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Monthly Archives: February, 2012

Snow shoveling and low back injuries

As I’m sitting in my office finishing my lunch I’m seeing a lot of snow falling here in New England, and here I thought it was going to be an early spring.  If you are going to be getting up tomorrow morning and snow shoveling you are putting yourself at risk of low back injury …

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Teenagers and sport concussions

Recent research shows that teenagers are more sensitive and have worse outcomes when they suffer sport concussions. It’s interesting to note that the research found that a first concussion will result in six months to a year of neurophysiological side effects, regardless of age category.  Dysfunction can be seen in working memory and the ability …

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Do we need 8 hours of continuous sleep?

Interesting and something to consider while also reading on the dangers of sleeping pills.  The well documented normal pattern of sleep before electricity was a couple hours after dusk to sleep 4 hours, then actually get up for 1-2 hours and read, pray, visit neighbors, etc., then go back to sleep for another 4 hour.  …

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Sleeping pills may pose higher death risk, cancer, heart disease

The British Journal of Medicine has recently published research stated that the regular use of sleeping pills may cause an increase in deaths due to cancer, heart disease, and other ailments.  The use of sleeping pills has expanded over 23% from 2006 to 2010 and generates $2 billion in yearly sales for the pharmaceutical  industry. …

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Bioengineered spinal disc implants

Low back and neck pain due to disc dysfunction is quite common, every year thousands will suffer due to this.  Surgery is usually the last alternative, after attempting other conservative treatments has failed.  Spinal disc replacement has been FDA approved in the US since about 2005 and has been shown to be superior to traditional …

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Lifestyle options a viable first line treatment for children with ADHD

Attention Hyperactivity Attention Disorder is increasingly being diagnosed in school age children, estimates say up to 3 to 10 percent are diagnosed.  The medications used to treat this disorder have side effects and their use is controversial in some.  This study, which was published in the January issue of the journal Focus on Alternative and …

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Vitamin D deficiency should be tested in kids at high risk

Vitamin D has been getting some attention in recent years.  It has been shown to be both a potent bolster to the immune system, and aids in certain diseases and overall health.  According to John’s Hopkins Children’s Center all children should be screened for risk factors and those who are high risk should have their …

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Dessert at breakfast? New study shows it helps keep long term weight off

My own personal experience over the past 23 years with clients and patients is that having a high carbohydrate meal at breakfast, even using high glycemic index foods, consistently provides better benefits to a weight loss program.  There are many factors at play, not the least of which are an increased insulin sensitivity in the …

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FDA links popular antidepressant with dangerous heart rhythym

Celexa is a class of antidepressant which is commonly used for depression.  The FDA is reporting that doses of greater than 40mg may trigger abnormal changes in the electrical activity of the heart.  Celexa has been labeled for use up to 60mg for certain patients even though studies have failed to show a benefit over …

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“Fracture putty” being designed for quick healing of bones.

Researchers at the University of Georgia Regenerative Bioscience Center are developing a “fracture putty” from adult stem cells that when applied dramatically speeds up the healing of a broken bone.  Currently it’s in animal trials, and the first applications may be for wounded soldiers but I’d expect it to filter down to the public if …

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