely, interleukin-4 (IL-4) and interleukin-10 (IL-10), were analyzed through ELISA.

Results of the study found that:

  • IL-6 protein was detected in the three groups;
  • Median levels of IL-8 in sciatica patients were higher than those of the healthy controls;
  • TNF-α protein values were approximately twofold higher in the severe sciatica group than in the mild sciatica group;
  • Median levels of IL-4 were about 2.5-fold higher in mild sciatica;
  • Median protein levels of IL-10 showed a trend to be higher in patients with mild sciatica compared with severe sciatica

The study concluded that these findings support the author’s hypothesis that sciatica pain is accompanied by the imbalance in inflammatory cytokines.

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