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Massage could be used to aid recovery of damaged limbs
Massage could increase the regrowth of muscle after muscle loss, according to new research published in The Journal of Physiology . The researchers showed that muscle grew faster after a massage because protein manufacture in cells was improved, and that when one leg was massaged, the other non-massaged leg also grew faster. Muscle is lost very quickly during periods of disuse, like bed rest or a hospital stay, and it is extremely difficult to grow muscle ...
EurekAlert - Sat. Nov 11
Stem cells conduct cartilage regeneration but are not directly involved
Therapy with mesenchymal stem cells, the so-called progenitor cells of connective tissue, holds great promise for the regeneration of cartilage tissue but how stem cell therapy contributes to the healing of damaged connective tissue has been unclear. Debate has centred on whether the injected cells promote regeneration or stimulate the body s own cells to proliferate. A new strategy has now enabled researchers from the Department of Biomedical Sciences of ...
EurekAlert - Sat. Nov 11
New drug enables infants with genetic disorder to live longer, gain motor func...
Infants with the most severe form of spinal muscular atrophy SMA were more likely to show gains in motor function and were 47 percent more likely to survive without permanent assisted ventilation support when treated with a new medication, according to a study published today in the New England Journal of Medicine . The drug, nusinersen, performed so well that the study was stopped early and the treatment was approved shortly thereafter by the U.S. Food an ...
EurekAlert - Sat. Nov 11
Retired professional footballers at higher risk of knee osteoarthritis
Retired professional footballers are far more prone to develop knee pain and osteoarthritis and face problems with their knees earlier in life than the average person, a study has revealed. The research was led by academics at The University of Nottingham and funded by the charity Arthritis Research UK with collaborative support from FMARC FIFA s Medical and Research Centre , the Professional Footballers Association PFA and SPIRE Healthcare Group. The stud ...
EurekAlert - Sat. Nov 11
Noninvasive procedure is superior to steroid injection for painful knee osteoa...
November 2, 2017 - For patients with osteoarthritis of the knee, a minimally invasive procedure called cooled radiofrequency ablation CRFA provides better pain reduction and functional improvement compared to steroid injection of the knee, concludes a study in Regional Anesthesia Pain Medicine , published by Wolters Kluwer . This study demonstrates that CRFA is an effective long-term therapeutic option for managing pain, and improving physical function and ...
EurekAlert - Sat. Nov 11
Endurance training helpful in recovery from muscle inflammation, new study shows
BINGHAMTON, NY - Endurance training can actually be helpful in dealing with muscle inflammation, according to a new paper co-written by faculty at Binghamton University, State University of New York, and Karolinska Institutet and Karolinska University Hospital in Stockholm, Sweden. Muscle inflammation, or myositis, can be caused by infection, injury and chronic disease. However, specific forms of myositis like dermatomyositis and polymyositis occur when th ...
EurekAlert - Sat. Nov 11
Anterior cervical discectomy (ACDF) surgery: All you need to know
Anterior cervical discectomy and fusion is a surgery to reduce or eliminate chronic pain in the neck and back due to a problem with the discs.
Medical News Today - Sat. Nov 11
Nociceptive and neuropathic pain: What's the difference?
Nociceptive pain is a medical term used to describe the pain from physical damage or potential damage to the body. Examples might be the pain felt from a sports injury, a dental procedure, or arthritis.
Medical News Today - Sat. Nov 11
Neural foraminal stenosis: Definition, causes, and treatment
Neural foraminal stenosis refers to the narrowing of the small openings between each vertebra in the spine, called foramen, which nerve roots pass through.
Medical News Today - Mon. Oct 30
Heart failure therapy hope as drug blocks deadly muscle scarring
A potential treatment to prevent deadly muscle scarring that contributes to chronic heart failure has been uncovered by scientists. The therapy could also prevent scarring of the skeletal muscles we use to move our arms and legs, a cause of long-term disabilities. The treatment works by targeting molecules on the surface of scar-forming cells, called alpha V integrins. A research team, led by the University of Edinburgh, found that blocking these molecules ...
EurekAlert - Mon. Oct 30
FRAX online risk assessments reach 20 million milestone
Since its initial launch in 2008, the Fracture Risk Assessment Tool FRAX reg has offered medical practitioners in all regions of the world a simple, freely accessible online calculator to predict an individual patient s 10-year probability of an osteoporotic fracture. The FRAX algorithm is currently provided for 63 countries and is available in 34 languages. Prof. Eugene McCloskey, Professor in Adult Bone Disease and Honorary Consultant at the Metabolic Bo ...
EurekAlert - Mon. Oct 30
Good long-term improvement after 'reverse' shoulder replacement in patients un...
October 26, 2017 - For younger patients with severe damage to the rotator cuff muscles, a reverse shoulder replacement provides lasting improvement in shoulder function, according to a study in The Journal of Bone Joint Surgery . The journal is published in partnership with Wolters Kluwer . In the absence of treatment alternatives, reverse total shoulder arthroplasty [RTSA] is a justifiable treatment for patients with a massive, irreparable rotator cuff te ...
EurekAlert - Mon. Oct 30