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.

Eye-Tracking Technology Shows Concussion Severity
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Tuesday, September 23, 2014 02:24 PM

Every 8 seconds in the United States, someone gets a serious blow to the head from a fall, accident, or collision, she said. "We can't tell how badly they're hurt. Sometimes we can't even tell if they're hurt at all."  The best technologies — CT and MRI — generally don't detect concussion. The brain may appear normal even when it's not functioning normally.  And even if a physician knows there's a brain injury, it's hard to tell whether the injury is getting better over time.

A recent study started with the theory that less severely injured patients would be able to watch television, whereas those more severely injured would stare into space software to track people's pupils as they follow action on a screen was developed an then eye movement of people with brain injuries and eye movement from a healthy control group was compared.  Researchers tracked whether people's eyes were able to stick with a focal point as it moved. If an eye lagged behind another for even a fraction of a second, the software detected it.

The results showed a clear difference in the eye function of a healthy person and one with a brain injury.  

OIG Auditing Chiropractic Records
Friday, September 19, 2014 12:38 PM

The ACA was recently notified that the Office of Inspector General (OIG)* is currently conducting a nationwide review of the chiropractic profession.  Doctors of chiropractic have received letters requesting records for services provided during calendar year 2013. It is critical that all doctors of chiropractic who receive a letter from the OIG responds with the requested documentation and by the specified deadline. 

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