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Monthly Archives: June 2009


Chiropractic evidence under attack in BCA/Singh case

By |June 29, 2009|Ethics|

Previously I wrote about the British Chiropractic Association suing science writer Simon Singh for libel. This has been widely criticized as a tactical mistake due both to the expense and to the negative publicity which has thus far ensued. The BCA has recently produced a list of evidence justifying the chiropractic treatment of children with asthma and colic which evidence-based blogs have proceeded to, for want of a better term, eviscerate. One of the criticisms was for the BCA not including a study which showed manipulation to be no better than placebo for infantile colic.

Patient Satisfaction With Chiropractic

By |June 28, 2009|Chiropractic Care, Patient Satisfaction, Safety, Spinal Manipulation|

Patient Satisfaction With Chiropractic

The Chiro.Org Blog

Patient Satisfaction Surveys going back to the late 1980s show that patients with neck or low back pain, headaches, and a variety of other physical complaints rate their satisfaction with chiropractic care much higher than they do conventional care provided by physical therapists or medical doctors.

Now let’s discuss the amazing results chiropractic can provide for pain relief. A 2005 study, from the prestigious medical journal Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, titled Chronic Pain in Persons With Neuromuscular Disease interviewed patients on the pain relief they derived from a variety of procedures and medicines. (more…)

Hidden Malpractice Dangers in EMRs

By |June 26, 2009|Documentation|

Source Medscape
Steven I. Kern, Esq.

An estimated 85,000 medical lawsuits are filed annually, which include those against hospitals and individual physicians. One of the highly-touted benefits of electronic medical records (EMRs) is the potential to help prevent malpractice incidents and medical errors. By providing better documentation, automatically checking for medication errors and drug interactions, providing failsafe systems to track test results and follow-up with patients, EMRs can dramatically reduce the risk of malpractice.

While the benefits of EMRs are far greater than the cons, no road is without stumbling blocks. A physician who is not careful when using the EMR could increase his malpractice liability.

Some of the possible malpractice risks are shown below. (more…)

Chiropractic and Radicular Pain

By |June 26, 2009|Education, Health, Research|

Chiropractic and Radicular Pain

The Chiro.Org Blog

SOURCE:   Our Radiculopathy and Chiropractic Collection

Radiculopathy is characterized by motor and/or sensory changes in the neck and arms, or the legs and feet, which result from extrinsic pressure on the nerve root(s). Chiropractic is very effective in reducing that pressure on the nerve roots (oftern caused by edema), and as the nerve recovers, those down-stream symptoms abate. (more…)

Modafinil May Be Addictive

By |June 25, 2009|Ethics, Health, News, Research|

Modafinil is a popular drug used by people who want or need to stay alert. It has become a popular stimulant, used by soldiers to stay awake and by citizens looking for a safe brain boost, including one in 10 researchers. The FDA issued their “Approved” stamp for it to be used for treating narcolepsy and sleep disorders in 1998. At that time, scientists claimed that it did not change levels of dopamine in those who took the drug. Increases in dopamine levels are considered a chemical signature of possible addictiveness to a drug. Since its FDA approval, modafinil is now being used “off-label” to treat depression, Parkinson’s disease and fatigue.

However, the March 2009 issue of JAMA published this study;

Volkow N, et. al., Effects of Modafinil on Dopamine and Dopamine Transporters in the Male Human Brain., JAMA, Vol. 301, No. 11, March 18, 2009.

You can read more on this report at the Wired Science Blog.