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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. Nov 26
Study Ties Some Migraines to Artery Tears in Neck, Raising Stroke Risk
Some younger adults who suffer migraines may be at risk for tears in their neck arteries, which can increase the chances of a stroke, a new study suggests. Exactly what triggers these vessel tears is not clear, the researchers added. However, study author Dr. Alessandro Pezzini stressed that the probability that migraine sufferers would develop this condition -- called arterial dissection -- is still quite low. Overall, migraine is a benign condition in th ...
Healthday - Mon. Nov 26
Chiropractors Not Magicians When It Comes to Back Pain
Chiropractors can help ease some cases of low back pain, though their treatments may be no better than taking an over-the-counter pain reliever, a new analysis finds. The review of 26 clinical trials found that manipulating the spine can bring modest relief to people with acute low back pain -- pain that has lasted no more than six weeks. Chiropractors perform spinal manipulation, as do some doctors, physical therapists and other health professionals. Most ...
Healthday - Mon. Nov 26
Chiropractic Has Role to Play in Easing Lower Back Pain: Study
Chiropractic care can help ease low back pain when added to a comprehensive treatment plan, a new clinical trial has found. Active-duty military personnel reported having fewer back problems when they visited a chiropractor along with receiving usual medical care, the researchers said. This study provides the strongest evidence to date that chiropractic is safe, that it s effective and that it can be integrated into a multidisciplinary health care setting, ...
Healthday - Mon. Nov 26
Joint mobilization plus exercise can effectively treat knee osteoarthritis
An intervention combining passive joint mobilization to realign the patellar kneecap position, along with exercise to maintain it, can reduce pain and improve function and quality in life in patients with knee osteoarthritis. In a randomized clinical trial, 208 primary care patients with knee osteoarthritis were assigned to either a patella mobilization therapy intervention group or a waiting list control group. In the intervention group, physicians mobili ...
EurekAlert - Mon. Nov 26
Montreal researchers explain how your muscles form
All vertebrates need muscles to function they are the most abundant tissue in the human body and are integral to movement. In a recent article published in Nature Communications , an international team of researchers discovered two proteins essential to the development of skeletal muscle. This research, led by Jean-Fran 231 ois C 244 t 233 , a professor at the Montreal Clinical Research Institute IRCM and the Faculty of Medicine at Universit 233 de Montr 2 ...
EurekAlert - Mon. Nov 26
Sleep length may affect risk of falls and fractures
Compared with women in a recent study who slept seven to eight hours each night, women who slept for 5 hours or 10 hours had about a 25 percent increased odds of experiencing recurrent falls falling at least twice in a year . In the Journal of Bone and Mineral Research analysis, poor sleep quality, insomnia, and more sleep disturbances were also associated with an increased odds of recurrent falls. Short sleep was associated with an increased risk of all f ...
EurekAlert - Mon. Nov 26
Treating spinal pain with replacement discs made of 'engineered living tissue'...
PHILADELPHIA - For the first time, bioengineered spinal discs were successfully implanted and provided long-term function in the largest animal model ever evaluated for tissue-engineered disc replacement. A new Penn Medicine study published in Science Translational Medicine provides compelling translational evidence that the cells of patients suffering from neck and back pain could be used to build a new spinal disc in the lab to replace a deteriorated one ...
EurekAlert - Mon. Nov 26
A hydrogel that adheres firmly to cartilage and meniscus
Some types of body tissue, like cartilage and meniscus, have little or no blood supply and are unable to heal if damaged. One promising approach to this problem is to inject a hydrogel loaded with repair cells or drugs into the damaged area in the hope of stimulating tissue regeneration. However, commercial hydrogels do not stay put after being applied to the treatment area because of pressure from the body s movements and the flow of bodily fluids. Doctor ...
EurekAlert - Mon. Nov 26
Citrate-based biomaterial fuels bone healing with less rejection
A material based on a natural product of bones and citrus fruit, called citrate, provides the extra energy that stem cells need to form new bone tissue, according to a team of Penn State bioengineers. Their new understanding of the mechanism that allows citrate to aid in bone regeneration will help the researchers develop slow-release, biodegradable, citrate-releasing scaffolds to act as bone-growth templates to speed up healing in the body. In our lab, we ...
EurekAlert - Mon. Nov 26
Trumpism and the Bigotry of the Antagonists to Integrative Medicine and Health
Waking this day post election to the ascending era of Trump in national politics is unfortunately familiar territory for those of us in integrative health and medicine. We have our own long-standing problem of integration of cultures and tribes and economies. And like other such problems in the name-calling, divisive Trumpian United States, the context of the integrative health debate is often shaped as anti-science and bigotry. An example came across my d ...
Huffington Post - Mon. Oct 15
Eudaimonia, Chiropractic Care and Creating the Best "YOU"
I love the ancient Greek word, eudaimonia It means human flourishing, and who doesn t want a life that flourishes Aristotle used this term to describe the state of highest human good. In other words, this life is all about making sound choices that lead to positive, constructive activities. As a chiropractor who has practiced for over 40 years, I said to myself, this word encapsulates exactly what I ve wanted for my patients - an optimum state of well-bein ...
Huffington Post - Sat. Oct 6