Blog Articles

Going off the grid: cancelling cable TV.

Cable TV: The "Heroin" of the entertainment world. This is a departure from the usual Blog posts on Health & Medicine but I felt compelled to share my experience of cancelling cable...

Jan 31st, 2013
Top Hospitals for Emergency Care - Have 40% LOWER Death Rate

More than 123.8 million people in the United States will make an ED visit, and 13% will end up being admitted to the hospital, according to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Researchers analyzed more than 7 million Medicare patient...

Apr 18th, 2012
Who will have Health Insurance in the future ?

It was previously estimated that the cost of a family health insurance premium would equal the median household income by the year 2025 by DeVoe and colleagues. In an updated model, it is estimated that this threshold (i.e. the cost of a family health...

Apr 17th, 2012
Manipulation or Microdiskectomy for Sciatica ?

From: J Manipulative Physiol Ther. 2010 Oct;33(8):576-84. Spinal manipulation (sometimes referred to as a 'spinal adjustment') is the Chiropractors primary therapy. Microdiscectomy is a surgical procedure which removes a portion of the facet joint...

Dec 16th, 2011
Whiplash - Cervical Zygapophysial Joint Pain After Whiplash

Whiplash is an injury to the neck and upper back that can occur following an auto accident. Whiplash can also occur in other circumstances where the neck is forced backwards and then forwards such as a fall or during a sporting event. In automobile...

Nov 29th, 2011
Assessing the outcomes after Spinal Fusion surgery.

The utilization of Spinal fusion techniques have increased dramatically despite the relatively few studies showing the safety of this procedure. There is also a relative lack of studies comparing the relative spinal surgical techniques and the outcomes...

Nov 29th, 2011
Is there a genetic predisposition to "Back Disease"?

In an analysis of a database of more than 2 million people, first-degree and third-degree relatives of people with lumbar disc disease had a significantly increased relative risk of developing the back condition themselves compared with expected rates...

Nov 2nd, 2011
Low Back Pain in Adolecents and Teens - Imaging

Low back pain is common in adolescents and teens. Most cases of low back pain are diagnosed as "mechanical low back pain", which is a diagnosis of "exclusion", ruling out any serious pathologies.

Nov 2nd, 2011
Diagnosis - Thoracic Outlet Syndrome

Thoracic outlet syndrome is a type of Brachial Plexus lesion involving compression of the neural (nerves) and/or vascular (blood vessels) structures between the rib cage, collar bone and neck:

Oct 30th, 2011
Does eating chocolate lower stroke risk?

Chocolate lovers may have another reason to indulge. A new study shows that consuming chocolate on a regular basis may decrease stroke risk by 20%. According to a recent study published in the October 18 issue of the Journal of the American College of...

Oct 29th, 2011
Alcohol & Sleep?

Alcohol is often used by patients as a sleeping aid. Many patients say they have a drink to relax and help them sleep; yet those same patients often complain of sleep problems. Alcohol's effect on sleep has been extensively studied for over 50 years...

Oct 29th, 2011
Yoga, Stretching Ease Chronic Low Back Pain

An online study published on October 24 in Annals of Internal Medicine found that stretching, regardless of whether it is achieved via yoga classes or conventional stretching exercises, has moderate benefits in adults with moderately impairing chronic...

Oct 28th, 2011
Diagnosis - Arthritis

Arthritis is a general term referring to a joint disorder affecting one or more joints. There are over 100 different types of Arthritis including: Degenerative Joint Disease, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Gout, Psoriatic Arthritis, Stills disease, Ankylosing...

Oct 26th, 2011