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Case of the Month October 2009

October 26, 2009 No Comments

Mrs. X presented to the office with bilateral carpal tunnel. First a little background.  Carpal tunnel is a common term for pain in the wrist.  For many years it was assumed that because the pain was in the wrist, then the problem was originating in the wrist.  Chiropractors have worked to show there may be…

Can We Trust the FDA?

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is a federal agency in the Department of Health and Human Services established to regulate the release of new foods and health-related products.  Health related products includes but are not limited to medicine, cosmetics, supplements, and even certain veterinary products.  Their mission is to be responsible for ensuring that…

Doctors Getting Paid To Market Drugs

A while back I wrote a post on a drug company, Eli Lilly, using ghost writers to write favorable articles and having doctor’s sign their names to them as if they had written them.  You can read that here.  At best it is a murky situation. Recently, Eli Lilly was back in the news here…

Is This Bad Economy a Good Thing?

July 30, 2009 No Comments

Crazy right, how could there be a silver lining in the economy cloud?  Well if you are a little older in age and this economy has forced you to rethink retiring, it may be saving your brain. There is a promising study out of Britain that studied  medical records of 382 men whose Alzheimer’s symptoms…

Seatbelts Save Lives

July 5, 2009 1 Comment

Woke up this morning to this headline in the Boston Herald….Eight killed in wrecks before dawn For anyone who knows me, inexplicably, I am a huge NASCAR fan. I watch the race, the minor league races, the talk shows, I even read websites about it. I have often joked that I would pick going to…

Percocet and Vicadin could get banned

July 2, 2009 No Comments

Yesterday I wrote about more stringent warnings about acetaminophen (ACM). You can read that here. Now a govt. agency is recommending that Percocet and Vicadin be banned due to the problems associated with ACM. The way that Percocet and Vicadin work is they combine a narcotic with ACM to fight pain. ACM is combined with…

ADHD Drugs May Be Linked to Rare Deaths

June 16, 2009 No Comments

Currently there are approximately 2.5 million children and 1.5 million adults taking stimulant medication.  The two most popular meds are Ritalin and Concerta, with ADHD being the most common condition that they treat. For those of you who may not know ADHD is short for attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, which can best be characterized by…

TV Reduces Young Kids' Language Development

June 8, 2009 1 Comment

So TV reduces children’s language development?  Funny, some of the words that have come out of my young son’s mouth are 100% attributed to TV.  I mean where else can a 6 year old learn about priapism?  Well I am sure that erectile dysfunction is a popular topic around the dinner table, most people I…

Can Overtraining Your Knees Lead to Hip Pain

June 2, 2009 3 Comments

In the last year some of baseball’s biggest stars have had to spend time on the disabled list with torn hip labrums.  This injury did not exist 10 years ago prompting baseball’s medical staffs to scramble to come up with the reasons behind this. One trainer was quoted as saying he has never seen anything…

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