If something sounds too good to be true, then chances are it probably is not so good after all and should be monitored with a watchful eye. All eyes in the spine community have been watching the results of many trials related to total disc replacement for low back pain. In a recent review, members of the Cochrane Collaboration have rendered a warning about the effectiveness and safety of total disc replacement for low back pain.
The idea of replacing a worn out spine disc was first introduced in 1966. Because of very poor results from this pilot procedure, the idea was put away until the technology could catch up. In the past two decades, several disc replacement concepts have come knocking on the FDA’s door: CHARITE (DePuy Spine) and ProDisc (DePuy Synthes Spine) are approved by the FDA and the Maverick (Medtronic) and Flexicore (Stryker Spine) are in the investigational stages. The difference between them is in the amount of movement each one will allow with the ultimat...
Ranking ½ stars out of 5 One of our forum members brought this book to my attention because this passage concerned her: "Headaches come from invalidating the self . . . Forgive yourself, let it go, and the headache will dissolve back into the nothingness from where it came . . . Migraine headaches are created by people who want to be perfect and who create a lot of pressure on themselves. A lot of suppressed anger is involved..." While I won't go so far as to say that NO head pain could ever come from such psychological/spiritual situations as Hays describes, I must point out that patients in such situations are a very, very small percentage of those suffering from head pain, and her Migraine comments are totally invalid. Although this book was originally written in 1984, before there was clinical evidence that Migraine is a neurological disease, her approach was inappropriate even then. Also, the copy I have is from a 2001 reprint of the book, which means t...
Generic Name: EMOLLIENTS - TOPICAL Hydrating Healing Top Uses
This medication has 2 types of ingredients (emollient,
keratolytic) that work together to treat or prevent dry, rough, scaly, itchy
skin (e.g., eczema, keratosis, xerosis). Dry skin is caused by a loss of water
in the upper layer of the skin. Emollients are substances that soften and
moisturize the skin and decrease itching and flaking. Emollients/moisturizers
work by forming an oily layer on the top of the skin that traps water in the
skin. Petrolatum, lanolin, mineral oil, and dimethicone are common
Lactic acid, salicylic acid, and urea are keratolytics.
They increase moisture in the skin by softening/dissolving the horny substance
(keratin) holding the top layer of skin cells together. This helps the dead
skin cells fall off and helps the skin keep more water in. Higher strengths of
urea are used to treat corns, callous, and some nail problems (e.g., ingrown...
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