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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
Boomers More Likely to Try Alternative Medicine
Middle-age adults are more likely than older or younger people to use complementary and alternative medicine, says a Wake Forest University School of Medicine study. Researchers analyzed data collected from 31,044 people in the United States who took part in the 2002 National Health Interview Survey. Midlife adults entered adulthood at a time of more widespread use of complementary and alternative medicine CAM in the population and when public health polic ...
Healthday - Thu. Sep 17
Combining Mainstream, Alternative Therapies Brings Back Pain Relief
Used together, conventional and complementary alternative treatments help patients ease their low back pain better than using mainstream treatment alone, U.S. research shows. The small study included 13 patients who received integrated care and six patients who received usual care. The integrative care team at Brigham and Women s Hospital in Boston included experts in acupuncture, chiropractic, internal medicine, massage therapy, neurology, nursing, nutrit ...
Healthday - Thu. Sep 17
Added Treatment Won't Speed Whiplash Recovery
Aggressive treatment of patients with whiplash doesn t speed their recovery, Canadian research suggests. University of Toronto researchers examined the treatment received by almost 1,700 whiplash patients. They found that increasing the intensity of care to more than two visits to a general practitioner, or adding chiropractic care to general practitioner care, was actually associated with slower recovery. The results, published in the June issue of the jo ...
Healthday - Thu. Sep 17
38% of U.S. Adults Use Alternative Treatments
An estimated 38 percent of U.S. adults and 12 percent of children use some type of complementary and alternative medicine, a new U.S. government survey finds. Complementary and alternative medicine -- sometimes called CAM -- is an umbrella term for a collection of wide-ranging medical and health care systems, practices and products that aren t generally considered conventional medicine. It includes herbal supplements, meditation, chiropractic treatment and ...
Healthday - Thu. Sep 17