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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
Evidence mounts that daily opioid users may fare worse after spine surgery, st...
In a multicenter database study of adults who had undergone surgery for spinal deformities, researchers say that those who had used narcotics daily on average had worse outcomes, such as longer intensive care unit stays and more severe postop disability, compared with those who did not use opioids preoperatively. A report of the findings published in Spine on March 13, 2018, adds to evidence for the negative effects of preoperative opioid use on outcomes. ...
EurekAlert - Mon. Apr 16
Back pain after eating: 8 causes and how to treat them
Back pain after eating is often the result of referred pain. This is pain that originates in one area of the body and radiates to another. Several problems can cause back pain after eating, ranging from poor posture to ulcers.
Medical News Today - Fri. Apr 13
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 - Fri. Apr 13
What is the best way to treat infected hip replacements?
New research has found treating an infected hip replacement in a single stage procedure may be as effective or better than the widely used two-stage procedure. To date no well-designed study has compared these procedures head-to-head to decide if one is better or if they achieve the same results. Hip replacement is a very common operation that is effective at providing pain relief and improving mobility, however, infection can sometimes occur following joi ...
EurekAlert - Mon. Apr 9