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Victims of Cancer Doctor Could Receive $4.1M
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Saturday, November 25, 2017 05:56 PM

An expert is recommending approval of $4.1 million in claims, including $2 million in funeral costs, filed by victims of a Detroit-area doctor who committed fraud by putting hundreds of patients through needless cancer treatments.  The medical doctor is serving a 45-year prison sentence for fraud, money laundering and conspiracy. He admitted putting patients through grueling chemotherapy — even when they didn’t have cancer. Attorneys said 81% of 741 claims are fully or partly eligible for restitution.

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New Blood Pressure Treatment Guidelines
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Friday, November 24, 2017 09:07 AM

New blood pressure guidelines have been issued by the American College of Cardiology and the American Heart Association.   In a 192 page document FOUND HERE.

Various studies indicate chiropractic care can be an effective nonpharmacological therapy for hypertension (see sources below).

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Clinical Prediction Rules Screen Cervical Spine Injury in Low-risk Patients
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Wednesday, November 22, 2017 09:23 AM

To update findings of the 2000-2010 Bone and Joint Decade Task Force on Neck Pain and its Associated Disorders (Neck Pain Task Force) researched the validity and reliability of clinical prediction rules used to screen for cervical spine injury in alert low-risk adult patients with blunt trauma to the neck. The authors of this study searched four databases from 2005 to 2015. 

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Improper Medicare payments drop by nearly $5 billion
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Tuesday, November 21, 2017 04:26 PM

The CMS has reported that the rate of improper payments doled out by Medicare is the lowest it’s been since 2013, accounting for less than 10% of overall Medicare payments.

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Regular Use of Medication for Musculoskeletal Pain and Risk of Long-term Absence
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Sunday, November 19, 2017 10:15 PM

The aim of this study was to determine the prospective association between use of pain medication – due to musculoskeletal pain in the low back, neck/shoulder and hand/wrist – and long-term sickness absence.  The study concludes that regular use of pain medication due to musculoskeletal pain is prospectively associated with long-term sickness absence (LTSA) even when adjusted for pain intensity.

This study suggests that use of pain medication can be an important factor to be aware of in the prevention of sickness absence. Thus, regular use of pain medication – and not solely the intensity of pain – can be an early indicator that musculoskeletal pain can lead to serious consequences such as long-term sickness absence.

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