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America's Pain-Pill Epidemic
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Wednesday, September 03, 2014 12:00 AM

Pain has become the most common reason that people see doctors--more than 100 million Americans are reported to suffer from chronic pain, a number that exceeds the combined total of people suffering from diabetes, heart disease, cancer, dementia and stroke.  

The pain-relieving properties of opium have been known for thousands of years, but because of its dangerous side effects and addictive properties, it has generally been reserved for more severe forms of acute pain. This changed in the mid-90s when doctors became more lax about prescribing opioids over a longer period of time. Pharmaceutical companies launched marketing campaigns, and medical use of opioids in the US increased tenfold over the next two decades. This was a gamble between relieving the pain of patients and the risk of overuse.  Mounting evidence suggests that long-term opioid drug use triggers a vicious circle of continued pain and addiction. 

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Surgery No Help for Mild Knee OA
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Wednesday, September 03, 2014 12:00 AM

Arthroscopic surgery for degenerative meniscal tears in patients with mild knee osteoarthritis had no benefit for function or pain, a meta-analysis determined.

The results of this meta-analysis suggest that "an initial trial of non-operative interventions should play a large role for middle-aged patients," authors asserted.

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FDA Warns of Liver Damage from Drugs
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Wednesday, September 03, 2014 12:00 AM

The Food and Drug Administration has released a two-page consumer fact sheet entitled "Sometimes Drugs and the Liver Don't Mix."  The FDA's fact sheet includes:

The liver is a remarkable organ. It turns the nutrients in our diets to substances the body can use and converts toxins into harmless substances or makes sure they are removed from the body.

When the liver is working well, our metabolism hums along in equilibrium. But drugs and dietary supplements can sometimes wreak havoc with that system, leading to dangerous liver problems. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is working to prevent drug-induced liver injuries.

“It is challenging to predict how drugs will affect the liver because each patient is different in how they respond to a given drug. Our goal is to prevent the toxicity of drugs.”

Acute liver failure is a rapid deterioration of the organ’s ability to function. Data suggest that prescription and over-the-counter drugs (OTC) and dietary supplements cause more acute liver failure cases than all other reasons combined.

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DCs Still Being Imprisoned Worldwide
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Wednesday, September 03, 2014 12:00 AM

An article in the September 2014, issue of ACAnews titled Jailed: In Some Countries, DCs are Imprisoned reports that chiropractic continues to face the age-old battle of "practicing medicine without a license" worldwide.  The report states "Although international acceptance of chiropractic has improved dramatically over the past few decades, some nations still routinely harass, penalize and even imprison doctors of chiropractic for practicing."  Surprisingly, these are not emerging nations.  The two worst offenders are South Korea and Taiwan.

In the 1990s, the practice of chiropractic was unregulated and regarded as the illegal practice of medicine in the major European countries.  In some counties such as France, Italy and Spain where DCs were occasionally arrested or fined.  Now, many of these countries have laws that recognize and legalize chiropractic practice. The medical monopoly is being challenged by patients who want more alternatives for many of their healthcare needs.

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Dr. Stephanie Mills Crowned Ms. America
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Saturday, August 23, 2014 05:22 PM

Dr. Stephanie Mills from New Hampshire was thrilled to be crowned Ms. America on August 9, 2014. Dr. Stephanie is ecstatic to have the opportunity to travel, make appearances and participate in community service nationally and internationally as Ms. America 2014.


 

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