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JFK's Long, Silent Struggle With Back Pain
Contrary to his youthful, vibrant public image, former President John F. Kennedy privately battled chronic, debilitating back pain much of his life. A new report chronicles JFK s pain issues and the many treatments he received throughout the years. The report includes private details -- from multiple failed spinal surgeries and narcotic injections, to use of a back brace that some believe may have played a role in his death. He went through the wringer vis ...
Healthday - Wed. Jul 12
JFK's back problems -- a new look
CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA JULY 11, 2017 . Camelot, the term used to describe the John Fitzgerald Kennedy JFK presidency after JFK s death, conjures up an image of youth and vigor, an image the 35th president of the U.S. promoted of himself as a young, healthy, strong-bodied man. But this image belies the truth that Kennedy had been plagued by illnesses and discomfort since he was a small child and required strong medication to perform his tasks as president. Sca ...
EurekAlert - Wed. Jul 12
Common strength 'genes' identified for first time
Common genetic factors that influence muscle strength in humans have been identified for the first time in a study led by researchers from the University of Cambridge and published today in Nature Communications . The researchers used data on hand grip strength from more than 140,000 participants in the UK Biobank study, combined with 50,000 additional individuals from the UK, Netherlands, Denmark and Australia, to identify sixteen common genetic variants ...
EurekAlert - Wed. Jul 12
Football boosts bone development in boys
Playing football can improve bone development in adolescent boys, new research shows. In a study comparing adolescent footballers to swimmers, cyclists and a control group of boys not involved in regular sport, scientists at the University of Exeter found football led to significantly better bones after one year of training. Adolescence is the key period for bone development, and poor development at this stage is linked to reduced peak bone mass the amount ...
EurekAlert - Wed. Jul 12
Miami project presents data demonstrating therapeutic potential of SRK-015 in ...
CAMBRIDGE, Mass., July 10, 2017 - The Miami Project to Cure Paralysis, a Center of Excellence at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, in collaboration with Scholar Rock, a biotechnology company focused on discovering and developing drugs that selectively target growth factors in the disease microenvironment, today announced the presentation of data from its SRK-015 antibody program, that demonstrate beneficial effects in a preclinical model o ...
EurekAlert - Mon. Jul 10
Childhood obesity major link to hip diseases
New research from the University, published in the Archives of Disease in Childhood journal, shows a strong link between childhood obesity and hip diseases in childhood. Significant hip deformities affect around 1 in 500 children. Slipped Capital Femoral Epiphysis SCFE is the most common hip disease of adolescence. The condition always requires surgery, can cause significant pain, and often leads to a hip replacement in adolescence or early adulthood. Chil ...
EurekAlert - Fri. Jul 7
Tailbone pain: Causes, diagnosis, and relief
Tailbone pain or pain in the coccyx the lowest portion of the spine may occur suddenly after an obvious injury. It can also appear over time, with no apparent cause.
Medical News Today - Thu. Jul 6
Don't let lower back injuries take you down for the count
ROSEMONT, Ill. July 5, 2017 -- Nearly one in three competitive athletes experiences low back pain. According to a literature review in the July 2017 issue of the Journal of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons , lower lumbar back pain is a commonly reported symptom among the general population however, low back pain among elite athletes who play varsity or professional sports requires additional important considerations. Competitive players stress ...
EurekAlert - Thu. Jul 6
Reducing stress, optimizing coping strategies may diminish need for opioids fo...
ROSEMONT, Ill. July 5, 2017 --Helping patients to better manage stress and improve coping strategies related to pain may minimize the need for opioids following ankle fracture surgery, according to new research appearing in the July 2017 issue of the Journal of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons . The U.S. is facing an opioid epidemic, with millions of people dependent on or misusing prescription painkillers such as codeine, morphine, oxymorphone ...
EurekAlert - Thu. Jul 6
Understanding the epidemiology of sarcopenia throughout the lifecourse
Sarcopenia is an age-related syndrome which is characterised by progressive and generalised loss of muscle mass and strength. How prevalent is sarcopenia As there is a lack of consensus in the operational definition used to characterized the disorder, estimates vary widely in different clinical settings, and depending on the definition used. Recent definitions have integrated information on muscle mass, strength, and physical function. A new systematic rev ...
EurekAlert - Sat. Jul 1
Certain Parents More Likely to Skip Kids' Flu Shot
Children who see alternative health providers, such as acupuncturists or massage therapists, are less likely than other kids to get their annual flu shot, a new study suggests. Researchers found that of nearly 9,000 U.S. kids, those who d received certain alternative therapies were one-quarter to 39 percent less likely to have gotten a flu shot in the past year. The findings do not prove a cause-and-effect connection, however. No one knows whether any alte ...
Healthday - Wed. Jun 28
Study Ties Some Migraines to Artery Tears in Neck, Raising Stroke Risk
Some younger adults who suffer migraines may be at risk for tears in their neck arteries, which can increase the chances of a stroke, a new study suggests. Exactly what triggers these vessel tears is not clear, the researchers added. However, study author Dr. Alessandro Pezzini stressed that the probability that migraine sufferers would develop this condition -- called arterial dissection -- is still quite low. Overall, migraine is a benign condition in th ...
Healthday - Wed. Jun 28