|Health Tip: Risk Factors for a Herniated Disk
Health Tip: Risk Factors for a Herniated Disk (HealthDay News) -- A herniated spinal disk may cause significant pain and discomfort as the disk matter presses on a nearby nerve. The American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons mentions these common risk factors for a herniated disk: Lifting a heavy object improperly. Being a smoker. Being overweight, which adds strain to the disks of the lower back. Engaging in repetitive activities that stress the lower back.
Inflammatory Muscle Disorder May Raise Risk for Heart Attack, Stroke
Inflammatory Muscle Disorder May Raise Risk for Heart Attack, Stroke MONDAY, July 28, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- A common inflammatory muscle disorder that causes pain and stiffness in older people may increase the risk for heart attack and stroke, new research suggests. A British study found that patients with polymyalgia rheumatica are more likely to develop vascular disease -- conditions that affect the blood vessels. Doctors should carefully manage the vascular risk factors of patients with polymyalgi...
Health Tip: Recovering After Knee Replacement
Health Tip: Recovering After Knee Replacement (HealthDay News) -- Recovering from knee replacement surgery takes time, and it's important to prepare your home before the operation. The American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons offers this advice: Make sure furniture spacing allows for easy movement via crutches, a cane or walker. Remove rugs that you may trip on, and fasten any loose cords or wires. Make sure you have a firm, high chair with a foot rest. Equip your bathroom with a hand rail, raised toile...
Female Triathletes May Face Health Problems Such as Incontinence
Female Triathletes May Face Health Problems Such as Incontinence THURSDAY, July 24, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Women who compete in triathlons are at increased risk for pelvic floor disorders, including incontinence, and other health problems, a new study says. "There has been a surge in popularity of high-impact sports such as triathlons, but little has been known until now about the prevalence of pelvic health and certain other issues associated with endurance training and events," study author Dr. Coll...
Acetaminophen May Not Help Against Back Pain, Study Contends
Acetaminophen May Not Help Against Back Pain, Study Contends WEDNESDAY, July 23, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Even though its use is often advised by doctors, the painkiller acetaminophen -- best known as Tylenol -- does not help treat lower back pain, according to a new Australian study. The researchers found the drug was no more effective than a dummy pill for more than 1,600 people suffering from acute lower back pain. Besides showing no effect in easing discomfort, the study also found the drug was no h...
Life Skills, Parenting Classes May Cut Inflammation in Poor Kids
Life Skills, Parenting Classes May Cut Inflammation in Poor Kids MONDAY, July 21, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Good parenting and life skills coaching seem to reduce inflammation in children from low-income families, a new study suggests. Inflammation is a common problem among poorer children, and can lead to a number of illnesses, according to Northwestern University researchers. "Many health problems in both childhood and adulthood involve excessive inflammation. The process has a role in diabetes, heart ...
Health Tip: Take Care of Your Feet
Health Tip: Take Care of Your Feet (HealthDay News) -- Summer is here, and walking along the beach, around the pool or in your backyard barefoot can lead to foot injuries. The American Podiatric Medical Association suggests having these essentials on hand: A pair of flip flops for a hotel or pool so you don't have to walk barefoot. Antibiotic ointment and sterile gauze or bandages. A cream enriched with emollients for dry feet. Moleskin or blister pads to protect feet from blisters. Advil, Motrin or ano...
Blood Thinners May Not Be Needed for Kids' Back Surgery
Blood Thinners May Not Be Needed for Kids' Back Surgery TUESDAY, July 15, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Most children who have spinal surgery don't require anti-clotting drugs because blood clots occur so rarely in these procedures, a new study says. Instead of the risky and costly blood-thinning drugs, close monitoring after surgery is enough for most of these patients, according to the Johns Hopkins Children's Center researchers. Anti-clotting drugs should be considered only for young spinal surgery patien...
Delaying Kid's Knee Surgery Could Be a Bad Play, Study Finds
Delaying Kid's Knee Surgery Could Be a Bad Play, Study Finds FRIDAY, July 11, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Delaying surgery to repair damage to the anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) -- the main ligament in the middle of the knee -- could increase a young athlete's risk for further injuries, researchers report. They analyzed the medical records of 130 patients, aged 8 to 16, who had ACL reconstruction surgery. Of those patients, 62 had surgery less than six weeks after their injury, 37 had surgery six to 12 w...
New Eczema Drug Shows Promise in Early Trials
New Eczema Drug Shows Promise in Early Trials THURSDAY, July 10, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- A new drug that scientists hope will relieve the debilitating itching of chronic eczema has shown promising results in early trials. Dupilumab, which is injected, interferes with the activity of two key proteins that play a critical role in the inflammatory processes that fuel eczema. A common skin disease, the intense itching and red lesions that are the hallmarks of eczema can become severe enough to lead to skin...
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