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Brain-Computer Link Restores Some Movement to Quadraplegic Man

Posted 29 Mar 2017 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, March 28, 2017 – Grabbing a mug of coffee, having a sip. It's something most people would do without thinking, every day. But for Bill Kochevar, it's a life-changing move. That's because Kochevar, 56, lost all movement below his shoulders eight years ago in a bicycling accident. But now he's the first quadriplegic in the world to successfully use a dual-implant technology to regain some motion. "For somebody who's been injured eight years and couldn't move, being able to move just that little bit is awesome to me," said Kochevar, who lives in Cleveland. "It's better than I thought it would be." The new system that is allowing him to perform simple tasks involves two technologies. First, say researchers at Cleveland's Case Western Reserve University, Kochevar underwent surgery to place two tiny sensors – each about the size of a baby aspirin – in the motor cortex area of his ... Read more

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Serious Crash Often a Wake-Up Call for Teen Drivers

Posted 17 Mar 2017 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, March 16, 2017 – No matter how often teenagers are told to drive safely, some might not heed that advice until they are involved in a crash, new research suggests. The study included 254 teens, ages 16 and 17, who were participating in a driving study. Their cars were equipped with cameras and a device to measure acceleration, and researchers analyzed their driving habits. The investigators found that among teens who were involved in a severe collision – defined as "police-reportable" and causing major damage, airbag deployment, injury or a rollover – there was an immediate change in their driving habits. Rapid acceleration – a sign of risky driving – dropped by 34 percent, the findings showed. After about two months, instances of rapid acceleration tended to rise again, but stayed below pre-crash levels, according to the study published in a recent issue of the journal ... Read more

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Health Tip: Stay Focused on the Highway

Posted 16 Mar 2017 by Drugs.com

-- Motor vehicles are heavy objects that often travel at high speeds. That's why it's important for drivers to always remain alert. The American Red Cross recommends: Be particularly cautious in a construction zone. On long drives, take frequent breaks and switch drivers, if possible. Always take a break if you become tired. Wear your safety belt, drive at a reasonable speed and don't use a cell phone. Be respectful of other drivers, and never follow another vehicle too closely. Keep your headlights, windows and windshield clean. Turn on headlights at dusk or any time you need to use your windshield wipers. Read more

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Osteoporosis Fractures May Be Deadlier for Men

Posted 15 Mar 2017 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, March 15, 2017 – Men are more likely than women to die after suffering an osteoporosis-related fracture, researchers report. Osteoporosis, a disease where bones become weak and brittle, affects more than 44 million Americans. It contributes to about 2 million fractures a year, with women suffering more of these broken bones than men. "Although women are more likely to sustain an initial, osteoporosis-related 'fragility fracture,' men have similar rates of incurring a subsequent fracture and are at greater risk for mortality after these injuries," said study author Dr. Alan Zhang. Zhang is an orthopaedic surgeon and assistant professor at the University of California, San Francisco. For the study, researchers analyzed data from more than 1 million Americans, aged 65 and older, who had osteoporosis and suffered a fracture between 2005 and 2009. Of those patients, 87 percent ... Read more

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Older Bones Benefit From Dairy Plus Vitamin D

Posted 1 Mar 2017 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, March 1, 2017 – A combination of vitamin D supplements and certain dairy foods may protect against age-related bone loss, a new study indicates. Consumption of milk, yogurt and cheese was associated with higher bone mineral density in the spine and less bone loss in the hip among older adults – but only if they also took vitamin D supplements, researchers said. Vitamin D stimulates calcium absorption, which aids in bone building and prevention of bone loss, according to the researchers from Harvard-affiliated Hebrew Senior Life, and the University of Massachusetts, Lowell. This study is significant because it looked at dairy products other than just milk, and it "clarified that the association of dairy foods with bone density is dependent on adequate vitamin D intake," said lead author Shivani Sahni. "However, additional studies are needed to confirm these findings," she ... Read more

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Ultrasound Won't Help Broken Bones Heal, Expert Panel Says

Posted 23 Feb 2017 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, Feb. 23, 2017 – Some doctors may order a pricey ultrasound treatment – low-intensity pulsed ultrasound (LIPUS) – to help speed the healing of broken bones. But an international panel of experts now says there's little evidence to support the procedure. "We have moderate to high certainty of a lack of benefit for outcomes important to patients, and, combined with the high costs of treatment, LIPUS represents an inefficient use of limited health care resources," concluded the panel. The group is made up of bone surgeons, physical therapists and doctors, as well as patients who've had broken bones. The panel conducted a detailed analysis of the most up-to-date data on the subject, and published its conclusions Feb. 21 in the BMJ medical journal. According to the panel, up to 10 percent of people who suffer a broken bone face slow or complicated healing. In 1994, the U.S. Food ... Read more

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Health Tip: Give Your Kids Bone-Building Food

Posted 16 Feb 2017 by Drugs.com

-- Building stronger bones should begin in childhood and continue for the rest of your child's life. The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics suggests these foods: Offer a good source of calcium at each meal, such as milk, cheese, yogurt, almonds, figs, broccoli, soybeans, turnip greens or tofu with calcium added. Seek natural sunshine for more vitamin D. Also offer eggs, fatty fish and fortified foods, such as milk and orange juice. Ask your pediatrician if your child needs vitamin D supplements. Give your child edamame, black beans, spinach, peanut butter, almonds, kidney beans, avocado and whole-wheat bread, which are good sources of magnesium. Offer green beans, peas or leafy green veggies (such as kale, broccoli and spinach) for vitamin K. Read more

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For Elderly Needing Home Medical Care, Are Nurse Practitioners the Answer?

Posted 6 Feb 2017 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, Feb. 6, 2017 – Nurse practitioners could meet the growing need for house calls to frail, elderly Americans, but restrictions in some states may get in the way, researchers say. An analysis of Medicare data showed that in 2013, nurse practitioners made more than 1 million home visits nationwide, compared with 925,000 visits a year earlier. Doctors made 1 million home visits both years, the new study finds. The total number of home visits made by all types of health care providers increased from 4.9 million in 2012 to 5.2 million in 2013, the researchers found. The findings have "implications for both house-call providers and nursing education," said lead researcher Nengliang Yao. "If we want to take care of our geriatric population, we really need more providers to do so," added Yao, an assistant professor in the University of Virginia Medical School's department of public ... Read more

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For Ice Skating, Sharpen Up on Safety

Posted 30 Jan 2017 by Drugs.com

SUNDAY, Jan. 29, 2017 – Ice skating is a great source of exercise for the whole family, but injuries could take the fun out of this winter activity. Adhering to several essential safety tips can help prevent ice skating injuries, according to the U.S.-based National Safety Council. The first step is to ensure a proper fit. Ice skates should be comfortable and offer adequate ankle support to prevent falls, the group cautions. The safety council provides other tips to avoid skating injuries: Have ice skate blades professionally sharpened at the beginning of each season. Avoid sketchy or possibly thin ice. Skate only on specially prepared rinks that are known to have strong ice. Before skating, always check the ice for cracks, holes or debris. Learn the basics. Before venturing out, make sure you know how to stop and fall safely. Dress warmly and be sure to rest if you're cold or tired. ... Read more

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Seniors' Health Can Tumble After ER Visit

Posted 6 Jan 2017 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, Jan. 6, 2017 – Seniors treated in a emergency room for illness or injury are more likely to become disabled and less physically agile over the next six months, researchers report. "We know that if older persons go to the hospital and are admitted, they are at increased risk of disability and functional decline. This study shows that patients discharged from the ED [emergency department], meaning that they were deemed well enough to return home, are also at risk for functional decline. We should be doing something to address that," study author Dr. Justine Nagurney, a resident in emergency medicine at Yale New Haven Hospital, said in a hospital news release. The new study follows up on previous research that found older adults suffer from disability and declines in physical performance after they're hospitalized. This time, the researchers tracked more than 700 people 65 and ... Read more

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Navigating Ski Slopes Safely

Posted 6 Jan 2017 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, Jan. 5, 2017 – Many people head for the slopes at the first sign of snow, but it's important to get into shape and take other safety precautions to ensure winter sports are fun and injury-free, the National Ski Areas Association (NSAA) cautions. First, skiing or snowboarding equipment should be properly maintained and adjusted before you hit the mountain, the group advises. Local ski shops offer these services as well as providing rental equipment. It's also important to wear water- and wind-resistant clothes while skiing and snowboarding. Look for snow-friendly features such as wind flaps that cover zippers, cuffs that cinch at the wrists and ankles, collars that hug the chin and adjustable drawstrings. Don't cut corners when choosing skiing and snowboarding equipment and clothing, the NSAA recommends. High-quality products will help you stay safe and warm. The NSAA provides ... Read more

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Health Tip: Skip Winter Coats in Car Seats

Posted 3 Jan 2017 by Drugs.com

-- Puffy coats or snow suits should not be worn in car seats, experts say. During an accident, this clothing is flattened by impact and may allow the seat's straps to loosen so that your child slips out. Here are guidelines from the American Academy of Pediatrics: Before use, Keep the infant carrier inside to keep it warmer. Leave extra time to get everyone ready on cold mornings. You'll need to dress your baby in many thin layers, such as tights or leggings and a body suit under pants and a shirt. Put a thin fleece shirt or jacket on top. Keep baby warm with a hat, socks, mittens (swap wet ones for a dry pair if your baby is a thumb-sucker) and booties to keep in body heat without bulking up under car seat straps. Pack a bag of extra clothes and blankets, in case of emergency. Tighten up straps so they fit snugly. You should be able to fit a finger underneath, but you should not be ... Read more

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Don't Forget Child Safety When Traveling for the Holidays

Posted 22 Dec 2016 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, Dec. 21, 2016 – Parents of young children may leave some aspects of child safety behind when they hit the road for the holidays, a new study finds. "Parents are typically vigilant about safety measures, making sure toddlers are always in car seats and that medications and cleaning supplies are locked up or out of reach. But they may be less fastidious while on vacation, leaving medications in open suitcases or on hotel tables or not childproofing a relative's house," said Sarah Clark, co-director of the University of Michigan C.S. Mott Children's Hospital National Poll. "It's important that parents are just as attentive to child safety risks on trips as they would be at home," she said in a university news release. The new report, based on a nationally representative survey of about 2,000 households, focused on parents of kids aged 2 to 5. The researchers found that 15 ... Read more

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Martial Arts Can Be Hazardous to Kids

Posted 28 Nov 2016 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, Nov. 28, 2016 – Perhaps there's a black belt in your child's future. But for safety's sake, kids should only engage in noncontact forms of martial arts, a new American Academy of Pediatrics report says. About 6.5 million U.S. children practice martial arts such as mixed martial arts, karate, taekwondo and judo. While these popular sports can improve fitness, motor skills and emotional development, they also carry the risk of injury. Certain disciplines are riskier than others, the pediatricians' group says. "There are so many different types of martial arts for families to consider and enjoy, but such a difference in injury risk between the different non-contact and sparring forms," report author Dr. Chris Koutures said in a news release from the medical group. Koutures is a member of the academy's Executive Committee on Sports Medicine and Fitness. Bruises and sprains account ... Read more

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Hitting the Slopes? Keep These Safety Tips in Mind

Posted 27 Nov 2016 by Drugs.com

SATURDAY, Nov. 26, 2016 – Multi-passenger gondolas and high-speed chairlifts let skiers and snowboarders tackle more trails than ever before, but those who are tired are more apt to lose control and put themselves or others at risk, according to the National Ski Areas Association (NSAA). Before you hit the slopes, the group urges you to get into shape. Once on the mountain, stop and rest when necessary. These added steps will help you stay injury-free: Have the right equipment. Get ski or snowboard bindings properly adjusted at a ski shop. Good equipment can also be rented at resorts. Wear the right clothes. Choose garments made with high-quality water- and wind-resistant fabric. Look for design features to keep cold air out, including fabric flaps over zippers, fitted cuffs at wrists and ankles, collars that can be cinched up to the chin and adjustable drawstrings. Dress in layers. ... Read more

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