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ACA to Discuss Important Chiropractic Issues at State Legislative Conference
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Thursday, August 03, 2017 08:17 AM

ACA will join more than 1,000 policymakers from across the country next week at the National Conference of State Legislatures’ annual legislative summit in Boston. This forum serves as an excellent opportunity for ACA to discuss important issues both on the state and national levels with legislators and staff.

NCSL's mission is to:

  • Improve the quality and effectiveness of state legislatures.
  • Promote policy innovation and communication among state legislatures.
  • Ensure state legislatures a strong, cohesive voice in the federal system.
Patients, Trust and the Internet
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Thursday, August 03, 2017 08:06 AM

The internet is having an impact upon the level of trust a patient has in a doctor’s diagnosis.  A study presented at the 2017 Pediatric Academic Societies suggests that doctor/patient trust and the drive to a second opinion might be more fragile than previously thought.  It can impact the trust that has been established with a physician and even change the care pathway.

F4CP Supports Opioid Commission Recommendation: Declare Opioid Epidemic National Emergency
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Tuesday, August 01, 2017 04:27 PM

The Foundation for Chiropractic Progress, the leading voice of the chiropractic profession, strongly endorses recommendations from the White House panel examining the nation's ongoing Opioid crisis to declare the epidemic as a national public health emergency. 

“The chiropractic profession has long recognized the dangers of prescription opioid use and abuse, and has tirelessly advocated for drug-free strategies for patient care," says Sherry McAllister, DC, executive vice president, F4CP.

Canadian Medical Association's Guideline for Opioid Therapy and Chronic Noncancer Pain
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Tuesday, August 01, 2017 07:30 AM

The harms associated with opioid therapy are substantial. Although the evidence supports dose limits for patients beginning opioid therapy, those currently receiving high-dose opioid therapy constitute a distinct population, and tapering efforts should be individualized and should consider patients’ values and preferences.

This guideline recommends:

  • Optimization of nonopioid pharmacotherapy and nonpharmacologic therapy, rather than a trial of opioids, for patients with chronic noncancer pain.

  • Patients with chronic noncancer pain may be offered a trial of opioids only after they have been optimized on nonopioid therapy, including nondrug measures.

Relative Energy Deficiency in Sport (RED-S)
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Monday, July 31, 2017 07:11 AM

In 1992, the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) encouraged and supported scientific inquiry into and public awareness of a condition that became known as the Female Athlete Triad.  The hallmark components of the triad include eating disorders, functional hypothalamic amenorrhea and osteoporosis. A person diagnosed with the triad may present with one, two or three component conditions. In high school athletes, the prevalence can be as high as 60% for a single diagnosis, 27% for two, and 16% for all three elements. Despite a high prevalence of component conditions physicians lack a widespread knowledge about the triad diagnosis and clinical management options.

The term “Female Athlete Triad” is misleading because the condition can occur in males, females, athletes and non-athletes. Also, the “triad” can present as a single condition or two to three co-existing conditions. In 2015, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) introduced a revised term for the condition called Relative Energy Deficiency in Sport (RED-S). RED-S includes a broader scope of related conditions and removes the female emphasis. Disorders arising from RED-S can include: abnormal metabolic rate, menstrual dysfunction, bone disorders such as low mineral density and stress fracture, depressed immunity status, abnormal protein synthesis, cardiovascular dysfunction and compromised psychological health. RED-S can be thought of as a constellation of conditions arising from nutrient deficiency relative to physical activity demands.

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