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October 2012 Health Newsletter


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» Scoliosis in Children
» Medical Profession Fighting Transparency Despite Patient Benefits
» Pediatricians Warn Kids Off Trampolines
» Intense Ten-minute Workouts Offer Benefits, Risks
» Stressed Out Heart Attack Patients More Likely to Die

Scoliosis in Children

 Scoliosis Helped with Chiropractic - A Case Study

In the May 16, 2011, issue of the Journal of Pediatric, Maternal & Family Health is a case study documenting the improvement through chiropractic of a 14-year-old girl with idiopathic scoliosis. Scoliosis is described as a lateral curvature of the spine with vertebral rotation. According to the study author, adolescent idiopathic scoliosis affects between 2 to 9 percent of the population.

Hailey sitting treesIdiopathic scoliosis means curvature of the spine from an unknown origin. The results of this can include such problems as back pain, postural problems, self-image issues, and in more severe cases, even breathing difficulties.

In this case, a 14-year-old girl was brought to the chiropractor for evaluation of her adolescent idiopathic scoliosis. It was also reported that her chief complaint was mild mid-back and hip pain made worse by running cross-country at school and sitting in a chair for prolonged periods of time. She also reported that she did not have the same level of stamina as other girls on her cross-country team.

A chiropractic examination was performed which included postural x-rays. The curvature was measured on the x-ray to be 24 degrees on the primary curve and 17 degrees for the secondary curvature. Chiropractic care was initiated at a frequency of twice a week for 2 months then decreasing to weekly for a while before eventually being seen on a monthly basis. During this time the patient was given chiropractic adjustments along with rehabilitative exercises.

After 17 months of care, her scoliosis had improved from angles of 24°/17° down to angles of only 15°/6°. Her breathing improved as did her chest expansion ability. The range of motion for her torso also improved. All the indicators continued to improve on follow-ups over a 4 year period.

In his discussion, the author summed of this case by stating, "Chiropractic rehabilitation, when correctly applied to patients with adolescent idiopathic scoliosis, can have a significant, longstanding effect on the structure of the spine and related symptoms."

Author: May 16, 2011, issue of the Journal of Pediatric
Source: May 16, 2011, issue of the Journal of Pediatric
Copyright: May 16, 2011, issue of the Journal of Pediatric 2011


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Medical Profession Fighting Transparency Despite Patient Benefits

Dr. Marty Makary, a cancer surgeon at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore is aiming to reduce the over 9 million patients harmed or killed every year in the United States by medical mistakes. However, hospitals and medical professionals are often resistant to the solutions he suggests. Makary is the author of the recently published book, "Unaccountable: What Hospitals Won't Tell You and How Transparency Can Revolutionize Health Care." In it, he outlines how doctors and hospitals suppress objective data on how patients fare in their care. Makary argues for an end to the professional code of silence that often protects incompetent or careless medical practitioners and calls for hospitals to provide publicly accessible statistics on treatment outcomes to help people make informed treatment choices. Currently there is no mechanism in place in any U. S. state for a patient to find out a surgeon's rate of complications, how many mistakes a hospital makes or almost any other data that may influence their treatment decisions.  What data is available to patients often reflects subjective values like a hospitals' "reputation"  among specialists. Dr. Makary does note several models of medical transparency that show promise. Currently, California, New York and Oregon all require hospitals to report death rates from heart bypass surgery. The information has benefited patients; after New York made its data public in 1989, hospitals scrambled to improve and death rates from heart surgery fell 41 percent in four years.

Author: ChiroPlanet.com
Source: Reuters; September 27, 2012.
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Pediatricians Warn Kids Off Trampolines

The American Academy of Pediatricians (AAP) has issued a recommendation that kids stay off of trampolines. They cited the exercise units as being responsible for over 100,000 injuries a year, some of which include serious life threatening spinal injuries. The new statement updates an AAP recommendation from 1999 that caused trampoline manufacturers to add safety features like padding and nets in an attempt to reduce risks. Since then, while overall injuries have been dropping, the number of trampolines in use have dropped as well, meaning the injury rate has remained constant despite the new safety features. While the majority of injuries to children in trampoline accidents cited were ankle sprains and fractures, the AAP also noted that one in 200 trampoline injuries lead to permanent neurological damage, often caused by botched somersaults or flips. The recreational use of trampolines was "strongly discouraged" by the pediatricians' group, but parents who are unwilling to stop their kids from using trampolines were offered a number of tips to make the activity safer, including using the mat one at a time, maintaining effective padding around springs and frame, placing the trampoline on level ground, avoiding somersaults and flips and actively supervising kids. Trampoline manufacturers meanwhile, issued a statement that trampolines are safer for children by hours of use, than activities like skateboarding, climbing trees or swings.

Author: ChiroPlanet.com
Source: Pediatrics, online September 24, 2012.
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Intense Ten-minute Workouts Offer Benefits, Risks

The American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) recommends that most adults engage in at least 150 minutes of moderate-intensity exercise each week, but surveys indicate that the number one objection raised to meeting that goal is a lack of time. However, that may change with the growing popularity of the 10-minute workout. The workouts, sometimes referred to by devotees as "exercise snacking" substitute intensity for duration. Liz Neporent, co-author of "The Thin in 10 Weight-Loss Plan," says science is discovering that if you increase the intensity of your exercise routine, you can decrease the time needed to benefit. Neoporent and co-author Jessica Smith recommend a hybrid of cardio and strength exercises to experience benefits. According to the ACSM, multiple shorter sessions of at least 10 minutes are acceptable alternatives to the traditional 30-minute workout and even people unable to meet the minimums will still benefit from some activity. But for the middle-aged or older, high-intensity exercise carries risks as well. Studies indicate that inappropriately intense exercise is a contributing factor in the majority of heart attacks and other cardiovascular accidents. Experts recommend that the intense short-burst workouts only be attempted by people who are already moderately active on a regular basis.

Author: ChiroPlanet.com
Source: Reuters; September 24, 2012.
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Stressed Out Heart Attack Patients More Likely to Die

In a recent study of over 4,200 U.S. heart attack patients at St Luke's Mid America Heart Institute, researchers concluded that heart-attack victims who felt 'stressed out' were 42% more likely to die within the next two years than calmer patients. While many studies in the past have focused on the link between stress and developing heart problems, the new research was the first to focus on chronic stress and a patient's prognosis after a heart attack. While the patients were still in the hospital recovering, they answered a survey on how much stress they'd felt in their jobs and personal lives over the last month. Overall, people who reported the most stress were more likely to die in the next two years. However, it is still unclear whether stress is to blame for the gloomy prognosis, as the stressed patients were also more likely to experience other factors which contributed to poor cardiovascular health, such as poor diet, obesity, smoking and depression. The researchers concluded that patients concerned with the results try simple steps to relieve stress and promote heart health, like taking regular walks outside.

Author: ChiroPlanet.com
Source: J Am Coll Cardiol. 2012;():. doi:10.1016/j.jacc.2012.06.044
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