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"Know Your Herbal Supplier": Unlabeled Ingredients in Herbal Supplements Seen Causing Liver Injury
Written by Editor   
Wednesday, November 15, 2017 02:44 PM

Herbal products and supplements are frequently mislabeled and may contain unlisted ingredients that are harmful to the liver, researchers said.

Of 272 herbal dietary supplements analyzed, 51% had inaccurate labels in which some or all of the listed ingredients were not detected in the product. “Herbal supplements are a common cause of liver injury,” one research stated.  “There are lots of products that are difficult to identify what they are and what they’re used for.” In 20% of cases, the injury was caused by dietary supplement. Many of the products are sold as body-building supplements or weight-loss supplements.

“A lot of the literature tells us supplements can be mislabeled or adulterated" -- the latter occurring when something is secretly included to support the purpose for which it is being marketed, such as for sexual enhancement, he added.

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Executive Director’s Message: November 2017
Written by Jeff Jenkins   
Wednesday, November 15, 2017 11:53 AM
Thanksgiving is one of my favorite times of year. Family, friends and lots of good food!
 
It’s also the perfect time to give thanks and that’s the main purpose of my ED Message. First of all, I want to thank you, our members, for supporting YOUR state association through your membership and active involvement. 
 
Over the past year, the Texas chiropractic community pulled together and the end result was the most mind-blowing legislative session in decades. Getting four pro-chiropractic bills signed into law just doesn’t happen without hard work behind the scenes. We share these victories with every one of you who showed up at TCA Legislative Day in Austin and met, called and/or emailed a state legislator during the past session. You spread the message of chiropractic throughout the State Capitol and won us many friends along the way. Let’s keep it going ... we know we must raise the bar even higher for the next legislative session in 2019!
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CMS to Ease Physician Burden, Give More Patient Time
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Wednesday, November 15, 2017 07:41 AM

The Trump administration wants to give doctors more time with patients by rolling back the regulatory requirements foisted on physicians over the years.

"I'd like to think of regulatory reform in terms of painting a house," said Seema Verma, administrator for the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.

"Typically, repainting needs to occur every few years, and before you do it, you need to strip the layers of paint underneath," she continued during a meeting with hospital, physician and other healthcare stakeholders held at the agency's Washington office. "Unfortunately, during past administrations CMS has been simply applying new layers of paint without taking this essential step."

Verma announced the launch of a "Patients over Paperwork" initiative, geared towards scrapping or reducing regulations while lowering healthcare costs and enhancing patient care.

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Wanted, a Few Good Providers
Written by Editor   
Tuesday, November 14, 2017 01:38 PM

Sufficient research evidence and recommendations are documented in published guidelines, frameworks and models of care to inform clinical practice and the care of chronic spinal pain worldwide. 

The gap in care services is not the availability of prescription medication or allied health services, but rather the coordinated, multidisciplinary provision of care services by health care practitioners with an interest and skill in pain management. 

The challenge of our time is ensuring early access of patients with chronic spinal pain to care, coordinated practitioner teamwork and the application of the correct level of care individualized to the patient. 

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Ex-Pharma Exec to Head HHS
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Tuesday, November 14, 2017 07:27 AM

Former pharmaceutical company executive Alex Azar II is being nominated by President Trump to head the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and to preside over either the elimination or implementation of the Affordable Care Act (ACA).

Azar served as the HHS department’s general counsel from 2001 to 2005 in the George W. Bush administration and then as its deputy secretary, the number-two position, from 2005 to 2007.

It's his last high-profile job as president of Lilly USA, the largest affiliate of drugmaker Eli Lilly, however, that has raised the most eyebrows. If confirmed by the Senate, Azar will be Trump's lead person in dealing with Big Pharma. Azar worked at Eli Lilly for a decade after his stint at HHS.

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