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Mental, not physical, fatigue affects seniors' walking ability
Low mental energy may affect walking patterns in older adults more than physical fatigue. New research about the relationship between walking ability and self-reported mood will be presented today at the American Physiological Society APS annual meeting at Experimental Biology 2018 in San Diego. Researchers from Clarkson University in New York observed a group of older adults average age 75 while they performed physically and mentally tiring tasks. The vol ...
EurekAlert - Sat. Apr 28
State-of-the-art reviews in osteoimmunology
Osteoimmunology, which deals with the crosstalk and shared mechanisms of the skeletal and immune systems, provides important insights into both systems. A special issue of invited reviews in Calcified Tissue International Musculoskeletal Research provides readers with succinct state-of-the-art reviews of the most important areas of research within the field of osteoimmunology. The contributions, many featuring superb illustrations, have been authored by th ...
EurekAlert - Sat. Apr 28
Get off the golf cart if you have knee osteoarthritis
CHICAGO --- From presidents to retirees, more than 17 million people over the age of 50 golf regularly. Knee osteoarthritis, which causes swelling, pain and difficulty moving the joint, is one of the leading causes of disability in this age group. It may seem intuitive that golfers with knee osteoarthritis should stay off their feet and ride in a golf cart. But new research from the Shirley Ryan AbilityLab and Northwestern Medicine has found, for the first ...
EurekAlert - Sat. Apr 28
Preliminary study suggests drug may help babies with spinal muscular atrophy
MINNEAPOLIS - A preliminary study suggests that an investigational drug may help increase protein levels in babies with spinal muscular atrophy. The open-label study is released today and will be presented at the American Academy of Neurology s 70th Annual Meeting in Los Angeles, April 21 to 27, 2018. Spinal muscular atrophy SMA is an inherited disease that leads to loss of motor function. It is the leading genetic cause of death in infants and toddlers. T ...
EurekAlert - Mon. Apr 23
The bugs in your gut could make you weak in the knees
Bacteria in the gut, known as the gut microbiome, could be the culprit behind arthritis and joint pain that plagues people who are obese, according to a new study published today in JCI Insight . Osteoarthritis, a common side effect of obesity, is the greatest cause of disability in the US, affecting 31 million people. Sometimes called wear and tear arthritis, osteoarthritis in people who are obese was long assumed to simply be a consequence of undue stres ...
EurekAlert - Mon. Apr 23
Evidence shows noninvasive nerve stimulation may help with hand tremor
LOS ANGELES - People with tremors in their hands from a condition called essential tremor may find some relief from a new, non-invasive type of nerve stimulation, according to a preliminary scientific abstract released today that will be presented at the American Academy of Neurology s 70th Annual Meeting in Los Angeles, April 21 to 27, 2018. Essential tremor is the most common type of tremor disorder and can be disabling for the over 7 million people in t ...
EurekAlert - Mon. Apr 23
Low total testosterone in men widespread, linked to chronic disease
ANN ARBOR, Mich. - A male s total testosterone level may be linked to more than just sexual health and muscle mass preservation, a new study finds. Low amounts of the hormone could also be associated with chronic disease, even among men 40 years of age and younger. If we look at data for men from a population level, it has become evident over time that chronic disease is on the rise in older males, says Mark Peterson, Ph.D., M.S., FACSM , lead author of th ...
EurekAlert - Mon. Apr 23
How environmental pollutants and genetics work together in rheumatoid arthritis
ANN ARBOR, Mich. - It has been known for more than three decades that individuals with a particular version of a gene -- human leukocyte antigen HLA -- have an increased risk for rheumatoid arthritis. Meanwhile, in recent years, there has been a growing interest in the relationship between rheumatoid arthritis and environmental factors, such as cigarette smoking. In smokers who develop rheumatoid arthritis, the disease hits harder. Smokers who also carry t ...
EurekAlert - Mon. Apr 23
In many countries, bone health may be at risk due to low calcium intake
The new interactive Global Map of Dietary Calcium Intake in Adults , launched today by the International Osteoporosis Foundation IOF , reveals that many populations are not getting enough calcium in their diets. The Map reflects the findings of a recent study published by an IOF Calcium Steering Committee . Why is calcium intake a concern Calcium is a major component of bone, accounting for between 30-35 of its mass and much of its strength. Low calcium in ...
EurekAlert - Mon. Apr 23
JFK's Long, Silent Struggle With Back Pain
Contrary to his youthful, vibrant public image, former President John F. Kennedy privately battled chronic, debilitating back pain much of his life. A new report chronicles JFK s pain issues and the many treatments he received throughout the years. The report includes private details -- from multiple failed spinal surgeries and narcotic injections, to use of a back brace that some believe may have played a role in his death. He went through the wringer vis ...
Healthday - Mon. Apr 23
'Mindfulness' Probably Won't Cure Your Back Pain: Study
Proponents of mindfulness-based stress reduction claim it can improve relationships, mental health, weight and more. But, one complaint it s unlikely to fix is lower back pain, researchers now say. Lower back pain doesn t respond to the programs, which embrace meditation, heightened self-awareness and exercise, according to a review of seven prior studies. Although short-term improvements were reported, no clinical significance was found in terms of overal ...
Healthday - Mon. Apr 23
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 - Mon. Apr 23