Tag: consumer safety
Backpacks too heavy for the kids?
Kids are back in school. Their backpacks are loaded full of pencil boxes, crayons, hand sanitizer, and heavy text books. Children can be injuring their backs and damaging their posture by carrying backpacks that are too heavy. According to a research article (Leffert RD – Orthop Clin North Am – 01-Apr-2000; 31(2): 331-45), there are […]Read more
CA Granted $$ to Curb Opioid Overdoses
In September of 2015, the state of California was granted $3.7 million to prevent overdoses of opioid medications (like hydrocodone, Oxycontin). Overdose of this class of drug is a serious concern. In 2013, there were an estimated 4,300 deaths from the legitimate of the drugs. These funds are supposed to be used in ‘safe prescribing […]Read more
Spinal Injections Only Marginally Effective
The Annals of Internal Medicine released a report on the effectiveness of steroid spinal injections. The report showed “benefits were small and not sustained, and there was no effect on long-term surgery risk. Limited evidence suggested no effectiveness for spinal stenosis” (AIM, 2015). Whenever a patient must undergo a procedure, one must always weigh the […]Read more
FDA Warns Consumers About ShoulderFlex Massager
Neck and Shoulder Massage Device Poses Strangulation Risk The FDA consumer safety division issued a warning to consumers against using a massage device called the ShoulderFlex Massager. The device was implicated in causing at least one death and one near death. The product was recalled but there are still some products remain on store shelves. […]Read more
Should Grandma take a multivitamin?
I read medical and chiropractic journals and research articles every day. I do it to stay on top of the latest research and I pass the relevant pearls of wisdom onto my chiropractic patients. Today I read an article that will definitely be passed on but with the ‘junk-science’ qualification. A study published in Arch […]Read more
Safety Concerns for Motorcycle Underglows
Underglow lights improve conspicuity When a civil society makes vehicle equipment laws, safety is typically the primary concern. Recently, I have been thinking of the issues related to underglow lights on motorcycles. People who ride motorcycles at night claim that the underglow light helps them to be seen by other drivers. Being seen is a […]Read more
Pain Meds Double Risk of Heart Disease
I follow research articles on a variety of health topics. Often we have lots of “do this” research which promotes a certain type of action. This week, I am promoting an article which is a “don’t do this” variety. This article warns us of the dangers associated with certain types of pain medications. The research […]Read more
Pills for Back or Neck Pain Are a Heart Concern.
There is a time and place for pain medication. None is without risk. Sometimes, the risk is small. New research shows that even the simple NSAID medications carry a new risk. NSAIDS are the common over the counter medications like acetaminophen (Tylenol), and ibuprofen (Advil). These medications are commonly used but new research shows that […]Read more