The American Association of Neurological Surgeons recommends minimally invasive spinal surgery (MIS) for people who suffer from a number of chronic spinal ailments that cannot be corrected with non-surgical treatments. Patients with chronic spinal problems and pain usually undergo a number of non-surgical treatments including physical therapy, injection therapy and medications as first-line medical interventions. These treatments may provide relief for many spine problems such as scoliosis, spondylosis, herniated discs, fractures or osteoarthritis. When these treatments are not effective, or if there are serious problems such as a spinal tumor, surgery may be recommended.
Spinal surgery traditionally involved making an incision along the affected area of the spine to provide access to and allow an adequate view of the area for the surgeon. There are several risks involved in this type of surgery, and because muscles and soft tissues are affected, healing takes longer. Minimally invasive spinal care has many benefits over traditional surgery. The procedure needs only a very small incision, sometimes as small as 2 centimeters, so there is less damage to muscles and soft tissue. Because the incision site is small, scaring is minimal. Other advantages include faster recovery from surgery and faster healing after the procedure, lowered risk of infection and less blood loss.
There are many types of minimally invasive spinal surgery, each designed for specific spine problems. At North American Spine Treatment Center for example. they use the exclusive AccuraScope procedure to allow access to an entire spinal region at different levels, allowing the surgeon to correct several problems with one procedure instead of having to undergo multiple surgeries for problems in different levels of the spine. The physician uses specialized equipment like high-definition cameras and lasers routed through a thin tube inserted into small opening in the back. The procedure identifies the source of pain and inflammation and treats problems like herniated discs and compressed nerves. The treatment takes between 30 and 45 minutes, usually on an out-patient basis and often with only local anesthesia.
They offer a number of diagnostic procedures to pinpoint the source of pain so that you can be treated efficiently. The physicians perform more than 30 different types of minimally invasive spinal surgery, each tailored to the need of the patient. For those situations where surgery is not recommended, neuro-stimulation may be recommended for pain relief. They have several locations throughout the U.S. provide convenient treatment facilities often partnered with state-of-the-art major medical centers in each area.
The North American Spine website has even more info.
There is an illness that is seen by many people every year. It affects people of all ages, especially children and the elderly. It’s the flu. Although there are vaccines available, the country really isn’t prepared to deal with the epidemic
that seems to be taking place in the United States. If you ask Bruce Levenson the virus seems to change every year,
so it would make sense that people are prepared when the flu strikes.
There are some precautions that people can take, such as hand washing and making sure they stay away from people who exhibit symptoms. Some people don’t get vaccinated because they think that the vaccine will make them get the flu. This isn’t the case as it’s not a live vaccine. The country doesn’t seem like it can handle the onslaught of flu cases that it’s seeing as some doctor’s offices are booked, and there might not be enough medications for those who have the flu.
A new study conducted in England offers new hope for those whose suffer with depression and anxiety disorders. Natural probiotics may be the new treatment for depression or at least aid in the treatment plans for depression and anxiety.
Probiotics a nd naturally found in the human digestive system, they are often referred to a ‘good bacteria’. These good bacteria aid in digestion and according to the new study I learned about from Skout, may also alter the way emotional information is processed. So have too many or too few good bacteria in your gut can cause you to be depressed or have anxiety issues.
The study gave participants probiotics and prebioitc supplements for three weeks. Some of the test participants also received a placebo. Those participants who received the probiotics and prebiotics were found to have a reduced amount of cortisol in their saliva than those who were given placebos. Cortisol is the stress hormone produced by the body which is responsible for high anxiety levels and weight gain around the mid-section which is attributed to several health problems.
Those with reduced levels of cortisol also had reduced levels of stress and anxiety, elevating their mood naturally and lifting them out of depression. Probiotics and prebiotics are found in many yogurt products and are easy to incorporate into a healthy diet.
Former President George H.W. Bush, 90, has been released from the hospital. He is now recovering at home.
The former president began experiencing shortness of breath on December 23rd. He was taken by ambulance to Methodist Hospital in Houston where he was admitted. Official statements noted that he was admitted to the hospital as a precaution, and Twitter reports seemed to have confirmed that.
Christian Broda also said that family and friends visited the former president over the holidays, and noted he was alert and active. Doctors kept the former president to run tests and to observe his breathing and heart rate. Allegedly, his breathing returned to normal without intervention.
This is not the first health scare for the former president. Bush was diagnosed in 1991 with Graves Disease, an autoimmune disease that effects the thyroid and can cause intermittent periods of hyper and hypothyroidism. Bush has experienced irregular heartbeats due to the disease. In 2000, he was hospitalized for two months following a bout of bronchitis.
While his health hasn’t been wonderful, in recent years, Bush has managed to take part in many activities, including skydiving to celebrate his 90th birthday in June.
There has been no official word on what caused the shortness of breath, but the former president has apparently recovered enough to head home with his wife and children. He’ll remain in his Houston area home, according to sources.
A doctor at the Buck Institute is trying to initialize a program that could possibly help a person reverse the symptoms of Alzheimer’s or even help a person to be able to avoid the disease all together. In a blind study that he had conducted he had 10 patients that he did study on. All of these patients had various degrees of Alzheimer’s disease and the majority of them had to lose or quit their job because the presentation of the symptoms would not allow them to continue to work and carry out different tasks.
Nine out of 10 of the subjects showed improvement that was in cognition within the first 3 to 6 months of beginning the doctors program. There was one patient who did not show signs of improvement but this patient was a patient that was in the very late stages of Alzheimer’s disease. Six out of ten of the patients that had to quit working because of their disease were able to return back to work because their performance was so much better because of the program.
I’m sure this will be interesting to National Bureau of Economic Research advisor Christian Broda, this study about Doctor Dale Bredesen’s program is very promising. It gives millions of people the hope that one day they may be able to reverse or deter the signs and symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease.
In a recent study that was done by the Journal of social psychiatry and psychiatric etymology it was suggested that some jobs may be contributors to high amounts of depression. It was interesting to note that industries with the highest of depression.with public transit, real estate, social work, personal services, legal services and publishing. There are some things that the jobs that have the highest amount of depression have in common. They all involve interactions with customers that may be stressful or problematic. The industries in which there was the lowest amount of depression were recreation services, highway construction, and coal mining, according to profiles on Linkedin that Ben Shaoul had been studying.
It seems like the jobs that involve a less amount of contact with people and more physical movements contribute to a person being more content working and that means less prone to depression. It is a good idea to investigate more into this study in order to find ways to make these jobs less stressful on those that are carrying them out. It is is smart to look at the jobs that may cause a person to be depressed before a person decides to go into a certain career. Even though person should try going into a career that is going to be best for them, at the same time a person’s mental health is of utmost importance.