Study questions benefit of exercise program following immobilization of ankle ...
A supervised exercise program and self-management advice, like those commonly given with physical therapy, did not improve activity limitation or quality of life compared with advice alone after removal of immobilization for patients with an uncomplicated ankle fracture, according to a study in the October 6 issue of JAMA . Ankle fracture is a common injury and is treated with reduction realignment , sometimes with surgical fixation, followed by a period o ...
EurekAlert - Tue. Oct 6
'Weak association' between back pain and weather
Many patients believe the weather impacts their pain symptoms, say researchers, but their study published today has revealed that the weather does not have any influence over lower back pain - except for a clinically unimportant association with increases in wind speed.
Medical News Today - Sat. Sep 26
Paracetamol 'does not ease low-back pain'
Low-back pain is the main cause of disability worldwide and paracetamol - also known as acetaminophen - is currently the first port of call in terms of reducing pain and speeding recovery. However, a large randomized trial published in The Lancet investigates the efficacy of paracetamol for acute low-back pain and finds it performs no better than a placebo.
Medical News Today - Sat. Sep 26
Pharaoh CT scans rewrite history of ankylosing spondylitis
X-rays of mummified remains had led experts to believe that the rheumatic disease, ankylosing spondylitis, once afflicted the royal families of Ancient Egypt. New research, however, provides evidence that could dispute the antiquity of this disease.
Medical News Today - Sat. Sep 26
Researchers identify modifiable triggers of acute low back pain
Back pain is a leading cause of disability worldwide, and the World Health Organization reports that low back pain affects more people than major diseases like diabetes and malaria yet we have not made much progress in preventing it. Now, in a new study, researchers have identified physical and psychosocial triggers that can be modified to prevent acute episodes of low back pain.
Medical News Today - Sat. Sep 26
Acetaminophen 'does not work for lower back pain or osteoarthritis'
Acetaminophen - also known as paracetamol and marketed under brand names such as Mapap, Panadol and Tylenol - is not effective for the treatment of lower back pain and offers little value for osteoarthritis of the hip or knee, according to a study published in The BMJ .
Medical News Today - Sat. Sep 26
The dangers of working in an office
The office here at Medical News Today HQ is a pleasant place to work. It is a largely tranquil place until somebody decides to use the shredder where the tea is plentiful and occasionally a passing dog can be spotted through the window.
Medical News Today - Sat. Sep 26
Desk-based employees 'should work standing up'
A group of experts have advised that people working in office environments stand for at least 2 hours a day during working hours, as part of a number of recommendations to protect those engaged with typically sedentary forms of work.
Medical News Today - Sat. Sep 26
One size doesn't fit all
Jefferson researchers identified a high risk for venous thromboembolism VTE , or blood clots, following surgery for long-bone reconstruction in patients with metastatic cancer. They published the results in the Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery . Our study shows not only that a stronger anti-coagulation therapy may be warranted for these patients, but also that each case needs individualized attention, said senior author John A. Abraham, M.D., Associate Pr ...
EurekAlert - Mon. Sep 21
Alzheimer's drug could prevent bone fractures
The most common drug used to treat Alzheimer s disease increases bone mass in mice, according to one of the first research articles published in the new open access journal Heliyon . The authors of the study, from Saitama Medical University in Japan, say this means the drug could also be used to treat bone loss diseases like osteoporosis and periodontitis, following further clinical research. Alzheimer s disease is the most common form of dementia and the ...
EurekAlert - Mon. Sep 21
Kids Follow Parents in Using Alternative Therapies
Children and teens are more likely to use complementary and alternative medicine if their parents also use the therapies, according to new research. A 1997 study found that 42 percent of American adults reported the use of these types of therapies -- and the rates were increasing. But, up till now, there s been little information on the popularity of these treatments among children and teens. Researchers at Metropolitan State University in Minneapolis anal ...
Healthday - Thu. Sep 17
Talk to Your Doc About Your Alternative Meds
The popularity of complementary and alternative medicine is on the rise, with more than one-third of U.S. adults using at least one these treatments, according to a recent report by the Institute of Medicine. And if you re like most proponents of these treatments, you probably don t mention them to your primary-care physician. You may think it s not important or you might just forget. Or, you might think your doctor won t approve. But it s crucial to tell ...
Healthday - Thu. Sep 17