September 2013

UK Researchers Find Steep Drop In Post-Operative Death Rates Among Hip Replacement Patients

Researchers from Bristol, Oxford, East Anglia and Exeter have made some amazing discoveries with regard to osteoarthritis (OA) patients undergoing hip replacement surgery. Key among them is the massive decline in death rates in the first three months after the operation, which plummeted from 0.6% to 0.3% between 2003 and 2011.

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Age Has Little To Do With Post-Concussion Symptoms, New Study Finds

Studies dealing with the relationship between age and sports-related concussion have produced discordant results. The prevalent view is that athletes younger than 18 are worse off than older peers with regard to the number of symptoms, their severity and the time it takes to recover. But a new study from Vanderbilt University School of Medicine

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New Technique Helps Identify Individuals At High RA Risk

About 400,000 Britons suffer from rheumatoid arthritis (RA). The factors determining a person´s risk of developing this debilitating autoimmune disease are divided into two groups: genetic and environmental. Now researchers from King´s College London and the University of Manchester have come up with a computer model that combines factors from both groups to identify people

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Steroids May Not Be Necessary For Patients With Lower Back Pain

For more than five decades, non-surgical scenarios for severe back pain have as a rule featured epidural steroid injections. But it appears that relief can also be provided by injecting other liquids into the spinal area, for example anesthetics or saline, according to a study whose results have been published in the current issue of

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Emphasis On Lengthening Exercises Benefits Footballers With Acute Hamstring Injuries

The choice of rehabilitation protocol is very important for professional football players suffering a hamstring injury. This is by far the most common injury sustained in this athlete group, which makes it essential to choose a protocol that minimises the time before return to training and play and improves prevention. A group of Swedish researchers

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STING Protein Could Become Key Ally In Fight Against Autoimmune Diseases

US researchers have made a discovery that could prove critical in treating or even preventing the development of autoimmune diseases such as arthritis, type 1 diabetes and multiple sclerosis. Led by Dr Andrew L. Mellor, a team from the Medical College of Georgia (MCG) at Georgia Regents University has established that a protein called STING

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Dutch Study Addresses Problem Of Fall-Related Injuries In School Children

Getting children to be physically active is among the top priorities of parents, educators and healthcare organisations around the world. Unfortunately, occasional injuries are part and parcel of the deal and their prevention is as important as promoting physical activity. In recent years there has been a global rise in the number of forearm fractures

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MLKL Study Offers Hope For New Anti-Inflammatory Treatments

Australian researchers from the Walter and Eliza Hall Institute have made important discoveries related to a protein called MLKL, more specifically its role in the necroptosis pathway. Having revealed the structure of this protein, the scientists are hoping to develop new treatments for chronic inflammatory diseases such as rheumatoid arthritis, Crohn´s disease and psoriasis.

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