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Keeping you In Touch with what's happening in the world of Health Care.
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In Touch - Vol. 5, No. 8
Snoring and Spinal Damage Related?

The March 1999 issue of the Journal of Vertebral Subluxation Research reports on a study which finds that a specific type of snoring seems to be related to faulty spinal structure in the neck.

Obstructive Sleep Apnea Syndrome (OSAS) is typically caused by a co1lapse of the pharynx in the upper airway, is mostly found in men and is usua1ly associated with obesity. The researchers in this study wanted to find out if vertebral subluxation, spinal structure and mechanics played any role in OSAS.

According to the authors, "Previous reports have suggested that a variety of adjustment procedures may positively affect both pulmonary function in general, as well as aspects of respiratory distress associated with asthma in children and adults.

X-rays of 138 OSAS patients were examined. The researchers found a significant, positive correlation between vertebral subluxations, spinal problems in the upper part of the neck and OSAS. In fact, the study suggested that the more severe the subluxation, the more severe the symptoms of OSAS.

The authors conclude that "based on the demonstrated ability to objectively measure the severity of sleep apnea, as well as correlate it to upper cervical (neck) curvature, it becomes of interest to investigate the clinical outcomes of sleep apnea patients undergoing...chiropractic care."

We can't help but agree. Studies such as this add strength to the conclusion that vertebral subluxation contributes to abnormal body mechanics and function and correcting subluxations through chiropractic care can help restore and maintain health.

In Touch - Vol. 5, No. 8
U.S. Suspends All Research At Johns Hopkins After Death Of Asthma Study Participant

The Associated Press reports on July 20, 2001 that after an improperly administered asthma study at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, MD caused the death of a healthy, 24 year-old participant, all human research at the school has been suspended by the U.S. Office of Human Research Protection (OHRP). The research ban was lifted on July 23, 2001 after weekend meetings resolved the OHRPs concerns.

Study participant Ellen Roche, 24, died on June 2, 2001 after inhaling the drug hexamethonium, which was being used to induce asthma attacks in healthy people so doctors could learn how the body fights asthma attacks. Hexamethonium was widely used in the 1940s and 1950s in tablet form for the treatment of hypertension but the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) later pulled its approval of the drug. Hexamethonium was never approved by the FDA to be used as an inhalant.

In a letter to the school that outlined the reasons for the suspension, the OHRP says that researchers did not sufficiently warn participants in the asthma study of the dangers and "continued to expose additional subjects to inhaled hexamethonium before the symptoms in the first subject were resolved and before reporting the event" to a university review board.

The University's own internal review of the incident stopped short of blaming the lead researcher, Dr. Alkis Togias, who remains on staff and faces no other disciplinary action. The same review went on to conclude that the experiment was "well-supervised".

By way of commentary, we feel that Ellen Roche would likely disagree with that conclusion.

In Touch - Vol. 5, No. 8
Drug Companies Spend More On Ads Than Research

A July 12, 2001 report issued by Families USA, a Washington, DC-based healthcare consumers' group says that leading pharmaceutical companies spend more than twice as much on advertising and marketing as they do on research.

Consumer group's arguments to curtail skyrocketing drug costs often come up against arguments from the drug industry that any effort to curtail these profits will cause fewer dollars to be available for research.

The report says that this argument doesn't hold water since the drug companies are not spending current profits on research, choosing instead to spend more than twice the amount on expensive direct-to-consumer advertising than they do on research.

The report, based on information from the drug companies own financial disclosures to the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), also says that the largest drug companies continue to pay their top executives tens of millions per year. They also typically sell the same products in other countries for much less than they do in the U.S.

Last year for example, Pfizer, Inc. reported $30 billion in revenues. 39% of that was spent on advertising, marketing and administration. Only 15% of revenue went to research and 13% went to profits. Chairman William C. Steere was paid more than $40 million in salary and bonuses in 2000.

"The industry is hiding behind research and development as a way of increasing prices and therefore increasing profits," said Ron Pollack, executive director of Families USA. "The research and development mantra they use is clearly extremely misleading."

In Touch - Vol. 5, No. 8
Pain Medication Abuse Can Give Kids Headaches

The June, 2001 issue of the Journal of Child Neurology reports that overuse of common over- the-counter pain medications (aspirin, acetaminophen, etc.) can trigger chronic headaches in adolescents.

The study was done at the Meir General Hospital in Kfar Saba, Isreal. According to one of the researchers, Dr. Rachel Hering-Hanit, "Pediatricians...should be aware of the possibility that the continuous progressive increase in headache frequency might be due to abuse." She went on to say, "They should avoid advising children to take pain medications 'at liberty'."

In commentary, imagine waking up in the middle of the night because your smoke alarm is going off, taking the batteries out and going back to bed. Wouldn't you want to find out what's causing the smoke? Taking pain medications is much the same way; simply 'turning off symptoms does not mean that you have reached and taken care of the underlying problem.

Perhaps a better approach is to restore health and proper function through Chiropractic Care. Keeping a body working right is a lot easier than getting one working right again.

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