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Alternative Medicine Taking Hold Among Americans: Report
Americans spend a good chunk of their health care dollars on alternative medicine, such as acupuncture, yoga, chiropractic care and natural supplements, a new government report shows. In fact, they paid more than 30 billion out of pocket in 2012 on chiropractors and other complementary health practitioners, as well as supplements and other forms of alternative medicine. Substantial numbers of Americans spent billions of dollars out-of-pocket on these appro ...
Healthday - Thu. Oct 20
For Migraine Sufferers, Is a Chiropractor's Touch All in the Mind?
People with migraines sometimes seek a chiropractor for help, but a small study suggests that any pain relief they get might be a placebo effect. When researchers pitted real chiropractic manipulation against a sham version, they found both were equally likely to ease patients migraine pain. On the other hand, both tactics worked better than patients usual pain-relieving medications. Experts in pain management stressed that no firm conclusions should be dr ...
Healthday - Thu. Oct 20
Cannabis excess linked to bone disease and fractures, study finds
People who regularly smoke large amounts of cannabis have reduced bone density and are more prone to fractures, research has found. The study also found that heavy cannabis users have a lower body weight and a reduced body mass index BMI , which could contribute to thinning of their bones. Researchers say this could mean heavy users of the drug are at greater risk of osteoporosis in later life. Scientists at the University of Edinburgh assessed 170 people ...
EurekAlert - Wed. Oct 12
Elderly patients with unstable ankle fractures could avoid surgery
Elderly patients with unstable ankle fractures could avoid surgery, according to research by a UK team led by Oxford University. The study, published in the Journal of the American Medical Association , compared surgery to pin a broken ankle with a new plaster cast technique known as close contact casting . Researcher Professor Keith Willett, of the Nuffield Department of Orthopaedics, Rheumatology and Musculoskeletal Sciences at the University of Oxford, ...
EurekAlert - Tue. Oct 11
New evidence may explain sex difference in knee injury rates
In studies on rats, Johns Hopkins Medicine scientists report new evidence that the predominance of the hormone testosterone in males may explain why women are up to 10 times more likely than men to injure the anterior cruciate ligament ACL in their knees. Specifically, they found that normal male rats with natural supplies of testosterone had stronger ACLs than those that had been castrated and no longer produced the hormone. The results are described onli ...
EurekAlert - Tue. Oct 11
Mobile self-care apps for early identification & treatment of lymphedema
Each year, about 1.38 million women worldwide are diagnosed with breast cancer. Advances in diagnosis and treatment have facilitated a 90 percent, five-year survival rate, among those treated. Given the increased rate and length of survival following breast cancer, more and more survivors are facing a life-time risk of developing breast cancer-related lymphedema one of the most distressing and feared late onset effects. Lymphedema, characterized by the abn ...
EurekAlert - Fri. Oct 7
Chemical exposure linked to lower witamin D levels
Washington, DC--Exposure to bisphenol A BPA and other endocrine-disrupting chemicals EDCs may reduce levels of vitamin D in the bloodstream, according to a new study published in the Endocrine Society s Journal of Clinical Endocrinology Metabolism . The study is the first to find an association between EDC exposure and vitamin D levels in a large group of U.S. adults. EDCs are chemicals or mixtures of chemicals that can cause adverse health effects by inte ...
EurekAlert - Fri. Oct 7
Multisensory education enhances patient understanding of orthopaedic conditions
ROSEMONT, Ill. Oct. 5, 2016 -- Patient education involving the use of multiple senses sight, hearing and touch during a physician-patient conversation about treatment, also known as informed consent, improves understanding of anticipated care and possible outcomes, according to a new study appearing in today s issue of the Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery JBJS . The field of orthopaedics is primed to take a leadership role in improving physician-patient c ...
EurekAlert - Fri. Oct 7
Prolonged standing at work can cause health problems too
Research on the health risks of prolonged sitting at work have been prominent in the headlines recently. Now, a new study also highlights the hazards of prolonged standing at work.
Medical News Today - Wed. Sep 14
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