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Corticosteroid injections may be ineffective for low back pain
People who suffer from low back pain often turn to epidural corticosteroid injections for some relief. According to new research, however, such treatment fails to provide long-term respite, if any.
Medical News Today - Thu. Jan 7
Researchers see promising results in treating age-related decline in muscle ma...
INDIANAPOLIS -- A proof-of-concept, phase 2 trial by an international research team has found promising results for a myostatin antibody in treating the decline in muscle mass and power associated with aging. Myostatin is a natural protein produced within the body that inhibits muscle growth, said Stuart Warden, a member of the research team who is also associate dean for research and associate professor in the School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences ...
EurekAlert - Thu. Dec 31
Taking vitamin D may benefit people with MS
MINNEAPOLIS - Taking a high dose of vitamin D3 is safe for people with multiple sclerosis MS and may correct the body s hyperactive immune response, according to a study published in the Dece. 30, 2015, online issue of Neurology reg , the medical journal of the American Academy of Neurology. Low levels of vitamin D in the blood are tied to an increased risk of developing MS. People who have MS and low levels of vitamin D are more likely to have greater dis ...
EurekAlert - Thu. Dec 31
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 - Sun. Dec 27
Sudden cardiac arrest may not be so sudden
1. Sudden cardiac arrest may not be so sudden Warning signs are common, but are often ignored, in the weeks preceding a heart attack Abstract http www. annals. org article. aspx doi 10. 7326 M14-2342 URL live when embargo lifts According to an article published in Annals of Internal Medicine , sudden cardiac arrest may not be an entirely unexpected event. Warning signs are common in the days and weeks leading up to a heart attack, but those symptoms are of ...
EurekAlert - Fri. Dec 25
Researchers examine cases in California of neurological illness affecting limbs
There have been nearly 60 cases identified in California from 2012 - 2015 of acute flaccid myelitis, a rare syndrome described as polio-like, with most patients being children and young adults, according to a study in the December 22 29 issue of JAMA . The cause of the condition in these cases remains unknown. With the elimination of wild poliovirus in populations throughout most of the world, the clinical syndrome of acute flaccid paralysis characterized ...
EurekAlert - Fri. Dec 25
Largest study of Ebola survivors finds vision, hearing, joint pain problems
TORONTO, Dec. 22--The largest study of survivors of the largest recorded outbreak of Ebola Virus Disease found they commonly reported complications such as vision, hearing and joint pain problems up to months after they were discharged from an Ebola treatment facility. The findings, published today in the journal Lancet Infectious Diseases , are based on clinical and laboratory records from patients at the EVD Survivor Clinic in Port Loko, Sierra Leone, on ...
EurekAlert - Fri. Dec 25
New 'exercise hormone' promotes physical endurance
A new study in mice shows that exercise causes muscle to release a peptide that builds the muscle s capacity for energy production and increases physical endurance, allowing for longer and more intense exercise. The findings establish that the peptide, called musclin, is an exercise factor -- a hormone-like substance made by skeletal muscle in response to exercise and released into the bloodstream. The study shows that increased levels of circulating muscl ...
EurekAlert - Fri. Dec 18
NYU study identifies method for detecting latent stage of lymphedema
Many are aware that hair loss is a common side effect associated with chemotherapy. However, another albeit common late side effect of cancer treatment is the abnormal swelling of one or more limbs, known as lymphedema. Lymphedema is most commonly the result of an obstruction or disruption of the lymphatic system that occurs immediately after cancer treatment or 1-5, even 20 years after. However, unlike hair loss, which can occur two to four weeks after be ...
EurekAlert - Fri. Dec 18
Saline water better than soap and water for cleaning wounds, researchers find
Hamilton, ON Dec. 15, 2015 - Many scientific advances have been made in the delivery of care and infection prevention for open fractures, but the standard practice of wound cleaning with soap and water before surgery has remain the unchanged. Now, an international team of researchers led by McMaster University in collaboration with the Research Institute of the McGill University Health Centre has found that soap and water is actually less effective than ju ...
EurekAlert - Wed. Dec 16
Low levels of vitamin D may increase risk of stress fractures in active indivi...
Philadelphia, PA, Dec. 14, 2015 - Vitamin D plays a crucial role in ensuring appropriate bone density. Active individuals who enjoy participating in higher impact activities may need to maintain higher vitamin D levels to reduce their risk of stress fractures, report investigators in The Journal of Foot Ankle Surgery . The role of vitamin D in the body has recently become a subject of increasing interest owing to its many physiologic effects throughout mul ...
EurekAlert - Mon. Dec 14
AAOS releases criteria for treating pediatric patients with knee osteochondrit...
The American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons AAOS today released Appropriate Use Criteria AUC to assist in the treatment and rehabilitation of pediatric patients with osteochondritis dissecans of the femoral condyle, also known as OCD knee. The injury results when a small piece of bone breaks away from the femur due to inadequate blood supply, and loosens surrounding cartilage in the knee joint. The reason why blood supply decreases is unknown, but physici ...
EurekAlert - Thu. Dec 10