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

Posted 17 hours ago 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: Stay Safe During Winter Sports

Posted 4 days ago by Drugs.com

-- Skiing and snowboarding are fun ways to exercise and make the most of winter. But safety is still a priority. The American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons advises: Always head out with a buddy when you participate in a winter sport. Make sure you're well-conditioned. Warm up cold muscles and ligaments before playing. Drink plenty of water, and don't play if you are tired or in pain. Always wear a helmet, gloves and other protective equipment recommended for your sport. Inspect before use to make sure equipment fits and is in good shape. Dress in layers and don needed footwear. Watch for weather advisories before heading out. Follow all rules for your sport. If you're a novice, consider taking lessons with a certified instructor. Watch for signs of frostbite, including numbness, tingling or discolored skin. If you have any of them, seek shelter and help immediately. Read more

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Health Tip: Give Your Kids Bone-Building Food

Posted 8 days ago 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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Student-Athletes Don't Have to Be Hit By Injuries

Posted 8 days ago by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, Feb. 15, 2017 – Most injuries to student-athletes occur during routine practices, but only about a third of public high schools have a full-time trainer, according to the U.S.-based National Athletic Trainers' Association (NATA). "It's important to have the right sports safety protocols in place to ensure the health and welfare of student athletes," said Larry Cooper, chairman of NATA's secondary school committee. "By properly preparing for practices and competitions, young athletes can excel on the field and stay off the sidelines with potential injuries." As spring season approaches, NATA recommends parents and students review their school's policies and procedures on sports-related injuries. Here's what to consider: Who handles sports-related injuries? Know who will care for athletes who are hurt during practice. Consider that person's experience and credentials, ... Read more

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How to Stay on Your Feet During Slippery Winter Conditions

Posted 12 days ago by Drugs.com

SATURDAY, Feb. 11, 2017 – Before you head outside to shovel the snow off your sidewalk this weekend, heed some safety advice so you don't slip on the ice and land in the ER. It's important to pay attention and take extra precautions while getting around, University of Illinois safety experts say. Even if snow has been cleared from sidewalks, parking lots and other public areas, there could still be patches of ice. There are some steps you can take to prevent slips or avoid serious falls during winter. The university experts recommend the following: Choose the right shoes. Avoid wearing boots or shoes with smooth leather or plastic soles and heels. Footwear made of non-slip rubber or neoprene with grooved soles provide some traction on snow and ice, and will reduce the risk of falling. See and be seen. It's important to stay warm on winter days, but don't let hats and scarves prevent ... Read more

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Winter's No Reason to Hibernate: Head Outside for Some Sports Fun

Posted 16 days ago by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Feb. 7, 2017 – Forget what the thermometer says: Winter is a great time for outdoor activities. But you should follow certain safety rules to reduce your risk of injury. The University of Colorado offers these safety tips for adults and children participating in sledding, skiing, snowboarding, snow tubing or ice skating. When sledding or snow tubing, choose a hill that has a clear path without any obstacles. Plus, make sure the hill doesn't end on a road, parking lot or body of water. Don't slide downhill headfirst – sit upright facing forward. It's best to use a sled with runners and a steering mechanism rather than a toboggan or snow disk. Don't slide on rubber, plastic sheets or other materials that can be pierced by objects. Make sure no one is at the bottom of the hill before sledding down. When skiing and snowboarding, warm up and stretch your muscles before hitting the ... Read more

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Health Tip: Trouble Flexing a Finger?

Posted 16 days ago by Drugs.com

-- Trigger finger occurs when an irritated tendon prevents you from fully extending the finger, causing it to stay in a bent position. Here are common symptoms, courtesy of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons: A tender lump in the palm of your hand. Swelling of the finger. A sensation of popping or catching in a finger joint. Painful bending or straightening of a finger. Stiffness of the finger after a long period of rest. Read more

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

Posted 18 days ago 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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Tamer Version of Youth Football Looks to Address Safety Concerns

Posted 31 Jan 2017 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Jan. 31, 2017 – In a bid to stem declining participation in youth tackle football leagues, USA Football said it plans to introduce a much tamer version of the game for young players. In a pilot program in a small number of leagues across the country, the organization will institute several rule changes that will be implemented nationally if they are deemed effective, The New York Times reported Tuesday. The changes include: cutting the number of players on the field for each team from 11 to between six and nine; creating smaller fields; eliminating kickoffs and punts; and banning the three-point stance for those playing on the line (players would crouch instead), USA Football told the Times. The intent of the changes is to fashion youth tackle football to be more like flag football, with much less contact and hitting. Participation in tackle football by boys between the ages ... 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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Kids' Sugary Drink Habits Start Early

Posted 26 Jan 2017 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, Jan. 26, 2017 – Despite health messages to limit sodas and other sugary beverages, most American children drink them often, new government statistics show. Nearly two-thirds of boys and girls ages 2 to 19 drink at least one sugar-sweetened beverage daily, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The national survey of dietary habits from 2011 to 2014 also found that sweetened beverages account for more than 7 percent of total calorie intake for kids. "For children, studies have shown that consuming sugary beverages is associated with weight gain, type 2 diabetes and dyslipidemia [high cholesterol], all of which have serious negative downstream health consequences," said CDC researcher Asher Rosinger. Consumption of sugary drinks – including sports drinks, juices and sweetened coffee – is also linked to heart disease and tooth decay, among other ... Read more

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Health Tip: Signs of a Sprained Wrist

Posted 25 Jan 2017 by Drugs.com

-- If you feel like you're falling, it's a reflex action to put your hand out to break the fall. That's why wrist sprains are so common. The American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons mentions these potential symptoms: Swelling. Pain, especially when the wrist is moved. Soreness and tenderness. Bruising. A feeling of warmth at the injury site. A tearing or popping sensation when you move the wrist. Read more

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Working Out? Don't Bring Your Cellphone

Posted 17 Jan 2017 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Jan. 17, 2017 – Talking or texting on your cell phone may spell trouble during exercise, researchers say. In two studies, they found that talking or texting on a cell phone during a workout lowers the intensity of your exercise session. More importantly, the study team noted that cell phone use affects balance, which can increase the risk of injuries. "If you're talking or texting on your cell phone while you're putting in your daily steps, your attention is divided by the two tasks and that can disrupt your postural stability, and therefore, possibly predispose individuals to other greater inherent risks such as falls and musculoskeletal injuries," study author Michael Rebold, assistant professor of integrative exercise science at Hiram College in Ohio, said in a school news release. Specifically, texting on a cell phone reduced postural stability by 45 percent. Even talking ... 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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