Week of: Monday Sept. 30, 2013
John H. Keefe III, D.C.
IN THE NEWS: MEDICAL DEVICES VULNERABLE TO HACKERS, NEW REPORT SAYS In an episode of the television series “Homeland,” a terrorist organization assassinates the vice president of the United States by wirelessly hacking into his pacemaker. Although the scenario was fictional, the underlying premise is not. Life-saving medical devices abound in today’s world, and many of these devices are connected wirelessly to hospital networks, making them vulnerable to cyberattacks. For example, a malicious person could hack into a pacemaker, causing the device to apply lethal electrical stimulation, or an insulin pump, causing it to deliver a deadly dose of the hormone. “Just like any other piece of Internet technology, medical devices are susceptible to the same cyber threats you hear about all the time on the news,” said Russel Jones, a partner at the consulting firm Deloitte, which released a report on Sept. 23 on the subject of cyber security in medical devices.
WELLNESS: VITAMIN B COULD HELP REDUCE RISK OF STROKE Vitamin B supplements may help reduce a person’s risk of stroke, Medical News Today reported. In a study published in the journal Neurology, researchers analyzed the results of 14 clinical trials involving 54,913 participants. Overall, they discovered that people taking vitamin B supplements for six months demonstrated a 7 percent reduced risk of stroke compared to people taking very low doses of the supplement, or a placebo. However, vitamin B did not appear to have any effect on the severity of strokes suffered by patients or their risk of death. Additionally, while vitamin B appeared to be effective, vitamin B12 had no effect on risk of stroke while vitamin B9 reduced the effects of vitamin B in terms of reducing stroke, according to Medical News Today. Vitamin B has also been shown to be useful for other health issues such as anxiety, depression, Alzheimer’s disease and heart disease.
CHIROPRACTIC: Chiropractic Care of a Pediatric Patient with Symptoms Associated with Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease, Fuss-cry-irritability with Sleep Disorder Syndrome and Irritable Infant Syndrome of Musculoskeletal Origin
J Canadian Chiropractic Association 2008 (Dec); 52(4): 248–255 The mother of a 3-month old girl presented her daughter for chiropractic care with a medical diagnosis of gastroesophageal reflux disease. Her complaints included frequently interrupted sleep, excessive intestinal gas, frequent vomiting, excessive crying, difficulty breastfeeding, plagiocephaly and torticollis. Previous medical care consisted of Prilosec prescription medication. Notable improvement in the patient’s symptoms was observed within four visits and total resolution of symptoms within three months of care. This case study suggests that patients with complaints associated with both musculoskeletal and nonmusculoskeletal origin may benefit from chiropractic care.