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Archive for March, 2015

Another reason to quit smoking

It is generally known that smokers are more likely to experience low back pain (LBP) than non-smokers. However, research has not yet revealed if smoking plays a direct role in causing LBP. Two reasons why smoking might contribute to LBP include an increase in circulating pro-inflammatory cytokines and vasoconstriction, which might reduce intervertebral disc...
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Information Sources

In an evidence-based world, we need, well, evidence. And with so much available to choose from, how do we decide what to use. One way is to become familiar with some of the better sources of information. You already know we have good-quality journals in our profession, but beyond those and others in the...
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Ankle sprains and syndesmosis injury

I recently read an article in the Open Access Journal of Sports Medicine discussing ankle syndesmosis injuries, which can result in ankle instability and persistent dysfunction. Because of the common occurrence of ankle sprains and because these injuries can appear as a somewhat typical lateral ankle sprain, I thought the topic might be worth...
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A Bit of Useful Information on Information Retrieval

I have a feeling that the way in which we all look for information has changed in radical ways over the past 25 years. As a younger faculty member at chiropractic college, I was an avid reader and collector of our scientific literature. Now, of course, I was also editing a number of journals...
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No milk please, I’ll have coffee

Sometimes new research challenges our assumptions. Growing up I often heard the common parental admonishment to “drink your milk.” Milk has long been promoted as a rich resource for vitamin D and calcium. This is absolutely true. The supposition is that because these nutrients are present, milk is therefore important for bone health. Healthy...
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Case-Control Studies

A case-control study is an epidemiological study in which we look for the presence of risk factors as they relate to the presence of a condition of interest. In case-control studies we begin with a population of people, some of whom have the condition of interest (the cases) and some of whom do not...
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