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Alternative Medicine Taking Hold Among Americans: Report
Americans spend a good chunk of their health care dollars on alternative medicine, such as acupuncture, yoga, chiropractic care and natural supplements, a new government report shows. In fact, they paid more than 30 billion out of pocket in 2012 on chiropractors and other complementary health practitioners, as well as supplements and other forms of alternative medicine. Substantial numbers of Americans spent billions of dollars out-of-pocket on these appro ...
Healthday - Mon. Jan 21
Study Questions Chiropractic's Impact on Back Pain
For the millions of Americans with chronic low back pain, a silver bullet to alleviate the condition has yet to be identified, a new study suggests. Reviewing 26 studies comparing spinal manipulative therapy SMT to other treatments such as medication, exercise or physical therapy, researchers from the Netherlands found that SMT appears to be no better or worse than other options at relieving back pain long-term. The analyses indicated that SMT -- which inv ...
Healthday - Mon. Jan 21
Step forward in understanding human feet
Scientists have made a step forward in understanding the evolution of human feet. Unlike species such as chimpanzees, which have opposable digits on their feet, humans have evolved arched feet to enhance upright walking. These arches were thought to be supported by plantar intrinsic muscles PIMs - but a study by the University of Queensland and the University of Exeter shows PIMs have a minimal impact on this. The findings show that foot muscles are import ...
EurekAlert - Mon. Jan 21
Quality of life in adolescents recovering from sports-related concussion or fr...
CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA JANUARY 15, 2019 . When we think of the recovery period in adolescents with a sports injury, we tend to focus on milestones marking relief from symptoms, restoration of strength, and perhaps return to play. But what about the effects of sports injury on other aspects of the young athlete s life How is the young athlete s quality of life QOL affected following injury and throughout the recovery process In a new article in the Journal of ...
EurekAlert - Mon. Jan 21
CHOP surgeons find opioids often overprescribed for elbow fractures in children
Opioid drugs prescribed to children for pain relief after a typical pediatric orthopaedic procedure may be significantly overprescribed, according to a new study by researchers at Children s Hospital of Philadelphia CHOP . The patients used less than 25 percent of the drugs, suggesting a potential risk of opioid diversion. The findings were published on Jan. 16, 2019 in the Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery . Opioid diversion and non-medical use of opioids ...
EurekAlert - Mon. Jan 21
Strong link found between back pain and mortality
A prospective analysis of back pain and rates of disability may help explain the association between back pain and mortality.
Medical News Today - Mon. Jan 14
Kyphosis: Symptoms, causes, exercises, and treatment
Kyphosis is an abnormal rounding of the upper back. It is a relatively common condition that often develops in adolescence or young adulthood.
Medical News Today - Mon. Jan 14
Stiff neck: Causes, treatment, and when to see a doctor
The neck contains muscles, tendons, ligaments, and bones. These work together to support the head and allow it to move in many directions. The neck may become stiff or painful when overused or injured.
Medical News Today - Mon. Jan 14
Canagliflozin not associated with increased risk for fracture
1. Canagliflozin not associated with increased risk for fracture Abstract http annals. org aim article doi 10. 7326 M18-0567 Editorial http annals. org aim article doi 10. 7326 M18-3550 URLs go live when the embargo lifts Compared with a glucagon-line peptide-1 GLP-1 agonist, canagliflozin was not associated with an increased risk for fracture in patients with type 2 diabetes at relatively low risk for fracture. Findings from a multidatabase cohort study a ...
EurekAlert - Mon. Jan 14
Hormone therapy may be best defense against knee osteoarthritis
CLEVELAND, Ohio January 7, 2019 --There is an ongoing debate regarding the relationship between knee osteoarthritis and hormone therapy HT , with small-scale studies providing mixed results. A new large-scale study from Korea shows that women receiving HT had a significantly lower prevalence of symptomatic knee osteoarthritis compared with women who did not take hormones. Study results are published online in Menopause , the journal of The North American M ...
EurekAlert - Mon. Jan 14
Finger joint enlargements may be linked to knee osteoarthritis
Heberden s nodes HNs are bony enlargements of the finger joints that are readily detectable in a routine physical exam and are considered hallmarks of osteoarthritis. A new Arthritis Rheumatology study found that the presence of HNs may also indicate structural damage associated with knee osteoarthritis. In the study of 395 patients with HN and 188 without, there were significant associations between the presence of HN and imaging measures of knee osteoart ...
EurekAlert - Mon. Jan 14
Ultra-sturdy bones, with a surprising origin, suggest new osteoporosis approach
A handful of brain cells deep in the brain may play a surprising role in controlling women s bone density, according to new research by UC San Francisco and UCLA scientists. In a study published January 11, 2019 in Nature Communications , researchers showed that blocking a particular set of signals from these cells causes female but not male mice to build extraordinarily strong bones and maintain them into old age, raising hopes for new approaches to preve ...
EurekAlert - Mon. Jan 14