October 2013

Muscles May Permanently Remember Anabolic Steroids Even After Brief Use

Athletes caught using anabolic steroids to enhance their performance are currently excluded from competing for up to two years. However, the findings of a Norwegian study suggest that performance-enhancing drugs may lead to long-lasting, perhaps even permanent effects even after brief exposure to them. Professor Kristian Gundersen, leader of the research team from the University […]

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Fish Oil Enhances Therapy Benefits For New RA Sufferers

A study carried out by Australian researchers suggests that DMARD (disease-modifying antirheumatic drug) therapy can be supplemented with fish oil to deliver additional benefits for newly diagnosed rheumatoid arthritis (RA) patients. According to the report published in the Annals of the Rheumatic Diseases, high doses of fish oil reduce the therapy failure rate and improve

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New Auto-Injector To Make Drug Administration Easier For Arthritis Patients

Arthritis is estimated to affect almost 10 million Britons, with around 400,000 suffering from its more severe form, rheumatoid arthritis (RA). While there is no cure for the disease at present, it is possible to manage the condition through injections of biologic medicines, usually self-administered. However, the nature of many such drugs can make the

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IOF Report Puts EU Osteoporosis Cost At €37bn Per Year

Osteoporotic fractures cost European Union healthcare systems more than €37 billion annually, according to a new report by the International Osteoporosis Foundation (IOF). This financial burden will grow by 25 per cent by 2025 as populations age and high-risk individuals do not receive proper diagnosis and treatment, the report warns.

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DON´T PIN HOPES ON ROCKER SOLE SHOES IF YOU SUFFER FROM CHRONIC LBP

In recent years, rocker sole shoes have been touted as an effective tool for reducing low back pain (LBP). But these claims have been coming from manufacturers and persistent advertisers, with no solid scientific evidence to support them. A research team led by Sian MacRae from the physiotherapy department of King´s College London has put

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Don´t Pin Hopes On Rocker Sole Shoes If You Suffer From Chronic LBP

In recent years, rocker sole shoes have been touted as an effective tool for reducing low back pain (LBP). But these claims have been coming from manufacturers and persistent advertisers, with no solid scientific evidence to support them. A research team led by Sian MacRae from the physiotherapy department of King´s College London has put

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£220,000 Grant Goes To Study Of Surgery Outcomes In Ankle OA Patients

Some 30,000 Britons suffer from ankle osteoarthritis. While medical advances have made ankle replacement an increasingly popular treatment option in the end stages of the disease, there is no clarity at present as to the factors affecting surgery outcomes. Arthritis Research UK aims to fill that gap by providing a £220,000 grant to researchers from

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Swedish Researchers Unveil Pattern Of Football Injuries

It seems there is nothing haphazard about football injuries, according to a study conducted by the Sahlgrenska Academy at the University of Gothenburg. Working together with FIFA, the Swedish researchers analysed injury data from three World Cups (2002, 2006 and 2010), concluding that incidents are closely linked to various events on the pitch. These events

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US Researchers Reveal How Alcohol Abuse Affects Fracture Healing

Alcohol is responsible for many incidents and accidents that result in bone fractures. Moreover, it has long been known that alcohol abuse significantly hinders the healing process. Now researchers from Loyola University Medical Center have gone public with the findings of a study into how healing is slowed down. Led by Dr. Roman Natoli, the

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