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Cartilage degeneration algorithm predicts progression of osteoarthritis
A novel cartilage degeneration algorithm can predict the progression of osteoarthritis in individual patients, according to new research from the University of Eastern Finland. The new algorithm could greatly facilitate clinical decision-making in the treatment of osteoarthritis. Osteoarthritis OA is a joint disease that deteriorates the articular cartilage. The most important risk factors are ageing and overweight, and osteoarthritis is common especially ...
EurekAlert - Wed. Aug 30
Tears in tiny bone cells called osteocytes appear an important step to better ...
AUGUSTA, Ga. Aug. 29, 2017 - The force gravity and physical activity put on our bones causes tiny tears in the membranes of the tiny cells that enable us to make or break down bone, scientists say. While that may sound bad, it s actually a key piece of how the force we put on our bones helps keep them strong, they report in the Journal of Orthopaedic Research . The bone has to constantly adapt and make sure that is has the right design to withstand the loa ...
EurekAlert - Wed. Aug 30
Almost 1 in 5 Americans Plagued by Constant Pain, Survey Suggests
Almost one-fifth of Americans do daily battle with crippling, chronic pain, a large new survey reveals, with the elderly and women struggling the most. The poll of roughly 35,000 American households provides the first snapshot of the pain landscape in the United States, the survey authors said. The bottom line Significant and debilitating pain that endures for three months or more is now a common feature in the lives of an estimated 39 million Americans. I ...
Healthday - Mon. Aug 28
Yoga Gets Women With Back Pain Moving: Study
Another study finds that yoga classes can improve back function among people with chronic or recurrent lower back pain. While the British researchers found that yoga could help people move about and perform tasks, the ancient practice did not appear to reduce back pain itself. The finding comes on the heels of similar results from a U.S. investigation published last week by University of Washington researchers in the Archives of Internal Medicine . That st ...
Healthday - Mon. Aug 28
Yoga, Stretching Classes Outdo Self-Care for Back Pain: Study
Yoga instruction and conventional stretching classes are equally good at relieving discomfort from chronic moderate lower-back pain, new research suggests. Both are also better than trying to manage pain on your own by following the exercise, lifestyle and flare-up advice provided in self-help books, the study found. For a person with garden-variety back pain who is willing to move their body, the bottom-line is that a beginner s yoga class geared for back ...
Healthday - Mon. Aug 28
Many Health-Care Workers Have Turned to Alternative Medicine
Three out of every four U.S. health-care workers use some form of complementary or alternative medicine or practice to help stay healthy, a new report shows. What s more, doctors, nurses and their assistants, health technicians, and healthcare administrators were actually more likely than the general public to use any number of wide-ranging alternative medicine options, including massage, yoga, acupuncture, Pilates or herbal medicines. No one has really do ...
Healthday - Mon. Aug 28
Americans Spend Billions on Alternative Medicine
Americans spent 33.9 billion out-of-pocket on complementary and alternative medicine in 2007 alone, U.S. health officials report. CAM includes medical practices and products, such as herbal supplements, meditation, chiropractic and acupuncture, which are not part of conventional medicine. The bottom line is that Americans spend a lot of money on CAM products, classes or materials or practitioner visits, Dr. Josephine P. Briggs, director of the U.S. Nationa ...
Healthday - Mon. Aug 28
Science Reveals How Owls Avoid Stroke While Rotating Heads
What a hoot Scientists say they ve discovered how owls can almost fully rotate their heads without damaging the blood vessels in their necks or cutting off the blood supply to their brains. Owls have four major bone structure and blood vessel adaptations that prevent injury when they rotate their head. Humans lack these adaptations, which helps explain why people are more vulnerable to neck injuries, according to the Johns Hopkins researchers. Until now, b ...
Healthday - Mon. Aug 28
Talk to Your Doc About Your Alternative Meds
The popularity of complementary and alternative medicine is on the rise, with more than one-third of U.S. adults using at least one these treatments, according to a recent report by the Institute of Medicine. And if you re like most proponents of these treatments, you probably don t mention them to your primary-care physician. You may think it s not important or you might just forget. Or, you might think your doctor won t approve. But it s crucial to tell ...
Healthday - Mon. Aug 28
Soaring U.S. Spinal Care Spending Due to Specialists: Study
Care provided by medical specialists is the main reason spending on treatment for back and neck problems in the United States has nearly doubled since the late 1990s, according to a new study. Researchers analyzed data on how much Americans spent on ambulatory non-hospital care for back and neck problems from 1999 to 2008. The study was published Sept. 1 in the journal Spine . In 2008, about 6 percent of adults made an ambulatory care visit for diagnosis o ...
Healthday - Mon. Aug 28
Are We Exercising Pain Away? Not So Much.
Although the proper exercise can help people deal with and alleviate chronic neck and back pain, a new study shows that health professionals may not be prescribing it as often as they should. Less than half of the nearly 700 people surveyed -- all of whom had seen a physician, chiropractor or physical therapist in the past year for chronic back or neck pain -- were prescribed exercise, the study found. The results, based on a telephone survey by researcher ...
Healthday - Mon. Aug 28
Combining Mainstream, Alternative Therapies Brings Back Pain Relief
Used together, conventional and complementary alternative treatments help patients ease their low back pain better than using mainstream treatment alone, U.S. research shows. The small study included 13 patients who received integrated care and six patients who received usual care. The integrative care team at Brigham and Women s Hospital in Boston included experts in acupuncture, chiropractic, internal medicine, massage therapy, neurology, nursing, nutrit ...
Healthday - Mon. Aug 28