October 2015

CONCUSSION IN YOUTH SPORTS: COACHES AND PARENTS NEED TO UNDERSTAND RETURN-TO-PLAY ADVICE

If any athlete suffers a knock to the head during sports, it´s vital to get them checked out before they return to play. A medical professional can assess the injury and judge whether the player needs rest or hospital treatment. Where young athletes are concerned, a new study argues that coaches and parents need more […]

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Injury rates at Rugby World Cup not increasing, says governing body

Some commentators have expressed concern over the number of injuries suffered by players on all sides in this year´s Rugby World Cup, but the organisers say that injury rates are similar to past tournaments. World Rugby said in a statement last week: “All the indicators are that injury rates at Rugby World Cup 2015 are

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New research gives insight into RA development

Scientists at Cardiff University have made a discovery that could help prevent the onset of an aggressive and hard-to-treat form of rheumatoid arthritis (RA). Reporting their findings in the Journal of Experimental Medicine, the team of immunologists describe how an immune system protein, interleukin-27, regulates the inflammatory process in lymphoid-rich rheumatoid arthritis, which causes the

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Osteoporosis therapy significantly reduces risk of fragility fracture

Around three million people in the UK are affected by osteoporosis, a condition that weakens bones, making them fragile and more likely to break. According to figures from the NHS, more than 300,000 people are treated in hospital for fragility fractures every year as a result of osteoporosis. And those who sustain a fragility fracture

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CYCLISTS WITH HELMETS LESS LIKELY TO SUFFER SEVERE BRAIN INJURY

Whether you cycle for exercise or for competition, a helmet will reduce your risk of severe injury in the event of an accident. That´s according to a new US study, which revealed that helmeted bicycle riders have significantly reduced odds of severe traumatic brain injury after an accident compared to their non-helmeted counterparts. Researchers from

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Review confirms benefits of exercise for knee OA patients

A systematic review of previous trials has concluded that therapeutic exercise reduces pain and improves joint function for people with knee osteoarthritis (OA). Researchers looked five electronic databases to find randomised clinical trials comparing some form of land-based therapeutic exercise with a non-exercise control. Pooled results from 44 trials indicated that exercise significantly reduced pain

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US researchers study sound waves to help diagnose sports concussion

Current methods for diagnosing sports concussion rely on how athletes answer questions and what can be observed. But now researchers in the United States are trying out a new approach, using sound wave technology in an effort to more rapidly and accurately diagnose concussion on the sidelines during games.

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