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Covered California --- Shop and Compare (aka, say goodbye to "pre-" existing conditions):

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New health insurance marketplaces are open for business, starting today. Here's some advice, care of Allpointe Insurance Services and Bradley Vacaro:

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Acupuncture for Acute Low-Back Pain--Highest Level of Evidence

PAIN--the journal of the International Assiciation for the Study of Pain (IASP), and the most influential journal in the field of pain research (Impact Factor 5.644) just published this positive clinical trial for acupuncture for acutelow-back pain, concluding: "The numerical rating scale of the MSAT [acupuncture] group decreased 3.12 (95% confidence interval=2.26, 3.98; P<.0001) more than that of the injection group and the Oswestry Disability Index of the MSAT group decreased 32.95% (95% confidence interval=26.88, 39.03; P<.0001) more than that of the injection group, respectively. The difference between the 2 groups maintained statistical significance at 2 and 4 weeks after treatment. These results suggest that MSAT has positive effects on immediate pain relief and the functional recovery of aLBP patients with severe disability."

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Jonah's Summer 2013 Update
Hot off the press! In this update:

Improving Patient Results with Light Therapy
Help Fund Our Pain Research at Stanford
Society for Acupuncture Research Conference
MD Anderson Oncology Training in July
AIDS LifeCycle Sponsorship

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CorTemp Ingestible Core Body Temperature Sensor ushers in the age of body-monitoring pills.

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Statins Plus Certain Antibiotics May Set Off Toxic Reaction: Study

Doctors should avoid ordering certain antibiotics for older patients who take cholesterol-lowering statin drugs, such as Lipitor, Canadian researchers say.

Statins, which are taken by many millions of people, don't mix well with the antibiotics clarithromycin or erythromycin, according to a study, published in the June 18 issue of the Annals of Internal Medicine.

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15 Cancer Symptoms Women Ignore (from WebMD)

(It's obvious but important to recognize that these symptoms can come from many causes other than cancer.)

Unexplained Weight Loss
Breast Changes
Between-Period Bleeding or Other Unusual Bleeding
Skin Changes
Difficulty Swallowing
Blood In the Wrong Place
Mouth Changes
Lymph Node Changes
Persistent Cough

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Acupuncture Effective for Depression in Pregnancy
Acupuncture Effective for Depression in Pregnancy

This, a timely update related to my last post, was just published, finding "“high-level evidence to support the use of acupuncture for treating major depressive disorder in pregnancy.” 
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