Belching, hiccuping and related issues are common complaints among patients. Dr. David Johnson of Eastern Virginia Medical School explains the distinction between normal and abnormal belching, and discusses the behavioral component of what's known as supragastric belching -- meaning it isn't serving an important physiological function. Yet, belching and the related condition of air swallowing aren't easily treated. Interventions could include drugs or speech therapy. Hiccups, meanwhile, are associated with a spasm of the intercostal muscles and diaphragm. Hiccups are common, but a persistent issue can signal a serious health problem and should be evaluated by an expert.
The issue of phantom limb pain was the subject of an episode of the television series "Grey’s Anatomy," as the character Dr. Arizona Robbins coped with the aftermath of her leg amputation. While the character is fictional, she is dealing with a very real problem, writes author Dr. Michele R. Berman.
The International Society for Prosthetics and Orthotics opens its global conference in Hyderabad, India, on Feb. 7. The ISPO World Congress is the first to be held in India and South Asia, and organizers expect more than 1,000 delegates from 84 countries. Changing demographics, lifestyle-generated disorders and other factors are creating growing demand for O&P professionals, said ISPO President Jan H.B. Geertzan.
AHIP President Karen Ignagni also discussed the proposal in a Newsmaker session with USA TODAY. "This is a major step, and it changes everything about how the market works," she said. Read a live blog of the session.