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President Declares Opioid Crisis a Public Health Emergency
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Wednesday, November 01, 2017 07:18 AM

President Trump has declared the nation’s opioid addiction epidemic to be a “public health emergency," freeing up government agencies to put more resources toward fighting the epidemic.

“This epidemic is a national health emergency, unlike what we've seen in our lifetimes," Trump said. “As Americans, we cannot allow this to continue. It's time to liberate our communities from the scourge of drug addiction. We can be the generation that ends the opioid epidemic."

“That is why, effective today, my administration is officially declaring the opioid crisis a national public health emergency under federal law, and why I am directing all executive agencies to use every appropriate emergency authority to fight the opioid crisis," he said.

Because Trump declared the crisis to be a public health emergency rather than a national emergency, no additional funds can be allocated -- only existing funds can be used. However, "the administration is working closely with the Congress right now on an end-of-year budget deal. We expect that [funding for] this will be part of that conversation," a senior administration official said.

Texas Chiropractic College Board of Regents Announce Contract Extension for President Stephen Foster
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Tuesday, October 31, 2017 03:01 PM

The Texas Chiropractic College Board of Regents has announced this past week that it has agreed with Dr. Stephen Foster to extend the term of his employment through 2020.   

Prior to his extension, Dr. Stephen Foster was officially installed as the fifteenth president of Texas Chiropractic College on November 5, 2016. 

Chairman of the Board, Dr. Monte Blue said, "The board unanimously approved the extension of Dr. Foster's contract at our fall board meeting...we are very pleased with the direction TCC is going and credit this progress to Dr. Foster's leadership." 

Individualized Patient Care
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Friday, October 27, 2017 08:18 AM

Problems associated with care delivery are confounded by a number of patient/consumer factors, such as lifestyle habits, nutrition, body weight, depression, health literacy, geographical isolation and poor socioeconomic conditions.  

Matching the care, service and treatment with the individual patient will become an essential component of care services.  Health care practitioners involved in the triage and management of patients with persistent spinal pain will need to become more vigilant about individualizing and coordinating care for each patient.

Recurrent Cystitis? Drink More Water
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Thursday, October 26, 2017 07:13 AM

A few extra glasses of water a day could cut the risk of urinary tract infections for women plagued with recurrent episodes. In a randomized trial, drinking about three extra pints of water a day cut the risk of uncomplicated acute cystitis (AUC) by about half.  The extra water was also associated with fewer courses of antibiotics during the year-long study.

The finding is not really a surprise. Doctors have long been telling women to drink more water to prevent or help treat recurring AUC.  The idea makes sense, he said, because the conventional wisdom has been that disease-causing bacteria make their way from the vagina up the urethra to the bladder. Frequent flushing with urine can prevent the bacteria from sticking to bladder cells, growing, and causing disease.

After Joint Surgery, Little Increase in Activity Seen
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Wednesday, October 25, 2017 07:13 AM

Physical activity among patients was not increased in the six months following total knee or hip arthroplasty a systematic review found.  This despite improvements in pain and quality of life.

In a meta-analysis of seven studies, there was no significant increase in physical activity at six months post-surgery, yet at that point in time, major improvements were seen in pain.  Moreover, inactivity can worsen function and contribute to obesity, which in turn raises the risk for joint failure and the need for revision procedures.

Improvements in life expectancy and the increased societal importance place on maintaining mobility at older ages have contributed to an increased number of candidates for total knee arthroplasty and total hip arthroplasty.  An estimated 11 million Americans will have had one of these procedures by 2030.

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