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Balance exercises may help people with multiple sclerosis
MINNEAPOLIS - A special program that involves balance and eye movement exercises may help people with multiple sclerosis MS with their balance problems and fatigue, according to a study published in the January 31, 2018, online issue of Neurology reg , the medical journal of the American Academy of Neurology. Balance problems and fatigue are common in MS and are tied to falls and limited mobility, which can affect people s ability to work or participate in ...
EurekAlert - Wed. Feb 7
Boosting a key protein to help bones that won't heal
ANN ARBOR, Mich. - When a patient breaks a bone, there s a possibility the fracture won t heal properly or quickly -- even with the aid of pins, plates or a cast. And use of another restorative tactic known as bone morphogenetic proteins, or BMPs, is increasingly less likely. Designed to promote spinal fusion and bone repair more than a decade ago, these molecules can overperform, causing excessive or misdirected bone growth, studies have shown. But becaus ...
EurekAlert - Wed. Feb 7
Acute treatment suppresses posttraumatic arthritis in ankle injury
A University of Iowa study has identified a method for inhibiting the occurrence of an aggressive form of arthritis that frequently develops following a severe traumatic injury. The preclinical work demonstrates the potential for preventing posttraumatic osteoarthritis PTOA by targeting very early damage after fractures in an animal model of this type of injury. These types of fractures in a load-bearing joint can lead to arthritis as quickly as two years ...
EurekAlert - Wed. Feb 7
Small molecule could make a big difference for arthritis patients
LOS ANGELES - Will there come a time when a patient with arthritis can forgo joint replacement surgery in favor of a shot Keck School of Medicine of USC scientist Denis Evseenko, MD, PhD , has reason to be optimistic. In a new publication in the Annals of Rheumatic Diseases , Evseenko s team describes the promise of a new molecule aptly named Regulator of Cartilage Growth and Differentiation, or RCGD 423 for short. As its name implies, RCGD 423 enhances re ...
EurekAlert - Wed. Feb 7
Researchers track muscle stem cell dynamics in response to injury and aging
La Jolla, Calif., December 14, 2017 - A new study led by researchers at Sanford Burnham Prebys Medical Discovery Institute SBP describes the biology behind why muscle stem cells respond differently to aging or injury. The findings, published in Cell Stem Cell, have important implications for therapeutic strategies to regenerate skeletal muscle in response to the normal wear and tear of aging, or in cases of injury or muscle diseases such as muscular dystro ...
EurekAlert - Fri. Dec 15
High success rate reported for diabetic Charcot foot surgery
MAYWOOD, IL. -- Nearly four out of five diabetic patients with severe cases of a disabling condition called Charcot foot were able to walk normally again following surgery, a Loyola Medicine study has found. The study by orthopaedic surgeons Michael Pinzur, MD, and Adam Schiff, MD, is published in Foot Ankle International , the official journal of the American Orthopaedic Foot Ankle Society. The growing number of diabetics, combined with the obesity epidem ...
EurekAlert - Fri. Dec 15
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