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Telemedicine visits save families time and money
CHICAGO Sept 15, 2017 - Patients and families who use telemedicine for sports medicine appointments saved an average of 50 in travel costs and 51 minutes in waiting and visit time, according to a new study by Nemours Children s Health System. Each telemedicine visit also saved the health system an average of 24 per patient, researchers reported at the American Academy of Pediatrics National Conference Exhibition. There s a constant need to innovate care de ...
EurekAlert - Fri. Sep 15
University of Minnesota researchers replicate FSH muscular dystrophy in mice
A new study published in the journal Nature Communications describes a breakthrough in research related to facioscapulohumeral muscular dystrophy FSHD . The debilitating genetic disease - which has no approved treatment - affects an estimated 38,000 Americans and causes degeneration and wasting of the skeletal muscles. Scientists from the University of Minnesota Medical School inserted into mice a gene called DUX4, which is believed to cause FSHD in humans ...
EurekAlert - Fri. Sep 15
Reports reveal racial and ethnic disparities in lupus rates
Two new papers reveal striking racial and ethnic disparities in the incidence and prevalence of lupus, a systemic autoimmune disease that can affect virtually any organ system. The reports, which are published in Arthritis Rheumatology , provide the latest information from lupus registries in California and New York. In the reports from the California Lupus Surveillance Project and the Manhattan Lupus Surveillance Program, investigators estimated the frequ ...
EurekAlert - Mon. Sep 11
Muscle nuclei: May the force be with you
A group of researchers at Instituto de Medicina Molecular iMM Lisboa has revealed the mechanism by which cellular nuclei reach their position within muscle cells. This discovery, now published in Nature Cell Biology , can have important implications in therapeutic strategies to treat muscular diseases. Muscular diseases can range from genetic disorders to aging muscles. Muscle loss affects the entire segment of the aged population. This increases the risk ...
EurekAlert - Mon. Sep 11
Under-reporting of vertebral fractures by radiologists: A missed opportunity
Vertebral fractures are the most common osteoporotic fractures. People with osteoporotic vertebral fragility fractures VFFs are at increased risk of future fractures, including potentially devastating and life-threatening hip fractures. Hip fractures are very costly to the healthcare system, and in the UK account for at least pound 1,1 billion in hospital costs alone. A new retrospective study by researchers at the University of Oxford has found that withi ...
EurekAlert - Fri. Sep 8
Hip fracture often deadly, Australian study shows
Hip fracture is a major public health problem, associated with high morbidity and mortality, and high costs to the healthcare system. With the ageing of populations worldwide, the socioeconomic burden of hip fracture is set to rise dramatically. A new Australian study published in Archives of Osteoporosis , looks at the 12-month mortality of older persons presenting to hospitals in Australia with hip fracture. It is the first large population-based matched ...
EurekAlert - Thu. Sep 7
Largest ever genetic study marks likely osteoporosis treatment target
Scientists are honing in on a potential treatment for osteoporosis, after performing the largest ever genetic study of the common age-related bone-thinning disease. Researchers from The University of Queensland andMcGill University in Canada led the study, identifying 153 new gene variants associated with the loss of bone mineral density, which often result in fractures. UQ Diamantina Institute researchers Dr John Kemp and Professor David Evans found a str ...
EurekAlert - Tue. Sep 5
Nanoparticles limit damage in spinal cord injury
CHICAGO --- After a spinal cord injury, a significant amount of secondary nerve damage is caused by inflammation and internal scarring that inhibits the ability of the nervous system to repair itself. A biodegradable nanoparticle injected after a spinal cord trauma prevented the inflammation and internal scarring that inhibits the repair process, reports a new Northwestern Medicine study. As a result, mice with a spinal cord injury receiving the nanopartic ...
EurekAlert - Tue. Sep 5
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