Training the prescriber

IMAGE: This is the rate of opioid prescriptions for n number of pills written before and after intervention, all lumbar spine surgeries (decompression and fusion), p < 0.001. view more  Credit: © 2018 American Association of Neurological Surgeons. CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA (FEBRUARY 5, 2019). As we all know, opioid addiction in the US has reached epidemic proportions.…

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Golf as a contact sport?

IMAGE: Schematic drawings demonstrating the local effects of the modern golf swing on the lumbar spine (example shown at the L4-5 level), contributing to repetitive traumatic discopathy. Upper: During the backswing,… view more  Credit: © 2018 Barrow Neurological Institute CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA (FEBRUARY 5, 2019). In the article “Golf: a contact sport. Repetitive traumatic discopathy may be…

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Psoriasis medication may improve heart disease in patients with the skin condition

Sophia Antipolis, 5 February 2019: Anti-inflammatory biologic* drugs used to treat severe psoriasis have the potential to prevent heart disease in patients with the skin condition, according to research published today in Cardiovascular Research, a journal of the European Society of Cardiology (ESC). During one year of treatment, biologic therapy improved coronary artery plaque similar…

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New study shows sitting, watching TV linked to colorectal cancer risk before age 50

A new study in JNCI Cancer Spectrum has identified a connection between prolonged time spent sitting while watching TV and increased risk of colorectal cancer for younger Americans. Young-onset colorectal cancer, diagnosed under age 50, is increasing in the US and globally, sharply contrasting with the dramatic decreases among older people, largely as a result…

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Flaxseed fiber ferments in gut to improve health, reduce obesity

Rockville, Md. (February 5, 2019)–Research in mice suggests that fermentation of flaxseed fibers in the gut changes the microbiota to improve metabolic health and protect against diet-induced obesity. The study, published ahead of print in the American Journal of Physiology–Endocrinology and Metabolism, was chosen as an APSselect article for February. The organisms that live in…

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Brain hand ‘map’ is maintained in amputees with and without phantom limb sensations

Researchers have found that the brain stores detailed information of a missing hand decades after amputation, regardless of whether amputees still experience phantom hand sensations. Their study, published in eLife, revealed detailed hand information in the brains of amputees compared with people who had been born with a missing hand. The research could pave the…

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