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Could Your Office Job Rob You of Vitamin D?

Posted 4 days ago by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, June 22, 2017 – Spending your days cooped up inside an office might mean you're not getting enough vital vitamin D – know as the "sunshine vitamin," researchers report. Canadian researchers found that vitamin D deficiency levels differ by occupation, with people who are closeted indoors faring worse than others. "We know that vitamin D deficiency and insufficiency is prevalent in the population at large. We can now say that occupation is a factor that is important in determining if someone may be vitamin D-deficient or not," said lead researcher Dr. Sebastian Straube. He's an associate professor of preventive medicine at the University of Alberta in Edmonton. Vitamin D is found naturally in a few foods, and often added to milk and other products. Skin exposure to sunlight also produces vitamin D, which is why it's called the sunshine vitamin. In the new research, Straube and ... Read more

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Summer Fun Is Not Without Hazards

Posted 10 days ago by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, June 16, 2017 – Preventable deaths spike during the summer in the United States. But, following some simple safety measures can reduce accidents, the National Safety Council says. "Someone dies every 4 minutes because of something we know how to prevent," said Deborah Hersman, president and CEO of the public service organization. In 2015, there were more than 146,500 preventable deaths in the United States from causes such as drowning, poisoning, traffic crashes, choking and fires. That was a 7 percent increase from 2014, according to the safety council. The rate of preventable deaths has increased after years of decline, largely due to the current prescription opioid abuse crisis and a rise in motor vehicle deaths. Summer is the time of greatest risk. Between 2011 and 2015, preventable deaths during the months of July and August exceeded 117,000, the council said. June is ... Read more

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Even Your Bones Can Get Fat, Mouse Study Suggests

Posted 17 days ago by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, June 9, 2017 – Exercise doesn't just trim your tummy. It may also improve bone thickness, boost bone quality, and whittle away the fat found inside bones, new animal research suggests. Yes, there's fat inside your bone marrow. The work with mice also uncovered potentially good news for those struggling with obesity. Exercise – namely running – prompted shrinkage in the size of fat cells inside the bone marrow of both lean and obese mice. But, only obese mice experienced a significant drop in the amount of fat cells in their bones. "Exercise strengthens bone," said study lead author Dr. Maya Styner, "and this is widely known." "However, it appears that this is even more so in obese mice that exercise," said Styner, an assistant professor of endocrinology and metabolism at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She added that she and her colleagues were surprised "by ... Read more

Related support groups: Obesity, Weight Loss, Osteoporosis, Fracture, bone, Diagnosis and Investigation, Cachexia, Osteomalacia, Prevention of Fractures

Overcharging Common in U.S. Emergency Rooms

Posted 2 Jun 2017 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, June 2, 2017 – Americans are routinely overcharged for emergency room care, and minority and uninsured patients are most likely to face this "price gouging," a new report suggests. For the study, researchers analyzed 2013 billing records for more than 12,000 emergency medicine doctors nationwide. On average, adult emergency department patients were charged 340 percent more than what Medicare pays for care ranging from stitches to a CT scan, the investigators said. "Our study found that inequality is then further compounded on poor minority groups, who are more likely to receive services from hospitals that charge the most," said study senior investigator Dr. Martin Makary. He is a professor of surgery at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore. Overall, charges ranged from 1 to 12.6 times ($100 to $12,600) more than what Medicare paid for services, the study findings showed. ... Read more

Related support groups: Heart Attack, Fracture, bone, Myocardial Infarction, Hypertensive Emergency

This Combo Workout May Suit Obese Seniors Best

Posted 18 May 2017 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, May 17, 2017 – Older, obese adults need to shed weight, but dieting can worsen their frailty. A new study addresses this conundrum, suggesting seniors take up both aerobic and resistance exercise while slimming down. Engaging in aerobic and resistance exercise while losing weight enabled study participants to maintain more muscle mass and bone density compared to folks who did just one type of exercise or none at all, the researchers found. "The best way to improve functional status and reverse frailty in older adults with obesity is by means of diet and regular exercise using a combination of resistance and aerobic exercise training," said study leader Dr. Dennis Villareal. He's a professor of medicine at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston. More than one-third of people age 65 and older in the United States are obese, according to the study authors. Obesity worsens the ... Read more

Related support groups: Obesity, Weight Loss, Muscle Pain, Osteoporosis, Fracture, bone, Prevention of Osteoporosis, Prevention of Fractures

Gene Therapy Might Someday Mend Badly Broken Bones

Posted 17 May 2017 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, May 17, 2017 – An experimental method that combines gene therapy, stem cells and ultrasound has healed large bone breaks in lab animals, researchers have found. The technique is far from becoming a reality. But, it repaired large bone gaps in the mini-pigs scientists studied. The hope, the researchers say, is to eventually help people with badly broken bones that won't heal. When a bone sustains a simple fracture, it is usually able to self-repair with time (and a cast). However, severe fractures can leave large gaps in the bone that the self-healing process cannot bridge. Right now, the "gold standard" treatment for those fractures is bone grafting, said Dan Gazit, one of the senior researchers on the new study. There, surgeons take bone tissue from elsewhere in the body – or from a donor – and use it to repair the damaged bone. There is a need, however, for alternatives, ... Read more

Related support groups: Fracture, bone, Diagnosis and Investigation, Prevention of Fractures

Hormone Therapy Not Advised for Preventing Disease After Menopause

Posted 16 May 2017 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, May 16, 2017 – Using hormone therapy to prevent chronic health issues, such as heart disease and bone loss, in postmenopausal women may do more harm than good, the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) says. After reviewing current evidence, the task force has issued an updated draft recommendation, reaffirming its final statement issued in 2012. The expert panel advises against the use of hormones – including estrogen and progestin – to prevent chronic conditions among postmenopausal women, including those who've had their uterus removed. Hormone therapy in postmenopausal women first came under scrutiny in 2002, when a large U.S. trial known as the Women's Health Initiative abruptly halted a look at the benefits and harms of hormone therapy because it appeared to raise the risks of breast cancer, heart attack, stroke and blood clots. Women typically enter menopause ... Read more

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Health Tip: Be a Safe Driver for Your Kids

Posted 5 May 2017 by Drugs.com

-- Strapping your child in an appropriate car seat protects against injuries, but it's just as important for a parent to drive safely. Here are guidelines from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services: Use a seatbelt any time you drive or ride in a car. Never drive if you have been drinking alcohol or using drugs. Do not text while driving. Always follow the speed limit. Maintain a safe distance between you and the car in front of you. Read more

Related support groups: Head Injury, Fracture, bone, Prevention of Fractures

Do Your Knees Crackle and Pop?

Posted 5 May 2017 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, May 5, 2017 – Knees that "pop," "click" or "crackle" may sometimes be headed toward arthritis in the near future, a new study suggests. It's common for the knees to get a little noisy on occasion, and hearing a "crack" during your yoga class is probably not something to worry about, experts say. But in the new study, middle-aged and older adults who said their knees often crackled were more likely to develop arthritis symptoms in the next year. Of those who complained their knees were "always" noisy, 11 percent developed knee arthritis symptoms within a year. That compared with 4.5 percent of people who said their knees "never" popped or cracked. Everyone else fell into the middle. Of people who said their knees "sometimes" or "often" made noise, roughly 8 percent developed knee arthritis symptoms in the next year. Doctors have a term for those joint noises: crepitus. Patients ... Read more

Related support groups: Osteoarthritis, Knee Joint Replacement, Hip Replacement, Fracture, bone, Orthopedic Surgery

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

Related support groups: Pain, Back Pain, Osteoarthritis, Fracture, bone, Compression Fracture of Vertebral Column

Many Kids Still Being Injured on ATVs

Posted 19 Apr 2017 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, April 19, 2017 – They may look like tons of fun, but all-terrain vehicles (ATVs) are actually tons of trouble for kids. And efforts to reduce ATV-related injuries among children in the United States haven't had much impact, a new study said. "The injuries children sustain from ATV-related accidents are frequently more severe than injuries received from motor vehicle crashes," said study lead author Dr. Thomas Pranikoff. He is a professor of pediatric surgical sciences at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center in Winston-Salem, N.C. Children are also at greater risk for ATV-related injuries than adults. Yet the major risk factors for young riders are entirely preventable, the study authors said. The most recent year of data available from the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission was 2013. That data revealed almost 100,000 ATV-related injuries nationwide requiring treatment in ... Read more

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Strength Training Might Help Prevent Seniors' Falls

Posted 19 Apr 2017 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, April 19, 2017 – Older people are at higher risk for fall-related injuries because bone density and muscle mass diminish over time. But regular exercise can help keep them on their feet, research suggests. More than 800 Americans break a hip each day, usually because of a fall, said Dr. Christopher Sciamanna, an internist at Penn State Hershey Medical Center. Injuries incurred from a fall often require surgery, physical therapy and medication. Often, seniors lose their ability to walk and stay independent, Sciamanna said. He believes that many older people could avoid these costly and challenging issues if the medical community's focus shifted from fall treatment to fall prevention. "You can either make your bones stronger by taking drugs, or you can make yourself less likely to fall by exercise. Or you could do both," Sciamanna said in a Penn State news release. Walking and ... Read more

Related support groups: Fracture, bone, Prevention of Falls, Prevention of Fractures

Health Tip: Stay Aware While Running

Posted 18 Apr 2017 by Drugs.com

-- On the run? You need to remember some safety tips before you hit the trail. The Road Runners Club of America advises: Skip the headphones so you can hear what is going on around you. Carry a cell phone and some form of identification that includes your address, phone number, blood type and important medical information. Run against the flow of traffic to better see oncoming vehicles. When crossing streets, get acknowledgement from a driver that he or she sees you. Always obey traffic signals. Vary your running location, but stick to familiar routes. Tell someone before you leave where you will be running and when you expect to return. Run with a friend or a pet. Avoid isolated areas, including overgrown trails and deserted streets. Wear reflective material if you're running when it is dark or near-dark. Read more

Related support groups: Head Injury, Fracture, bone, Prevention of Fractures

Health Tip: Recognizing Symptoms of Lactose Intolerance

Posted 11 Apr 2017 by Drugs.com

-- Lactose intolerance may trigger symptoms such as bloating, gas and diarrhea after you eat or drink dairy products. The National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases says lactose intolerance could lead to: Uncomfortable digestive symptoms from being unable to digest lactose. Lack of calcium and vitamin D, triggered by insufficient dairy consumption. Development of osteoporosis, characterized by thinning, brittle bones that may break more easily. Read more

Related support groups: Osteoporosis, Fracture, bone, Lactose Intolerance

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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