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Elysium to Enter $7 Billion Chiropractic Market With Acquisition of Internet Domain Name

By |December 18, 2009|News|

Aggressive Timeline Set to Launch New Local Chiropractic Directory
Source Yahoo Finance

Elysium Internet, Inc., a next generation Local Internet advertising and digital media Company, today announced that it has agreed on terms to acquire the one word generic Internet domain name for its newest online destination.

Elysium Internet CEO Scott Gallagher commented, “We’re pleased to have the opportunity to acquire such a high quality, one word, generic domain name as With the Internet fast becoming the first stop for consumers doing research, a domain name such as this one will dramatically increase our exposure and naturally, our credibility among Internet users. We plan to launch our newest local Internet destination via the new domain as soon as possible. There are over 50,000 Chiropractors in the United States and more than half of them are self-employed. Compare that to only 17,000 Podiatrists in the entire country and you can see the opportunity is massive.”

30% of the US population aged 18 and older have used a Chiropractor. According to the US Department of Labor the Job employment of Chiropractors is expected to increase 20% over the next ten years. Other studies suggest that more than 20 Million Americans will seek a Chiropractic care next year alone with costs related to lower back pain estimated to be $60 Billion.

Gallagher continued, “We’re excited to be entering a market of this size where our performance-based local patient acquisition program will have such a major impact. We expect the new online destination to be launched within days and are in active negotiations with several highly experienced Chiropractors to serve as advisor’s to”

BCA v. Singh: Making Legal History

By |December 16, 2009|News|

Source The Jack of Kent

Previous articles relating to this case can be found here, here and here.

The case of British Chiropractic Association against Simon Singh is now likely to make legal history.

The news broke today that the Court of Appeal panel hearing the appeal of the preliminary hearing on meaning will be joined by the Lord Chief Justice.

The panel will now consist of England’s two most senior appeal judges – the Lord Chief Justice and the Master of the Rolls – as well as the formidable Lord Justice Sedley.

This is exceptional and, as far as I am aware, unprecedented for an appeal on just a preliminary point, rather than on a full substantive appeal of a decided case.

This is the heavy artillery of the judiciary.

This panel means that any judgment of the Court of Appeal could have immense effect on the future approach of the High Court to the question of what constitutes fair comment or a factual statement, and it may give firm guidance the extent to which the High Court can again impose a meaning of dishonesty either generally or against corporations in particular.

The Court of Appeal may not take this opportunity to adopt a robust approach, but having the two very most senior appeal judges on one panel rather tells against this. The composition of the panel does not by itself tell us how the appeal will be decided, just the potential significance of the judgment on future cases.

It is thereby probable that this Court of Appeal hearing on BCA v Singh will become a landmark case.

Moreover, should such a panel choose to criticise either party, or indeed the High Court itself, the effect could be damning.

It is becoming very interesting.

Sen Grassley Asks Medical Societies About Industry Funding

By |December 12, 2009|News|

Sen Grassley Asks Medical Societies About Industry Funding

The Chiro.Org Blog

The ranking Republican on the US Senate Committee on Finance, Sen Charles E Grassley of Iowa, has sent letters to 33 medical societies, allied-health professional groups, and patient-centered organizations asking for details on any industry funding they and their leadership have received since January 2006, according to a press release issued by the senator’s office [1]. He’s interested in any financial backing they may have received from the pharmaceutical, medical device, and insurance industries. (more…)

Incurable Tuberculosis Making a Comeback

By |December 11, 2009|Public Health|

Source Newsweek

It’s been nearly a decade since U2 frontman Bono turned the entire continent of Africa into a pet cause, drawing attention to the problems of -developing-world health like never before. By some accounts, that publicity has started to pay off: since 2000, malaria incidence is down 50 percent in some of the hardest-hit regions, and in the past five years, the number of people with access to life-saving HIV medications has increased 10-fold. But while First World philanthropists and rock-star do-gooders were out to conquer AIDS and malaria, they left a far more ancient killer to fester. Tuberculosis has been traced back as far as the Egyptian mummies. It still kills 5,000 people every day—more people than swine flu has killed in the past year. And right now, natural selection and human fallibility are conspiring to make the germ indestructible.

Since the first effective medications were made available in 1944, Mycobacterium tuberculosis has routinely developed resistance to one drug after another. But in the late 1990s a more disturbing trend emerged: strains of tuberculosis called multidrug-resistant, or MDR-TB, that were resistant to not one but several of the most effective medications (called first-line drugs), began popping up in Africa, Asia, and Eastern Europe. Now those strains have evolved into something even more deadly: extensively drug-resistant, or XDR-TB, which is impervious to first-, second-, and third-line drugs—virtually all the antibiotics in existence. It’s the kind of bug that gives epidemiologists nightmares. And in the past two years, while the world was distracted by the financial crisis, it has emerged in nearly every country on the planet. Experts say it’s time to start worrying. In a 2009 speech delivered to the U.N., World Health Organization director Margaret Chan warned that without swift, decisive action, we might soon find ourselves back in “an era that predates the development of antibiotics,” when tuberculosis was completely incurable. In country after country, drug-resistant strains will start to replace drug-susceptible strains, spreading from the inner cities to the suburbs and from the slums to the countryside. And as scientists start from scratch in a hunt for effective antibiotics, the death toll will steadily rise in rich countries as well as poor. (more…)