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Monthly Archives: November 2009


AAFP Makes Deal With Coke For “Educational” Content

By |November 28, 2009|Education, Nutrition|

AAFP Makes Deal With Coke For “Educational” Content

The Chiro.Org Blog

The American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP) has struck a deal with Coca-Cola to sponsor its consumer-focused website,

Amusingly enough, the AAFP’s Consumer Alliance is a program that allows corporate partners like The Coca-Cola Company to work with them to educate consumers about the role their products can play in a healthy, active lifestyle. Isn’t that amazing? (more…)

Drug Makers Run Up Prices Before Health Care Reform Passes

By |November 25, 2009|News|

Drug Makers Run Up Prices Before Health Care Reform Passes

The Chiro.Org Blog

Even as drug makers promise to support Washington’s health care overhaul by shaving $8 billion a year off the nation’s drug costs after the legislation takes effect, the industry has been raising its prices at the fastest rate in years.

In the last year, the industry has raised the wholesale prices of brand-name prescription drugs by about 9 percent, according to industry analysts. That will add more than $10 billion to the nation’s drug bill, which is on track to exceed $300 billion this year. By at least one analysis, it is the highest annual rate of inflation for drug prices since 1992. (more…)

Fake Conferences Alert!! Beware of E-mail Invitations

By |November 25, 2009|Fraud, Legal Issues, News|

The newest type of internet scam is looking like ID theft attempts. The imagination of these jokers is getting rather sophisticated. The authors of The Scientist Blog have reported two of them just in the last 4 months!! The first was on Aug, 19th 2009. It had reported;

A month or two ago, David Iovannisci, a geneticist studying heart disease at Children’s Hospital Oakland Research Institute in California, received an email invitation to speak at the “1st International Cardiology Conngress” in Shanghai, to be held on 5-7 December of this year. The email, signed by Alex Li, provided a (now defunct) link to the conference program at, which listed several speakers from well-known institutions, both in the US and abroad.

The second, posted just yesterday, Nov 24th 2009, asks the question, “Are phony academic conferences the new Nigerian princes of the internet?” Well they just might be, only time will tell. The post goes on to say;

Last week, I received an email from someone going by the name of Alyssa Logan, who claimed to be “Youth Leader” at a group called the Action World International Organization (AWIO) and a member of the International Committee of the Red Cross. In the message, Logan invited me to the “Seventh Annual International Global combine Conference on Global Economy and Human Welfare” that AWIO was hosting.

To read more on these scam reports you will need to register for a free account on The Scientist Blog’s website. They will not end up sending you out a bunch of spam email, only email alerts that you decide you wish to see. So don’t let the fear of that prevent you from using this excellent resource. The two posts can be accessed directly below.

Another fake conference?
[24th November 2009]

Conference kerfuffle hits scientists
[19th August 2009]

Brigadier Gen. Becky Halstead Touts Benefits of Chiropractic at 2009 Chiropractic Symposium

By |November 24, 2009|News, Patient Satisfaction|

Brigadier Gen. Becky Halstead Touts Benefits of Chiropractic at 2009 Chiropractic Symposium

The Chiro.Org Blog

“Chiropractic care provided me with a better quality of life,” stated Brigadier General Becky Halstead (Ret.) at the opening session of the 2009 Chiropractic Symposium and Expo (CSE), which took place Oct. 30 – Nov. 1 in St. Louis, Mo.

CSE 2009, a new educational event offered by the American Chiropractic Association (ACA) and its specialty councils featured a variety of lectures and symposia on popular chiropractic specialties such as sports injuries and physical fitness, chiropractic pediatrics, occupational health, diagnosis and internal disorders, and chiropractic forensics. (more…)

New Federal Law Bans Genetic Discrimination

By |November 23, 2009|News|

Thanks to Daniel Redwood, DC and the The Daily HIT Blog

As reported in the LA Times:

The most sweeping federal anti-discrimination law in nearly 20 years takes effect today, prohibiting employers from hiring, firing or determining promotions based on genetic makeup.

Additionally, health insurers will not be allowed to consider a person’s genetics — such as predisposition for Parkinson’s disease — to set insurance rates or deny coverage. (more…)

Widely Used Anti-Inflammatory Drug Risky Even in Small Doses

By |November 22, 2009|Education, Iatrogenic Injury|

Widely Used Anti-Inflammatory Drug Risky Even in Small Doses

The Chiro.Org Blog

SOURCE:   MedPage Today

Reporting on:

“Naproxen use increases the risk for complicated gastroduodenal ulcers in a dose-dependent fashion”

American College of Gastroenterology (ACG) 2009

Even at low doses, naproxen (Aleve, Anaprox, Naprosyn, Naprelan) may increase the risk of upper gastrointestinal complications, researchers said here.

Patients taking a 500-mg/day dose had a 2.5-fold increased risk of hospitalization from complicated gastric or duodenal ulcer, while those on the 750-mg/day dose had almost a threefold increased risk, Gurkirpal Singh, MD, of Stanford University, and colleagues reported at the American College of Gastroenterology meeting. [1]

The 1,000-mg/day dose carried more than a threefold increased risk of hospitalization. “We found that naproxen use is not safe even at lower doses,” Singh said. “We need to be careful about prescribing it, even in lower doses.” The lowest doses are available over the counter. (more…)