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Monthly Archives: January 2011


Medical Errors Kill 15,000 Medicare Patients a Month

By |January 28, 2011|Iatrogenic Injury, News|

Medical Errors Kill 15,000 Medicare Patients a Month

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SOURCE:   AOL Health

A new report from the Department of Health and Human Services, Office of the Inspector General reveals that 13 percent of Medicare patients in the U.S. experience an adverse event each month in American hospitals, and some 15,000 of them die as a result. [1]

The news is startling, particularly since the report points out that 44 percent of adverse incidents occurring in hospitals are avoidable. And all-together, these adverse events are costing Medicare more than $300 million a MONTH. (more…)

Newly Published Study Confirms That “Maintenance Care” Delivers!

By |January 26, 2011|Cost-Effectiveness, Low Back Pain, Research|

Newly Published Study Confirms
That “Maintenance Care” Delivers!

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SOURCE:   Spine (Phila Pa 1976) 2011 (Aug 15); 36 (18): 1427-37

Senna, Mohammed K. MD; Machaly, Shereen A. MD

Shereen A. Machaly, MD,
Rheumatology and Rehabilitation Department,
Mansoura Faculty of Medicine,
Mansoura University, Mansoura, Egypt;

This new, single blinded placebo controlled study, conducted by the Faculty of Medicine at Mansoura University, conclusively demonstrates that maintenance care provides significant benefits for those with chronic low back pain. [1]

The authors concluded that spinal manipulation is effective for the treatment of chronic nonspecific LBP and that to obtain long-term benefit for the patient, this study suggests maintenance spinal manipulations after the initial intensive manipulative therapy can provide that additional benefit.

BACKGROUND: Spinal manipulation (SMT) is a common treatment option for low back pain. Numerous clinical trials have attempted to evaluate its effectiveness for different subgroups of acute and chronic LBP previously, but the efficacy of maintenance SMT in chronic non-specific LBP has never been studied. (more…)

Participate in Practice-Based Research with a Focus on Wellness

By |January 24, 2011|Research|

Participate in Practice-Based Research with a Focus on Wellness

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SOURCE:   ChiroACCESS ~ January 21, 2011

Dr. Cheryl Hawk [*] invites all DCs to participate in a new practice-based research program:
ICON — The Integrated Chiropractic Outcomes Network.

It is open to any licensed chiropractic practitioner, and eventually we hope to include other professions as well. ICON will focus on prevention and health promotion, and I hope we may be able, at some point, to gather data on chiropractic maintenance/wellness care.

The U.S. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) defines a Practice-Based Research Network (PBRN) as a group of clinicians and practices working together in ambulatory care to answer community-based health care questions and translate research findings into practice. (more…)

Finally! FDA Limits Acetaminophen in Prescription Analgesics

By |January 20, 2011|Iatrogenic Injury|

Finally! FDA Limits Acetaminophen in Prescription Analgesics

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SOURCE:   Medscape Medical News

By Robert Lowes

January 13, 2011 — The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) today announced that it is asking drug makers to limit the amount of acetaminophen in prescription combination pain relievers to no more than 325 mg per tablet or capsule to reduce overdoses and the severe liver injury that can follow.

The decision, to be phased in over 3 years, affects dozens of prescription analgesics that contain both acetaminophen and another ingredient, typically opioids such as codeine, oxycodone, and hydrocodone. Some of these combination products now have as much as 750 mg of acetaminophen per dose. (more…)

Primary Care MDs Decline Training In Pain Management

By |January 20, 2011|Health Care Reform|

Primary Care MDs Decline Training In Pain Management

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The following survey reveals a depressing new trend in medicine. Although primary care physicians (PCPs) see the largest percentage of chronic pain patients (52%), they are also the least likely to feel confident in their ability to manage musculoskeletal and neuropathic pain conditions, and are least likely to favor mandatory pain education for all PCPs.

How bizarre is that?

Here’s the abstract for your review:

Pain Management by Primary Care Physicians, Pain Physicians, Chiropractors, and Acupuncturists: A National Survey (more…)

AECC partners with Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College

By |January 19, 2011|Education|

Source Anglo-European College of Chiropractic

Postgraduate students at the Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College (CMCC) are enrolling on the AECC’s Master of Science Advanced Professional Practice (Clinical Sciences) following a unique agreement forged between the two institutions.

Canadian-based students entering the three-year programme have access to a CMCC Research Supervisor and also benefit from being able to speak directly to AECC tutors during their studies.

The Clinical Sciences programme is one of eleven MSc courses currently delivered at the AECC and it is possible that further courses could be entered onto by CMCC students in the future. Both the AECC and CMCC are delighted at being able to forge a collaborative form of study.

“We’re very excited about this program because it finally offers the opportunity for more chiropractors to access postgraduate education,” says Dr. Paula Stern, Director of Graduate Studies at CMCC. “As well as being available on a part time basis, there is flexibility to the program. As a professional Masters, it allows individuals to choose courses of interest. A candidate may choose to focus on a variety of topics such as geriatrics, chronic pain or disability.” (more…)