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Hot Topic: RTX
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Tuesday, December 11, 2018 11:54 AM

Resiniferatoxin (RTX) is a hot topic among those looking for opioid alternatives. How hot? It scores 16 billion units on the Scoville scale that measures the hotness of peppers and spicy food. That makes RTX 10,000 times hotter than the hottest known pepper, the Carolina reaper. 

Found in a species of the spurge flowering plants native to Morocco known as Euphorbia resinifera or resin spurge.  It occurs on the slopes of the Atlas Mountains.  RTX is not only fiery, it's accurate. It can target and destroy nerve endings for pain, and for pain only.  Unlike opiates, the chemical only attaches to a pain-sensing molecule called TRPV1. This means, if you have a pain in your toe, RTX wouldn’t numb your entire foot.  RTX directly interacts with afferent nerve cells without affecting other sensations such as touch, pressure. It is currently the most potent TRPV1 agonist known.  The dried latex of the plant has been used as ancient medicine since at least its first written record from the time of Roman Emperor Augustus.

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ACA Publishes Diversity Statement
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Tuesday, December 11, 2018 08:01 AM

The American Chiropractic Association (ACA) has published a statement on diversity that acknowledges the importance that cultural competency plays in the chiropractic profession’s ability to deliver quality health care, improve patient outcomes and engage in public health initiatives.

“ACA acknowledges cultural agility as a foundation for competent healthcare delivery to improve patient outcomes and engage in public health initiatives,” the statement reads in part. “ACA defines cultural agility as having enhanced skills and knowledge of the needs of a multicultural society and requiring a commitment to inclusion that begins with broader concepts of diversity.”

In its statement, ACA also notes that diversity encompasses, “without limitation, race, color, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, religion, nationality, age, disability, socioeconomic status and marital and parental status.”

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Be Aware: Acute Flaccid Myelitis
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Monday, December 10, 2018 06:58 PM

Acute flaccid myelitis (AFM) is a very rare condition that affects a person’s spinal cord marked by the sudden onset of weakness in the arms or legs. 

AFM can be difficult to diagnose because it shares symptoms with several other neurologic conditions. All suspected cases of AFM are reviewed by the CDC to determine if they meet the case definition. It can take about a month for the status of a case to be determined. CDC data shows a pattern of increased AFM cases in late summer to early fall of every other year beginning in August 2014. Texas providers have reported 46 cases of AFM since 2014. Most of the cases occur in children.

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Introduced Legislation: HB 455, 460, 461
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Sunday, December 09, 2018 08:44 PM

Some legislative bills are already being filed for the upcoming legislative session.  We will begin to report here on bills that may touch upon the chiropractic profession.

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TBCE Proposes Continuing Education Change
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Sunday, December 09, 2018 06:53 PM

The Texas Board of Chiropractic Examiners (Board) proposes repealing Rule 73.1 (Continuing Education) and to replace it at the same time with an updated new rule regarding continuing education.

While much of the rule remains similar to its previous version, the new proposal now adds two definitions that are applied to “continuing education.”  

The first defines “live-format” courses as ”any educational course that is not pre-recorded and is presented in real time through an interactive medium such as a live webinar or at an in-person training event.”  

The second defines an “online course” as “any pre-recorded or live format educational course that is delivered through an internet-based platform. All online courses shall have the means to verify attendance through testing on the material presented or other approved format.”

And now, while  “the 16 hours of continuing education may be completed through any course or seminar elected by the licensee that has been approved by the Board,” another change is that “a licensee must attend any course designated as a ‘TBCE Required Course’ in a live format, and the course may be counted as part of the 16 hour requirement."

The new proposal would also limit licensees to “up to ten hours of online courses that are not live format."

The newly proposed Rule §73.1, Continuing Education reads:

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