National University of Health science is a four-year, private not-for-profit higher education institution located in the Chicago, Illinois suburbs. NUHS offers degree programs in chiropractic, naturopathic medicine, acupuncture, Chinese medicine and biomedical science. The university also offers certificate programs for massage therapy and chiropractic assistants. Wikipedia.
News Article | November 3, 2016
Today, with the stroke of his pen, Governor Tom Wolf adds Pennsylvania to the list of states that acknowledge the value of alternative healthcare from a qualified professional. Pennsylvania becomes the 21st U.S. jurisdiction to regulate naturopathic medicine. The new law HB516 regulates naturopathic doctors; ensuring patients can trust that their wellness professional holds a graduate degree from an accredited naturopathic medical school. Heidi Weinhold, N.D. and Legislative Chair of the Pennsylvania Association of Naturopathic Physicians (PANP), says, “This is a historic day for naturopathic medicine. The governor’s approval will throw open the doors for more Pennsylvania students to choose this academic course of study. Then, they can return home from a four-year graduate program to set up a practice as a naturopathic doctor.” The PANP members worked for the last 16 years with the state legislature to advance the much-needed recognition of this growing medical field. Their goal was to increase the credibility and minimize the confusion between professionals with an advance degree and the self-study practitioner. “Naturopathic professionals also seek to better coordinate and collaborate with medical professionals across the spectrum. We believe in integrative care, and this law gives us the stature we need to work peer-to-peer with other disciplines,” explains Dr. Weinhold. Under the new law, the terms Naturopathic Doctor and ND will be reserved exclusively for those who have attended four-year, post-graduate level programs at institutions recognized by the United States Department of Education. “This protects the scope-of-work and title for graduates from an accredited N.D. program,” offers Dr. JoAnn Yanez, executive director of the Association of Accredited Naturopathic Colleges. Naturopathic Doctors are currently practicing at Cancer Treatment Centers of America in Philadelphia, as well as the University of Pittsburgh Medical Centers, where they work side by side with medical doctors in an integrative setting. More patients could be served in this manner once naturopathic doctors are registered in this state. Both Penn State Hershey Medical Center and West Penn Allegheny General Hospital have indicated that they would hire Naturopathic Doctors if they were registered in the state. “The PANP will be working over the next year on implementation of the legislation in order that NDs can begin to register with the Board of Medicine. A number of Representatives and Senators have encouraged us to come back to the legislature next session in order to expand the scope of this bill. We are very encouraged about the future of naturopathic medicine in Pennsylvania,” says Dr. Marie Winters, manager of the Naturopathic Medicine Department of the Cancer Treatment Centers of America and president of PANP. The law will go into effect January 1, 2018. Pennsylvania joins these other jurisdictions which regulate naturopathic medicine: Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Connecticut, District of Columbia, Kansas, Maine, Maryland, Minnesota, Montana, New Hampshire, North Dakota, Oregon, Rhode Island, Utah, Vermont, Washington, Puerto Rico and U.S. Virgin Islands, and these provinces in Canada: Alberta, British Columbia, Manitoba, Ontario, Saskatchewan. The Association of Accredited Naturopathic Medical Colleges supports the work of its seven member colleges and promotes the naturopathic medical profession. The AANMC website is a clearinghouse for information about this growing health field and serves as a resource for prospective students of naturopathic medicine. Request Info on our colleges. AANMC’s member schools are: Bastyr University (Seattle, Washington and San Diego, California), The Boucher Institute (British Columbia, Canada), Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine (Toronto, Canada), National University of Natural Medicine (Portland, Oregon), National University of Health Sciences (Chicago, Illinois), Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine and Health Sciences (Phoenix, Arizona), University of Bridgeport College of Naturopathic Medicine (Bridgeport, Connecticut). The Association of Accredited Naturopathic Colleges is comprised of 7 colleges with 8 campuses across the U.S. and Canada. Their recent study, 2016 Graduate Success and Compensation Study found the vast majority (74 percent) of naturopathic physicians are satisfied or very satisfied with their career choice. Naturopathic medicine is a distinct primary health care profession that combines the wisdom of nature with the rigors of modern science, focusing on whole-patient wellness. The study also shows that a strong majority (77 percent) of naturopathic medical professionals overall feel successful in their careers. For professionals using their degree full-time, the mean salary after graduating from naturopathic medical school is about $90,000 in the U.S. and $74,000 in Canada – more than double their annual pay prior to entering school, according to the study. More than nine out of ten (92 percent) are using their naturopathic degrees, and in a wide variety of positions, including primary care physicians, specialists, medical/health/wellness consultants, writers, public speakers, natural products industry, medical faculty and administrators. To learn more about becoming a naturopathic doctor, visit http://aanmc.org.
News Article | October 29, 2016
Leading online higher education information provider AffordableCollegesOnline.org has announced it’s ranking of the 2016-2017 Best Online Colleges in Illinois. A total of 21 schools were selected for excellence in online education, with the University of Illinois at Springfield, Lincoln Christian University, Aurora University, National Louis University and Governors State University on top for four-year programs and Shawnee Community College and Southeastern Illinois College ranking highest for two-year programs. "Illinois has seen a steady increase in college enrollment since the mid-1990’s,” said Dan Schuessler, CEO and Founder of AffordableCollegesOnline.org. "These colleges are taking learning to the next level by offering online education options that are affordable and high quality. The flexibility online classes provide is paramount when it comes to helping a growing number of students earn college degrees.” To qualify for a place on the Best Online Colleges in Illinois list, AffordableCollegesOnline.org requires schools to hold public or private not-for-profit status. They must also carry accreditation and maintain specific in-state tuition standards; only two-year schools offering in-state tuition under $5,000 annually and four-year schools offering in-state tuition under $25,000 annually are considered. Rankings are assigned based on analysis of a dozen different data points, including variety of online offerings, graduation rates and financial aid statistics. A complete list of schools featured on the 2016-2017 Best Online Colleges in Illinois ranking are included below. Details on each school’s rank, specific data points and methodology used for the comparison can be found at: Aurora University Eastern Illinois University Governors State University Greenville College Illinois State University Lincoln Christian University MacMurray College Methodist College Moody Bible Institute National Louis University National University of Health Sciences North Park University Saint Francis Medical Center College of Nursing Shawnee Community College Southeastern Illinois College Southern Illinois University - Edwardsville St. John's College of Nursing University of Illinois at Chicago University of Illinois at Springfield University of Illinois at Urbana - Champaign Western Illinois University AffordableCollegesOnline.org began in 2011 to provide quality data and information about pursuing an affordable higher education. Our free community resource materials and tools span topics such as financial aid and college savings, opportunities for veterans and people with disabilities, and online learning resources. We feature higher education institutions that have developed online learning environments that include highly trained faculty, new technology and resources, and online support services to help students achieve educational and career success. We have been featured by nearly 1,100 postsecondary institutions and nearly 120 government organizations.
News Article | March 2, 2017
Dr. Jamine Blesoff has recently become an instructor of Naturopathic Medicine at National University of Health Sciences in Lombard, IL. She brings with her years of experience in providing infants, children and women with natural preventative care. Dr. Blesoff looks forward to bringing her experience into the classroom to educate the next generation of naturopathic healthcare providers, and further increase the quality of care she provides her clients by being in an open, integrative environment. Dr. Jamine Blesoff received her BA from the University of Connecticut. While enrolled there, she developed the Community Health major program. This program encompasses multiple disciplines including sociology, cultural anthropology, Latino studies and pre-med sciences. Dr. Blesoff went on to graduate from Bastyr University in Kenmore, Washington with a doctorate in Naturopathic Medicine. During her studies, she focused on botanical medicine, craniosacral therapy and homeopathy. She is a licensed Primary Care provider in Washington State. She is also bilingual in English and Spanish. She worked with Natural Doctors International to provide health care to individuals on the island of Ometepe in Nicaragua. She is a member of the American Association of Naturopathic Physicians, Illinois Association of Naturopathic Physicians, and Pediatric Association of Naturopathic Physicians. Before moving to the Chicago area, Dr. Blesoff built a successful private practice in Seattle, Washington. She currently sees patients out of Balance Health & Wellness and Serenity Acupuncture. For more information on Dr. Jamine Blesoff, please visit her website http://jamineblesoffnd.com. About the National University of Health Sciences Founded in 1906, National University of Health Sciences sets the standard of training for careers in health care and integrative medicine. The university is a champion of research, accreditation, academic excellence and high admission standards.
Kwon Y.,National University of Health Sciences
Chinese Journal of Integrative Medicine | Year: 2014
Over the past 4 decades Chinese medicine (CM) has come increasingly into the spotlight in the United States as the clinical effectiveness of CM has been not only empirically well-tested over a long period of time but also proven by recent scientific research. It has proven cost effectiveness, safety, and is authorized for natural and holistic approaches. In consideration, CM is one of the underutilized health care professions in the United States with a promising future. However, CM faces many challenges in its education and system, its niche in the health care system as an independent profession, legal and ethical issues. This paper discusses the confronting issues in the United States: present education, standards of CM education with shifting first professional degree level, new delivery systems of CM education. Development of new research models, training of evidence-based practice, and implementation of integrative medicine into CM education also are the key issues in the current CM profession. This paper also discusses opportunities for the CM profession going beyond the current status, especially with a focus on fusion medicine. © 2014 Chinese Association of the Integration of Traditional and Western Medicine and Springer-Verlag.
Pinna G.,University of Illinois at Chicago |
Rasmusson A.M.,National University of Health Sciences
Journal of Neuroendocrinology | Year: 2012
Benzodiazepines remain the most frequently used psychotropic drugs for the treatment of anxiety spectrum disorders; however, their use is associated with the development of tolerance and dependence. Another major hindrance is represented by their lack of efficacy in many patients, including patients with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). For these nonresponders, the use of selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) has been the therapy of choice. In the past decade, clinical studies have suggested that the pharmacological action of SSRIs may include the ability of these drugs to normalise decreased brain levels of neurosteroids in patients with depression and PTSD; in particular, the progesterone derivative allopregnanolone, which potently, positively and allosterically modulates the action of GABA at GABA A receptors. Preclinical studies using the socially-isolated mouse as an animal model of PTSD have demonstrated that fluoxetine and congeners ameliorate anxiety-like behaviour, fear responses and aggressive behaviour expressed by such mice by increasing corticolimbic levels of allopregnanolone. This is a novel and more selective mechanism than serotonin reuptake inhibition, which, for half a century, has been considered to be the main molecular mechanism for the therapeutic action of SSRIs. Importantly, this finding may shed light on the high rates of SSRI resistance among patients with PTSD and depression, comprising disorders in which there appears to be a block in allopregnanolone synthesis. There are several different mechanisms by which such a block may occur, and SSRIs may only be corrective under some conditions. Thus, the up-regulation of allopregnanolone biosynthesis in corticolimbic neurones may offer a novel nontraditional pharmacological target for a new generation of potent nonsedating, anxiolytic medications for the treatment of anxiety, depression, and PTSD: selective brain steroidogenic stimulants. © 2011 Blackwell Publishing Ltd.
Choi S.Y.,National University of Health Sciences
Asian Pacific Journal of Cancer Prevention | Year: 2013
Background: This study developed and measured the effects of a cervical cancer prevention program for married women immigrants. Materials and Methods: A nonequivalent control group pre-test/post-test design was used with a group of married women immigrants registered at the multi-cultural center in the city of "J." Data on for 30 participants in the intervention group and 27 participants in the control group (N=57) were used for analysis. The intervention group attended a 4-session cervical cancer prevention program. Results: The knowledge of the intervention and control groups about cervical cancer post-intervention was significantly different (F=12.55, p<0.001). The perceived susceptibility score before and after the experiment, for the intervention group, and 29.4 and 28 for the control group, was significantly different (t=2.063, p=0.043). After the program, cancer prevention behavior was significantly different in the intervention group (t=2.646, p=0.010). Conclusions: The results obtained in this study indicate that the cervical cancer preventive program was effective in increasing cervical cancer knowledge, perceived susceptibility, and cancer prevention behavior.
Thomsen M.,Copenhagen University |
Dahl M.,Copenhagen University |
Lange P.,Copenhagen University |
Vestbo J.,University of Southern Denmark |
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American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine | Year: 2012
Rationale: Patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) have evidence of systemic inflammation that may be implicated in the development of comorbidities. Objectives: To test the hypothesis that elevated levels of three inflammatory biomarkers are associated with increased risk of comorbidities in COPD. Methods:We examined 8,656 patients withCOPDfrom two large Danish population studies andduringa median 5 years' follow-up recorded hospital admissions due to major comorbidities as endpoints. Measurements and Main Results: We measured baseline C-reactive protein (CRP), fibrinogen,and leukocyte count,andrecorded admissions due to ischemic heart disease, myocardial infarction, heart failure, type II diabetes, lung cancer, pneumonia, pulmonary embolism, hip fracture, and depression for all participants. Multifactorially adjusted risk of ischemic heart disease was increased by a factor of 2.19 (95% confidence interval, 1.48-3.23) in individuals with three biomarkers elevated (CRP > 3mg/L, fibrinogen > 14 mmol/L, and leukocyte count > 9×109/L) versus individuals with all three biomarkers at or below these limits. Corresponding hazard ratios were 2.32 (1.34-4.04) formyocardial infarction, 2.63 (1.71-4.04) for heart failure, 3.54 (2.03-6.19) for diabetes, 4.00 (2.12-7.54) for lung cancer, and 2.71 (2.03-3.63) forpneumonia.Therewerenoconsistentdifferences in risk of pulmonary embolism, hip fracture, or depression as a function of these three biomarkers. Conclusions: Simultaneously elevated levels of CRP, fibrinogen, and leukocyte count are associated with a two-to four fold increased risk of major comorbidities in COPD. These biomarkersmay be an additional tool for clinicians to conduct stratified management of comorbidities in COPD. Copyright © 2012 by the American Thoracic Society.
Chang M.,National University of Health Sciences
Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics | Year: 2014
Objective The purpose of this study was to assess the current status of chiropractic practice laws in the United States. This survey is an update and expansion of 3 original surveys conducted in 1987, 1992, and 1998. Methods A cross-sectional survey of licensure officials from the Federation of Chiropractic Licensing Boards e-mail list was conducted in 2011 requesting information about chiropractic practice laws and 97 diagnostic, evaluation, and management procedures. To evaluate content validity, the survey was distributed in draft form at the fall 2010 Federation of Chiropractic Licensing Boards regional meeting to regulatory board members and feedback was requested. Comments were reviewed and incorporated into the final survey. A duplicate question was imbedded in the survey to test reliability. Results Partial or complete responses were received from 96% (n = 51) of the jurisdictions in the United States. The states with the highest number of services that could be performed were Missouri (n = 92), New Mexico (n = 91), Kansas (n = 89), Utah (n = 89), Oklahoma (n = 88), Illinois (n = 87), and Alabama (n = 86). The states with the highest number of services that cannot be performed are New Hampshire (n = 49), Hawaii (n = 47), Michigan (n = 42), New Jersey (n = 39), Mississippi (n = 39), and Texas (n = 30). Conclusion The scope of chiropractic practice in the United States has a high degree of variability. Scope of practice is dynamic, and gray areas are subject to interpretation by ever-changing board members. Although statutes may not address specific procedures, upon challenge, there may be a possibility of sanctions depending on interpretation. © 2014 National University of Health Sciences.
Risk Factors for 30-Day Unplanned Readmission and Major Perioperative Complications Following Spine Fusion Surgery in Adults: A Review of the National Surgical Quality Improvement Program (NSQIP) Database
Su A.W.,National University of Health Sciences
Spine | Year: 2016
STUDY DESIGN.: Retrospective review of a prospective cohort OBJECTIVE.: To determine the patient characteristics and surgical procedure factors related to increased rates of 30-day unplanned readmission and major perioperative complications after spinal fusion surgery, as well as the association between unplanned readmission and major complications. SUMMARY OF BACKGROUND DATA.: Reducing unplanned readmissions can reduce the cost of healthcare. Payers are implementing penalties for 30-day readmissions following discharge. There is limited data regarding the current rates and risk factors for unplanned readmission and major complications related to spinal fusion surgery. METHODS.: Spine fusion patients were identified using the 2012 and 2013 American College of Surgeons National Surgical Quality Improvement Program Participant User File. Rates of readmissions within 30 days following spine fusion surgery were calculated using the person-years method. Cox proportional hazards models were used to assess the independent associations of spine surgical procedure types, diagnoses, patient profiles and major perioperative complications with unplanned related readmissions. Independent risk factors for major complications were assessed by multivariable logistic regression. RESULTS.: Of 18,602 identified patients, there was a 5.2% overall major perioperative complication rate. There was a rate of 4.4% per 30 person-days for unplanned readmissions related to index surgery. Independent risk factors for both readmissions and major perioperative complications included combined anterior and posterior surgery, diagnosis of solitary tumor, older age, and higher American Society of Anesthesiologists class. Patients with deep/organ surgical site infection carried higher risk of having unplanned readmission, followed by pulmonary embolism, acute renal failure and stroke/CVA with neurological deficit. CONCLUSIONS.: This study provides benchmark rates of 30-day readmission based on diagnosis and procedure codes from a high-quality database for adult spinal fusion patients and showed increased rates of 30-day unplanned readmission and major perioperative complications for patients with specific risk factors. Targeted preoperative planning on modifiable risk factors with proportional reimbursement may promote higher quality healthcare.Level of Evidence: 3 Copyright © 2016 Wolters Kluwer Health, Inc. All rights reserved.
News Article | October 28, 2016
Cultivate by Standard Process continues to expand and evolve its proven approach to delivering business performance through chiropractic-led on-site corporate wellness. Through the Cultivate Business Enterprise Academy, Cultivate is developing DCs to become executive leaders who drive wellness and business success. “The sole purpose of the Cultivate Business Enterprise Academy is to equip chiropractors with skills to improve business performance for their corporate clients and for their private practices,” Cultivate President Jerry Curtin says. Cultivate Business Enterprise Academy curriculum was designed by a panel of experts with a combined 180 years of applicable field experience. Cultivate uses documented chiropractic expertise, corporate processes and proprietary tools based on 10 years of data and outcomes. Dr. Michelle Wesely, Chicago, and Dr. Ken Krimpelbein, Milwaukee, recently joined Cultivate Business Enterprise Academy as practice development coordinators. Both run successful private practices. Both are Cultivate-certified on-site corporate wellness chiropractors. “Joining the Cultivate Business Enterprise Academy appeals to me for one reason,” Dr. Wesely says. “We bring real-life practical experience in delivering on-site corporate wellness to chiropractors seeking to make a difference in their communities and in their private practices.” Those chiropractors accepted into the Cultivate Business Enterprise Academy gain access to a network of leaders in the corporate on-site wellness model and successful private practitioners. The ongoing support offered through the Cultivate Business Enterprise Academy staff and accredited DCs includes regular phone conferences, webinars and exclusive high-level continuing education sessions. All centered on delivering business performance. “The proven Cultivate on-site business model develops you and your practice to deliver more confidence while solving for common chiropractic challenges,” Dr. Ken Krimpelbein says. “These include maximizing community visibility, diversifying your practice, creating more certainty in care and, ultimately, impacting more lives. Cultivate does not succeed unless your private practice succeeds.” Visit http://www.cultivateonsite.com/partner/for-chiropractors to explore the Cultivate Business Enterprise Academy. Get started by completing the short form at the bottom of the page. Dr. Ken Krimpelbein graduated from Cleveland Chiropractic College in Kansas City, Mo., in 1995. He completed his undergraduate studies at UW-Whitewater. Since 1995, he has run and maintained a successful practice. In April of 2005,The American Chiropractor (a chiropractic trade journal) featured Dr. Ken in an article entitled “The Amazing Chiropractor.” Dr. Krimpelbein’s practice has been selected by readers of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel as a Top Choice Finalist in the Chiropractic Category and the Business of the Year by the South Shore Chamber of Commerce. Dr. Michelle Wesely hails from Whitby, Ontario, Canada, and is a Certified Functional Medicine Practitioner and a board certified Chiropractic Physician in Illinois. She completed her functional medicine training at Functional Medicine University after earning a Doctorate in Chiropractic and Bachelor of Science in Human Biology from the National University of Health Sciences. Dr. Wesely has been practicing with her husband Dr. Mark Wesely since 2001 in Glen Ellyn, Ill. In 2015, Wesely Family Chiropractic was awarded the “Patient’s Choice Award” for their commitment to quality patient care and the community. Cultivate is the first company of its kind that incorporates an on-site chiropractic professional with nutritional expertise as part of an organization’s wellness offering. This expert serves as the central resource to provide key elements of an effective wellness program, including chiropractic care, fitness consulting, nutritional guidance, and ongoing health education curricula. Cultivate works to assess and then deliver scalable wellness solutions to impact individual employees and the overall company using onsite chiropractic as a central component of the program. To learn more, visit http://www.cultivateonsite.com