January 2016

THE ROBOT WILL SEE YOU NOW: ROBOTIC EXOSKELETON COULD HELP TREAT SHOULDER INJURIES

Earlier this week we reported on how researchers at UCLA in the United States are using a robot from a car factory to study the anterior cruciate ligament (ACL). But that´s not the only way robot technology can be harnessed to improve the treatment of sports injuries: in Spain, researchers at the Technical University of […]

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Robot helps UCLA researchers understand knee injuries

Researchers at a US university are using a robot from a car factory to study the anterior cruciate ligament (ACL), which is often injured when playing sports. The 8-foot-tall, pumpkin-orange machine at the UCLA Orthopaedic Biomechanics Laboratory helps the research team investigate the workings of the human knee. It applies hundreds of pounds of force

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Knee pain sensitivity in osteoarthritis patients linked to genetics

People with knee osteoarthritis may experience different levels of knee pain depending on their genetics, a US study suggests. Researchers at Penn State University focused on differences in the variability of knee pain and the level of pain following daily physical activity within individual osteoarthritis patients. This was part of a larger study on the

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TEXTILE INDUSTRY WORKERS FACE HIGHER RISK OF RHEUMATOID ARTHRITIS

People who are exposed to textile dust at work have an increased risk of developing rheumatoid arthritis, according to a study published in the Annals of the Rheumatic Diseases. The researchers also found that these workers had a heightened risk of genetic susceptibility to developing antibodies to rheumatoid arthritis, known as ACPA, which hasten progression

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MRI scan could help predict rapidly progressing osteoarthritis

Osteoarthritis can progress at varying speeds, and early diagnosis gives patients the best chance of effective treatment. According to a recent study, bone marrow lesions could help identify people who are more likely to suffer from a rapidly progressing form of the joint disease. The Medical Research Council Lifecourse Epidemiology Unit at the University of

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YOUNGER ICE HOCKEY PLAYERS HAVE PROLONGED CONCUSSION SYMPTOMS

New research shows that less physically mature ice hockey players are more likely to experience prolonged symptoms from concussion. The study, led by Dr. Peter Kriz from Hasbro Children´s Hospital, assessed disparities in age, size and physical maturity level among concussed adolescent ice hockey players aged 13 to 18 years. Results showed that male student

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STUDY RAISES QUESTIONS OVER VITAMIN D SUPPLEMENTS

High doses of vitamin D, the “sunshine vitamin”, may increase the risk of falls and fractures, according to new research. Vitamin D supplements are commonly taken to strengthen bones, especially in the elderly. But a study published in JAMA Internal Medicine suggests that too much of the vitamin is actually associated with an increased number

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COUNSELLING ON BRACE USE IMPROVES COMPLIANCE IN ADOLESCENT SCOLIOSIS PATIENTS

Young people with late-onset (adolescent) scoliosis benefit from monitoring and counselling on brace use, according to a study published in the Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery. Bracing often is recommended for young people diagnosed with adolescent idiopathic scoliosis, a condition in which the shape of the spine changes during a child´s growth. According to

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Motor control exercise can help reduce lower back pain

Targeted exercises can help reduce low back pain, according to a Cochrane Review published last week. The authors found that targeting exercises to muscles that support and control the spine offers one strategy to reduce pain and disability caused by lower back pain, although outcomes are similar to other forms of exercise. Motor control exercise

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