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Sit or Stand? Analyzing a Mixed Message
I'm more than a bit confused. At my age, that seems to be a rather common occurrence. However, today more than ever, I'm getting a mixed message.
Chronic Pain: Become Part of the Solution
I have lectured to more than 7,000 chiropractic physicians over the past five years regarding the chronic pain and opioid epidemic in this country.
Increasing the Value of Spine Care: CMS Approves New Low Back Pain Registry
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services has approved the Spine IQ Low Back Pain Registry as a qualified clinical data registry for the Physician Quality Reporting System (PQRS) in 2016.
Kansas Achieves Licensing Law
Kansas Governor Sam Brownback signed House Bill 2615 into law on Friday, May 13, 2016. HB2615 includes provisions for the licensure of acupuncturists in the state of Kansas.
What You Say Isn't Always What Patients Hear
A few years ago, my aunt Edna (name changed for the purpose of this story) suffered a stroke. After a short hospital stay, she was transferred to a nursing home for rehabilitation. When she arrived at the nursing home, Edna requested a private room.
Introducing the Acupuncture Today Digital Edition
In response to the changing habits of our readers, Acupuncture Today will introduce a digital edition of the publication (in addition to our print edition) beginning with the August 2016 issue.
Tai Chi Documentary Premier
First Run Features recently announced the world theatrical premiere of Barry Strugatz's documentary The Professor: Tai Chi's Journey West, which premiered last month at the Laemmle Music Hall in Los Angeles.
Three Tips to Help You Analyze the Acupuncture Case Studies of the NCCAOM Exam
Confirm the answer quickly by the elimination method. Case study:
After two treatments for back pain, a patient presents for a third
session complaining of rapid breathing and wheezing that is made worse
during cold weather.
AOM Hospital-Based Practice: A Future Reality?
The natural evolution of health care on the planet is integrative health. We may have some challenges ahead, but based on my research, all indicators are pointing in a positive direction. There seems to be an evolving consciousness among our patient population that is "getting it."
Acupuncture's Impact on the World
For several years, I have been hearing about the town of Rothenburg, Germany. It seemed just a dot on a map until I arrived. It is the home of the TCM Kongress which began in 1968. It has been held annually for 47 years and it has only missed one year.
Treating Hip & Groin Pain With Abdominal Release of Upper Lumbar Nerve Impingements
Have you encountered patients with groin and hip pain you can't seem to solve? You know it's not a worn-out hip; you suspect the pain is somehow connected to the spine. But somehow, you just can't help them break through.
How to Stay Sane During the Elections: Understanding Through the Lens of Chinese Medicine
In Chinese Medicine philosophy, everything consists of Yin and Yang. The law of polar opposites – one cannot exist without its opposite.
An Emerging Partnership Model
Maryland University of Integrative Health (MUIH) has educated integrative health and wellness practitioners for the last 40 years, originally as an acupuncture clinic and school. The institution's transformative, relationship-centered programs integrate traditional wisdom with contemporary science
Adventures with the San Jiao
Those of us who have been in practice for several decades relish the way meridians and points reveal new diagnostic clues and new insights. I love to encourage my students to see this as an adventure that goes way beyond the textbooks.
Acupuncture Muscle Trigger Point and Oriental Medicine Sports Therapy
It is difficult to ascertain the internal condition of professional basketball player Lebron James during game one of the 2014 NBA finals, in which he developed debilitating muscle cramps that led to his premature removal from the game.
Beating the Odds: Interview With Para-Powerlifter Adeline Dumapong-Ancheta
Since October 2015, the FICS Foundation, the charitable organization affiliated with the International Federation of Sports Chiropractic (FICS), has been supporting disabled athletes internationally.
A Long-Overdue Win for Oregon Medicaid Patients - and the Implications for Other States
Beginning July 1, 2016, Oregon Medicaid patients with spinal pain (cervical, thoracic, lumbar, pelvic) who are determined to be low risk based on a biopsychosocial assessment tool (STarT Back – Keele University) can receive four chiropractic visits per episode.
The Pertinent Negative
We all have to perform evaluations on patients. Most of us don't like doing it – exams take time, and worse it takes even more time after the evaluation to put together a narrative summary of the findings. Sometimes, this process becomes downright tedious.
Insuring Quality Control in Herb Importation: An Interview with Wilson Lau
Wilson Lau is the vice president of Nuherbs, a Chinese herb importation company based in San Leandro, California. Before joining Nuherbs, he trained as a lawyer specializing in FDA law.
Believe it or not, an estimated one-third of your patients have eaten some form of fast food within 24 hours of their appointment with you.
What's New in Phytonutrition: Mangifera Indica, "The King of Fruits"
One hundred percent pure Indian green mango fruit (mangifera indica), harvested at a special degree of ripeness for efficacy and taste, can now be concentrated as a phytonutrient nutraceutical powder.
Multivitamin Supplement May Reduce Breast Cancer Recurrence
There is a great deal of controversy regarding the value of multiple vitamin supplements in cancer prevention.
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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