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High-frequency spinal cord stimulation 'more effective for chronic pain'
According to a study published in the journal Anesthesiology , a new high-frequency form of spinal cord stimulation therapy has the capacity to deliver more effective pain relief without any unwanted side effects.
Medical News Today - Wed. Sep 14
New target may slow disease progression in Duchenne muscular dystrophy
Duchenne muscular dystrophy is a chronic disease causing severe muscle degeneration that is ultimately fatal. As the disease progresses, muscle precursor cells lose the ability to create new musclar tissue, leading to faster muscle deterioration. This month in the JCI , work led by Ming-Jer Tsai at Baylor College of Medicine has identified a protein involved in coordinating the function of muscle precursor cells. The protein, COUP-TFII, may be a promising ...
EurekAlert - Tue. Sep 13
X-rays: The first & best screening tool in diagnosing knee pain among middle-a...
ROSEMONT, Ill. September 9, 2016 --Knee pain is common among Americans age 40 and up. Nearly 1 in 17 people visit doctors offices each year for knee pain or injuries from osteoarthritis--a progressive wear and tear disease of the joints. Those odds increase as the U.S. population continues to age and becomes even more overweight. While a magnetic resonance imaging MRI is one tool that can help doctors diagnose torn knee ligaments and cartilage and other pr ...
EurekAlert - Fri. Sep 9
Prevention programs significantly reduce ankle injuries in soccer athletes
ROSEMONT, Ill. Sept. 7, 2016 -- Prevention programs are effective at reducing the risk of ankle injuries by 40 percent in soccer players, according to a new study appearing in today s issue of the Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery JBJS . Injuries to the lower extremities are the most common in soccer. According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission CPSC , more than 227,700 people were treated for soccer-related injuries in 2015, including more than 36, ...
EurekAlert - Thu. Sep 8
Extra physical education classes may benefit bone health in girls, study shows
Moderate to high impact sports such as gymnastics, basketball, or football have been shown to benefit bone mass, structure and strength - with benefits particularly apparent during pre-and early adolescence. A long-term study carried out in four Swedish schools evaluated whether extra physical education classes would have an impact on bone parameters in growing children. The seven-year study specifically measured the impact of school-based exercise on tibi ...
EurekAlert - Wed. Sep 7
Antidepressant bone loss could be prevented with beta-blockers
The antidepressant fluoxetine causes bone loss by instructing the brain to send out signals that increase bone breakdown, but a beta-blocker can intercept the signals, a new study in mice has found. The study was published Sept. 5 in Nature Medicine . The use of selective serotonin-reuptake inhibitors SSRIs , a class of drugs broadly prescribed for mood disorders as well as for nonpsychiatric conditions, previously has been associated with an increased ris ...
EurekAlert - Wed. Sep 7
Why bones don't heal: Researchers identify risk factors for nonunion of fractu...
New Orleans, LA - Dr. Robert Zura, the Robert D Ambrosia Professor and Head of Orthopaedic Surgery at LSU Health New Orleans School of Medicine, was part of a research team that identified risk factors which may help orthopaedic surgeons better predict a serious complication of bone fractures. Fracture nonunion may be increasing as more patients survive serious fractures. The paper was published September 7, 2016, in the Online First section of JAMA Surger ...
EurekAlert - Wed. Sep 7
NFL players' careers most affected by surgery to patellar tendon, Achilles ten...
In the hard-hitting world of American football, injuries are an inherent risk of the game with players in the National Football League NFL experiencing a higher rate of injury than in any other professional sport. Orthopaedic surgeries are often required to manage player injuries, but until recently little information was available to assess the effect these procedures may have on players future performance and career trajectory. To better understand surge ...
EurekAlert - Tue. Sep 6
NIH review finds nondrug approaches effective for treatment of common pain con...
Data from a review of U.S.-based clinical trials published today in Mayo Clinic Proceedings suggest that some of the most popular complementary health approaches--such as yoga, tai chi, and acupuncture--appear to be effective tools for helping to manage common pain conditions. The review was conducted by a group of scientists from the National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health NCCIH at the National Institutes of Health. Millions of Americans ...
EurekAlert - Thu. Sep 1
Researchers report new Zika complication
New Orleans, LA - Dr. John England, Professor and Chair of Neurology at LSU Health New Orleans School of Medicine, and colleagues in Honduras and Venezuela have reported a new neurological complication of infection with the Zika virus. They described the first confirmed case of Zika-associated sensory polyneuropathy in a paper published online by the Journal of the Neurological Sciences , available at http www.jns-journal.com article S0022-510X 16 30535-4 ...
EurekAlert - Fri. Aug 26
Altering stem cell perception of tissue stiffness may help treat musculoskelet...
PHILADELPHIA - A new biomaterial can be used to study how and when stem cells sense the mechanics of their surrounding environment, found a team led by Robert Mauck, PhD, the Mary Black Ralston Professor for Education and Research in Orthopaedic Surgery, in the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania. With further development, this biomaterial could be used to control when immature stem cells differentiate into more specialized cells ...
EurekAlert - Thu. Aug 25
Systematic global review of intervention thresholds based on FRAX
The WHO Fracture Risk Assessment Tool FRAX reg is a resource developed for the calculation of an individual s 10-year probability of hip fracture and a major osteoporotic fracture based on specific clinical risk factors, with or without bone mineral density BMD values. Since its launch in 2008, FRAX reg has become a widely used assessment tool in clinical practice and is included in many national osteoporosis management guidelines worldwide. Specific calcu ...
EurekAlert - Tue. Aug 23