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Using Research to Defend Chiropractic: Medicare Edition
Written by Editor   
Wednesday, September 03, 2014 02:47 PM

The best way for doctors of chiropractic (DCs) to respond is with facts, context and research.  When responding to attacks on the value of chiropractic care for Medicare patients and older adults specifically, DCs should be particularly conversant on two recent randomized trials: one on chronic low-back pain by Maria Hondras, DC, PhD, and colleagues and the other on chronic neck pain by a team led by Michele Maiers, DC, MPH. These were the first, and remain the only, randomized clinical trials on chiropractic care for older people. In light of the demographic bulge of the baby boomer generation now entering the Medicare rolls, these studies should be seen as an essential part of our outreach toolkit.

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Hospital-Employed Physicians Drive Up Costs
Written by Editor   
Wednesday, September 03, 2014 01:36 PM

The attorneys general (AGs) of 16 states warn that hospital employment of physicians, which is considered in many quarters to be the inevitable fate of medical practice, is driving up healthcare costs without necessarily improving the quality of care.

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Quality of U.S. Diet Improves, Slightly
Written by Editor   
Wednesday, September 03, 2014 01:22 PM

The quality of Americans' diets has improved somewhat but remains poor overall, and dietary disparity between the rich and poor is growing, a new study shows.  "The study provides the most direct evidence to date that the extensive efforts by many groups and individuals to improve U.S. dietary quality are having some payoff, but it also indicates that these efforts need to be expanded.

The new information came from data on more than 29,000 adults -- aged 20 to 85 -- who took part in the 1999 to 2010 National Health and Nutrition Examination Surveys. The quality of their diets was rated from 0 to 110, with a higher score indicating a healthier diet.

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Why Did Scrubs Start as Green or Blue
Written by Editor   
Wednesday, September 03, 2014 01:16 PM

When "scrubs" started out it seems that green or blue was the color of choice rather than the rainbow of colors we see today.  Why were scrubs green or blue?  Scrubs used to be white—the color of cleanliness.

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Low Carb Beats Low Fat for Weight Loss, CV Risk
Written by Editor   
Wednesday, September 03, 2014 12:49 PM

For weight loss and for reducing cardiovascular risk, cutting down on carbs was a more effective strategy than limiting fat intake in a randomized trial, researchers found.  They also had significantly greater increases in HDL cholesterol.  

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