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Preventing Sports Injuries

Posted 8 days ago by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, Nov. 16, 2017 – Simple steps can help keep you from being sidelined by a sports injury. First, make it a rule to bookend every workout with a warm-up and a cool-down. The warm-up is meant to increase your heart rate and blood flow to muscles. Start with some light cardio, like brisk walking, for your warm-up. After 3 to 10 minutes, focus on increasing flexibility in the muscles you'll use during your workout by stretching them through a full range of motion. Dynamic stretches better prepare the body for activity than traditional static stretching. Gently move into each stretch and hold for a 1-to-2 count, and then release. Repeat for 4-to-6 reps per stretch. After your workout, the cool-down should bring your body back to the starting point. If you've been doing cardio, do 10 minutes of the activity at a slow and easy pace, then include static stretching, focusing on trouble ... Read more

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FDA Medwatch Alert: Compounded Glutamine, Arginine, and Carnitine Product for Injection by United Pharmacy: Compounding Risk Alert - FDA Investigates Two Adverse Events

Posted 16 days ago by Drugs.com

ISSUE: FDA received an adverse event report stating that two patients developed what is described in the report as tissue erosion at the injection site following the administration of an injectable glutamine, arginine, and carnitine (GAC) product that was compounded by United Pharmacy, LLC, located in West Palm Beach, Florida. According to the report, a sample of the product was sent for testing and the pH was determined to be above 11. FDA conducted a for-cause inspection of United Pharmacy and collected samples from two batches of GAC injectable product. Analysis performed on the samples determined the pH to be 10.9, which is alkaline, and no glutamine was detected. Parenteral drugs, including compounded injectable drugs, with a high pH may lead to skin damage or other unintended health consequences. Compounded drugs have not been evaluated by FDA for safety, effectiveness, and ... Read more

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Divers May Be Plunging Into A Whole Lot Of Injury Trouble

Posted 17 days ago 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

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What Exercise Regimen Is Best for Healthy Weight Loss in Seniors?

Posted 2 Nov 2017 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, Nov. 2, 2017 – Seniors who want to lose weight should hit the weight room while they cut calories, a new study suggests. Older folks who performed resistance training while dieting were able to lose fat but still preserve most of their lean muscle mass, compared with those who walked for exercise, researchers report. "The thought is if you lose too much lean mass, that this will exacerbate risk of disability in older adults," said lead researcher Kristen Beavers, an assistant professor of health and exercise science at Wake Forest University in Winston-Salem, N.C. "Our findings show if your treatment goal is to maximize fat loss and minimize lean mass loss, then the resistance training is probably the way to go." Excess pounds significantly contribute to frailty and disability in old age, but there's concern that dieting alone might rob older adults of the muscle they need to ... Read more

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Health Tip: Tendonitis 101

Posted 30 Oct 2017 by Drugs.com

-- Tendonitis occurs when the thick cords of tissue that connect muscles to bone become inflamed and painful. Tendonitis can be triggered by an injury, muscle overuse, improper stretching or incorrect form during exercise, the American Podiatric Medical Association says. The condition usually resolves on its own with rest, ice and elevation. But it may be time to visit the doctor if symptoms don't improve within a week. Read more

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Get Your Muscles In Step With Tai Chi

Posted 24 Oct 2017 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Oct. 24, 2017 – If you're looking for a low-impact exercise that can have a big impact on your quality of life, give Tai Chi a try. This ancient Chinese practice combines slow, flowing movement with meditation and deep breathing. According to the U.S. National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health, studies show that Tai Chi is very good at improving muscle strength, flexibility and balance. That's a plus as you age because good balance can keep you steady on your feet and prevent falls. Tai Chi also may help improve medical conditions like arthritis and high blood pressure. It also may be an effective way for women to stave off osteoporosis after menopause. Tai Chi's benefits also go beyond the physical. It can lower stress and anxiety and help you get a good night's sleep. Because Tai Chi is low impact, it's easy on your joints, and people of almost any ability ... Read more

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Your Robot Masseuse Will See You Now

Posted 12 Oct 2017 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, Oct. 12, 2017 – The backaches of the future may have a new remedy – developers say a robot masseuse is now treating patients in Singapore. Known as Emma (for Expert Manipulative Massage Automation), the robot mimics the human palm and thumb and specializes in back and knee massages, according to its developers. It is used alongside a doctor and massage therapist and, the developers said, "provides a massage that is described by patients as almost indistinguishable from a professional masseuse." The device was developed by AiTreat, a technology startup company launched at Nanyang Technological University in Singapore. Use of the robot began Oct. 9 at the NovaHealth Traditional Chinese Medicine clinic in Singapore. Emma has sensors that measure tendon and muscle stiffness and can calculate the optimal massage and track a patient's recovery over a course of treatments, ... Read more

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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

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How to Start a Walking Plan

Posted 3 Oct 2017 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Oct. 3, 2017 – Are you completely new to exercise? Getting fit doesn't have to be expensive or complicated. In fact, it can be as simple as putting one foot in front of the other. Starting a walking program can get you on the path to better health. All you need to get going are supportive athletic shoes, comfortable clothes, a safe place to walk, and the OK from your doctor if you're out of shape or have any chronic conditions. When you're new to exercise, it's important to start slowly. Try walking for 5 to 10 minutes a day for the first few weeks. Gradually add more time and distance. Eventually, pick up the pace – your goal is to walk briskly for at least 30 minutes on most days. One way to help you stay motivated to reach your fitness goals is to keep track of how many steps you take each day. You can do this with an inexpensive pedometer or a fitness program on your ... Read more

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Focus on Just One Sport Can Mean Stress for Girls

Posted 19 Sep 2017 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Sept. 19, 2017 – Sometimes, being too invested in just one sport may not be the best idea, new research shows. The study found that teen girls who focus only on one sport – in this case, soccer – tended to have more stress and poorer sleep than girls who also played other sports. The study couldn't definitively "answer whether sport specialization itself interferes with a youth athlete's sleep and well-being," said study lead author Dr. Drew Watson. However, "it does suggest there are differences between single and multi-sport youth athletes," he said. Those differences "could affect injury risk, performance or lifelong athletic participation," added Watson. He's assistant professor in orthopedics and rehabilitation at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health in Madison. The small study followed 49 female soccer players for a four-month soccer season. ... Read more

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Stretches: The Forgotten Exercise

Posted 7 Aug 2017 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, Aug. 7, 2017 – Along with aerobic and strength training, stretching is an important part of every workout routine. But many people make the mistake of skipping this key step or doing certain stretches at the wrong time. Stretching improves flexibility and helps maintain good range of motion in your joints. It may even prevent injury. Timing is important, though. Starting your workout with dynamic stretches can prep your body for the exercise to come, according to the American Council on Exercise (ACE). These are stretches that take your body through a range of motions and raise your core temperature. On the other hand, static stretches – stretches you get into and hold for a certain length of time without moving – before exercise can strain or pull a muscle. So, save such stretches for after your workout when your muscles are warm and loose, the ACE says. It's important to ... Read more

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Protein at All 3 Meals May Help Preserve Seniors' Strength

Posted 4 Aug 2017 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, Aug. 3, 2017 – Eating protein at all three daily meals, instead of just at dinner, might help seniors preserve physical strength as they age, new research suggests. The Canadian study found that protein-rich meals evenly spread throughout the day staved off muscle decline, but did not increase mobility, in older people. Study co-author Stephanie Chevalier said, for seniors, "The important point is to create three meal occasions with sufficient protein to stimulate muscle building and greater strength, instead of just one." Chevalier is an assistant professor of medicine at McGill University in Montreal. The functional decline associated with aging often leads to falls, mental impairment and loss of independence. Chevalier's team wondered if more evenly distributed protein consumption might be tied to better physical performance and a reduced rate of decline. To find out, they ... Read more

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As Many as 1 in 3 Experience New or Worse Pain With Yoga

Posted 3 Aug 2017 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, Aug. 3, 2017 – Many people try yoga hoping to heal an injury, but some wind up with more aches and pains, a new study finds. The study, which surveyed hundreds of people doing yoga for more than a year, found that two-thirds said that some existing aches improved because of yoga – most often, lower back and neck pain. On the other hand, 21 percent said yoga worsened their muscle or joint pain. And almost 11 percent said it caused new issues – most commonly, pain in the hand, wrist, elbow or shoulder. The study didn't delve into specific injuries, but instead asked people about general aches in different body areas. So it's hard to know how serious the problems were, said Tom Swain, a researcher with the Center for Injury Sciences at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. "You don't have to sustain a serious injury to have pain. It could just be sore muscles," said Swain, ... Read more

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Doctors May Be Over-Prescribing Seizure Drugs to Treat Pain

Posted 3 Aug 2017 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, Aug. 2, 2017 – Physicians might be relying too heavily on "off-label" use of epilepsy drugs as an alternative to prescribing narcotic painkillers, two experts in internal medicine contend. Doctors are prescribing the anti-seizure drugs gabapentin (Neurontin) and pregabalin (Lyrica) to treat pain more frequently, partly in response to the opioid epidemic in the United States, said Dr. Allan Brett. He's a professor of clinical internal medicine with the University of South Carolina School of Medicine in Columbia. However, the drugs might not be doing any good for many people suffering from chronic pain, Brett said. That's because the medications are only FDA-approved to treat certain types of pain. Yet, "increasing numbers of patients [are] being prescribed either of these drugs for any kind of pain symptoms," he said. Brett and co-author Dr. Christopher Goodman, an assistant ... Read more

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Take the (Exercise) Plunge

Posted 1 Aug 2017 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Aug. 1, 2017 – You can do more than just beat the heat the next time you go to the pool. Whether you swim or do aquatic exercises, working out in water improves strength, flexibility and cardiovascular health. Water provides more resistance than air, allowing you to exercise at a higher intensity with less wear and tear on the body and less risk of injury. That's great for people with joint pain. Swimming is a perfect water workout, according to the American Council on Exercise. Doing a half hour of the front crawl at an easy pace can burn about 250 calories, depending on your weight. If you pick up the pace, you can burn about 400 calories in the same amount of time. If you're new to swimming, start with 5- to 10-minute sessions. As you build stamina, add more minutes. Mixing up your strokes can keep your routine from getting boring as well as work different muscles. For ... Read more

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