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Divers May Be Plunging Into A Whole Lot Of Injury Trouble

Posted 11 days ago by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Nov. 7, 2017 – A well-executed dive may look graceful and effortless, but competitive diving can take a toll on the body, a doctor warns. "Even when a dive is perfectly executed, injuries can occur, whether traumatic or from overuse," said Dr. Nathaniel Jones, a sports medicine physician at Loyola University Health System in Maywood, Ill. Jones noted that a springboard diver strikes the water at up to 19 miles per hour and a 10-meter platform diver at up to 37 mph. After hitting the water, their speed drops by more than 50 percent in a fraction of a second. "These incredible velocities and impact forces are thought to be large contributors to competitive diving injuries," Jones reported in a recent issue of the journal Current Sports Medicine Reports. "With such forces, injuries can occur not only in the setting of a dive gone wrong, but also more commonly secondary to an ... Read more

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Fracture Risk Higher for Seniors With Diabetes

Posted 20 Sep 2017 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, Sept. 20, 2017 – Seniors with type 2 diabetes may be at increased risk for fractures. And researchers think they know why. "Fracture in older adults with type 2 diabetes is a highly important public health problem and will only increase with the aging of the population and growing epidemic of diabetes," said study author Dr. Elizabeth Samelson. Samelson and her colleagues used special medical scans to assess more than 1,000 people over a three-year study period. The investigators found that older adults with type 2 diabetes had bone weakness that cannot be measured by standard bone density testing. "Our findings identify skeletal deficits that may contribute to excess fracture risk in older adults with diabetes and may ultimately lead to new approaches to improve prevention and treatment," said Samelson, of Hebrew SeniorLife's Institute for Aging Research in Boston. ... Read more

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Health Tip: Supervise Kids Near Cars

Posted 3 Aug 2017 by Drugs.com

-- Allowing kids to play unsupervised in a road or driveway is a recipe for injury. Safe Kids Worldwide says you can help prevent a tragedy by: Walking around your car before you leave to make sure there are no children playing nearby. Checking for toys, bikes or pets near your car, which could attract children. Holding the hands of small children when you're in a driveway, crossing the road or in a parking lot. Read more

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Surgeons Warn of Trampolines' Down Side

Posted 30 Jul 2017 by Drugs.com

SATURDAY, July 29, 2017 – A trampoline may have your kids jumping for joy, but the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons reminds parents of potential dangers. In 2015, more than 295,000 medically treated trampoline injuries occurred in the United States. These included almost 103,000 emergency department visits, according to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission. "We want children to enjoy exercise and physical activity, especially during the summer months, but parents and caregivers should know about the dangers of trampolines and the risk for serious injury, especially in very young children," academy spokeswoman Dr. Jennifer Weiss said in a news release from the surgeons' group. "Children younger than age 6 are less likely to have the coordination, body awareness and swift reaction time necessary to keep their bodies, bones and brains safe on trampolines," said Weiss, a Los ... Read more

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Even a One-Minute Run Might Help a Woman's Bones

Posted 25 Jul 2017 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, July 24, 2017 – Just a minute or two of running every day could strengthen your bones, new research suggests. British scientists found that women who engage in "brief bursts" of any high-intensity, weight-bearing physical activity had 4 percent better bone health than their less active peers. "We don't yet know whether it's better to accumulate this small amount of exercise in bits throughout each day or all at once, and also whether a slightly longer bout of exercise on one or two days per week is just as good as one to two minutes a day," said study author Victoria Stiles. She's a senior lecturer in Sport and Health Sciences at the University of Exeter. "But there's a clear link between this kind of high-intensity, weight-bearing exercise and better bone health in women," Stiles said in a university news release. For the study, the researchers compared data on more than 2,500 ... Read more

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How Princess Diana's Death Saved French Lives

Posted 19 Jul 2017 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, July 19, 2017 – Princess Diana's tragic death in a car crash in Paris prompted tougher traffic laws that have saved thousands of French lives, and those laws could serve as a model for the United States, a new study suggests. After the horrific accident in August 1997, investigators determined that unsafe driving practices contributed to the accident. In 2002, the French government enacted tougher driving laws to make roads safer. And the measures apparently worked, with French traffic deaths falling by nearly a third. Wesley Marshall, an associate professor at the University of Colorado who studies traffic engineering, said the new study's authors "certainly make an intriguing case." Marshall said it seems almost certain that Princess Diana's death helped promote at least some of the traffic law changes in France. "Even if some of these would have been enacted anyway, the ... Read more

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Teens Keep Building Bone After They Stop Growing: Study

Posted 17 Jul 2017 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, July 17, 2017 – The late teens are a key time for bone growth, even after young people reach their full height. A new study included more than 2,000 youngsters who had annual bone and growth measurements for up to seven years as they moved into their late teens and early adulthood. The findings highlight the importance of a healthy diet and physical activity during the late teen years, according to authors of the study published recently in JAMA Pediatrics. ''We often think of a child's growth largely with respect to height, but overall bone development is also important,'' said lead author Dr. Shana McCormack, a pediatric researcher at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia. ''This study shows that roughly 10 percent of bone mass continues to accumulate after a teenager reaches his or her adult height,'' McCormack said in a hospital news release. The study also found that bone ... Read more

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Lower Back Injuries Plague Many Athletes

Posted 16 Jul 2017 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, July 14, 2017 – Back injuries are common, especially among competitive athletes. Nearly 1 in 3 athletes playing professional or varsity-level sports experiences a back injury, a research review finds. "Competitive players stress their lumbar [lower] spine for hundreds of hours a month, thereby predisposing themselves to specific injuries that should be recognized by health care practitioners," said lead author Dr. Wellington Hsu, an orthopedic spine surgeon at Northwestern Memorial Hospital in Chicago. The human spine has 24 bones, or vertebrae. They're stacked on top of each other, separated by flat, round cushioning disks. When people walk or run, these disks absorb shock, the authors explained. Athletes are at risk for problems involving their back bones and discs, particularly if they start intense training regimens when they are between 10 and 24 years old, the researchers ... Read more

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4 in 10 People Will Suffer Arthritic Hands Over Lifetime

Posted 4 May 2017 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, May 4, 2017 – If you have stiff, aching fingers and hands, you're not alone – a new study reports that 40 percent of people will be affected by the pain of arthritis in at least one hand. The rate seen in the new research is "just slightly below the percentage of osteoarthritis seen in knees and is significantly greater than that seen in hips," noted Dr. Daniel Polatsch. He's co-director of the New York Hand & Wrist Center at Lenox Hill Hospital in New York City. Arthritis "affects hand strength and function and causes difficulty doing activities of daily living," Polatsch said. The study team was led by Jin Qin, of the Arthritis Program at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The researchers looked at 1999-2010 data on more than 2,200 people from North Carolina. All people in the study were aged 45 or older. The information collected included symptoms the ... Read more

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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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