Rehab Centers: Acute Effects of Electronic and Tobacco Cigarette Smoking on Complete Blood Count.

Acute Effects of Electronic and Tobacco Cigarette Smoking on Complete Blood Count.

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Food Chem Toxicol. 2012 Jul 30;
Flouris AD, Poulianiti KP, Chorti MS, Jamurtas AZ, Kouretas D, Owolabi EO, Tzatzarakis MN, Tsatsakis AM, Koutedakis Y

The World Health Organisation called for research assessing the safety of electronic cigarette (e-cigarette). We evaluated the acute effect of active and passive e-cigarette and tobacco cigarette smoking on complete blood count (CBC) markers in 15 smokers and 15 never-smokers, respectively. Smokers underwent a control conditionsession, an active tobacco cigarette smoking conditionsession, and an active e-cigarette smoking conditionsession. Never-smokers underwent a control conditionsession, a passive tobacco cigarette smoking conditionsession, and a passive e-cigarette smoking conditionsession. The results demonstrated that CBC indices remained unchanged during the control conditionsession and the active and passive e-cigarette smoking conditionsessions (P>0.05). Active and passive tobacco cigarette smoking increased white blood cell, lymphocyte, and granulocyte counts for at least one hour in smokers and never smokers (P<0.05). It is concluded that, for acute active and passive smoking using the e-cigarettes tested in the current study, acute active and passive smoking does not influence CBC indices in smokers and never smokers, respectively. In contrast, acute active and passive tobacco cigarette smoking increase the secondary proteins of acute inflammatory loadwhite blood cell, lymphocyte and granulocyte counts for at least one hour. More research is needed to evaluate chemical safety issues and other areas of consumer product safety of e-cigarettes, because the nicotine content in the liquids used may vary considerably. HubMed – rehab


Shelter from the storm; men with chronic pain and narratives from the rehabilitation clinic.

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Patient Educ Couns. 2012 Aug 1;
Ahlsen B, Mengshoel AM, Solbrække KN

OBJECTIVE: To examine the meaning of participating at a rehabilitation clinic in the lives of men with chronic pain. METHODS: The material consists of qualitative interviews with 10 Norwegian men with chronic neck pain, and was analyzed using narrative method, combined with a gender sensitive perspective. RESULTS: With references to ‘identification of a cause’ and ‘rebuilding physical strength’, the significance of medical expertise initially seemed to be linked to restoring bodily function. In the men’s individual lives, however, the meaning of being in rehabilitation extended far beyond achieving manifest treatment goals and was also linked to profound human needs, such as to (re)build a self, to be comforted and connected to others. CONCLUSION: As rehabilitation clinics may provide a legitimate space in which men’s experiences of pain are ‘housed’, they may constitute significant sources for restitution work, as well as significant shelters against social accusation that they are not really sick. PRACTICE IMPLICATIONS: We suggest that health professionals should be aware of the social significance rehabilitation clinics may represent for men living with chronic pain.
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Response of Pain Intensity to Soft Tissue Mobilization and Neurodynamic Technique: A Series of 18 Patients With Chronic Carpal Tunnel Syndrome.

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J Manipulative Physiol Ther. 2012 Jul 31;
De-la-Llave-Rincon AI, Ortega-Santiago R, Ambite-Quesada S, Gil-Crujera A, Puentedura EJ, Valenza MC, Fernández-de-Las-Peñas C

OBJECTIVE: The purpose of this prospective case series was to examine the combined effects of soft tissue mobilization and nerve slider neurodynamic technique on pain and pressure sensitivity in women with chronic carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS). METHODS: Eighteen women with a clinical and electromyographic diagnosis of CTS participated. Patients completed the numerical pain rating scale (NPRS) for current, worst, and lowest pain intensity and underwent pain pressure threshold (PPT) testing over the median, radial, and ulnar nerves; the C5-C6 zygapophyseal joint; the carpal tunnel; and the tibialis anterior muscle. Pain was assessed at baseline and 1-week follow-up, whereas PPT were assessed at baseline and immediately after and 1-week after intervention. Each received soft tissue mobilization and nerve slider neurodynamic technique directed at different anatomical sites of potential entrapment of the median nerve. RESULTS: A decrease in the mean current intensity and worst level of hand pain (P < .01) was found 1 week after the treatment session (mean changes, 2.2 ± 1.1 points). A treatment effect for PPT levels over the C5-C6 zygapophyseal joint (P < .001) was found: PPT increased bilaterally 1 week after the intervention. No other significant changes in PPT levels were found (P > .195). CONCLUSIONS: The application of soft tissue mobilization and neurodynamic technique decreased the intensity of pain but did not change pressure pain sensitivity in this group of women with chronic CTS.
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Immanuel medical center has big plans, and closing isn't one of them

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Today, as a member of the hospital's Charitable Council, Thesing is helping to raise $ 2.5 million toward an $ 11 million renovation and expansion of the hospital's inpatient rehab center. Alegent Health, which runs the hospital, has committed to funding …
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Drug rehab youths escape facility after friend beaten to death

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PHUKET: More than 200 youths escaped from the drug rehabilitation center at Por Noh Klong Gom School and sought the protection of a local mosque in Krabi on Thursday after one of their classmates was allegedly beaten to death by teaching assistants.
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