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Don't Think That You Can Affect Science?
Written by Brooke Shaw   
Tuesday, July 22, 2014 01:16 PM

Science has been popularized into becoming some complex statistical entity that only the "super smart" can comprehend and only the most complex research can identify new findings.  But science is little more than observation, theorization, experimentation and reproducibility, as this story shows.

When 12-year-old Lauren Arrington heard about her sixth-grade science project, she knew she wanted to study lionfish. Her project showed that the lionfish can survive in nearly fresh water. The results blew away professional ecologists. The invasive species has no predators on the Florida coast, so if they were to migrate upstream in rivers, they could pose a threat to the ecosystem.

"Scientists were doing plenty of tests on them, but they just always assumed they were in the ocean," Lauren noted. "So I was like, 'Well, hey guys, what about the river?'"

Pain and Opioid Use in U.S. Soldiers
Written by Editor   
Tuesday, July 22, 2014 10:26 AM

A study published in last month’s JAMA Internal Medicine found an alarming high prevalence of chronic pain (44.0%) and opioid use (15.1%) in the U.S. military after combat deployment. These rates, much higher than estimated rates in the general public (26% and 4%, respectively), remind us of the burdens faced by returning soldiers after deployments, and their urgent and unmet needs for managing chronic pain. Opioids alone cannot be the answer.

NCCAM has prioritized working with the military and Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to study nonpharmacologic approaches to managing pain. NCCAM Program Director Dr. Kristen Huntley has previously blogged about the Center’s interest in supporting research on complementary approaches for pain management in military and veteran populations and the Center’s three related funding opportunity announcements for researching nonpharmacologic approaches to managing pain and comorbid conditions.

TBCE Rules Committee to Meet July 29
Tuesday, July 22, 2014 06:49 AM

The Rules Committee of the Texas Board of Chiropractic Examiners will consider and act, if necessary, on matters within the jurisdiction of the Committee at a meeting on July 29, 2014, from 8:00 am to 11:00 am at the William P. Hobby Building, Tower 2, Room 225, at 333 Guadalupe, Austin, Texas 78701.  

The Rules Committee, chaired by Larry Montgomery, D.C., will consider the following agenda:

Standard Process Inc. Unveils New Website
Thursday, July 10, 2014 09:47 PM

Standard Process Inc. announces the launch of its newly redesigned corporate website New features on the site include a mobile responsive design, a locate a health care professional tool, and improved navigation. Customers of Standard Process will also find the online ordering process is now a much shorter two-step checkout.

“Our newly designed website offers our customers improvements they were asking for, such as the mobile responsive design,” said Julie Van Leirsburg, information technologies project manager for Standard Process. “We are thrilled to couple a vibrant new look to our website with an array of enhanced features.”

Other features of the new website include updated event and education search tools and more information about Standard Process’ supplements and product lines.

Standard Process manufactures nutritional supplements with whole food ingredients, many of which are grown on the company’s own certified organic farmland. The company sells its products through health care professionals. To see the redesigned site, visit

Painkiller Prescription Rates Vary Widely Among States
Written by Editor   
Tuesday, July 08, 2014 09:52 AM

U.S. health care providers wrote 259 million prescriptions for opioid painkillers in 2012, enough to give a bottle of the pills to every adult in the country.  A new report from the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention published Tuesday, shows prescribing rates vary widely by state. The highest rates are in the Southeast, led by Alabama. Providers in that state wrote 143 prescriptions for every 100 residents, while providers in Hawaii, the state with the lowest rate, wrote 52 for every 100 people, nearly three times fewer.  Other states with very high rates include Tennessee and West Virginia; states with low rates include California and New York.

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