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Feds Seek Alternative for Opioids
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Thursday, October 02, 2014 02:34 PM

The National Institutes of Health and the Department of Veterans Affairs this week announced that they will launch a five-year, $21.7 million initiative to study the effectiveness of alternative therapies to opioids.  Nearly half of all troops returning home from Afghanistan and Iraq are suffering from chronic pain, more than double the civilian population, according to the Journal of the American Medical Association. Many of those veterans have been prescribed opioids.  

The joint research program includes studies on the use of morning light treatments, managing chronic lower-back pain, the symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder, and the use of chiropractors, self-hypnosis and meditation to reduce pain, said Josephine P. Briggs, director of the National Center of Complementary and Alternative Medicine at NIH.

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Nurses Sue Hospital Over Mandatory Flu Shots
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Thursday, October 02, 2014 02:17 PM

The Massachusetts Nurses Association sued Brigham and Women’s Hospital this week, seeking to block a policy not yet in effect that would require nurses to get flu shots if they want to keep working there.

The Massachusetts Nurses Association, the union representing 3,200 nurses at the Brigham, said in its lawsuit that the hospital’s mandate, which could lead to the firing of employees who refuse vaccination, violates a state regulation that explicitly bars hospitals from requiring employees to the receive vaccine if they don’t want it, regardless of the reason.  The spokesman for the nurses’ union, called the regulation “crystal clear:  Every employee has a right to decline,” he said. “All they have to do is sign a form. They don’t have to give a reason.”

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ACA URGES CHIROPRACTIC PROFESSION, PATIENTS TO MAKE VOICES HEARD ON CAMPAIGN TRAIL
Tuesday, September 30, 2014 07:24 PM

 Active presence required to ensure chiropractic is at forefront of healthcare debate; Association launches voter resource page www.acatoday.org/gotv

As the congressional mid-term campaigns begin to heat up, the American Chiropractic Association is asking all doctors of chiropractic, chiropractic patients, and anyone else with an interest in chiropractic care, to become inherently aware of the high stakes associated with this year's election and to help make chiropractic's presence known.

Candidates are starting to become more involved and will become even more visible leading up to Election Day, November 4th.  Read more here and be sure to go to www.acatoday.org/gotv for Get Out the Vote information, resources and other vital material to help Back Chiropractic, VOTE 2014!
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This is too important
Thursday, September 25, 2014 12:39 PM

We're down to less than 30 days before voting begins for the November 4th general election.  

Donate NOW! 

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The Smart-Phone-Watch and the Practice of Medicine
Written by Editor   
Wednesday, September 24, 2014 03:47 PM

In an article entitled Silicon Valley Primer on the Democratization of Medicine it is noted that at the Health 2.0 Annual Fall Conference held in Silicon Valley, the effect of new technology on the Doctor–Patient relationship was explored.  The article states "we are moving quickly to a doctorless patient model for some things."  Patient diagnostics and monitoring are examples that will "largely be done by the consumer, and the doctor will be involved in treating and healing and care, with a little bit of diagnosis and monitoring."  

One of the most familiar objects of modern day, the smartphone, is driving much of this "shift in the partnership of patients and doctors."  It and similar technologies are doing that by granting consumers the power, increasingly, to take on tasks traditionally in the clinician's domain. A series of tools are now available and evolving — the digital drivers of the democratization of healthcare.  Sensors that will ultimately provide consumers with core information from any medical examination: vital signs such as heart rate, respiration rate, body temperature, and blood pressure.

One will have to wonder what the TMA will think about the consumer reaching his own diagnosis, or of a patient coming to see a doctor of chiropractic with a full set of digital data ready to be reviewed.  Will "checking your smart-phone-watch" constitute the practice of medicine?

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