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Drug Might Help Some Babies With Rare, Fatal Disease

Posted 4 days ago by

TUESDAY, Dec. 6, 2016 – An experimental drug for infants with a rare and fatal illness shows promise, researchers report. There is no treatment for spinal muscular atrophy type 1 (SMA-1), a degenerative neuromuscular disease that occurs in about one in every 11,000 births. According to background information in the new study, babies with the condition are born with two faulty copies of a gene that's essential to the transfer of signals from the spinal cord to muscles. Over time, muscles atrophy, until even breathing becomes difficult. Most infants with the genetic condition die by their second birthday, the researchers said. "I've seen so many kids die with this disease," said pediatric neurologist and study co-author Dr. John Day. He directs the Neuromuscular Disorders Clinic at Lucile Packard Children's Hospital Stanford in California. But a new phase 2 clinical trial of 20 babies ... Read more

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Health Tip: At Risk of a Sprained Ankle?

Posted 8 days ago by

-- An ankle sprain occurs when the joint moves from its normal position, stretching and tearing nearby ligaments. The American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons says activities that raise your chances of getting the injury include: Working out. Walking or running on a surface that isn't level or smooth. Falling. Playing soccer, football, tennis, basketball, running and other activities that include twisting or rolling your feet. Having your foot stepped on. Read more

Related support groups: Muscle Pain, Orthopedic Surgery, Prevention of Falls, Prevention of Fractures

Martial Arts Can Be Hazardous to Kids

Posted 12 days ago by

MONDAY, Nov. 28, 2016 – Perhaps there's a black belt in your child's future. But for safety's sake, kids should only engage in noncontact forms of martial arts, a new American Academy of Pediatrics report says. About 6.5 million U.S. children practice martial arts such as mixed martial arts, karate, taekwondo and judo. While these popular sports can improve fitness, motor skills and emotional development, they also carry the risk of injury. Certain disciplines are riskier than others, the pediatricians' group says. "There are so many different types of martial arts for families to consider and enjoy, but such a difference in injury risk between the different non-contact and sparring forms," report author Dr. Chris Koutures said in a news release from the medical group. Koutures is a member of the academy's Executive Committee on Sports Medicine and Fitness. Bruises and sprains account ... Read more

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Health Tip: Preparing for Your First 5k Run

Posted 12 days ago by

-- Running a 5k race is a healthy goal, but it's not something you jump into without training and preparation. The American Council on Exercise recommends: Getting a physical from your doctor before the race. Finding a training program that works for you. Make sure your goals for the race are realistic. Looking for a training program that takes about five weeks. Begin with about 25 minutes of walking and running, four days a week. Gradually increase the distance and duration. Make each training run a little different. Investing in a good pair of cushioned running shoes. Preparing a small carb-laden snack, and drinking plenty of water. Checking out the course before the race. Read more

Related support groups: Muscle Pain, Prevention of Fractures

Health Tip: Coping With a Muscle Cramp

Posted 15 days ago by

-- A painful muscle cramp can occur if you don't stretch before a workout. The American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons recommends: Stopping any activity that led to the cramp. Slowly and gently stretching the muscle. Hold it in that position until the cramp subsides. Gently massaging the muscle while stretching it to help it relax. Applying heat if the muscle and others nearby are tight and tense. Applying cold if the muscles are sore and tender. Read more

Related support groups: Muscle Pain, Muscle Spasm, Nocturnal Leg Cramps, Muscle Twitching, Frozen Shoulder

Long Spaceflight Seems to Weaken Spinal Muscles

Posted 25 Oct 2016 by

TUESDAY, Oct. 25, 2016 – After months in space, the muscles supporting an astronaut's spine shrink, a new study finds. And, the muscles don't return to normal even after the astronaut is back on Earth for several weeks, researchers from the University of California, San Diego, discovered. But there were no changes in astronauts' spinal disc height, according to the study. The researchers assessed six NASA astronauts who spent four to seven months on the International Space Station. The researchers said the study offers new insight into increased rates of back pain and spinal disc disease among astronauts on long space missions. "These findings run counter to the current scientific thinking about the effects of microgravity on disc swelling," said study author Dr. Douglas Chang. He's an associate professor of orthopedic surgery and chief of physical medicine and rehabilitation service ... Read more

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Stronger Muscles May Pump Up Your Memory

Posted 24 Oct 2016 by

MONDAY, Oct. 24, 2016 – Boosting muscle strength may boost brain function in people with mild memory and thinking problems, a new study finds. The research included 100 people aged 55 to 86. All had mild memory and thinking problems (mild cognitive impairment). The study volunteers who did weight training twice a week for six months to at least 80 percent of their maximum strength showed significant improvements in mental function. The benefits lasted for at least a year after their supervised weight-lifting sessions ended, the study showed. The results were published Oct. 24 in the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society. "What we found in this follow-up study is that the improvement in cognition [mental] function was related to their muscle strength gains," said study lead author Yorgi Mavros, of the faculty of health sciences at the University of Sydney, Australia. "The stronger ... Read more

Related support groups: Muscle Pain, Dementia, Alzheimer's Disease, Mild Cognitive Impairment

Health Tip: Need Pain Relief?

Posted 13 Oct 2016 by

-- Over-the-counter pain relievers are an easy way to manage common aches and pains. The American Academy of Family Physicians says OTC pain relievers can help with: Stiff, sprained or sore muscles. Headaches or menstrual cramps. Swelling (if an anti-inflammatory medication). Arthritis pain, back pain or pain after surgery. Ear pain or sinusitis. Flu, the common cold or a sore throat. Read more

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Leave Those Raking Injuries Behind

Posted 12 Oct 2016 by

TUESDAY, Oct. 11, 2016 – Jumping in piles of leaves can be great fun, but raking them up afterward can leave you with an aching back. Each year, more than 76,000 Americans are hurt while raking leaves or using other manual garden tools. That's according to The Center for Physical Rehabilitation and Sports Medicine at The Chester County Hospital at Penn Medicine in Philadelphia. One reason why these injuries may occur is that raking leaves forces people to use several different muscle groups, the center explained. But certain precautions can help people doing yard work avoid these injuries. Sports medicine and physical rehabilitation specialists advise taking the following steps: Warm up and cool down. Just like any physical activity, it's important to warm up before raking leaves. It's also a good idea to stretch first. Try trunk rotation, shoulder and wrist stretches. Once you're ... Read more

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Health Tip: Stretch Before and After a Workout

Posted 6 Oct 2016 by

-- You work out as often as possible. But do you know how to stretch properly? The American Council on Exercise offers these stretching suggestions: Breathe in deeply, then slowly exhale as you stretch the desired muscle to tension. Hold for up to 30 seconds, then relax and repeat the stretch a few more times. Hold the stretch still (moving as little as possible), which can help prevent you from hurting yourself. Don't stretch a muscle that isn't properly warmed up. Don't stretch a muscle to the point that it hurts. Breathe normally as you stretch; never hold your breath. Read more

Related support groups: Muscle Pain, Frozen Shoulder, Prevention of Fractures

Even at Cancer Centers, Finding Relief for Pain Can Be Tough

Posted 20 Sep 2016 by

TUESDAY, Sept. 20, 2016 – Staff members at nearly one in 10 major U.S. cancer centers – all of which provide palliative care services – weren't certain such symptom-management and supportive care was actually available there, a new study reveals. The study suggests that for cancer patients, obtaining good relief for their stress and pain may not always be easy, the researchers said. Using an undercover "mystery shopper" approach, the Duke University team also had difficulty getting information about palliative care services during about one-third of calls to 40 U.S. National Cancer Institute-designated cancer centers. "We were surprised that when we did get in touch with people [at these centers], so frequently we weren't able to get these questions answered," said study author Kathryn Hutchins, a fourth-year medical student at Duke, in Durham, N.C. She said part of the problem ... Read more

Related support groups: Pain, Anxiety and Stress, Back Pain, Muscle Pain, Neck Pain

Rate of Youth Soccer Injuries More Than Doubled in 25 Years

Posted 12 Sep 2016 by

MONDAY, Sept. 12, 2016 – As the popularity of soccer has grown in the United States, so has the annual rate of soccer-related injuries in kids. Injuries more than doubled – jumping 111 percent between 1990 and 2014 – researchers report. Concussions made up only 7 percent of these injuries. But the yearly rate of concussions shot up nearly 1,600 percent over 25 years, the researchers said. "The increasing number and rate of pediatric soccer-related injuries, especially concussions, underscore the need for increased prevention efforts," said lead researcher Dr. Huiyun Xiang. He's director of the Center for Pediatric Trauma Research at Nationwide Children's Hospital in Columbus, Ohio. Both the number and rate of soccer-related injuries increased significantly over the study period, he said. "This means that the increase in injuries doesn't just come from more children playing soccer, ... Read more

Related support groups: Muscle Pain, Head Injury, Fracture, bone, Head Injury with Loss of Consciousness

Health Tip: Don't Skip Flexibility Exercises

Posted 12 Sep 2016 by

-- A flexibility exercise, such as stretching, is designed to increase the tone and flexibility of a certain muscle. The American Council on Exercise says potential benefits include: Better freedom of movement. Relaxation of tense or sore muscles. Lower risk of injury. Read more

Related support groups: Muscle Pain, Frozen Shoulder

Play to Win When It Comes to Kids and Sports Pain

Posted 11 Sep 2016 by

SATURDAY, Sept. 10, 2016 – Pain can be a problem for young athletes, so it's important for parents to know how to deal with it, a pain specialist says. "Now that kids are back in school and fall sports are well underway, there are many things parents can do to help their children avoid getting hurt while still enjoying sports," said Dr. Anita Gupta. She is a member of the American Society of Anesthesiologists' Committee on Pain Medicine. "And, if they do get injured, it's also important to address the pain effectively," Gupta said in a society news release. If a child complains of pain after sports, don't ignore it. If the problem seems minor – such as a sore muscle – try ice and rest for a day or two. If the pain doesn't get better or is more serious, see a doctor who specializes in pain medicine, Gupta recommended. If possible, avoid the use of powerful prescription opioid ... Read more

Related support groups: Pain, Muscle Pain, Neck Pain, Prevention of Fractures

The Football Injuries Most Likely to End an NFL Career

Posted 8 Sep 2016 by

THURSDAY, Sept. 8, 2016 – When the NFL season kicks off Thursday night with a rematch between last year's Super Bowl teams, the Carolina Panthers and the Denver Broncos, football fans will be focusing on which franchise claims victory this time around. But fears of career-ending injuries lurk in the back of the minds of professional football players every time they take the field, and a new study sheds some light on exactly what kinds of injuries can be most devastating. It turns out that tendon and ligament injuries are potentially worse than broken and dislocated bones when it comes to complete recovery, the new study showed. Tears of the anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) and injured tendons in the kneecap and the Achilles heel seemed to keep players off the field or diminish their future performance more than other orthopedic injuries, the researchers found. "While these injuries [of ... Read more

Related support groups: Muscle Pain, Head Injury, Tendonitis, Fracture, bone, Frozen Shoulder, Orthopedic Surgery, Compression Fracture of Vertebral Column, Head Injury with Loss of Consciousness

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