Acupressure for Pain

Acupressure for Pain

Acupressure is a part of Chinese Medicine to treat some of the conditions like back pain, neck pain, etc. by applying pressure to different parts of the body known as acupressure points. Acupressure is safe and gentle.
Acupressure points are places on the skin that are especially sensitive to bio-electrical impulses in the body. Stimulating these points with pressure, needles, or heat triggers the release of endorphins that relieve pain. Acupressure inhibits the pain signals that are transmitted to the brain preventing painful sensations from passing through the spinal cord to the brain. As a result, pain is blocked and the flow of blood and oxygen to the affected area is increased. To Read More, Please go to:


Arthritis and Ankylosing Spondylitis



Ankylosing spondylitis is a type of arthritis that affects the spine. Ankylosing spondylitis symptoms include pain and stiffness from the neck down to the lower back. The spine’s bones (vertebrae) may grow or fuse together, resulting in a rigid spine. These changes may be mild or severe, and may lead to a stooped-over posture. Early diagnosis and treatment helps control pain and stiffness and may reduce or prevent significant deformity.
What Are the Symptoms of Ankylosing Spondylitis?
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Prickly Painkiller An experimental plant extract may end intractable pain with a single injection

Topic: Prickly Painkiller An experimental plant extract may end intractable pain with a single injection.

Although medicine has advanced far enough to treat basic headaches, strained muscles and the agony of having a cavity filled, inflammatory pain—the kind that results from osteoarthritis, bone cancer and back injuries—has proved to be a far more elusive target. Current remedies, including morphine and other opiates, flood all the nerves of the body, causing dangerous side effects. More localized remedies, such as steroid injections, wear off over time. Recently researchers have begun working with a toxin found in a Moroccan cactuslike plant that may be able to deliver permanent, local pain relief with a single injection. To Read More, Please go to:

Living with Pain: PROP’s Misleading Petition


Living with Pain: PROP’s Misleading Petition

July 30th, 2012 by Mark Maginn, Columnist

Last week the Physicians for Responsible Opioid Prescribing, along with a group of doctors and public health officials, sent a petition to the Food and Drug Administration requesting changes in labeling for opioid analgesics.

For over a decade pharmaceutical companies that manufacture opioid analgesics have said that their products are safe and effective when taken under the supervision of a physician. The petition states that those claims are flawed at best and that the increase in prescriptions for these medicines has led to a corresponding rise in addiction, overdose and accidental death.

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Prescribing Narcotics: A Doctor’s Point of View



Prescribing Narcotics: A Doctor’s Point of View


It has been about ten years since the United States Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) launched what some feel is a targeted war on drugs, the battleground being your Doctor’s office. The DEA feels there has continued to be a diversion of prescription narcotics for use on “the street.” I am not sure this is what they had in mind for Main Street.

The focus on physicians is perhaps the least resistant path to the easier drug bust; after all, physicians are supposed to maintain records of prescriptions written, and document the reasoning behind and the plans for the continued use of a prescription drug. That drug dealer out on the street is a tougher collar.

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Assert Yourself: How to Advocate for Your Care

Sometimes you learn things in unexpected places. You may gain great wisdom just by heating up your food in the lunch room – at least I have. One of the best pieces of advice I’ve ever heard was garnered while I was using the microwave as two colleagues had a conversation near me. One was explaining that when she was a new nurse she would go home and complain to her mother about work.
“I’d say, ‘So-and-so did this, and this person said that, and it made me really mad,’” she recounted. “And my mom would ask, ‘Well, did you tell them you were upset? To Read More, Please go to:


Social Media: A Review and Tutorial of Applications in Medicine and Health Care

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Background: Social media are dynamic and interactive computer-mediated communication tools that have high penetration rates in the general population in high-income and middle-income countries. However, in medicine and health care, a large number of stakeholders (eg, clinicians, administrators, professional colleges, academic institutions, ministries of health, among others) are unaware of social media’s relevance, potential applications in their day-to-day activities, as well as the inherent risks and how these may be attenuated and mitigated.

Objective: We conducted a narrative review with the aim to present case studies that illustrate how, where, and why social media are being used in the medical and health care sectors.
Methods: Using a critical-interpretivist framework, we used qualitative methods to synthesize the impact and illustrate, explain, and provide contextual knowledge of the applications and potential implementations of social media in medicine and health care. Both traditional (eg, peer-reviewed) and nontraditional (eg, policies, case studies, and social media content) sources were used, in addition to an environmental scan (using Google and Bing Web searches) of resources.

Results: We reviewed, evaluated, and synthesized 76 articles, 44 websites, and 11 policies/reports. Results and case studies are presented according to 10 different categories of social media: (1) blogs (eg, WordPress), (2) microblogs (eg, Twitter), (3) social networking sites (eg, Facebook), (4) professional networking sites (eg, LinkedIn, Sermo), (5) thematic networking sites (eg, 23andMe), (6) wikis (eg, Wikipedia), (7) mashups (eg, HealthMap), (8) collaborative filtering sites (eg, Digg), (9) media sharing sites (eg, YouTube, Slideshare), and others (eg, SecondLife). Four recommendations are provided and explained for stakeholders wishing to engage with social media while attenuating risk: (1) maintain professionalism at all times, (2) be authentic, have fun, and do not be afraid, (3) ask for help, and (4) focus, grab attention, and engage.
Conclusions: The role of social media in the medical and health care sectors is far reaching, and many questions in terms of governance, ethics, professionalism, privacy, confidentiality, and information quality remain unanswered. By following the guidelines presented, professionals have a starting point to engage with social media in a safe and ethical manner. Future research will be required to understand the synergies between social media and evidence-based practice, as well as develop institutional policies that benefit patients, clinicians, public health practitioners, and industry alike.


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