Chiropractic Health and Wellness Month
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Wednesday, September 24, 2014 11:19 AM

Oregon Governor John Kitzhaber recently signed a proclamation declaring October 2014 as “Oregon Chiropractic Health and Wellness Month.”

“A seven-year prospective follow-up study analyzing 70,274 member-months of patients managed by doctors of chiropractic resulted in an 85 percent reduction in drug costs, 62 percent reduction in MRIs and surgeries, 60.2 percent reduction of, in hospital admissions, and a 59 percent reduction in hospital stays,” writes Kitzhaber.

The proclamation comes as University of Western States (UWS) celebrates 110 years of leadership in educating health care professionals. The university, founded in 1904, was the first educational institution offering a doctor of chiropractic degree in Oregon. The university has expanded over the past 110 years and now offers a master’s degree in exercise and sports science with four new concentrations, human nutrition and functional medicine and diagnostic imaging; and a massage therapy certification program.

Lifestyle Study Finds Significant Heart Benefit
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Tuesday, September 23, 2014 04:54 PM

Adhering to a healthy diet and lifestyle could prevent as many as four out of five heart attacks in men, according to a population-based, prospective cohort study of Swedish men.

Practicing just two of five low-risk behaviors -- a healthy diet and moderate alcohol consumption -- was associated with a relative risk of 0.65 for myocardial infarction (MI) compared with men who practiced none of the low-risk behaviors.  Following all five low-risk factors -- refraining from smoking, being physically active and having no abdominal adiposity, in addition to the other two -- was associated with a relative risk of 0.14.  "This combination of healthy behaviors, present in 1% of the men, could prevent 79% of the MI events on the basis of the study population," researchers said.  Programs that target men and encourage them to adhere to these behaviors -- even just two of them -- could have a large impact on the burden of disease.

Acupuncture Calms Arthritis Pain, Increases Mobility
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Tuesday, September 23, 2014 04:49 PM

Acupuncture reduces pain and improves functional mobility for patients with osteoarthritis. Researchers from the University of Manitoba, Canada, conducted a meta-analysis of 12 trials consisting of 1,763 patients with osteoarthritis.

The study finds acupuncture effective in reducing pain intensity levels, increasing mobility and improving quality of life scores. A subgroup analysis reveals that patients receiving acupuncture treatments for intervention periods greater than 4 weeks have greater reductions in pain intensity levels than patients receiving acupuncture over a shorter duration of time.

Palmer Grad Part of Newly Announced VA Chiropractic Residency Training
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Tuesday, September 23, 2014 03:46 PM

The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) recently announced the inaugural selections to the VA’s new “Chiropractic Care Residency Training Program,” which include Amanda Dluzniewski, DC, Palmer San Jose campus alumna, among the initial five appointments..

The pilot program will be located at five VA health centers throughout the U.S., and includes funding for up to six full-time resident positions in the first year (2014), with initial funding planned for three years.

Dluzniewski (pictured, left) began her assignment Canandaigua VA Medical Center in New York in July, and she is equally excited and honored about her appointment.

Healthy Lifestyle Changes Linked to Reduced Risk for Dementia
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Tuesday, September 23, 2014 03:42 PM

Managing diabetes, quitting smoking, controlling high blood pressure, exercising and maintaining a healthy weight can reduce the risk for dementia -- even late in life, according to new research.

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