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Scientists discover new way to help nerve regeneration in spinal cord injury
There is currently no cure for spinal cord injury or treatment to help nerve regeneration so therapies offering intervention are limited. People with severe spinal cord injuries can remain paralysed for life and this is often accompanied by incontinence. A team led by Drs Liang-Fong Wong and Nicolas Granger from Bristol s Faculty of Health Sciences has successfully transplanted genetically modified cells that secrete a treatment molecule shown to be effect ...
EurekAlert - Wed. Dec 13
Small increases in complications when knee replacement done as outpatient proc...
December 13, 2017 - Some complications are more common when total knee replacement surgery is done as an outpatient or same-day procedure, reports a study in the December 6, 2017 issue of The Journal of Bone Joint Surgery . The journal is published in partnership with Wolters Kluwer . Compared to conventional inpatient surgery, patients undergoing outpatient total knee arthroplasty TKA experience higher rates of certain complications, including infections, ...
EurekAlert - Wed. Dec 13
Alternative Medicine Taking Hold Among Americans: Report
Americans spend a good chunk of their health care dollars on alternative medicine, such as acupuncture, yoga, chiropractic care and natural supplements, a new government report shows. In fact, they paid more than 30 billion out of pocket in 2012 on chiropractors and other complementary health practitioners, as well as supplements and other forms of alternative medicine. Substantial numbers of Americans spent billions of dollars out-of-pocket on these appro ...
Healthday - Sat. Dec 9
Chiropractors Not Magicians When It Comes to Back Pain
Chiropractors can help ease some cases of low back pain, though their treatments may be no better than taking an over-the-counter pain reliever, a new analysis finds. The review of 26 clinical trials found that manipulating the spine can bring modest relief to people with acute low back pain -- pain that has lasted no more than six weeks. Chiropractors perform spinal manipulation, as do some doctors, physical therapists and other health professionals. Most ...
Healthday - Sat. Dec 9
When contact sports cause concussion injuries, who comes out ahead?
ROSEMONT, Ill. Dec. 5, 2017 --Concussions are common injuries among contact sport athletes. While most athletes experience full recovery within a few weeks and can return to their sport, according to a study published in the December issue of the Journal of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons , female athletes tend to experience a higher concussion injury rate than male athletes. Additionally, athletes who suffered a concussion injury prior to col ...
EurekAlert - Sat. Dec 9
Durotomy: A common complication of spinal surgery -- and an important factor i...
December 4, 2017 - Incidental durotomy--small tears of the outer membrane of the spinal cord--are a common occurrence in spinal surgery, and may lead to litigation. Most malpractice cases associated with dural tear end in a ruling in favor of the surgeon, reports a study in the journal Spine , published by Wolters Kluwer . But certain types of durotomy cases are more likely to be resolved in favor of the patient--especially when durotomy is detected late o ...
EurekAlert - Mon. Dec 4
90 percent of senior drivers don't make vehicle adjustments that can improve s...
WASHINGTON, D.C. Nov. 29, 2017 - Nearly 90 percent of older drivers do not make inexpensive adaptations to their vehicles that can improve safety and extend their time behind the wheel, according to new research from the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety. Common vehicle adaptations like pedal extensions, seat cushions and steering wheel covers can help to improve safety by reducing a senior driver s crash risk. Seniors aged 65 and over are more than twice ...
EurekAlert - Sat. Dec 2
Cervicalgia: Symptoms, causes, and treatment
Many people will have experienced neck pain. In some cases, it will be diagnosed as cervicalgia. Anyone can be affected by cervicalgia, which refers to pain in the neck that does not spread to other areas, such as down the arms.
Medical News Today - Sat. Dec 2
Patients and families aren't comfortable with 'overlapping surgeries,' survey ...
November 20, 2017 - Patients and family members are either neutral or uncomfortable with the idea of overlapping or concurrent surgery, where the attending surgeon isn t present in the operating room for part of the procedure, according to survey results published in the November 15, 2017 issue of The Journal of Bone Joint Surgery . The journal is published in partnership with Wolters Kluwer . On average, patients and their family members were neutral with ...
EurekAlert - Mon. Nov 27
Genetic predisposition to later puberty causes lower bone density in children ...
People whose genetic makeup triggers a later-than-average start to puberty have lower bone mineral density, especially in their lower spine. Because adolescence is a critical period for accruing bone, this effect may increase a person s risk of osteoporosis and bone fractures later in life. If an individual is genetically programmed for later puberty, we found that he or she tends to have lower bone mineral density during childhood as well as in adulthood, ...
EurekAlert - Mon. Nov 27
Researchers uncover link between immune function and osteoarthritic pain and p...
The immune system plays a pivotal role in the amount of pain and disease progression experienced by patients with osteoarthritis OA , McMaster University researchers have found. This discovery could lead to new strategies for improving joint pain management and immune function in older adults with arthritis. The study, published in the medical journal Osteoarthritis and Cartilage , found that monocytes, the white blood cells necessary to regulate immune re ...
EurekAlert - Mon. Nov 27
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