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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
Feinstein Institute clinical study reveals new approach to diagnosing low back...
MANHASSET, NY - Scientists at The Feinstein Institute for Medical Research have discovered a new, personalized approach to diagnosing low back pain. The findings from a clinical study show that serum levels of the proinflammatory cytokine interleukin-6 IL-6 vary in individuals with lumbar intervertebral disc disease and that biochemical profiling of circulating cytokines may assist in refining personalized diagnoses of disc diseases. These findings are pub ...
EurekAlert - Thu. Jan 7
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