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Study shows dried plums provide protection from bone loss due to radiation
COLLEGE STATION -- Dr. Nancy Turner, a Texas A M AgriLife Research scientist in College Station, was one of a team of researchers who recently studied different interventions to protect from radiation-induced bone loss. Their paper, Dried Plum Protects from Bone Loss Caused by Iodizing Radiation, was recently published in Scientific Reports and can be found at http www. nature. com articles srep21343 . Other institutions involved in the study were the Bone ...
EurekAlert - Mon. Feb 22
Phase 2 clinical trial to treat rare hereditary muscle disease shows promise
Amsterdam, NL, Feb. 22, 2016 - Researchers present the first clinical study that provides evidence that an extended-release sialic acid supplement may stabilize muscle strength in patients with GNE myopathy GNEM , a rare hereditary, progressive, adult-onset muscle disease. Patients with GNEM have mutations in a gene controlling a key enzyme in the synthesis pathway for sialic acid SA . They typically experience distal muscle weakness, commonly presenting a ...
EurekAlert - Mon. Feb 22
Bariatric surgery before knee replacement cost-effective in improving outcomes...
Obesity is not only a risk factor for developing knee arthritis. It is also linked to less favorable outcomes after joint replacement surgery. A study at Hospital for Special Surgery HSS in New York City finds that bariatric surgery prior to total knee replacement TKR is a cost-effective option to improve outcomes. The research appeared in the January issue of The Journal of Bone Joint Surgery . It is well known that obesity takes a toll on one s health. B ...
EurekAlert - Fri. Feb 19
Smart skin made of recyclable materials may transform medicine and robotics
Smart skin that can respond to external stimuli could have important applications in medicine and robotics. Using only items found in a typical household, researchers have created multi-sensor artificial skin that s capable of sensing pressure, temperature, humidity, proximity, pH, and air flow. The flexible, paper-based skin is layered onto a post-it note, with paper, aluminum foil, lint-free wipes, and pencil lines acting as sensing components. Being mad ...
EurekAlert - Fri. Feb 19
Better survival of implanted cells improves healing of bone fractures
To treat a complicated, non-healing bone defect, surgeons often use an implant with living cells to promote bone repair, but the implanted cells have a small chance of surviving because they are not prepared for a lack of oxygen and nutrients at the fracture site. Scientists from KU Leuven, Belgium, have now improved survival of these bone cells by preconditioning them to withstand the harmful environment before implantation. Their findings were published ...
EurekAlert - Fri. Feb 19
Ensuring ongoing care for patients treated during short-term surgical mission ...
ROSEMONT, Ill. Feb. 17, 2016 --Each year, hundreds of orthopaedic surgeons travel to developing countries to treat and care for patients. Yet despite the successful completion of many surgical procedures on patients who may not otherwise have access to care, adequate follow-up--so critical to optimal outcomes--is not always available or guaranteed. A new study appearing in the Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery found that a sustainable surgical follow-up pr ...
EurekAlert - Thu. Feb 18
Physical therapy cuts urine leaks dramatically for women with osteoporosis
CLEVELAND, Ohio February 17, 2016 --After menopause, women with osteoporosis struggle more with urinary incontinence than women with healthy bones do. But physical therapy that includes pelvic floor muscle training can produce dramatic improvements, shows a study published online today in Menopause , the journal of The North American Menopause Society. The study is the first-ever randomized, controlled trial of physical therapy for these urinary troubles i ...
EurekAlert - Wed. Feb 17
Stem cell gene therapy could be key to treating Duchenne muscular dystrophy
Scientists at the UCLA Eli and Edythe Broad Center of Regenerative Medicine and Stem Cell Research and Center for Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy at UCLA have developed a new approach that could eventually be used to treat Duchenne muscular dystrophy. The stem cell gene therapy could be applicable for 60 percent of people with Duchenne, which affects approximately 1 in 5,000 boys in the U.S. and is the most common fatal childhood genetic disease. The approach ...
EurekAlert - Sat. Feb 13
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