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Confusion about long-term treatment of osteoporosis clarified
CLEVELAND, Ohio Oct. 11, 2017 - Osteoporosis is a common disorder among postmenopausal women which results in an increased risk of fractures. While several therapies improve bone strength and reduce the risk of spine and hip fracture, there is no cure for osteoporosis, and long-term treatment is needed. An upcoming presentation at The North American Menopause Society NAMS Annual Meeting in Philadelphia October 11-14 is scheduled to present new evidence abo ...
EurekAlert - Fri. Oct 13
Rapamycin treatment prevents crippling abnormal bone formation after severe li...
Philadelphia, PA, Oct. 11, 2017 - Individuals who experience severe injuries to their extremities, whether due to military combat or other trauma, often develop abnormal extra-skeletal bone in the damaged or healing tissue, a process known as heterotopic ossification HO . This post-traumatic abnormal wound healing can interfere with recovery, causing chronic pain, reduced mobility, and impaired prosthetic limb function. A new study in The American Journal ...
EurekAlert - Fri. Oct 13
In a first for wearable optics, researchers develop stretchy fiber to capture ...
WASHINGTON -- The exciting applications of wearable sensors have sparked a tremendous amount of research and business investment in recent years. Sensors attached to the body or integrated into clothing could allow athletes and physical therapists to monitor their progress, provide a more detailed level of motion capture for computer games or animation, help engineers build robots with a lighter touch or form the basis for new types of real-time health mon ...
EurekAlert - Fri. Oct 13
Study identifies genetic clues to spinal stenosis
A new study published in the Journal of Orthopaedic Research indicates that certain genetic changes are linked with an increased risk of developing lumbar spinal stenosis, a narrowing of the open spaces in the lower spine that can lead to pain in the legs when individuals walk. The results from the study, which included 469 individuals, provide insights into the potential causes of spinal stenosis. Our study represents a tremendous leap forward in our unde ...
EurekAlert - Fri. Oct 13
Resistance training prevents age-related tendon damage
A study published online in The FASEB Journal suggests that resistance training may prevent age-related tendon problems, such as ruptures and tendinopathies. In the report, scientists used different groups of sedentary and resistance-trained rats to reveal that the tendons of trained rats showed fewer signs of age-related damage than their sedentary counterparts. If this proves true in humans, it would provide further evidence that resistance training can ...
EurekAlert - Wed. Oct 4
New method for tissue regeneration, inspired by nature, described by scientists
Scientists have found a way of mimicking our body s natural healing process, using cell derived nano-sized particles called vesicles, to repair damaged tissue. The paper, published in Scientific Reports , describes a new approach to bone regeneration stimulating cells to produce vesicles which can then be delivered to facilitate tissue regeneration. The research team, led by the University of Birmingham, believe that the findings mark the first step in a n ...
EurekAlert - Tue. Oct 3
Heat-tempered magnesium alloy a strong choice for implants
BROOKLYN, New York - Titanium is the preferred material for surgical fixation procedures ranging from knee replacement to jaw implants. However, since this super-strong metal is not absorbed by the body over time, it can cause complications like infection, fistulization particularly following radiation therapy , interference with skeletal growth, intolerance, thermal sensitivity, and interference with MRI and other imagining procedures. Additional procedur ...
EurekAlert - Tue. Oct 3
Anterolisthesis: Symptoms, causes, and treatment
Anterolisthesis is an abnormal alignment of bones in the spine and usually affects the lower back.
Medical News Today - Sat. Sep 30
Restoring breathing capacity in Duchenne muscular dystrophy by activating the ...
New research published in The Journal of Physiology today suggests that enhancing breathing via the brain may limit deficiencies in respiratory capacity in Duchenne muscular dystrophy DMD patients. Duchenne muscular dystrophy DMD is a fatal genetic neuromuscular disease, which can lead to respiratory failure. Respiratory muscle dysfunction is recognized in DMD, however a thorough assessment of nervous system control of respiratory muscles is lacking. Lead ...
EurekAlert - Wed. Sep 27
Hip osteoarthritis: Severe occupational strain increases the risk
COLOGNE. People who in the course of their work put long-term physical strain on their bodies have an increased risk of developing osteoarthritis of the hip. This is especially the case for lifting and carrying heavy loads over long periods of time. This is the result of a systematic review reported by Annekatrin Bergmann and coauthors in the current issue of Deutsches 196 rzteblatt International Dtsch Arztebl Int 2017 114 581-8 . The risk increases with i ...
EurekAlert - Tue. Sep 26
Blood metal ion levels can identify hip replacement patients at low risk of ARMD
Patients with metal on metal MoM artificial hips are at risk of complications caused by adverse reactions to metal debris ARMD . A study in the September 20, 2017 issue of The Journal of Bone Joint Surgery confirms that blood metal ion levels specific to the type of hip implant used can help predict patients who are at low risk of ARMD. The journal is published in partnership with Wolters Kluwer . Using implant-specific cutoff points resulted in fewer miss ...
EurekAlert - Sun. Sep 24
Less physical therapy can be just as effective
The queues for treatment with physiotherapists in Norwegian municipal clinics are often long. Perhaps unnecessarily long. It s a scenario that is probably true across the Western world. Now, however, a comprehensive analysis of different treatments sheds light on what works in treating patients with neck pain. The study shows that providing forms of manual treatment along with exercise therapy doesn t seem to improve treatment outcomes. Exercise therapy al ...
EurekAlert - Wed. Sep 20