Healing Hands: Massage May Ease Chronic Back Pain
Chronic low back pain can be a challenge to treat, but new research suggests that massage therapy may provide some relief. Current medical guidelines actually recommend massage therapy prior to the use of opioid medications for lower back pain, explained William Elder, the study s principle investigator. Yet even with those guidelines, physicians and nurse practitioners are not recommending massage therapy, said Elder. He s with the University of Kentucky ...
Healthday - Wed. Jun 28
Does symmetry matter for speed? Study finds Usain Bolt may have asymmetrical r...
World champion sprinter Usain Bolt may have an asymmetrical running gait, according to data recently presented by researchers from Southern Methodist University, Dallas. While not noticeable to the naked eye, Bolt s potential asymmetry emerged after SMU researchers assessed the running mechanics of the world s fastest man. The analysis thus far suggests that Bolt s mechanics may vary between his left leg to his right, said Andrew Udofa, a biomechanics rese ...
EurekAlert - Wed. Jun 28
Study links immune responses to intestinal microbes with rheumatoid arthritis
In patients with rheumatoid arthritis RA , self-reactive T cell responses cause inflammation and progressive damage to synovial joints. Although genetic risk factors for RA have been identified, environmental causes are also thought to play a role in the onset of RA. Recent work suggests that the disease is initially triggered by immune responses to gut bacteria, but how autoimmunity of intestinal origin plays a role in RA-linked autoimmune responses is un ...
EurekAlert - Tue. Jun 27
What makes stem cells into perfect allrounders
Stem cells are considered biological allrounders because they have the potential to develop into the various body cell types. For the majority of stem cells, however, this designation is too far-reaching. Adult stem cells, for example, can replace cells in their own tissue in case of injury, but a fat stem cell will never generate a nerve or liver cell. Scientists therefore distinguish between multipotent adult stem cells and the actual allrounders - the p ...
EurekAlert - Tue. Jun 27
Pilonidal cyst: Symptoms, diagnosis, and treatment
A pilonidal cyst develops in the cleft between the buttocks. Just as any other cyst, a pilonidal cyst can become infected and pus-filled.
Medical News Today - Sat. Jun 24
Injury measurement technique helps players get back in the game
A new method of measuring sports-related muscle injury could help provide accurate return-to-play time for athletes. That s the finding of a new study published today in the journal Physiological Measurement . It was led by the Polytechnic University of Catalunya UPC , in collaboration with the medical team at Futbol Club Barcelona. The research explored using localised bioimpedance measurement L-BIA to help quantify the damage to soft tissue structure in ...
EurekAlert - Fri. Jun 23
Review Suggests Safe, Effective Ways to Relieve Pain Without Meds
Popular drug-free methods of managing pain from such common conditions as headaches and arthritis appear to be effective, according to a new review. Millions of Americans seek pain relief through such alternatives as acupuncture, tai chi and yoga. But there has been little information to help doctors make recommendations about these approaches. For many Americans who suffer from chronic pain, medications may not completely relieve pain and can produce unwa ...
Healthday - Wed. Jun 21
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 - Wed. Jun 21
Six sciatica stretches for pain relief
Sciatica itself is not a condition, but a very uncomfortable symptom of many potential problems in the back, pelvis, and hip.
Medical News Today - Tue. Jun 20
NAMS 2017 position statement updates guidelines for hormone therapy use
CLEVELAND, Ohio June 20, 2017 --A new position statement on the use of hormone therapy HT for menopausal and postmenopausal women from The North American Menopause Society NAMS has been published online today in the Society s journal, Menopause . The use of hormone therapy continues to be one of the most controversial and debated topics, says Dr. JoAnn V. Pinkerton, NAMS executive director. The goal of this updated version of the Society s position stateme ...
EurekAlert - Tue. Jun 20
Sugar-coated nanomaterial excels at promoting bone growth
There hasn t been a gold standard for how orthopaedic spine surgeons promote new bone growth in patients, but now Northwestern University scientists have designed a bioactive nanomaterial that is so good at stimulating bone regeneration it could become the method surgeons prefer. While studied in an animal model of spinal fusion, the method for promoting new bone growth could translate readily to humans, the researchers say, where an aging but active popul ...
EurekAlert - Mon. Jun 19
Older adults can improve movement by using same motor strategy as babies
BEER-SHEVA, Israel...June 16, 2017 A motor mechanism that has been attributed primarily to early development in babies and toddlers can also help older adults improve movement accuracy, according to new research from Ben-Gurion University of the Negev BGU . In an article published this week in Scientific Reports , the researcher shows that an infant s exploration-exploitation process can work in older adults, as well. In early development, babies seem to m ...
EurekAlert - Sat. Jun 17