|Osteoporosis Screening Guidelines May Miss Younger Women at Risk
Osteoporosis Screening Guidelines May Miss Younger Women at Risk FRIDAY, Oct. 23, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Current osteoporosis screening guidelines and tools fail to identify many younger postmenopausal women at risk for osteoporosis-related fractures, a new study says. "If we want to prevent fractures, we need tools that help us accurately predict who will suffer these osteoporotic injuries so that we can target these at-risk people for preventive measures," study author Dr. Carolyn Crandall, professo...
Sleep Duration Linked to Ulcerative Colitis Risk in Study
Sleep Duration Linked to Ulcerative Colitis Risk in Study FRIDAY, Oct. 24, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Not getting the right amount of sleep might raise your risk of ulcerative colitis, a new study suggests. Those who sleep less or more than the recommended seven to eight hours per night may be more prone to developing the chronic condition, which causes inflammation in the intestines, researchers report. The study authors concluded that duration and quality of sleep are key factors to be considered among ...
Study Finds Kidney Stones Linked to Weakened Bones
Study Finds Kidney Stones Linked to Weakened Bones THURSDAY, Oct. 23, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Kidney stone patients may be at increased risk for broken bones and may require treatment to protect their bone health, a new study suggests. Researchers led by Dr. Michelle Denburg, of the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, analyzed data from nearly 52,000 British kidney stone patients and more than 517,000 people without kidney stones. During a median follow-up of nearly five years, kidney stone patients w...
Goodbye to Reading Glasses?
Goodbye to Reading Glasses? MONDAY, Oct. 20, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- A new implantable eye device might make reading glasses a thing of the past, researchers report. Many people over age 40 develop blurriness in their near vision (presbyopia), which makes it difficult to see up close. The condition affects more than 1 billion people worldwide. New products designed to treat the condition include a thin ring inserted into the cornea of the eye that adjusts the depth of field to enable a person with pres...
Health Tip: Pain in the Foot?
Health Tip: Pain in the Foot? (HealthDay News) -- Symptoms of foot arthritis, including painful inflammation and swelling, can make it difficult to take even a few steps. The American Podiatric Medical Association says you should see a doctor if your symptoms include: Swelling that affects at least one joint. Tenderness or pain that recurs in any joint. Heat or redness surrounding a joint. Restricted range of motion. Morning stiffness. A growth, rash or skin change.
Allergy to Some Metal Implants Linked to Rare Skin Cancer, Study Says
Allergy to Some Metal Implants Linked to Rare Skin Cancer, Study Says TUESDAY, Oct. 14, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- A rare type of skin cancer has been linked to allergic reactions to metal implants, researchers said. Some patients who have metal devices implanted near the skin may develop chronic skin rashes caused by contact allergies to metals such as nickel, cobalt and chromium. These rashes may lead to an unusual and aggressive form of skin cancer, the researchers said. The study's authors described t...
Repetitive Pitching May Cause Teens Serious Shoulder Problems
Repetitive Pitching May Cause Teens Serious Shoulder Problems TUESDAY, Oct. 14, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Young athletes who pitch more than 100 balls a week risk getting a painful overuse injury that can hamper normal shoulder development, new research shows. The injury is called acromial apophysiolysis, and the researchers said it can lead to additional problems, including rotator cuff tears. "There is no problem with teenagers pitching in baseball. The problem is if you overdo," said Dr. Johannes Roed...
Health Tip: Wearing High Heels
Health Tip: Wearing High Heels (HealthDay News) -- Wearing high heels may be fashionable, but they can wreak havoc on your body. The American Osteopathic Association suggests how to avoid problems while wearing high heels: Choose a heel that is no higher than 1 1/4 inches, has a wide base and is thicker-than-average. Skip the stilettos. Pad heels with cushioned insoles to ease stress on your knees. Choose heels with a wide toe box that fit properly, with no room for feet to slide forward. Skip heels on ...
New Prosthetic Hands Restore Sense of Touch to Amputees
New Prosthetic Hands Restore Sense of Touch to Amputees WEDNESDAY, Oct. 8, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- People take the sense of touch for granted -- until it isn't there, says Igor Spetic, who lost that ability four years ago. For months after an accident at work cost him his right hand from the wrist down, the Madison, Ohio, resident was plagued by phantom pain. It was "like having a clenched fist put into a vice and crushed, 24/7, even though I had no fist," said Spetic. But about 18 months after his inj...
Health Tip: Tight Shoes May Be Damaging Your Feet
Health Tip: Tight Shoes May Be Damaging Your Feet (HealthDay News) -- Shoes that are too snug can cause some serious and painful problems, including bunions and corns. The American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons says other potential problems from tight shoes include: Toes that cross over from lack of room. A curling hammertoe. An ingrown toenail that's been pushed into the skin. Blisters or sores, which can be especially dangerous among people with diabetes.
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