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Vitamin D Supplements Won't Build Bone Health in Older Adults: Study

Posted 15 days ago by

THURSDAY, Oct. 4, 2018 – Vitamin D supplements have long been touted as a way to improve bone health and possibly ward off the bone-thinning disease osteoporosis in older adults. But a new study contends that claims of benefits from supplements of the "sunshine vitamin" fall flat. A review of previously published studies found that taking either high or low doses of vitamin D supplements didn't ...

Common Heartburn Drugs, PPIs, Linked to Broken Hips in Dialysis Patients

Posted 28 Sep 2018 by

THURSDAY, Sept. 27, 2018 – Drugs commonly used to treat heartburn and acid reflux may raise the risk for hip fractures among dialysis patients by nearly 20 percent, a new study suggests. Many people with kidney failure take medications called proton pump inhibitors (PPIs), which curb production of stomach acid. "Proton pump inhibitors are the sixth most common type of medication prescribed among ...

Health Tip: Help Prevent Bone Fractures

Posted 20 Jul 2018 by

-- More than 53 million people in the United States have osteoporosis or are at higher risk due to low bone mass, the U.S. National Institutes of Health says. If you're at greater risk of osteoporosis, how can you reduce your chances of developing a bone fracture? Here are the agency's suggestions: Help protect your bones by taking calcium and vitamin D supplements, or by getting enough of these ...

Later-Life Fractures Up Risk of Early Death

Posted 20 Jul 2018 by

FRIDAY, July 20, 2018 – A broken bone in older age may increase your risk of death for the next 10 years, researchers say. "A fracture is the starting point for much wider health issues that persist long after the fracture has healed, and can ultimately result in earlier death," said study author Jacqueline Center, who's with the Garvan Institute of Medical Research in Sydney, Australia. The ...

Binge Drinking: A Hazard for Teen Bones?

Posted 14 Jun 2018 by

THURSDAY, June 14, 2018 – Teen girls who regularly toss back four or five alcoholic drinks may be setting themselves up for a lifetime of lower bone density, new research suggests. The study of college women included some who reported regularly binge drinking during high school and in the first year of college. That means downing four or more alcoholic drinks in a two-hour period. "We found that ...

Tips for Handling a Medical Emergency

Posted 5 Jun 2018 by

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 ...

Health Tip: Caregivers Can Help Prevent Falls

Posted 31 May 2018 by

-- Someone who is unsteady, weak and maybe a bit confused is a prime candidate for a dangerous fall. The American Cancer Society says caregivers can help prevent falls by: Sitting the person on the side of the bed for a minute, just after the person wakes. This will help if changing positions too quickly makes the person feel dizzy or unsteady. Lending an arm when the person walks. Staying with ...

Expert Pointers for Avoiding Basketball Injuries

Posted 27 May 2018 by

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 ...

Anxious Women May Want to Keep an Eye on Their Bone Health

Posted 18 May 2018 by

THURSDAY, May 17, 2018 – As if older women didn't already worry enough about their bone health, new research suggests that anxiety may up their risk for fractures. Based on an analysis involving almost 200 postmenopausal Italian women, the finding builds upon previous research linking anxiety to a higher risk for heart disease and gastrointestinal problems. "Our findings are quite surprising ...

Bone Drug 'Holiday' From Bisphosphonates May Raise Fracture Risk

Posted 11 May 2018 by

FRIDAY, May 11, 2018 – Osteoporosis patients who take "holidays" from bisphosphonate drugs are at increased risk for fractures, a new study finds. A six-year follow-up of patients who took a break from the bone-building drugs found 15 percent of them suffered fractures, according to researchers at Loyola University in Maywood, Ill. "Fracture risk needs to be regularly assessed during the drug ...

Deadly Falls On the Rise Among U.S. Seniors

Posted 11 May 2018 by

FRIDAY, May 11, 2018 – The number of seniors dying from falls has increased dramatically over the past decade, U.S. health officials reported Friday. Across the nation, the rate of deaths from falls among those 65 and older increased 31 percent from 2007 to 2016 – from about 18,000 to nearly 30,000, researchers found. "If deaths from falls continue to increase at the same rate, the U.S. can ...

More Doubt Cast on Surgery for Spinal Compression Fractures

Posted 10 May 2018 by

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 ...

Hoverboard Injuries Speeding U.S. Kids to the ER

Posted 26 Mar 2018 by

MONDAY, March 26, 2018 – Hoverboards may look cool, flashy and fun, but they're less safe than you might think. Nearly 27,000 kids landed in the emergency room from a hoverboard accident during the first two years the self-balancing, two-wheeled motorized scooters were sold in the United States, according to a new study. While it pales in comparison with the more than 121,000 skateboard injuries ...

That Motorcycle Helmet Just May Save Your Spine

Posted 13 Mar 2018 by

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

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 ...

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