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What is a Doctor?
Written by Jeff Jenkins   
Thursday, December 14, 2017 01:36 PM

The word “doctor” means ‘teacher.’  A doctor is meant firstly to teach him or her self. We were expected to read on our own, continually, throughout school and into the rest of our lives. 

That is why, among us, the number of papers we have published matters. It is proof we are still intellectually engaged, that we are thinking about applied human biology, and not just acting like knowledge parasites: learning what others discovered and using it.  If you’re a doctor, you’re supposed to be learning the rest of your life. Willingly, with dignity. Not pouting and declaring ultimatums and asking for rewards, like a kid going back to school after summer break. Doctors get no summer breaks. School is never out.

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Time for a Cultural Change
Written by Editor   
Wednesday, December 13, 2017 08:12 AM

Health systems need to do a better job of defining shared decision-making and getting doctors to use it. In school doctors are told to get rid of ambiguity and figure out what the “right” answer was for a patient’s problem. We buy into this myth that there is a right answer, but two people can choose differently and both be right for the same problem if it aligns with what’s important to them. We need to start a culture where conversation starts with what the reasonable treatment options are and why might people choose one over the other.

Healthcare professionals want the best care for their patients. This is not about a profession being the villain, but a question of attitudes. Are we achieving what could be achieved for the people we seek to serve?

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Drug Firm Founder Pleads Not Guilty to Opioid Conspiracy
Written by Editor   
Tuesday, December 12, 2017 08:33 AM

A pharmaceutical company founder accused of leading a conspiracy to bribe doctors to prescribe a powerful opioid pain medication will fight the charges against him and believes he will be vindicated.  John Kapoor, of Insys Therapeutics Inc., pleaded not guilty in Boston’s federal courthouse.  Kapoor, 74, and other Insys executives and managers are charged with offering kickbacks to doctors to write large numbers of prescriptions for the potent opioid that’s meant for cancer patients.

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Prevalence of Musculoskeletal Dysfunction in Infants Presenting for Chiropractic Care in Norway
Written by Editor   
Monday, December 11, 2017 12:51 PM

Mild to moderate musculoskeletal injuries (MSK) are common at birth, but frequently missed. Although these injuries are common, their association with quality of life conditions like sleeping, feeding or excessive crying may not always be understood in professional practice. However, birth injuries are implicated in infant complaints. For example, a difficult birth has the highest association with infant colic (now known as excessive crying) than any other factor. Further, birth injury is implicated in suboptimal breastfeeding. Early discontinuation is a trend if the mothers experience problems, discomfort or pain with feeding.  

  • In this study 66% of the infants had postural problems.
  • Neck hyperextension was present in 38%.
  • The inability to rotate their head equally side to side was present in 54%.
  • In total, 24% of the infants did not have the ability to sleep or lie comfortably supine.
  • Suboptimal breastfeeding was reported by 25% of parents, and
  • 12% of the mothers reported pain during feeding.
  • TMJ imbalance was identified in 19%. 
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Surgeon General's Take On Healthier Communities
Written by Editor   
Friday, December 08, 2017 07:38 AM

“Healthier communities tend to be more economically prosperous and more prosperous communities tend to be healthier,” said Surgeon General Jerome Adams, MD, MPH.  Adams argued, “Health insurance coverage is one part of the equation, but it’s not going to solve the problem if we don't focus upstream." 

Adams focused on the interplay between the economy and wellness. He noted, for example, that in some areas of the country, jobs remain open because employers can’t find individuals who can pass a drug test to fill the posts. "We've got to make sure that communities are more prosperous. So that people don't lose hope. If they can see that there’s an opportunity to go to something else besides self-medicating … ultimately that's the most upstream that we can go." The impact of the opioid crisis on the economy is an example, noting that many of the overdoses are “deaths of despair."

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