Monthly Archive for: ‘October, 2014’

Coffee Power Nap

    While it may sound counter-intuitive, several studies have  found that drinking coffee and then taking a 20-minute power nap maximizes alertness and performance. Scientists have been evaluating coffee naps to see whether they are any better than just taking a nap or just drinking coffee (about 200 mg of caffeine) In one study,  tired participants took a 15-minute …

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What does the research show?

        Every day new research comes out claiming to provide evidence that will advance the practice of medicine or improve guidelines for the prevention or management of disease. Good research helps to give healthcare providers the tools to practice using the best available evidence.   Evidence Based Practice (EBP) EBP  integrates a physician’s …

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The Needle Effect

In 1978, a Czech doctor, Karel Lewit,  published a landmark study in the Journal Pain. His study looked at therapeutic injection techniques for myofascial pain. In his analysis of 241 patients, he concluded that “it appeared that it was the puncture of the needle that was the common denominator, not the substance that was injected.” He went on to say …

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Got Pain?

Got pain?     you’re not alone Acute and chronic pain affects approximately 100 million Americans, with the annual costs associated with chronic pain is estimated to be $560-635 billion. Pain is a uniquely individual and subjective experience that depends on a variety of biological, psychological, and social factors. For many patients, the treatment of pain is inadequate not just because …

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Foods to Enhance Your Athletic Performance and Health

In the field of sports nutrition, supplement companies push their products, claiming they have the “magic bullet” for weight loss, weight gain and/or performance enhancement. Many of these products are costly, include a number of artificial chemicals, and are not supported by research. Some of them can even have adverse effects on your health, such as energy drinks causing restlessness …

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