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Tips for Handling a Medical Emergency

Posted 16 days ago by Drugs.com

MONDAY, June 4, 2018 – Knowing how to respond to an emergency can save valuable time and lives. But do you know what to do? Whether it's a life-threatening injury, car accident or medical emergency, the most important thing is to quickly assess the situation and the safety of all involved, said Dr. Chris DeFlitch. He's an emergency medicine physician at Penn State Health Medical Center. "You ...

Expert Pointers for Avoiding Basketball Injuries

Posted 27 May 2018 by Drugs.com

SUNDAY, May 27, 2018 – Basketball provides a great full-body workout. But there are steps you should take to reduce your risk of knee, ankle and foot injuries, an orthopedic specialist says. In 2016, more than 60,500 people were treated for basketball-related foot injuries in U.S. emergency departments, doctors' offices and clinics. More than 355,000 sought help for basketball-related ankle ...

More Doubt Cast on Surgery for Spinal Compression Fractures

Posted 10 May 2018 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, May 10, 2018 – In a new study, a widely used form of spinal surgery was no more effective than placebo in treating spinal fracture pain for people with osteoporosis. Researchers and experts now say that the technique – called vertebroplasty – should not be a standard pain treatment for these patients. "The role of this procedure in the routine treatment of osteoporotic compression ...

That Motorcycle Helmet Just May Save Your Spine

Posted 13 Mar 2018 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, March 13, 2018 – A good helmet not only protects your skull if you crash your motorcycle, it can also reduce the risk of cervical spine injuries, researchers found. The finding counters claims by some that helmets do not protect against such injuries and may even increase the risk of injury, according to a team from the department of neurological surgery at the University of Wisconsin ...

Broken, Sprained Necks: These Sports Pose the Most Risk

Posted 7 Mar 2018 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, March 7, 2018 – While football is frequently blamed for concussions, a new study shows that it's also the sport in which athletes are most likely to suffer neck injuries. A neck fracture, commonly referred to as a broken neck, is a break in one or more vertebrae in the upper part of the spine. Neck sprains involve injury to the soft tissue surrounding those bones. The neck is referred ...

Divers May Be Plunging Into A Whole Lot Of Injury Trouble

Posted 7 Nov 2017 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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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, ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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