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Health Tip: Battling Muscle Cramps?

Posted 12 Jul 2017 by Drugs.com

-- The tight, searing pain of a muscle cramp is tough to forget. But do you know why your muscles spasm? The American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons mentions these possible causes: Failing to stretch muscles before exercise. Exercising muscles that are over-fatigued. Exercising in hot weather. Exercising when you are dehydrated or lack electrolytes. Overexerting yourself during exercise. Being overweight, being sick or taking certain medications. Being older. Read more

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Brain Chip Helps Paralyzed 'Type' With Their Mind

Posted 21 Feb 2017 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Feb. 21, 2017 – A microchip implanted in the brain helped paralyzed patients "type" on a computer via mind control, at the fastest speeds yet seen in such experiments. It's the latest step forward in research on "brain-computer interface" systems. Scientists have been studying the technology, with the aim of giving patients with paralysis or limb amputations more independence in their daily lives. In the past several years, researchers at a few universities have given microchip implants to a small number of patients, which allowed patients to control robotic limbs using their thoughts. And just last month, scientists reported on a noninvasive technology – using advanced brain imaging – that allowed four "locked-in" patients (with complete paralysis of all voluntary muscles) to answer yes-no questions. All four patients had advanced amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) – ... Read more

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Scientists Create Clothing With 'Knitted' Muscle Power

Posted 26 Jan 2017 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, Jan. 26, 2017 – Scientists say they've created a special fabric incorporating robotic techniques that one day might help provide muscle power to disabled people or seniors who have trouble getting around. The Swedish team coated normal fabric with an electroactive material, enabling the fabric to respond to low voltage power. Electroactive means the material responds to electricity. This technology could lead to the creation of "textile muscles" that could be used in clothing to help people with mobility problems. The researchers used this approach in a simple robotic device to lift a small weight, according to the study. "Enormous and impressive advances have been made in the development of exoskeletons, which now enable people with disabilities to walk again. But the existing technology looks like rigid robotic suits," said study researcher Edwin Jager, an associate ... Read more

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Working Out? Don't Bring Your Cellphone

Posted 17 Jan 2017 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Jan. 17, 2017 – Talking or texting on your cell phone may spell trouble during exercise, researchers say. In two studies, they found that talking or texting on a cell phone during a workout lowers the intensity of your exercise session. More importantly, the study team noted that cell phone use affects balance, which can increase the risk of injuries. "If you're talking or texting on your cell phone while you're putting in your daily steps, your attention is divided by the two tasks and that can disrupt your postural stability, and therefore, possibly predispose individuals to other greater inherent risks such as falls and musculoskeletal injuries," study author Michael Rebold, assistant professor of integrative exercise science at Hiram College in Ohio, said in a school news release. Specifically, texting on a cell phone reduced postural stability by 45 percent. Even talking ... Read more

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U.S. Report Cites the Good and Bad on Marijuana

Posted 12 Jan 2017 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, Jan. 12, 2017 – Current medical science has proven there are legitimate medical uses for marijuana and cannabis-derived drugs, a new report from the National Academy of Sciences states. Conclusive or substantial scientific evidence has shown that marijuana products are effective at treating chronic pain, calming muscle spasms caused by multiple sclerosis, and easing nausea from chemotherapy, the report said. However, there's little to no evidence supporting any of the other numerous health claims related to marijuana, the report said. And there's a downside as well – marijuana use comes with a host of potential health risks, whether someone is using the drug medicinally or recreationally, according to the report. The report calls on government to ease regulations that hamper research into marijuana, so scientists can sort the wheat from the chaff when it comes to medical ... Read more

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Drug Might Help Some Babies With Rare, Fatal Disease

Posted 7 Dec 2016 by Drugs.com

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: Coping With a Muscle Cramp

Posted 25 Nov 2016 by Drugs.com

-- 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

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Health Tip: Did You Strain Your Hamstring?

Posted 8 Aug 2016 by Drugs.com

-- Hamstring injuries are common during running and other forms of exercise. But do you know the most common warning signs? The American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons mentions these potential symptoms: A severe, sudden pain in the back of the thigh while exercising. It may be so sharp that you either fall or can't put weight on the injured leg. Swelling of the hamstring within a few hours. Bruising or change in skin color on the back of the thigh below the knee. Feeling weak in the hamstring for several weeks. Read more

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Health Tip: What's Behind Muscle Cramps?

Posted 28 Oct 2015 by Drugs.com

-- Nothing can end a workout faster than muscle cramps. But have you ever wondered what causes them? The Mayo Clinic mentions these common factors: Straining or overusing muscles. Being dehydrated. Keeping a muscle in the same position for a long time. Having poor blood supply to affected muscles. Having compressed nerves in the spine. Getting less-than-required amounts of dietary minerals, such as potassium, magnesium or calcium. Read more

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Health Tip: Prevent Back Injury When Lifting

Posted 23 Sep 2015 by Drugs.com

-- Repeated or heavy lifting can strain the back and leave you with aching or injured back muscles. The American Academy of Family Physicians advises: Test how heavy something is before you lift it. Make sure boxed items are packed properly so the weight is balanced. Get a good grip on an item before you lift. Affix handles if possible. Use a ladder or get as near to the item as possible. Lift with your legs and arms instead of your back. Move slowly and smoothly, keeping the item close to the center of your body. Warm up first, and take frequent breaks. Don't attempt to lift something that is too heavy. Seek help when needed. Read more

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Health Tip: Why Muscles Cramp

Posted 15 Jul 2015 by Drugs.com

-- You've just finished working out, and one of your muscles is cramping and causing lots of pain. The American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons says possible triggers for muscle cramps include: Forgetting to stretch before exercise. Having tired muscles due to overuse or lack of exercise. Exercising in hot weather, which can lead to dehydration and loss of electrolytes. Sometimes muscles cramp for unknown reasons. Read more

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Health Tip: Massage Therapy Has Its Limits

Posted 1 Jul 2015 by Drugs.com

-- Many people say there's nothing quite as soothing as a deep, penetrating massage. But massage isn't a cure-all, and you should take precautions. The National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health advises: Massage therapy should not be used in place of a doctor's care. Tell your doctor about your plans for massage therapy, and ask the physician if massage therapy is right for you. Before your first session, speak with the massage therapist about his or her credentials, experience, training, cost and number of advised sessions. Read more

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