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Throat Bacteria Linked to Bone and Joint Infection in Kids

Posted 6 Sep 2017 by

TUESDAY, Sept. 5, 2017 – The presence of a particular germ in kids' throats may also mean they have the same infection in their bones or joints, researchers report. The new findings could lead to improved treatments for the potentially devastating and deadly infections, the researchers said. Scientists previously believed that most bone and joint infections in children were caused by several types of bacteria, including Staphylococcus and Streptococcus. Now, scientists are able to do a better job of identifying the germs that cause the infections, including the one that's the focus of the new study – Kingella kingae. For the study in the Sept. 5 issue of CMAJ, researchers examined 77 kids in Canada and Switzerland. The children were 6 months to 4 years old and confirmed to have bone or joint infections. The investigators compared them to almost 300 other children. "Using improved ... Read more

Related support groups: Infections, Bacterial Infection, Sore Throat, Joint Infection

Number of Americans With Severe Joint Pain Keeps Rising

Posted 6 Oct 2016 by

THURSDAY, Oct. 6, 2016 – Severe joint pain plagues an increasing number of aging, often arthritic Americans, a new report finds. In 2002, about 10.5 million people in the United States said they battled severe joint pain, but by 2014 that number had jumped to 14.6 million, said researchers from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The CDC team defined "severe" joint pain as discomfort measuring 7 or more on a 1-to-10 score on a questionnaire, with 1 being no pain and 10 being "pain and aching as bad as it can be." The problem may only get worse, the researchers said, since much of this joint pain is linked to arthritis. One in every four people with arthritis in the new study rated his or her pain as "severe," and arthritis cases among Americans are expected to rise. In the United States, "arthritis affected an estimated 52.5 million [22.7 percent] adults in 2010-2012 ... Read more

Related support groups: Pain, Back Pain, Knee Joint Replacement, Joint Infection

Health Tip: Using a Knee Brace

Posted 8 Dec 2015 by

-- A knee brace offers support and stability for an injured or weak knee. But it must be worn properly. The American Academy of Family Physicians offers these guidelines: Your doctor may suggest wearing a knee brace during sports. Put the brace on properly, so the hinges line up with the bend of the knee. Make sure the fasteners are properly applied around the leg. As you exercise, check the brace occasionally to make sure that it hasn't slipped out of position. There are different types of knee braces. They may be recommended after knee surgery or an injury, such as a torn ligament. Read more

Related support groups: Muscle Pain, Knee Joint Replacement, Joint Infection

Obesity Linked to More Severe Bone, Joint Injuries

Posted 4 Dec 2015 by

FRIDAY, Dec. 4, 2015 – Obesity complicates the treatment of broken bones and other major joint injuries, a new study suggests. "Overall, this study found an association between obesity and increased rates of lower-extremity injuries and orthopedic surgery," said lead author and orthopedic surgeon Dr. Heather Licht. However, the study did not prove that obesity causes orthopedic injuries and related surgeries. For the study, researchers from Baylor Scott & White Health in Temple, Texas, analyzed data from 300 patients treated for multiple orthopedic injuries at U.S. trauma centers between 2006 and 2011. The investigators found that 72 percent of obese patients required surgery, compared with about 55 percent of non-obese patients. The more obese a patient was, the greater the likelihood of surgery, the study authors reported. While 67 percent of patients with the lowest level of obesity ... Read more

Related support groups: Obesity, Knee Joint Replacement, Fracture, bone, Compression Fracture of Vertebral Column, Joint Infection

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