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Research challenges use of off-label drug to treat osteoarthritis
An off-label drug prescribed to treat osteoarthritis of the hand when conventional medication has failed is ineffective, according to new research. The study shows there was no benefit in taking hydroxychloroquine to control debilitating pain when compared to a placebo dummy substance . The first-line treatment for hand osteoarthritis - paracetamol, non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs or opioids - is often not effective and some patients experience adver ...
EurekAlert - Thu. Feb 22
Simple walking test may help make difficult diagnosis
MINNEAPOLIS - There s a cause of dementia that can sometimes be reversed, but it s often not diagnosed because the symptoms are so similar to those of other disorders. Now researchers say a simple walking test may be able to accurately diagnose the disease, according to a study published the February 21, 2018, online issue of Neurology reg , the medical journal of the American Academy of Neurology. The test involves seeing how fast a person can walk while ...
EurekAlert - Thu. Feb 22
New study suggests hormone therapy helps reduce curvature of the spine
CLEVELAND, Ohio February 21, 2018 --The Women s Health Initiative found that hormone therapy HT use was associated with a reduction in vertebral fracture risk. A new study shows these same benefits may also guard against a woman s risk of developing hyperkyphosis, an exaggerated curvature of the spine that creates a forward stooped posture. Study results are published online today in Menopause , the journal of The North American Menopause Society NAMS . It ...
EurekAlert - Thu. Feb 22
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. Feb 19
Direct access to physical therapy reduces costs to treat neck and back pain
Patients who begin care with a physical therapist for neck or back pain, rather than first seeing a physician, may realize comparable improvement in their condition at significantly reduced costs, according to a new study published in the February 2018 issue of the Journal of Orthopaedic Sports Physical Therapy reg JOSPT reg . In the United States alone, approximately 85 billion are spent annually on spine conditions, with an additional 10 to 20 billion at ...
EurekAlert - Sat. Feb 17
New research on the brain's backup motor systems could open door to novel stro...
New research published in The Journal of Physiology could open the door to new therapies to improve the movement of arms and hands of stroke survivors. Around 8 in 10 stroke survivors are affected by one-sided weakness called hemiparesis which can cause difficulty in moving one side of the body 1 . This can cause the loss of fine motor control in the arm and hand on the opposite side to the side of the brain damaged, ie injury to the left side of the brain ...
EurekAlert - Sat. Feb 17
Cupping: Is it as painful as it looks?
Cupping is all the rage these days, with celebrities and Olympic athletes queuing up for the privilege. I decided to try it for myself to see if it hurts as bad as it looks like it should.
Medical News Today - Mon. Feb 12
6 best sleeping positions for lower back pain
Lower back pain not only affects a person s daily life but can also disturb their sleep. Furthermore, poor bed posture can worsen or even cause backache. So, what are the best sleeping positions for lower back pain
Medical News Today - Mon. Feb 12
Facet arthropathy: Symptoms, causes, and risk factors
Like any joint, the facet joints can develop arthritis. This type of arthritis is called facet arthropathy. It may also be called facet joint osteoarthritis FJOA .
Medical News Today - Wed. Feb 7
Gua sha: Uses, benefits, and side effects
Gua sha is a technique used in traditional East Asian medicine. It is often used to treat muscle pain and tension, but there has been limited research into how well it works. We find out more about whether gua sha is effective, and if it has any side effects.
Medical News Today - Wed. Feb 7
Breast cancer and back pain: What to know
Back pain is unlikely to be an early symptom of breast cancer, but it can be a factor in the later stages of the disease. Medication and treatment for breast cancer can also be causes. We find out more about the links between the disease and back pain.
Medical News Today - Wed. Feb 7
Dextroscoliosis: Types, exercises, and treatment
Dextroscoliosis refers to an abnormal, right-leaning curvature of the spine. It is a type of scoliosis.
Medical News Today - Wed. Feb 7