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Newfound strength in regenerative medicine
CAMBRIDGE, Massachusetts - Researchers in the field of mechanobiology are evolving our understanding of health by revealing new insights into how the body s physical forces and mechanics impact development, physiological health, and prevention and treatment of disease. At the Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering at Harvard University, engineers and biomedical scientists have assembled to form collaborative teams that are helping to drive th ...
EurekAlert - Tue. Jan 26
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 - Tue. Jan 26
Frailty may increase complication risk following urologic surgery
For patients undergoing urologic surgery, frailty may increase their risk of experiencing complications after surgery. Among 95,108 patients undergoing 21 different urologic procedures, such as bladder or prostate removal, the average frequency of complications per individual was 11.7 , with the most common complications being hospital readmission 6.2 , blood transfusion 4.6 , and urinary tract infection 3.1 . Tests of frailty revealed that patients who we ...
EurekAlert - Wed. Jan 20
Task force provides guidance on use of osteoporosis drugs
A new report by a Task force of the American Society for Bone and Mineral Research provides guidance on the use of bisphosphonates, which are the most commonly used medications for osteoporosis. The Task Force suggests that after 5 years of oral bisphosphonates or 3 years of intravenous bisphosphonates, clinicians should reassess the drugs potential benefits and risks. The former includes continued reduction in the risk of vertebral fractures, and the latt ...
EurekAlert - Wed. Jan 20
Genetics influences knee pain sensitivity in osteoarthritis patients
Genetics play a key role in knee pain sensitivity, according to a team of researchers studying knee osteoarthritis patients. This work was part of a larger study focused on the daily lives of couples in which one person has arthritis, said Lynn Martire, professor of human development and family studies, Penn State. The researchers looked at how arthritis affects mood and interactions with each other. The biggest problem in arthritis is that a person become ...
EurekAlert - Wed. Jan 20
Many Don't Tell Docs About Using Alternative Therapies for Pain
Many Americans with chronic pain who use alternative therapies -- such as acupuncture -- don t discuss these treatments with their doctors, a new study finds. Our study confirms that most of our patients with chronic pain are seeking complementary treatments to supplement the care we provide in the primary care setting, lead author Dr. Charles Elder, an affiliate investigator at the Kaiser Permanente Center for Health Research, said in a Kaiser news releas ...
Healthday - Mon. Jan 18
Don't Let Backpacks Lead to Back Injury
Backpacks are convenient for students, but they can pose a threat to kids backs, necks and shoulders if used improperly, an expert says. In 2013, there were more than 5,400 backpack-related injuries treated in emergency departments across the United States, according to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission. In my own practice, I have noticed a marked increase in the number of young children who are complaining about back, neck and shoulder pain, Sco ...
Healthday - Mon. Jan 18
Bone marrow lesions can help predict rapidly progressing joint disease
A new study from the Medical Research Council Lifecourse Epidemiology Unit, University of Southampton, shows lesions, which can best be seen on MRI scans, could help identify individuals who are more likely to suffer from more rapidly progressing osteoarthritis. Osteoarthritis is the most common type of arthritis in the UK and can cause the joints to become painful and stiff. Almost any joint can be affected, but it most often causes problems in the knees, ...
EurekAlert - Mon. Jan 18
Motor control exercise may help lower back pain
Targeting exercises to muscles that support and control the spine may help to reduce pain and disability caused by lower back pain, says research published in the Cochrane Review .
Medical News Today - Sun. Jan 10
Monitoring scoliosis patients on brace use prevents curve progression, surgery
ROSEMONT, Ill.--Bracing often is recommended for adolescents diagnosed with idiopathic adolescent scoliosis, and a spinal curve between 25 and 45 degrees. When worn consistently and as directed, braces have been found to effectively halt or slow further progression of a spinal curve, often preventing surgery. In a new study appearing in the Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery , adolescent scoliosis patients each received a brace with embedded sensors to moni ...
EurekAlert - Fri. Jan 8
New strategy aims to enhance efficacy and safety of bone repair treatment
Philadelphia, PA, January 6, 2016 - Bone morphogenetic protein-2 BMP2 is used clinically to promote bone repair. However, the high BMP2 concentrations required to stimulate bone growth in humans may produce life-threatening adverse effects such as cervical swelling in spinal fusion procedures, a problem that prompted an FDA warning in 2008. Now, a team of clinicians and engineers has shown that adding the protein kinase C-binding protein NELL-1 Nel-like mo ...
EurekAlert - Thu. Jan 7
Exercise to improve skill and coordination can help reduce lower back pain
A new Cochrane Review published today shows that targeting exercises to muscles that support and control the spine offers another strategy to reduce pain and disability caused by lower back pain. Lower back pain is one of the most common health conditions worldwide. It can have substantial health and economic costs as people experience disability and general ill health, leading them to need time off work. Motor control exercise is a popular form of exercis ...
EurekAlert - Thu. Jan 7