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Engineering tomorrow's responsive, adaptable neuroprosthetics and robots
WASHINGTON, DC -- Advanced prosthetic limbs and eyes as well as brain-machine interfaces are harnessing existing neural circuitry to improve the quality of life for people with sensory impairment, according to studies presented today at Neuroscience 2017, the annual meeting of the Society for Neuroscience and the world s largest source of emerging news about brain science and health. Millions of people around the world are unable to fully use their bodies ...
EurekAlert - Sat. Nov 18
Virtual reality training may be as effective as regular therapy after stroke
MINNEAPOLIS - Using virtual reality therapy to improve arm and hand movement after a stroke is equally as effective as regular therapy, according to a study published in the November 15, 2017, online issue of Neurology reg , the medical journal of the American Academy of Neurology. Virtual reality training may be a motivating alternative for people to use as a supplement to their standard therapy after a stroke, said study author Iris Brunner, PhD, of Aarh ...
EurekAlert - Sat. Nov 18
Methodologies in orthodontic pain management: A review
Patients experience pain and discomfort during active orthodontic treatment with fixed appliances. It can vary from person to person and is influenced by certain factors such as age, gender, previous pain experiences, stress or anxiety, and type of appliance. The objective of this literature review was to discuss conventional versus recently introduced treatment modalities used in pain management for orthodontic patients. According to the reviewed articles ...
EurekAlert - Sat. Nov 18
'Wooden shoe' rather wear sneakers?
Bio-archeologists have discovered a pattern of unusual bone chips in the feet of clog-wearing 19th-Century Dutch farmers -- injuries that offer clues to the damage we may unwittingly be causing to our own feet. The unexpected prevalence of damage in the farmers foot bones is more than just an historical curiosity researchers believe their findings provide new insights into how some micro-injuries happen. What we choose to wear on our feet plays a big role ...
EurekAlert - Sat. Nov 18
A new way to reduce surgery complications stemming from high blood sugar
PHILADELPHIA Nov.16, 2017 - Researchers identified a new way to lower the risk of complications after joint surgery, using a simple blood test. Patients with diabetes are more likely to need joint replacement surgery but also have a greater risk of serious complications after surgery, including heart attack, stroke, and wound infections, because of their underlying diabetes. Current guidelines suggest testing diabetic patients for stable glucose control pr ...
EurekAlert - Sat. Nov 18
Decrease in sunshine, increase in rickets
A University of Toronto student and professor have teamed up to discover that Britain s increasing cloudiness during the summer could be an important reason for the mysterious increase in Rickets among British children over the past few decades. Hospitalizations of children due to the disabling bone disease, caused by lack of vitamin D, began dramatically increasing starting in the mid-1990s, puzzling public health experts. Some have pointed to changing im ...
EurekAlert - Sat. Nov 18
Sacroiliitis: Causes, symptoms, and treatment
Sacroiliitis is a painful condition where either one or both of the sacroiliac joints become inflamed. The sacroiliac joints are found where the spine meets the pelvis.
Medical News Today - Mon. Nov 13
Massage could be used to aid recovery of damaged limbs
Massage could increase the regrowth of muscle after muscle loss, according to new research published in The Journal of Physiology . The researchers showed that muscle grew faster after a massage because protein manufacture in cells was improved, and that when one leg was massaged, the other non-massaged leg also grew faster. Muscle is lost very quickly during periods of disuse, like bed rest or a hospital stay, and it is extremely difficult to grow muscle ...
EurekAlert - Sat. Nov 11
Stem cells conduct cartilage regeneration but are not directly involved
Therapy with mesenchymal stem cells, the so-called progenitor cells of connective tissue, holds great promise for the regeneration of cartilage tissue but how stem cell therapy contributes to the healing of damaged connective tissue has been unclear. Debate has centred on whether the injected cells promote regeneration or stimulate the body s own cells to proliferate. A new strategy has now enabled researchers from the Department of Biomedical Sciences of ...
EurekAlert - Sat. Nov 11
New drug enables infants with genetic disorder to live longer, gain motor func...
Infants with the most severe form of spinal muscular atrophy SMA were more likely to show gains in motor function and were 47 percent more likely to survive without permanent assisted ventilation support when treated with a new medication, according to a study published today in the New England Journal of Medicine . The drug, nusinersen, performed so well that the study was stopped early and the treatment was approved shortly thereafter by the U.S. Food an ...
EurekAlert - Sat. Nov 11
Retired professional footballers at higher risk of knee osteoarthritis
Retired professional footballers are far more prone to develop knee pain and osteoarthritis and face problems with their knees earlier in life than the average person, a study has revealed. The research was led by academics at The University of Nottingham and funded by the charity Arthritis Research UK with collaborative support from FMARC FIFA s Medical and Research Centre , the Professional Footballers Association PFA and SPIRE Healthcare Group. The stud ...
EurekAlert - Sat. Nov 11
Noninvasive procedure is superior to steroid injection for painful knee osteoa...
November 2, 2017 - For patients with osteoarthritis of the knee, a minimally invasive procedure called cooled radiofrequency ablation CRFA provides better pain reduction and functional improvement compared to steroid injection of the knee, concludes a study in Regional Anesthesia Pain Medicine , published by Wolters Kluwer . This study demonstrates that CRFA is an effective long-term therapeutic option for managing pain, and improving physical function and ...
EurekAlert - Sat. Nov 11