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Taking Your Meds? A Digital Pill Can Tell

Posted 14 days ago by Drugs.com

MONDAY, Dec. 4, 2017 – Pairing medication with an ingestible sensor can help clinicians track how often and when patients actually take their prescription drugs, according to a small new investigational study. The findings come on the heels of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration's decision last month to approve the first digital pill for use with the antipsychotic drug Abilify, often prescribed to treat schizophrenia, bipolar disorder and depression. The new research involved just 15 patients, all of whom had been prescribed the opioid pain drug oxycodone (OxyContin) after sustaining a fracture. However, the study participants were given a special configuration of oxycodone. The pain med was packaged together with a so-called "digital pill." This meant that each time a patient took the pain med, they ingested a gelatin capsule that contained the oxycodone as well as a radiofrequency ... Read more

Related support groups: OxyContin, Opiate Dependence, Abilify, Drug Dependence, Fracture, bone, Toxic Reactions Incl Drug and Substance Abuse, Abilify MyCite

Modern Times May Mean Weaker Biceps for Women

Posted 19 days ago by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, Nov. 29, 2017 – A life of hard farm work apparently gave ancient women stronger arm bones than modern women, even today's elite rowers. That's the finding of British researchers who compared the bones of a wide range of present-day women with the bones of women who lived in Central Europe during the first 6,000 years of agriculture. Women from 7,400 to 7,000 years ago had similar leg bone strength as modern-day women who are high-level rowers. But their arm bones were 11 to 16 percent stronger for their size, and nearly 30 percent stronger than typical female university students, the study found. Women from 4,300 to 3,500 years ago had 9 to 13 percent stronger arm bones than modern elite rowers, but 12 percent weaker leg bones. The strong arm bones in ancient women who farmed were likely due to activities such as tilling soil and harvesting crops by hand, as well as grinding ... Read more

Related support groups: Osteoporosis, Fracture, bone, Prevention of Osteoporosis, Orthopedic Surgery, Body Imaging, Osteomalacia, Prevention of Fractures

Don't Delay Hip Fracture Surgery. Here's Why

Posted 28 Nov 2017 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Nov. 28, 2017 – Seniors with a fractured hip need surgery as soon as possible or they could suffer life-threatening complications, a new Canadian study concludes. Having surgery within 24 hours decreases the risk of hip fracture-related death. It also lowers odds of problems such as pneumonia, heart attack and blocked arteries, the researchers found. "We found that there appears to be a safe window, within the first 24 hours," said lead researcher Daniel Pincus, a doctoral student with the University of Toronto. "After 24 hours, risk began to clearly increase," Pincus said. U.S. and Canadian guidelines recommend hip fracture surgery within 48 hours of injury, but it's likely that many people don't receive care that quickly, he noted. In the United Kingdom, guidelines call for surgery within 36 hours, but hospitals often fail to get patients promptly into the operating room, ... Read more

Related support groups: Hip Replacement, Fracture, bone, Orthopedic Surgery, Prevention of Fractures

Health Tip: Help Prevent Osteoporosis

Posted 21 Nov 2017 by Drugs.com

-- More than 10 million Americans, mostly women, have osteoporosis, the U.S. National Institute on Aging says. The disease causes softening of the bones, making them more prone to fracture. The risk of osteoporosis rises as a person ages. The agency suggests how osteoporosis may be delayed or prevented: Eat foods rich in calcium and vitamin D. Performregular weight-bearing and strengthening exercises. If you smoke, quit. Limit alcohol consumption. Read more

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

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 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

Related support groups: Muscle Pain, Fracture, bone, Frozen Shoulder, Compression Fracture of Vertebral Column, Prevention of Fractures

Health Tip: Tai Chi May Help Prevent Falls

Posted 10 Oct 2017 by Drugs.com

-- Tai chi is a low impact, slow motion form of exercise and meditation that can help maintain strength, flexibility and balance. A study in The Journal of Gerontology examined the effect of Tai Chi on older adults. It showed that inactive older adults who practiced Tai Chi three times a week decreased their chances of falling by 55 percent. Tai chi focuses on slow and circular movements that can be adapted to virtually anyone, even those using wheelchairs or recovering from surgery or stroke. Read more

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

Where There's Type 1 Diabetes, Celiac Disease May Follow

Posted 10 Oct 2017 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Oct. 10, 2017 – Parents of young children with type 1 diabetes need to be on the lookout for symptoms of another autoimmune condition – celiac disease, new research suggests. The study found these youngsters appear to face a nearly tripled risk of developing celiac disease autoantibodies, which eventually can lead to the disorder. "Type 1 diabetes and celiac disease are closely related genetically," explained study author Dr. William Hagopian. "People with one disease tend to get the other. People who have type 1 diabetes autoantibodies should get screened for celiac autoantibodies," Hagopian said. He directs the diabetes program at the Pacific Northwest Research Institute in Seattle. Type 1 diabetes is an autoimmune disease that causes the body's immune system to mistakenly attack the insulin-producing cells in the pancreas, according to the American Diabetes Association. ... Read more

Related support groups: Insulin, Osteoporosis, Diabetes, Type 1, Iron Deficiency Anemia, Celiac Disease, Fracture, bone, Prevention of Osteoporosis, Diabetic Ketoacidosis (in DM Type I), Prevention of Fractures, Diabetic Coma (in DM Type I)

The Value of Strength Training

Posted 9 Oct 2017 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, Oct. 9, 2017 – Strength training – also called resistance training or, simply, weightlifting – isn't just for those muscular bodybuilders at the gym. It's a type of exercise that should be part of everyone's overall fitness plan. Why? Strength training keeps muscle toned, reduces body fat, and helps burn more calories even when you're not working out. Strong muscles are especially important as you age to stay steady on your feet and as independent as possible. A study published in the Journal of Physical Therapy Science found that a simple lower body strength and balance training program can decrease falls as you get older. Upper body strength counts, too, allowing you to accomplish everyday tasks, from carrying groceries to walking your dog. If you're new to strength training, a certified trainer can put together a plan with your fitness goals and ability in mind. Look for ... Read more

Related support groups: Obesity, Muscle Pain, Fracture, bone, Prevention of Falls, Prevention of Fractures

Exercise, Not Vitamin D, Recommended to Prevent Falls

Posted 27 Sep 2017 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, Sept. 27, 2017 – Falls and fractures are a major cause of disability in old age. An influential U.S. medical task force is recommending exercise and, in some cases, medical evaluation to help seniors stay on their feet. But the new draft recommendations from the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) say there isn't enough evidence at this time to either endorse or advise against taking vitamin D or calcium supplements to prevent broken bones. And based on current evidence, the panel recommends against taking vitamin D solely to prevent falls. For Americans 65 and older, falls are the leading cause of injuries and injury-related deaths, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. On average, one older person falls every second in the United States, the CDC says. "Fortunately, there are things we can do to help prevent falls," said Dr. Alexander ... Read more

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'Off-Roading' Threat May Lurk in the Air

Posted 22 Sep 2017 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, Sept. 22, 2017 – Falls aren't the only danger for kids who ride an off-road vehicle. In many parts of the United States, riders may also inhale hazardous mineral fibers and toxic dust, researchers warn. Four-wheel-drive and all-terrain vehicles "have been designed to operate in rugged, unpaved terrain, and they can produce copious amounts of dust," said study lead author Chris Wolfe. Naturally occurring asbestos and other mineral fibers can become airborne in the dust generated while "off-roading," said Wolfe, an epidemiologist at Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center. "This puts riders – particularly children – at risk of inhalation exposure," he said in a hospital news release. Most deposits of naturally occurring asbestos are situated along the Appalachian Mountains and ranges in the West and Southwest, particularly California, according to background notes with ... Read more

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Health Tip: Stair Safety For Older People

Posted 21 Sep 2017 by Drugs.com

-- Some elderly people are at heightened risk for falling, especially at home. Six of 10 falls occur within the home – often due to lax stair safety, the National Institute on Aging says. The agency offers these safety suggestions: Install tightly-fastened handrails on both sides of the stairs. Always hold the handrails while going up and down stairs. If you need to carry something while using the stairs, hold tightly with one hand, and do not block your view with the item in your hands. Install bright lighting, including switches at both the top and bottom of stairs. Do not stack items on stairs. Install a runner or carpet on stairs, or use no-slip strips. Read more

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

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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Joining Your Kid on That Playground Slide? Think Again

Posted 15 Sep 2017 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, Sept. 15, 2017 – It's a slippery slope to injury. A new study finds that while young kids may feel safer going down a slide on a parent's lap, this common practice actually raises their risk for harm. "Many parents and caregivers go down a slide with a young child on their lap without giving it a second thought," said lead researcher Dr. Charles Jennissen. He is a pediatric emergency staff physician at the University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine. "And in most cases I have seen, the parents had no idea that doing so could possibly give their child such a significant injury. They often say they would never have done it had they known," he added in a news release from the American Academy of Pediatrics. For the study, the researchers checked a national database of injuries treated in emergency departments across the United States. The investigators identified more than ... Read more

Related support groups: Fracture, bone, Prevention of Fractures

How You Think About Your Arthritis Makes a Difference

Posted 24 Aug 2017 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, Aug. 24, 2017 – How well you cope with knee arthritis depends a lot on your mental outlook, a new study suggests. Despite often-debilitating pain, people who remain confident in their ability to move about end up more active than their less confident peers, researchers found. Studies have shown that physical activity may be one of the best ways to reduce and manage symptoms of osteoarthritis. The Pennsylvania State University study was based on 135 adults with knee arthritis. "On days when patients felt more confident in their ability to be active, they indeed took more steps and spent more time in moderate-intensity activity, despite their level of pain that day," said study lead author Ruixue Zhaoyang. What's more, "this positive effect of patients' confidence on their actual physical activity was found for patients with varying degrees of pain in the morning," added ... Read more

Related support groups: Pain, Osteoarthritis, Knee Joint Replacement, Fracture, bone

Sitting Could Be Big Health Risk for Frail Folks

Posted 21 Aug 2017 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, Aug. 21, 2017 – After years of being told that sitting too much is deadly, a new study now suggests that being sedentary for long periods of time may not be an equal-opportunity health risk. For inactive middle-aged and older people with multiple health problems, being sedentary does appear to be linked to an increased risk of early death. But sitting a lot doesn't seem to affect active people the same way, the researchers said. "We found that in people who scored low on the frailty index, sitting time was not linked to risk of death," said one of the study's authors, Olga Theou. Still, she said, "Physicians should stress the harms of inactivity with patients, similar to the harms of smoking, to encourage movement." Theou is an assistant professor with Dalhousie University in Halifax, Nova Scotia. "Even something as simple as getting up and walking around the house with a ... Read more

Related support groups: Osteoporosis, Fracture, bone, Prevention of Osteoporosis, Prevention of Cardiovascular Disease, Cardiovascular Risk Reduction, Prevention of Fractures

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