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Scientists discover new mechanism that leads to inflammation in rheumatoid art...
New research findings published in the Journal of Leukocyte Biology , suggest that synovial CD4 T cells that produce IL-21 contribute to joint inflammation by activating synovial fibroblasts in rheumatoid arthritis patients. Understanding the mechanisms of inflammation in rheumatoid arthritis is important for the design of new therapies for this disease. Patients with rheumatoid arthritis with active disease inflamed joints have difficulty for instance in ...
EurekAlert - Sun. Mar 5
Physical therapy proves as effective as surgery for carpal tunnel syndrome
Physical therapy is as effective as surgery in treating carpal tunnel syndrome, according to a new study published in the March 2017 issue of the Journal of Orthopaedic Sports Physical Therapy reg JOSPT reg . Researchers in Spain and the United States report that one year following treatment, patients with carpal tunnel syndrome who received physical therapy achieved results comparable to outcomes for patients who had surgery for this condition. Further, p ...
EurekAlert - Sun. Mar 5
Horseback riding interventions have therapeutic benefits for people with disab...
March 2, 2017 - Physical activities incorporating horseback riding can help to improve strength, balance, and other outcomes for children and adults with a range of neuromotor, developmental, and physical disabilities, according to a report in the American Journal of Physical Medicine Rehabilitation , the official journal of the Association of Academic Physiatrists . The journal is published by Wolters Kluwer . Such equine-assisted activities and therapies ...
EurekAlert - Sun. Mar 5
Is back pain killing us?
The 600,000 older Australians who suffer from back pain have a 13 per cent increased risk of dying from any cause, University of Sydney research has found. Published in the European Journal of Pain , the study of 4390 Danish twins aged more than 70 years investigated whether spinal pain increased the rate of all-cause and disease-specific cardiovascular mortality. Low back pain is a major problem, ranked as the highest contributor to disability in the worl ...
EurekAlert - Thu. Feb 23
AOSpine North America provides a glimpse into the future of spine care
Advances in patient selection, surgical techniques, and postoperative care over the last two decades have allowed practitioners to manage increasingly complex cases with shorter procedure times and reduced hospital lengths of stay. Building on these successes, AOSpine North America brought together experts to provide a glimpse into the next generation of spine care leading to a supplement in Neurosurgery on the Future Advances in Spine Surgery. The March 2 ...
EurekAlert - Thu. Feb 23
Benefits of testosterone therapy in older men are mixed
New Haven, Conn.-- Older men with low testosterone levels showed improved bone density and strength, as well as reduced anemia, after one year of testosterone therapy, according to a new study conducted at Yale and other sites. The therapy had no impact on cognitive function, however, and may worsen plaque in coronary arteries, said the researchers. The results of the four trials were published online Feb. 21 in two journals, JAMA and J AMA Internal Medici ...
EurekAlert - Tue. Feb 21
Improvements in ACL surgery may help prevent knee osteoarthritis
Injury to the anterior cruciate ligament ACL in the knee frequently leads to early-onset osteoarthritis, a painful condition that can occur even if the patient has undergone ACL reconstruction to prevent its onset. A new review looks at the ability of two different reconstruction techniques to restore normal knee motion and potentially slow degenerative changes. The findings suggest that where a graft is placed on the femur is crucial for restoring joint f ...
EurekAlert - Tue. Feb 21
New clinical guideline issued for treating low back pain
Low back pain affects millions of people in the United States, and the condition is one of the most common reasons for people missing work. New guidelines from the American College of Physicians recommend noninvasive ways of treating nonradicular low back pain.
Medical News Today - Mon. Feb 20
Being a tattoo artist is a pain in the neck, study finds
COLUMBUS, Ohio--Getting a tattoo may hurt, but giving one is no picnic, either. That s the finding of the first study ever to directly measure the physical stresses that lead to aches and pains in tattoo artists--workers who support a multibillion-dollar American industry, but who often don t have access to workers compensation if they get injured. Researchers at The Ohio State University measured the muscle exertions of 10 central Ohio tattoo artists whil ...
EurekAlert - Thu. Feb 16
American College of Physicians issues guideline for treating nonradicular low ...
Philadelphia, February 14, 2017 -- The American College of Physicians ACP recommends in an evidence-based clinical practice guideline published today in Annals of Internal Medicine that physicians and patients should treat acute or subacute low back pain with non-drug therapies such as superficial heat, massage, acupuncture, or spinal manipulation. If drug therapy is desired, physicians and patients should select nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs NSAIDs ...
EurekAlert - Wed. Feb 15
Mind the (osteoporosis treatment) gap!
With the first of the baby boomer generation now entering their eighties, the next decade will see a significant increase in the number of people living with osteoporosis and experiencing the often devastating outcome of fragility fractures. A newly published narrative review in Osteoporosis International considers the key global challenges facing healthcare professionals and policymakers responsible for providing care to populations in relation to bone he ...
EurekAlert - Wed. Feb 15
Insurance status impacts complication rates after shoulder replacement surgery
Boston -- Patients undergoing shoulder replacement surgery who have Medicaid, Medicare or no health insurance, had higher complication rates as compared to patients who had private insurance. The findings, which appear in the Journal of Shoulder and Elbow Surgery , demonstrate disparities in acute postoperative outcomes for shoulder replacement surgery based on insurance status. Shoulder replacements arthroplasties are recommended for patients suffering fr ...
EurekAlert - Mon. Feb 13