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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
GW researcher finds genetic cause of new type of muscular dystrophy
WASHINGTON Feb. 9, 2017 -- A newly discovered mutation in the INPP5K gene , which leads to short stature, muscle weakness, intellectual disability, and cataracts, suggests a new type of congenital muscular dystrophy. The research was published in the American Journal of Human Genetics by researchers from the George Washington University GW , St. George s University of London, and other institutions. The average pediatrician may only see one child with a ra ...
EurekAlert - Thu. Feb 9
Poor thigh muscle strength may increase women's risk of knee osteoarthritis
A new study has found that poor strength in the thigh muscles may increase the risk of knee osteoarthritis in women but not men. This relationship was confounded by body mass index BMI , which itself is known as a risk factor for knee osteoarthritis. The study s investigators noted that there may be more contractile tissue and strength present in men with greater BMI and more non-contractile fat tissue in women with greater BMI. The sex-specific relationsh ...
EurekAlert - Wed. Feb 8
New study finds that yoga can be helpful for low back pain
Over the course of their lives, about 80 percent of Americans will suffer from back pain at one time or another. A recent study found that more than a third of adults say that low back pain has affected their ability to perform the tasks of daily living, exercise, or sleep. Treating this pain remains a difficult problem, and for millions of people the pain is chronic. Now, a new study by scientists at the University of Maryland School of Medicine UM SOM ha ...
EurekAlert - Tue. Feb 7
Is the pain coming from your hip, spine or both?
ROSEMONT, Ill. Feb.6, 2017 -- Many patients live with low back pain that radiates to the buttock, groin, thigh, and even knees. The challenge for patients, and often their doctors, is determining the origin of the pain -- the hip, the spine, or both. A new article published in the February Journal of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons JAAOS outlines the identical symptoms associated with hip and spine pain and discusses the diagnostic steps and t ...
EurekAlert - Mon. Feb 6