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Today's children reach bone maturity earlier, study reveals
COLUMBIA, Mo. December 17, 2018 - Children born in the most recent century have bones that reach full maturity earlier - by nearly 10 months in girls and nearly seven months in boys - according to a new study from the University of Missouri School of Medicine. Our findings show there is a new normal for timing when kids skeletons will reach full maturity, said Dana Duren, PhD, director of orthopaedic research at the Thompson Laboratory for Regenerative Ort ...
EurekAlert - Thu. Dec 20
Second trimester pains: Causes, symptoms, and treatment
Although all pregnancies are different, certain symptoms tend to occur in each trimester. For some women, the second trimester means the end of morning sickness and fatigue, but it also means the onset of specific types of pain.
Medical News Today - Wed. Dec 12
Best mid back stretches for relieving middle back pain
Mid back pain or stiffness can have a significant impact on daily life. However, certain stretches can help relieve pain and improve flexibility.
Medical News Today - Wed. Dec 12
Low back pain: Pulsed radiofrequency may be the answer
A new study reveals that pulsed radiofrequency may help patients with low back pain that has not responded to conservative therapy.
Medical News Today - Wed. Dec 12
Upper back pain: 9 causes
Pain in the upper back is usually the result of poor posture, muscle overuse, or injury. Treatment may include home remedies, such as rest and gentle exercises, or possibly seeing a physical therapist.
Medical News Today - Wed. Dec 12
What are the cost-effective implants in hip replacement surgery?
New research led by the Hip Implant Prosthesis Study HIPS team at the University of Bristol Medical School has shown that small-head less than 36 mm in diameter cemented metal-on-plastic hip replacements are the most cost-effective in men and women older than 65 years. For adults younger than 65, small-head cemented ceramic-on-plastic hip replacements are more likely to be cost-effective. The study found no evidence that uncemented or hybrid hip replacemen ...
EurekAlert - Wed. Dec 12
Scientists identify 'youth factor' in blood cells that speeds fracture repair
DURHAM, N.C. -- For a child, recovering from a broken bone is typically a short-lived, albeit painful, convalescence. But for older adults, it can be a protracted and potentially life-threatening process. Finding ways to speed bone repair is a public health priority that could save both lives and health care expense. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that more than 800,000 patients a year are hospitalized because of fall injuries, incl ...
EurekAlert - Wed. Dec 12
New recommendations for the conduct of economic evaluations in osteoporosis
Economic evaluations that compare interventions in terms of costs and outcomes are increasingly used by decision makers, with economic evaluations now playing an increasing role in pricing and reimbursement decisions. In the field of osteoporosis, the number of economic evaluations has increased markedly, however the variable quality and considerable heterogeneity of the evaluations often limit their comparability and use by decision makers. To address thi ...
EurekAlert - Wed. Dec 12
The use of electrospun scaffolds in musculoskeletal tissue engineering
The rotator cuff is a group of four muscles and tendons that stabilizes the shoulder joint. It also helps in the motion of the shoulder. Rotator cuff tear is the most common condition involving ailing shoulders. It happens due to normal muscle tissue wear and tear by repeating the same motion again and again, without resting the muscles. Almost 15 percent of the elderly population above 60 has this condition. This condition not only affects the quality of ...
EurekAlert - Wed. Dec 12
3D printing offers helping hand to patients with arthritis
Adaptive aids are expensive. Additive manufacturing, using low-cost 3-D printers, can save upwards of 94 percent for simple household items. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention CDC reports that almost a quarter of the U.S. population lives with some form of arthritis. Daily tasks -- like opening drawers, turning door handles -- can be difficult, so people turn to adaptive aids. Many are small pieces of plastic. It never ceases to amaze me what a ...
EurekAlert - Wed. Dec 12
New mouse model may speed identification of promising muscular dystrophy thera...
A Massachusetts General Hospital MGH research team has created a new mouse model of a common form of muscular dystrophy with the potential of rapidly distinguishing promising therapeutic drugs from those unlikely to be successful. In their report published in Nature Communications they also describe testing a novel antisense oligonucleotide drug - a synthetic nucleic acid strand that prevents transcription of a protein by binding to its mRNA molecule - tha ...
EurekAlert - Wed. Dec 12
Psoriatic arthritis of the spine: Symptoms and treatment
Psoriatic arthritis tends to develop in the large joints, particularly in the hands and feet. However, it can also affect the spine, causing pain in the back and pelvic area.
Medical News Today - Mon. Nov 26