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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
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