開催日： 2015年6月17日 (水) 6:30 - 8:30 pm
Last week, JMSA held a Back Pain Health Seminar at Nippon Club led by Dr. Erich Anderer. The summary of the event can be found below!
Major points of the lecture:
Back pain is a very prevalent problem and is associated with health care costs of about $26 billion dollars per year. Although there are some more insidious causes of back pain which should be ruled out (cancer, infection), the majority of back pain is often without an identifiable cause. In most cases, the pain is limited to a few days and can be treated at home with over the counter anti-inflammatory medicine. It is important to return to your normal activities as soon as possible since this has been shown in studies to be associated with better overall recovery. Physical therapy, acupuncture, chiropractic manipulation, and steroid injections have all been shown to work in select patients with back pain that does not respond to self-directed treatment.
In a minority of cases, surgery is required for one of two reasons: 1) nerve/spinal cord decompression and/or 2) instability. There are a number of surgical techniques such as microdiskectomy and fusion which are very effective in well selected patients.
In order to avoid the need for surgery in the event you have back pain, doing things beneficial to your general health (eating well, maintaining a healthy weight, staying active) are also beneficial for spine health. Specific activities that work on core strength, such as yoga, pilates, and swimming, are also very effective in alleviating pain and ultimately helping you avoid the need for surgery.
General points to consider:
- everyone gets back pain
- most back pain is not serious
- most back pain can be treated without seeing a doctor
- most expensive treatments for back pain do not work
- the best way to avoid back pain is to stay healthy
When to see a doctor:
- back pain longer than one month
- severe back pain with a significant known medical condition
- back pain associated with trauma
- pain shooting down the leg or arms
- back pain with bowel/bladder disturbance (urgent!)
JMSA JOURNAL, VOL. 5, No. 2
Japanese Medical Society of America
M. Adachi, M.D., Sc.D and J. Furuyama, D.D.S: Editors
Marathon Injury Prevention and Nutrition Support
Asako Miyashita, MS, RD. Nihon Clinic, New York, N.Y.
A proper diet is essential and significantly influences your marathon training and race-day performance. An adequate diet in terms of quantity and quality, before, during, and after training and competition, will give you optimal results. Eating balanced meals can meet basic nutrition requirements and provide your body with enough nutrients and energy to maintain health and prevent injury.
Please join us for the Nippon Club's Health Seminar Vol. 27: Marathon Injury Prevention and Nutritional Support.
Time: 6:30-8:30pm (Lecture 6:30-8:00pm, Food & Drink 8:00-8:30pm)
Location: Nippon Club 5F Sakura Room
Fee: Nippon Club Member $15 / Non Member $25 (including food & drink)
Guest lecturers Dr. Ken Vitale and Asako Miyashita, MS, RD will speak about common marathon injuries, preventive measures, and nutritional recommendations to optimize marathon performance. The talk will be held in both Japanese and English.
Please click "Continue Reading" for guest speaker bios.
JMSA JOURNAL VOL. 5 NO. 1
Japanese Medical Society of America
M. Adachi, M.D., Sc.D. and J. Furuyama, D.D.S. (Editors)
Heart Transplantation, Artificial Heart, and Device Lag
Hiroo Takayama, M.D., Ph.D., Division of Cardiothoracic Surgery, Department of Surgery, Columbia University Medical Center
Heart failure (HF) remains one of the most common causes of death in the United States. The 2005 ACC/AHA guidelines introduced a comprehensive and systematic method of assessing and managing patients with risk factors and those with HF. The suggested staging system is ambitiously inclusive, covering a wide range of patients with cardiovascular problems. It categorizes patients into Stages A (at high risk for HF but without structural heart disease or symptoms of HF) to D (refractory HF requiring specialized interventions). Medical treatment is extremely limited for HF patients in Stage D. Among the available surgical interventions for HF, left ventricular assist device (LVAD) is distinct from the others in that it, at least partially, replaces the pump function of the failing heart, similar to heart transplantation. Unlike heart transplantation, however, it does not rely on a human donor supply, which is a well-known limiting factor. As technological advances have accrued, LVAD has evolved into a reliable and well-described treatment option.
Why learn CPR?
Sudden cardiac arrest is a common condition that can happen to anyone. The condition occurs when the electrical impulses to the heart become too fast or disorganized, causing the heart to stop beating. More than 300,000 cardiac arrests happen each year in the US, and in many cases, the victim appears healthy with no known cardiac disease or risk factors. The good news is that high quality CPR performed immediately after a cardiac arrest can double or even triple the victim's chances of survival. Since 88% of cardiac arrests happen at home, it is crucial that everyone learn how to do CPR. With effective CPR, you can save a family member's life!
JMSA CPR Workshops
Several times each year, the JMSA hosts free Japanese-language CPR workshops for the Japanese community in New York City. Our next workshop is scheduled for the fall of 2012. Stay tuned for more details about the date and location to be posted here soon! In the meantime, although there is no substitute for hands-on instruction, feel free to browse our CPR handout here (Japanese and English*) for a quick review of the steps of CPR.
*Information and images courtesy of the American Heart Association and the Ehime University School of Medicine ACLS Handout
March 11th, 6:30 PM, Nippon Club
Dr. Yuichiro Kuwama will talk about preventive medicine to achieve compression of morbidity in the late stage of life.
As medical science progresses, we are successful in prolonging human life span by postoning death by controling various chronic medical conditions. But it does not necessary mean we can spend a comfortable, joyable, and lively long life. Many people suffer from hardships from diseases and medical science may be prolonging time with morbidities, which is called "failure of success" of medicine.
Dr. Kuwama will try to find ways to prolong life span without morbidities and to achieve compression of morbidities in the late stage of life. He will present the importance of primary prevention from early stage of life to make this happen.
The seminar will take place on March 11 at 6:30 pm at Nippon Club, 145 W 57 Street, NY, NY 10019.
Inquiry to Mr. Naito at Nippon Club, Tel 212-581-2223.