What is Chiropractic?

Those that practice Chiropractic do so because it gives relief to many from pain. It is a form of health care that has a focus towards the body’s structure (mostly the spine area) and the function of the structure. Those who practice the art of chiropractic are called “doctors of chiropractic, chiropractors, or chiropractic physicians”. They basically use hands on therapy referred to as “manipulation” or “adjustments”.

Those who seek chiropractors often suffer from musculoskeletal ailments that involve bones, connective tissue (cartilages), joints, ligaments, muscles and tendons. There is a risk of injury from having your neck adjusted and a lower risk from having your back adjusted. You should investigate these risks before agreeing to participate in this therapy. It is also important to let your entire healthcare team know about all treatments you are thinking about engaging in.

Function and Form

Chiropractor School

Chiropractic Education SchoolIf you are interested in a course of study that will after four long years and a host of examinations later give you the right and privilege to call yourself a doctor of chiropractics, you will most likely want to know exactly what it is that you are getting yourself into.

You probably already know that chiropractics are a science as well as an art and as such it is concerned not only with the nervous system, the musculature, or the skeleton, but instead it sees all of these aspects as part of a whole, and as such they are affecting one another.

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Designer Molecules for Breast Cancer Treatment

breast cancer cellResearchers at Hamilton College in New York have identified molecules which have been shown to be effective in the fight against breast cancer. The researchers used the latest computational techniques in a novel way in order to design molecules predicted to be effective compounds for breast cancer research. Subsequently, scientists from Albany Medical College synthesized the predicted molecules and verified that they were potential anti-breast cancer compounds in mouse uterine growth assays, a test with good correlation to human breast cancer inhibition.

The paper, “Computational Design and Experimental
Discovery of an Anti-estrogenic Peptide Derived from Alpha-Fetoprotein,” is published in the May 16 2007 issue of the Journal of American Chemical Society.

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Cystic Fibrosis Chest Physiotherapy

Most cystic fibrosis patients suffer from excessive mucus build up in the lungs and respiratory organs. This mucus is a normal substance found in every person but in patients with cystic fibrosis it becomes abnormally thick and sticky. It sticks to the lining of the passageways that go to the lungs and digestive tracts and disrupts the work of those organs.

What Is It and How Does It Work?

The thick mucus that is clinging to the linings of the air passages and lungs must be dislodged and removed. There are several ways removing the mucus. Many have been used since the disease was first diagnosed and named in the 1940’s. New treatments are being discovered every year and the average life span of a CF patient has risen from 16 to the late 30’s.

Tests for Diagnosing Cystic Fibrosis

The standard and most common test for cystic fibrosis is the sweat test. Mothers often are performing this test in a maternal way when they kiss their infant and realize they have a salty taste. The sweat test measures the chloride or sodium (salt) is in the child’s sweat.

The test is normally painless and is conducted by placing a chemical that induces sweat to a portion of the body, usually an arm or leg. Then an electrode is attached to that spot and a mild electric current are passed through the area causing that spot to sweat. The small amount of current may feel tingly or cause that area to feel warm but is harmless and weak. Sweat is collected and sent to a laboratory for analysis for the mutant gene that carries cystic fibrosis.


Preventing Infections in Cystic Fibrosis Patients

There is no known cure for cystic fibrosis so the main purpose of treatment is to reduce the severity of the symptoms and give the patient the best possible quality of life. New antibiotics developed recently are more effective in fighting infections and killing the bacteria that causes them. Faster acting inhalers deliver the medications straight to the airways. Long-term users of antibiotics have the potential of developing a resistance to drug therapy.

The role of white blood cells in the body is to attack bacteria. When the DNA in the cells is released it makes the mucus thicker. There is a new aerosol drug that can be prescribed to breaks up the DNA into pieces and makes the mucus thinner. The new drug is called dornase alfa and it does have side effects. The drug can cause sore throat and increased irritation in the airways.


Cystic Fibrosis and Pregnancy

Scientists and researchers recently released a study showing a decline in birthrates of babies with cystic fibrosis since genetic testing became available. The general public has more knowledge and understanding of the disease that was a mystery for so long. In medieval times the people believed a baby was “bewitched” when they displayed symptoms of what we now know is cystic fibrosis.

With new research and new methods of genetic testing, many hope there will be an another reduction in the birthrate for CF babies. Cystic fibrosis in men will make them sterile, but a woman may still conceive and carry a child to full-term or near full-term.

Genetic Factors

A child cannot be born with cystic fibrosis unless both of his or her parents are carriers of the mutant gene. That gene was identified in 1988 and is called the cystic fibrosis transmembrane conductance regulator gene. It is associated with the number seven chromosomes. If only one parent is a carrier of the gene, there is a 25 percent chance their child will be a carrier for the disease.

Who Discovered Cystic Fibrosis?

Cystic fibrosis was a disease that has been around since the Middle Ages. Many infants with “salty skin” often died in infancy or young. These babies and children were considered “bewitched” because they died at such an early age.

The Swiss pediatrician Guido Fanconi first named the disease in 1936, when he refers to it as cystic fibrosis with Bronchiectasis. A scientist from Columbia University first developed a complete profile and description of cystic fibrosis symptoms.

Dr. Dorothy Hansine Anderson