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Barrow researchers use novel imaging to predict spinal degeneration
PHOENIX, Ariz. Oct. 19, 2017 Research by a Barrow Neurological Institute neurosurgery team on novel imaging technique assessment of patients with lumbar spine degeneration was published in the Aug. 28 issue of PLOS ONE . The research was conducted as part of an American-Russian neurosurgery collaboration led by Dr. Mark Preul at the Barrow Neurological Institute s Neurosurgery Research Department and Dr. Vadim Byvaltsev, a leading Russian neurosurgeon, and ...
EurekAlert - Fri. Oct 20
Scoliosis Screenings Can Help Catch Spine Problem Early
Routine screenings for scoliosis, or curvature of the spine, help ensure the condition doesn t take a toll on children s health and self-esteem, according to an orthopedic specialist. One out of every 25 children develops scoliosis, says Dr. Scott Sorenson, a pediatric orthopedic surgeon at Penn State Children s Hospital in Hershey, Pa. The condition usually occurs when kids reach their preteen years but it can happen in babies or toddlers. It s unclear wh ...
Healthday - Fri. Oct 20
Retrolisthesis: Types, causes, and symptoms
Retrolisthesis is an uncommon joint dysfunction that occurs when a single vertebra in the back slips backward along or underneath a disc.
Medical News Today - Mon. Oct 16
Meeting an unmet need: A surgical implant that grows with a child
BOSTON -- Medical implants can save lives by correcting structural defects in the heart and other organs. But until now, the use of medical implants in children has been complicated by the fact that fixed-size implants cannot expand in tune with a child s natural growth. To address this unmet surgical need, a team of researchers from Boston Children s Hospital and Brigham and Women s Hospital have developed a growth-accommodating implant designed for use i ...
EurekAlert - Fri. Oct 13
A self-propelled catheter with earthworm-like peristaltic motion
Biopsies of pulmonary lesions are essential for increasing the accuracy of diagnosis and treatment for respiratory illnesses such as lung cancer. Currently, manual biopsies are performed via bronchoscopy. However, the bronchi tends to branch thinner and more complicatedly as it goes to the periphery, which makes it a challenge to reliably choose one and fine-tune the propelling movement. Given the skill disparities in operating doctors as well, it is diffi ...
EurekAlert - Fri. Oct 13
Confusion about long-term treatment of osteoporosis clarified
CLEVELAND, Ohio Oct. 11, 2017 - Osteoporosis is a common disorder among postmenopausal women which results in an increased risk of fractures. While several therapies improve bone strength and reduce the risk of spine and hip fracture, there is no cure for osteoporosis, and long-term treatment is needed. An upcoming presentation at The North American Menopause Society NAMS Annual Meeting in Philadelphia October 11-14 is scheduled to present new evidence abo ...
EurekAlert - Fri. Oct 13
Rapamycin treatment prevents crippling abnormal bone formation after severe li...
Philadelphia, PA, Oct. 11, 2017 - Individuals who experience severe injuries to their extremities, whether due to military combat or other trauma, often develop abnormal extra-skeletal bone in the damaged or healing tissue, a process known as heterotopic ossification HO . This post-traumatic abnormal wound healing can interfere with recovery, causing chronic pain, reduced mobility, and impaired prosthetic limb function. A new study in The American Journal ...
EurekAlert - Fri. Oct 13
In a first for wearable optics, researchers develop stretchy fiber to capture ...
WASHINGTON -- The exciting applications of wearable sensors have sparked a tremendous amount of research and business investment in recent years. Sensors attached to the body or integrated into clothing could allow athletes and physical therapists to monitor their progress, provide a more detailed level of motion capture for computer games or animation, help engineers build robots with a lighter touch or form the basis for new types of real-time health mon ...
EurekAlert - Fri. Oct 13
Study identifies genetic clues to spinal stenosis
A new study published in the Journal of Orthopaedic Research indicates that certain genetic changes are linked with an increased risk of developing lumbar spinal stenosis, a narrowing of the open spaces in the lower spine that can lead to pain in the legs when individuals walk. The results from the study, which included 469 individuals, provide insights into the potential causes of spinal stenosis. Our study represents a tremendous leap forward in our unde ...
EurekAlert - Fri. Oct 13
Resistance training prevents age-related tendon damage
A study published online in The FASEB Journal suggests that resistance training may prevent age-related tendon problems, such as ruptures and tendinopathies. In the report, scientists used different groups of sedentary and resistance-trained rats to reveal that the tendons of trained rats showed fewer signs of age-related damage than their sedentary counterparts. If this proves true in humans, it would provide further evidence that resistance training can ...
EurekAlert - Wed. Oct 4
New method for tissue regeneration, inspired by nature, described by scientists
Scientists have found a way of mimicking our body s natural healing process, using cell derived nano-sized particles called vesicles, to repair damaged tissue. The paper, published in Scientific Reports , describes a new approach to bone regeneration stimulating cells to produce vesicles which can then be delivered to facilitate tissue regeneration. The research team, led by the University of Birmingham, believe that the findings mark the first step in a n ...
EurekAlert - Tue. Oct 3
Heat-tempered magnesium alloy a strong choice for implants
BROOKLYN, New York - Titanium is the preferred material for surgical fixation procedures ranging from knee replacement to jaw implants. However, since this super-strong metal is not absorbed by the body over time, it can cause complications like infection, fistulization particularly following radiation therapy , interference with skeletal growth, intolerance, thermal sensitivity, and interference with MRI and other imagining procedures. Additional procedur ...
EurekAlert - Tue. Oct 3