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Monthly Archives: May 2009

Flu Vacine and Asthma

By |May 21, 2009|Research, Uncategorized|

Here’s an except from with the original presentation information;

Children Who Get Flu Vaccine Have Three Times Risk Of Hospitalization For Flu, Study Suggests

ScienceDaily (2009-05-20) — The inactivated flu vaccine does not appear to be effective in preventing influenza-related hospitalizations in children, especially the ones with asthma. In fact, children who get the flu vaccine are more at risk for hospitalization than their peers who do not get the vaccine, according to new research. While these findings do raise questions about the efficacy of the vaccine, they do not in fact implicate it as a cause of hospitalizations, according to researchers.

Original presentation made at the American Thoracic Society’s International Conference in San Diego, CA (May 15-20, 2009):

Flu Vaccination in Asthmatics: Does It Work?
Am J Respir Crit Care Med 179;2009:A5118

Viruses Can Survive For Centuries or Millenium

By |May 21, 2009|Prevention, Research|

Interesting and timely post on Wired Science yesterday. Virii have been found to remain virulent for centuries, and could potentially for millenium, in the frozen lakes of Siberia. This is likely due to the configuration or “anatomy” of a virus particle. You can read more of the report about a presentation made at the American Society for Microbiology meeting in Philadelphia.

Flu Pandemics May Lurk in Frozen Lakes

Research And Your Bottom Line

By |May 16, 2009|General, News, Research|

How often has this happened in your practice? You submit an insurance claim, only to receive a denial, labeling the treatment or diagnostic testing you conducted as “observational” or “investigational.” It’s a response familiar to many doctors of chiropractic.

“This is happening so frequently now,” says Charles Herring, DC, president of the Foundation for Chiropractic Education and Research (FCER). “Someone representing the insurance company does a literature search and writes up a policy position stating that X is not a covered benefit, because it’s been determined from the literature [to be] an observational or investigational service.”

These documents, usually called “clinical policy bulletins,” mean that even before your claim can be considered, you have to come up with scientific literature to effectively counter the insurance company’s ruling.

That’s what our Research Section is for. It’s a vast collection of articles supporting the documented benefits of chiropractic care.

Would you like to read the rest of the Research and your Bottom Line article?

Chiropractic Is Past the Demonstration Project Stage

By |May 14, 2009|News|

By Bonnie S. Hillsberg, DC, MHA, MEd; guest author for Rand Baird, DC, MPH, FICA, FICC

Source Dynamic Chiropractic

On Jan. 5, 2009, the U.S. Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) announced yet another chiropractic demonstration project. Haven’t we been there before? Isn’t this the third demonstration project? Why a demonstration project after full facts, research and empirical evidence indicate that chiropractic works and is already a fixture of the public health delivery system in the United States? Isn’t it time we were included as a permanent part of the National Health Service Corps?

What More Do We Need to Prove?

For more than 100 years, chiropractors have raised awareness of musculoskeletal and structural issues impacting the health of our society. The chiropractic profession has made valiant efforts to join with our communities to actively support public health programs. As professional health care providers, chiropractors promote the impact of structure on health, prevention and wellness.

Melanin Production and Tobacco Use, Dependence, and Exposure

By |May 9, 2009|News, Research|

The June 2009 issue of Pharmacology Biochemistry and Behavior includes a study looking at a link between melanin production as a result of UV exposure and tobacco use in African Americans. Although the findings established a correlation, repeated studies are needed to verify their results. They go on to hypothesize that this correlation may be responsible for the stronger addiction to tobacco use that has been previously noted in darker skinned individuals. From the abstract;

Link between facultative melanin and tobacco use among African Americans
Gary King, Valerie B. Yerger, Guy-Lucien Whembolua, Robert B. Bendel, Rick Kittles, Eric T. Moolchan

“The results of this analysis support the hypothesis of a positive association between melanin levels and tobacco use, dependence, and exposure among African American smokers.”

The full abstract can be read by clicking on the study’s title above.