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Specially Designed Video Game Might Ease 'Phantom Limb' Pain

Posted 2 days 1 hour ago by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, Dec. 1, 2016 – Amputees who experience what is known as phantom limb pain may benefit from playing a virtual reality game that simulates the movement of missing limbs, a small study suggests. "Phantom limb pain is a difficult condition to treat that can seriously hinder patients' quality of life," said study lead author Max Ortiz Catalan. He is an assistant professor at Sweden's Chalmers University of Technology. Phantom limb pain occurs when amputees feel painful sensations that appear to be coming from limbs that no longer exist. In about one-third of cases, the pain can lead to poor mental health and worsening disability, the study authors noted. "The results from our study suggest that it may be useful to 'exercise' the phantom limb," Catalan explained. "Our treatment offers an engaging way to do this while also providing a non-invasive and non-pharmacological treatment, ... Read more

Related support groups: Neuropathic Pain, Periodic Limb Movement Disorder, Spinal Cord Trauma, Autonomic Neuropathy, Central Nervous System Disorders, Upper Limb Spasticity, Lower Limb Spasticity

Exercise Speeds Seniors' Recovery From Disability

Posted 26 Sep 2016 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, Sept. 26, 2016 – Elderly adults who regularly exercise are less likely to suffer a disability – and if they do, they tend to recover faster, a new clinical trial finds. Researchers found that when they got sedentary older adults into an exercise routine, it curbed their risk of suffering a disabling injury or illness. And those who did develop a physical disability were one-third more likely to recover from it, compared to seniors who remained sedentary. Experts said the findings underscore an important message: It's never too late to reap the benefits of exercise. "And it doesn't have to be some heavy-duty regimen. You don't have to join a gym," said Patricia Katz, a professor of medicine at the University of California, San Francisco. In this study, she pointed out, moderate walking was the main activity. Katz wrote an editorial published online with the study Sept. 26 in ... Read more

Related support groups: Periodic Limb Movement Disorder, Fracture, bone, Prevention of Cardiovascular Disease, Cardiovascular Risk Reduction, Prevention of Fractures

Amputee 'Feels' With Bionic Fingertip

Posted 9 Mar 2016 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, March 8, 2016 – A bionic fingertip enabled an amputee to feel different textures, researchers report. The fingertip was linked to electrodes surgically implanted into nerves in Dennis Aabo Sorensen's upper arm. Sorenson was able to feel smoothness and roughness with the fingertip, the researchers said. A machine controlled the movement of the fingertip over pieces of plastic with different rough or smooth patterns. As the fingertip moved over the plastic surfaces, sensors generated electrical signals that were sent to the nerves in Sorensen's upper arm. He could tell the difference between smooth and rough textures 96 percent of the time, the researchers said. The successful test of the bionic fingertip could help speed efforts to develop artificial limbs that provide sensory feedback, according to Silvestro Micera, from Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne (EPFL) in ... Read more

Related support groups: Periodic Limb Movement Disorder, Meralgia Paresthetica, Diagnosis and Investigation

Health Tip: Do You Have Restless Legs Syndrome?

Posted 4 Jan 2016 by Drugs.com

-- Restless legs syndrome (RLS) is a nervous system disorder that's characterized by an itchy twitching of the legs during rest that's relieved by moving them. The National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute says typical symptoms include: Feeling a crawling, tingling, burning, aching, pulling or itching sensation in the legs. Having the urge to move worsens when you are still. Walking and other types of movement alleviate the urge. Having symptoms that worsen late in the day. Read more

Related support groups: Restless Legs Syndrome, Periodic Limb Movement Disorder

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

Related support groups: Muscle Spasm, Restless Legs Syndrome, Muscle Pain, Dietary Supplementation, Periodic Limb Movement Disorder, Vitamin/Mineral Supplementation and Deficiency, Nocturnal Leg Cramps, Klor-Con, Muscle Twitching, Potassium Chloride, K + Potassium, Klor-Con M20, Caltrate 600 with D, Klor-Con M10, HalfLytely and Bisacodyl, K-Dur, Calcium/Vitamin D, Os-Cal 500 with D, Klor-Con 10, Citracal + D

Artificial Skin Could Bring Sense of Touch to Prosthetics

Posted 15 Oct 2015 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, Oct. 15, 2015 – In a step toward giving prosthetic limbs a sense of touch, scientists have developed an artificial skin that can "feel" pressure and send those signals to brain cells. Reporting in the Oct. 16 issue of Science, researchers say the plastic skin mimics the ability of human skin to tell the difference between a firm handshake and the dead-fish variety. It can then transmit that information to cells of the central nervous system. So far, the principle has only been tested using brain cells from mice, and much work remains before it could be useful for people with prosthetic limbs. "But, we know what we need to do to move this forward, and I'd estimate this could be available in three to six years," said researcher Alex Chortos, a doctoral candidate at Stanford University, in California. Recent years have seen major advances in the function of prosthetic limbs, and ... Read more

Related support groups: Periodic Limb Movement Disorder, Leprosy, Minor Skin Conditions

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