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This Combo Workout May Suit Obese Seniors Best

Posted 6 days ago 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, Muscle Pain, Weight Loss, Osteoporosis, Fracture, bone, Prevention of Osteoporosis, Prevention of Fractures

Gene Therapy Might Someday Mend Badly Broken Bones

Posted 6 days ago 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

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Hormone Therapy Not Advised for Preventing Disease After Menopause

Posted 7 days ago 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 18 days ago 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

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Do Your Knees Crackle and Pop?

Posted 18 days ago 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 19 days ago 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

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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

Related support groups: Fracture, bone, Spinal Cord Trauma, Compression Fracture of Vertebral Column

How Doctors Decide to Treat a Ruptured Achilles

Posted 27 Mar 2017 by Drugs.com

SATURDAY, March 25, 2017 – Whether your doctor recommends surgery for a ruptured Achilles tendon may depend partly on your age and activity level, foot experts say. The Achilles tendon is a band of tissue that runs down the back of the lower leg and connects the calf muscle to the heel bone. A rupture is a complete or partial tear of the tendon that leaves the heel bone separated or partially separated from the knee. Length of recovery from this type of injury varies depending on whether a patient undergoes surgical or nonsurgical treatment. "Treatment processes are dependent upon a patient's overall health, activity level and ability to follow a functional rehabilitation protocol," said Dr. Jeffrey McAlister, a foot and ankle surgeon in Sun City West, Ariz. Advances in treating Achilles tendon rupture were discussed by McAlister and other specialists at a recent meeting of the ... Read more

Related support groups: Surgery, Tendonitis, Fracture, bone, Orthopedic Surgery

Health Tip: Think You Fractured Your Foot?

Posted 27 Mar 2017 by Drugs.com

-- If you believe you've fractured a bone in your foot, it's important to see a doctor as quickly as possible. If there's time before your office visit, here are suggestions to follow, courtesy of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons: Place an ice pack on the foot to minimize swelling. Keep your foot elevated. Avoid putting too much weight on your foot. Use a soft compression bandage to gently wrap the foot. Read more

Related support groups: Fracture, bone, Foot Care

Ouch! How to Tell If You Have a Sprain, a Strain or a Tear

Posted 25 Mar 2017 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, March 24, 2017 – Sprains, strains and tears are different types of injuries, and it's important to know how they differ, a sports massage therapist says. A sprain is the overstretching or tearing of ligaments, which are the tissues that connect bones to each other and stabilize them. "Sprains occur when the joint is forced into an unnatural position. They happen most often in the ankle but can occur at any joint, such as the wrist or knee," said Martin Mufich. He is also a clinical assistant professor at Texas A&M College of Nursing. Symptoms of a sprain include joint or muscle pain, inflammation, hampered movement, tenderness and bruising. "A mild sprain should take approximately seven to 10 days to heal," Mufich said in a university news release. "A torn ligament is considered a severe sprain that will cause pain, inflammation, bruising and result in ankle instability, often ... Read more

Related support groups: Muscle Pain, Fracture, bone, Radiation Injury of Bone

Injury Risk May Rise When Kids Play Just One Sport

Posted 17 Mar 2017 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, March 17, 2017 – Focusing too much on playing one favorite sport probably isn't a good idea for kids under 12, researchers report. That's because specializing in a single sport seems to increase a child's risk of injury, researchers say. "Young athletes should participate in one competitive sport per season, and take at least three months off (non-consecutive) from competition per year," said the study's leader, Dr. Neeru Jayanthi. He's a physician with Emory Sports Medicine and an associate professor of orthopaedics and family medicine at Emory University in Atlanta. For the study, Jayanthi's team assessed the risk of sports-related injuries among nearly 1,200 young athletes. After tracking their training schedules over the course of three years, the investigators found that nearly 40 percent of the athletes suffered an injury during the study period. The findings also showed ... Read more

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