December 2015

CHILDHOOD SPORTS CONCUSSION CAN AFFECT BRAIN FUNCTION, STUDY SUGGESTS

Concussion in youth sport is a serious issue, with potential long-term consequences. A study published in the International Journal of Psychophysiology has revealed that pre-adolescent children who sustained sports-related concussions had impaired brain function two years after suffering the injury. According to the University of Illinois, what we know about long-term effects of childhood concussions […]

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New synthetic graft boosts bone tissue regeneration

Researchers have developed a new type of synthetic bone graft called Inductigraft that boosts the body´s ability to regenerate bone tissue and could produce better outcomes for patients. To create the new graft, scientists led by Queen Mary University of London (QMUL) manipulated the pore structure of the material to mimic natural bone tissue. “Our

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Peptide released during exercise boosts physical endurance

Scientists at the University of Iowa have discovered an exercise hormone that boosts muscles´ energy production and exercise tolerance. The study, published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences Early Edition, shows that exercise causes muscle to release a peptide that improves energy production and physical endurance. According to the university, the findings

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ATHLETES MAY FACE HIGHER RISK OF OTHER INJURIES AFTER CONCUSSION

When is it safe to return to sport after a concussion? Studies show that as many as 85% of concussed athletes return to play within seven days of injury, but new research suggests that concussion-related reductions in balance, gait and posture can linger after normal activity levels have resumed, increasing the risk of suffering other

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ATHLETES WHO BOOST VITAMIN D INTAKE COULD REDUCE RISK OF STRESS FRACTURES

Athletes may need to maintain higher vitamin D levels to reduce their risk of stress fractures, according to new research. A study published in the Journal of Foot & Ankle Surgery suggests that active individuals who participate in higher impact activities, such as running, face an increased risk of stress fractures when they have low

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BLOOD TEST COULD PREDICT RISK OF DEVELOPING RA

New research could lead to a blood test that indicates a person´s likelihood of suffering from rheumatoid arthritis (RA). Scientists at the Kennedy Institute of Rheumatology at Oxford University found that a blood test that looks for antibodies which recognize the protein tenascin-C could reliably identify those who will contract the condition — even up

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New clinical trial evaluates exercise during concussion recovery

Concussion management should involve more than “go home and rest”, according to researchers at the University at Buffalo. Physicians at the university´s Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences have developed a new exercise treatment for acute concussion and launched a randomized, controlled clinical trial involving 13- to 17-year-old adolescents who experience a concussion, whether

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