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Lifestyle as Prevention and Treatment

‘Lifestyle interventions such as maintaining an ideal body weight to prevent obesity, regular exercises, avoidance of smoking and alcohol abuse, intake of a balanced diet and nutrients to include adequate calcium and vitamin D, modification of the work environment and avoidance of certain repetitive activities will prevent or ameliorate disorders such as osteoarthritis, osteoporosis, rheumatoid arthritis, gout and… Read More »

Back Pain Associated With Widespread Pain

Low back pain (LBP) needs to be viewed not as a regional pain disorder but as part of a more general and widespread pain problem and this needs to be reflected in the diagnosis and management of patients. However, LBP and indeed musculoskeletal pain in general are associated with problems in other body systems as well. Patients with… Read More »

Manual Therapy Improves Standing Balance

Dynamic standing balance is fundamental to perform daily activities. Balance impairment occurs in up to 75% of people aged 70 years and older and is common in people with neurological and musculoskeletal disorders such as stroke and arthritis. Given the high prevalence of balance impairments and their potential impact on function, interventions to improve balance are an important public health… Read More »

Is Acetaminophen Really Safe During Pregnancy?

Counter-intuitively, over-the-counter medication is commonly taken by pregnant women. In this context, acetaminophen (APAP, e.g. Paracetamol, Tylenol) is generally recommended by physicians to treat fever and pain during pregnancy. Thus, acetaminophen ranks at the top of the list of medications taken prenatally. Insights on an increased risk for pregnancy complications such as miscarriage, stillbirth, preterm birth or fetal malformations… Read More »

Psychological Interventions, Wellness and Brain

Psychological interventions are a mainstay of modern pain management and many psychological treatments have been developed for common mental problems and disorders such as depression and anxiety. The efficacy and effectiveness of psychological interventions has been well established. It is important to note however that psychology interventions can be effective in the enhancement of subjective well-being and psychological… Read More »

Probiotics: cold and flu defense

The common cold and influenza are two of the most common respiratory tract infections.  Though the causative factor in these two distinct cases is viral, they are often treated with antibiotics. Antibiotic resistance, which is in large part attributed to antibiotic overuse, has encouraged investigators to seek for alternative methods for either preventing or treating the common cold… Read More »

Increased Mortality With Sitting

Risk of death increases with greater sitting time. Prolonged sitting has been engineered into our lives across many settings, including transportation, the workplace, and the home. There is new evidence that too much sitting is adversely associated with health outcomes, including cardio-metabolic risk biomarkers, type 2 diabetes and premature mortality. Importantly, these detrimental associations remain even after accounting… Read More »

Patient Harms with Hospital Care – New Study

Previously, based on 1984 data developed from reviews of medical records of patients treated in New York hospitals, the Institute of Medicine estimated that up to 98,000 Americans die each year from medical errors. A new study published in the September, 2013 issue of the Journal of Patient Safety used modern data to re-estimate harms associated with medical… Read More »