Boosting muscle stem cells to treat muscular dystrophy and aging muscles
LA JOLLA, CALIF. - April 17, 2019 - Lying within our muscles are stem cells, invisible engines that drive the tissue s growth and repair. Understanding the signal s that direct muscle stem cells to spring into action could uncover new ways to promote muscle growth. However, these mechanisms are poorly understood. Now, scientists from Sanford Burnham Prebys have uncovered a molecular signaling pathway involving Stat3 and Fam3a proteins that regulates how mu ...
EurekAlert - Mon. Apr 22
Risk factors identified for patients undergoing knee replacements
In the largest study of its kind, researchers from the Musculoskeletal Research Unit at the University of Bristol have identified the most important risk factors for developing severe infection after knee replacement. Patients who are under 60 years of age, males, those with chronic pulmonary disease, diabetes, liver disease, and a higher body mass index are at increased risk of having the joint replacement redone known as revision due to infection. The re ...
EurekAlert - Mon. Apr 22
Do minerals play a role in development of multiple sclerosis?
MINNEAPOLIS - Some studies have suggested that minerals such as zinc and iron may play a role in how multiple sclerosis MS progresses, once people have been diagnosed with it. But little was known about whether zinc, iron and other minerals play a role in the development of the disease. A new study shows no link between dietary intake of several minerals and whether people later develop MS. The study is published in the April 3, 2019, online issue of Neuro ...
EurekAlert - Mon. Apr 15
Study suggests 'rest is best' for carpal tunnel and similar injuries
Orlando, Fla. April 9, 2019 - In a new study conducted in rats, researchers found a four-week period of rest was nearly as effective as an experimental drug at reducing discomfort and regaining function after an injury from repeated moderate-strain activity. The findings are relevant to treating common musculoskeletal disorders caused by overuse, such as carpal tunnel syndrome, tendinitis, tendinosis and low back pain. Rest appears to be a good first treat ...
EurekAlert - Mon. Apr 15
Ultrasound aligns living cells in bioprinted tissues
North Carolina State University researchers have developed a technique to improve the characteristics of engineered tissues by using ultrasound to align living cells during the biofabrication process. We ve reached the point where we are able to create medical products, such as knee implants, by printing living cells, says Rohan Shirwaiker, corresponding author of a paper on the work and an associate professor in NC State s Edward P. Fitts Department of In ...
EurekAlert - Mon. Apr 15
Stem Cell trial for osteoarthritis patients reduces pain, improves quality of ...
DURHAM, N.C. PRWEB April 09, 2019 -- Stem cells collected from the patient s own bone marrow holds great interest as a potential therapy for osteoarthritis of the knee KOA because of their ability to regenerate the damaged cartilage. The results were released today in STEM CELLS Translational Medicine SCTM . KOA is a common, debilitating disease of the aging population in which the cartilage wears away, resulting in bone wearing upon bone and subsequently ...
EurekAlert - Mon. Apr 15
Many Cancer Patients Take Alternative Meds But Don't Tell Their Doctors
One out of every three U.S. cancer patients uses alternative or complementary therapies, but many keep that info from their doctors, a new study finds. That s a real concern, the study s lead author said, especially when it comes to supplements and cancer radiation therapy. You don t know what s in them, said Dr. Nina Sanford, assistant professor of radiation oncology at UT Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas. Some of these supplements are kind of a mish ...
Healthday - Mon. Apr 15
Sciatica and pregnancy: Stretches, massage, and pain relief
Sciatica is one cause of back pain during pregnancy. People can relieve the symptoms using stretches, gentle massage, and other remedies.
Medical News Today - Mon. Apr 15
Waking up with lower back pain: Causes and treatment
Waking up with lower back pain can often indicate a problem with a person s sleeping posture, mattress, or pillows. However, morning back pain can sometimes be a symptom of a medical condition.
Medical News Today - Mon. Apr 15
What is psoriatic spondylitis? Symptoms, diagnosis, and treatment
Psoriatic spondylitis is the medical term for a type of psoriatic arthritis that affects the spine and the joints in the pelvis. The symptoms may develop anywhere between the pelvis and the neck.
Medical News Today - Wed. Apr 3
Disease burden in osteoarthritis is similar to rheumatoid arthritis
Osteoarthritis OA has traditionally been viewed as a highly prevalent but milder condition when compared with rheumatoid arthritis RA , and some may believe that it is part of a normal aging process requiring acceptance, not treatment. A new study in Arthritis Rheumatology indicates that OA and RA have similar impacts or burdens on patients when they first visit rheumatologists, however. Also, after treatment, OA was associated with a higher burden of dise ...
EurekAlert - Wed. Apr 3
New IR treatment for 'tennis elbow' reduces pain and inflammation without surg...
AUSTIN, TEXAS March 24, 2019 --Tennis elbow, the painful chronic condition that affects up to 3 percent of the U.S. adult population, can be effectively treated through transcatheter arterial embolization TAE , an image-guided, non-surgical treatment that decreases abnormal blood flow to the injured area to reduce inflammation and pain, according to research presented today at the Society of Interventional Radiology s 2019 Annual Scientific Meeting. The co ...
EurekAlert - Wed. Apr 3