back pain

11 Things We Didn’t Know Last Week

Posted on 01/22/2014 by | News, Culture, Sights and Sounds | Comments

11 ThingsNews, discoveries and fun …   1. Dolphins are 10 times stronger than the fittest humans. (Learn more at Discovery) 2. A spandex suit that combats slipped disks in astronauts might also help people on Earth with lower-back problems. (Learn more at Mashable) (hat tip to Mike Kulick) 3. One percent of the world’s population controls half the wealth. (Learn more at NPR) 4. The Peace Corp’s oldest volunteer, 80, is winding up her assignment in South Africa. (Learn more at AARP) …

Back and Neck Pain: The Chiropractic Therapy Debate

Posted on 10/10/2012 by | Personal Health and Well-being | Comments

Bulletin Today | Personal HealthSpinal manipulation, in which a chiropractor or osteopath “adjusts” the spine using various kinds of thrusts, is no more effective than other kinds of treatment at reducing lower back pain, a new review of 20 previous trials involving more than 2,600 adults finds. And, in a second hit at this kind of treatment, doctors warned that spinal manipulation for neck pain should be abandoned because of the danger of serious injury, including stroke, from tears in neck arteries. According to …

Meningitis Outbreak From Shots For Back Pain

Posted on 10/5/2012 by | Personal Health and Well-being | Comments

Bulletin Today | Personal HealthA popular treatment for severe back pain — steroid shots in the lower back because of ruptured disks or spinal stenosis — has been linked to a growing outbreak of a rare and deadly fungal meningitis from contaminated injections. As the number of cases and deaths continued to climb this week, lawmakers called for a Congressional inquiry into pharmacies of the kind that made the medicine and new laws to ensure tighter federal oversight of their operations, the New York …

When the Caregiver Doesn’t Take Care of Herself

Posted on 08/30/2012 by | Aging, Home & Family Expert | Comments

CaregivingIt’s a subtle thing. It happens bit by bit…it creeps up and then one time too many of lifting the wheelchair into the trunk and—BAM! –it smacks me flat, usually at the most inopportune time.That’s what happened to me last week when my back screamed, “Stop!”  I have a history of back problems, but my back hasn’t flared up this badly in about 10 years. The timing couldn’t be worse.  We are packing up my parents’ senior living apartment and …

The Takeaway: New Refinancing Help For ‘Underwater’ Homeowners; Stretching Helps Chronic Back Pain

Posted on 10/25/2011 by | Brooklyn, NY | Comments

Bulletin TodayHelping Homeowners Tread Water: Meeting yesterday with distressed homeowners in Las Vegas—the ‘foreclosure capital of the nation’—President Obama unveiled a plan to allow homeowners who owe more than their properties are worth to refinance mortgages at today’s low rates, which are hovering near 4 percent. If you think this has shades of 2009 all over it—well, you’re right: The new plan is a revised version of the previous Home Affordable Refinance Program—which didn’t have as much effect as the administration would …

Pain in My Back

Posted on 05/13/2010 by | Archived Contributor | Comments

Personal HealthAccording to this article from Good Morning America and ABC News, Americans spend $50 billion each year on low back pain. Is that more than the wedding industry?? Besides a sore throat, back pain is the thing Americans go to the doctor for the most – and 80% of Americans say they suffer from it…so it is likely that you or someone close to you struggles with back pain at least occasionally. Check out the video below from GMA, featuring …