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Study finds freezing nerves prior to knee replacement improves outcomes
New Orleans, LA - The first study of its kind has found that freezing nerves before knee replacement surgery combined with traditional pain management approaches significantly improves patient outcomes. The results of the preliminary retrospective study led by Vinod Dasa, MD, Associate Professor of Clinical Orthopaedics at LSU Health New Orleans School of Medicine, were published online Feb. 10, 2016, in the journal, The Knee , as an Article in Press avail ...
EurekAlert - Fri. Feb 12
Treatments that reduce knee buckling may help prevent falls in older adults
Symptoms of knee instability in older adults may indicate an increased risk of falling and of experiencing the various physical and psychological effects that can result from falling, according to a study published in Arthritis Care Research , a journal of the American College of Rheumatology ACR . The findings indicate that determining effective treatments for knee instability should be an important priority as clinicians care for aging patients. Knee buc ...
EurekAlert - Tue. Feb 9
Arthroscopic knee surgery does not cure sensations of knee catching or locking
A new Finnish study proves that a commonly used surgical treatment does not help patients who suffer from mechanical symptoms sensations of knee catching or locking associated with a degenerative knee. Established medical concepts should be rigorously tested from time to time to see if they can stand the scrutiny. No assumption is too obvious not to be tested in medicine , says Professor Teppo J 228 rvinen, who led the research. Arthroscopic surgery on deg ...
EurekAlert - Tue. Feb 9
Newer pain management strategies can lead to quicker, shorter recovery after T...
ROSEMONT, Ill. Feb. 1, 2016 --According to a new literature review in the February issue of the Journal of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons JAAOS , a team-based care approach consisting of the patient, family members, the orthopaedic surgeon and other medical practitioners on total knee replacement TKR procedures, in conjunction with newer pain management strategies, is key to maximizing patient outcomes. Arthritis of the knee impacts approxima ...
EurekAlert - Tue. Feb 9
MS drug tied to rising JC virus antibody levels
MINNEAPOLIS - People who take the drug natalizumab for multiple sclerosis may have up to a 10 times greater risk of developing a risk biomarker for activity of a virus that can lead to an often fatal brain disease, according to a study published in the January 27, 2016, online issue of Neurology reg Neuroimmunology and Neuroinflammation , a medical journal of the American Academy of Neurology. Progressive multifocal leukoencephalopathy PML is a rare and of ...
EurekAlert - Mon. Feb 1
Protein combination improves bone regeneration, UCLA study shows
A UCLA research team has found a combination of proteins that could significantly improve clinical bone restoration. The findings may be a big step toward developing effective therapeutic treatments for bone skeletal defects, bone loss and osteoporosis. The study, led by Dr. Kang Ting, professor and chair of the section of orthodontics at the UCLA School of Dentistry Dr. Chia Soo, professor of plastic surgery and vice chair for research at the David Geffen ...
EurekAlert - Mon. Feb 1
Scientists discover stem cells capable of repairing skull, face bones
A team of Rochester scientists has, for the first time, identified and isolated a stem cell population capable of skull formation and craniofacial bone repair in mice--achieving an important step toward using stem cells for bone reconstruction of the face and head in the future, according to a new paper in Nature Communications . Senior author Wei Hsu, Ph.D., dean s professor of Biomedical Genetics and a scientist at the Eastman Institute for Oral Health a ...
EurekAlert - Mon. Feb 1
Good Posture: A Stance for Better Health
Healthy posture is important for your well-being, but achieving it can be an uphill battle in a high-tech, high-heeled world, experts say. People who have better posture tend to appear more confident and knowledgeable to others. It makes them feel confident internally as well, said Alynn Kakuk, a physical therapist at the Mayo Clinic Healthy Living Program in Rochester, Minn. Simple exercises and stretching can help your posture, she said. One way to pract ...
Healthday - Tue. Jan 26
Morbidly obese patients may benefit from bariatric surgery prior to knee repla...
ROSEMONT, Ill. Jan. 21, 2016 --Previous research studies have linked obesity to adverse outcomes and increased costs following total knee replacement surgery TKR . A new, computer model-based evaluation appearing in the Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery , supports bariatric surgery in morbidly obese patients with end-stage osteoarthritis loss of cartilage and joint pain, caused by aging and use prior to TKR. Approximately 30 percent of Americans are obese ...
EurekAlert - Tue. Jan 26
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