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NBCE Launches Computer-Based Testing Era; California Chiropractors Get Expanded DOT Exam Privileges; New Jeff Hays Documentary.
Thoracolumbar Syndrome: The Great Mimic
The thoracolumbar junction is a common area of joint dysfunction. The most obvious cause is dysfunctional breathing or lack of diaphragmatic breathing. Treating this breathing problem will ultimately be the long-term cure for the syndrome.
A Commonly Missed Spinal Fixation: The Upper Lumbar Spine (Part 1)
When we think of lower back pain, we tend to think in terms of the lower lumbar spine and the SI joint. These joints and their discs are obviously important. However, we tend to miss fixations that occur just above – in the upper lumbar spine. Three questions come to mind: 1) Why is the upper lumbar spine so important? 2) Why do we miss the fixations here? 3) How can we adjust them?
Healing Community Trauma in Israel and Palestine
It's the beginning of August and Israel and Hamas have just agreed to a 72-hour ceasefire after a month of brutal fighting. In the last four weeks, 1,830 Palestinians and 67 Israelis have been killed.
The Truth About Herbs
I appreciate the effort and research put into the article written in the June issue of Acupuncture Today regarding pesticides and Chinese herbs.
The Spirit of the Point
After receiving a large amount of positive feedback on my San Zhen Protocols series, I have decided to focus this article on some relevant clinical aspects of acupuncture therapy prior to moving on to San Zhen Protocols III.
The Science Behind Happiness
Are you happy right now? Whether yes or no, there are a myriad of reasons why you feel that way. A whole academic discipline has developed to find out what causes or obstructs happiness, and how to amplify it.
Uncle Sam Needs You
Scrutiny into the Department of Veterans Affairs (DVA) continues to grow after efforts to reform the DVA by the former Secretary of Veterans Affairs, Eric Shinseki, were deemed "a stunning period of dysfunction" by Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.).
Get Ready For AOM Day
This year, AOM Day 2014 falls on Friday, (October 24th). This is a great opportunity to make your AOM Day celebration or event even bigger by extending it throughout the weekend!
Let the Patient Tell Their Story
Often when a patient presents with an injury, they want to tell their story. People by nature like to talk about themselves, particularly when they're worried about their health.
MPA Media Wins Seven Publishing Awards
MPA Media, publisher of Acupuncture Today, among other titles, has been recognized for editorial and design excellence with an unprecendented seven publishing awards by the ASBPE, the nation's largest organization for business-to-business publications.
When Big Pharma Meets Chinese Medicine
Earlier this year, Bayer made a media splash with their decision to buy the Dihon Pharmaceutical Group Co., a Chinese TCM manufacturer.
If You Get a Request for Records, Respond!
In our previous two articles, we discussed two of the main reasons for denial when chiropractic records are reviewed by Medicare contractors.
The Problem With Prolonged Sitting
We need to constantly talk to our patients about spending less time sitting and about what can go wrong with poor sitting postures. The fact is we sit too long in repetitive malpositions.
Help Secure Our Future by Sharing It
The National Board of Chiropractic Examiners (NBCE) conducts one of the most comprehensive surveys of the U.S. chiropractic profession every 4-5 years.
A Glimpse Into China's Top Brain Hospital
The sounds of the city pass through the open window are overwhelming the microphone - car horns, construction machinery - and then there's the family at the adjacent bed talking loudly on cell phones, yet you can still hear the faint beep of our patients monitoring equipment.
Medicalization and Mindfulness
The past several years have seen a veritable explosion of research on mindfulness. Research abstracts we've published in each issue of Health Insights Today under the heading "Mind-Body News" have increasingly reported on studies about mindfulness interventions.
A Healthy Dose of Failure is Vital to Your Success
As an acupuncturist I tend to see people after they have already suffered for years and "tried everything." They are so desperate for some relief that they want to know everything about how to get better, right now.
Thoughts to Live By
When speaking to your patients about their health make sure to ponder the following points and have them assess if they are making themselves even more sick by the thoughts they have about life. Are these some of the traits and thoughts that your patients might have?
History of Animal Acupuncture: Part II
In Part I of this article, I had gone back to 1969 and tried to describe the atmosphere and events of that year that engulfed many of the younger generation, some who were all the core members of the National Acupuncture Association.
Rethinking GMO: Less Panic, More Context
Some of you may have noticed that after writing parts 1 and 2 of “Genetic Modification of Organisms for Human Consumption” a while back [Nov. 15, 2013 and Jan. 1, 2014 issues], part 3 never appeared.
September, 2003, Vol. 03, Issue 09
Malignant Melanoma: Learn to Recognize a Killer
By Stephen M. Schleicher, MD, Lawrence A. Schiffman, DO and Brian J. Stairs, DO
Skin cancer has become an epidemic in the United States, with approximately 1 million new cases diagnosed each year. The most common form of skin cancer, basal cell carcinoma, rarely spreads to other organs; left untreated, however, this tumor will erode deep into the skin and cause local destruction of tissue. Another common type of skin cancer, squamous cell carcinoma, is related to two well-known risk factors: chronic sun exposure and smoking. If left untreated, squamous cell carcinoma has the potential to spread inward and result in death.
The most serious form of skin cancer is malignant melanoma, which accounts for the greatest number of skin cancer-related deaths worldwide. It is alarming to note that the incidence of this malignancy is rising at a faster rate than any other cancer.
Indeed, today it is estimated that 1 in 70 Americans will develop melanoma during his or her lifetime, with the risk increasing to 1 in 50 by the year 2010. Over 100,000 new cases of melanoma will be diagnosed this year worldwide. Unlike other types of skin cancer, melanoma can strike younger individuals, with one in four new cases occurring in persons below the age of 40.
Certain risk factors are associated with an increased chance of developing malignant melanoma, including having fair skin; blond or red hair; a history of blistering sunburns during childhood or adolescence; and a family history of this cancer. Certainly, anyone with a large number of moles is at risk, even more so if the moles appear to be changing.
Malignant melanoma is curable if diagnosed and treated in a timely manner. The key to survival is prompt recognition. The majority of melanomas remain symptom-free but are visible on the skin surface to the naked eye. Thus, every individual should examine his or her skin on a regular basis. Good light and a mirror are the only tools necessary for this self-screening; however, enlisting the help of a friend or relative for hard-to-view areas is recommended. Thoroughly examine the back; backside; posterior legs; scalp; and digits, including the toenails and fingernails. If a new skin lesion is noted, or if an existing lesion appears to have changed, consultation with a dermatologist is highly recommended.
Both the American Cancer Society and the American Academy of Dermatology recommend regular skin examinations by a trained professional, and individuals who fall into high-risk categories should be examined more frequently. Luckily, newer technologies using digital cameras and Internet-based image transmission will allow for more widespread screening, which will save more lives.
The ABCDs of Malignant Melanoma Recognition
What does malignant melanoma look like? When examining a skin growth, certain warning signs may signal the presence of this serious malignancy. These are easily remembered as the ABCDs of melanoma recognition.
Malignant melanoma is the most deadly form of skin cancer, but early recognition saves lives. Any mole that enlarges, changes in color or begins to itch should be viewed with suspicion and evaluated by a physician experienced in skin cancer recognition.
Caught early, malignant melanoma is a curable disease.
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