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Drug Might Help Some Babies With Rare, Fatal Disease

Posted 21 hours ago 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 12 days ago 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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