Archive for January, 2009

Combined Aerobic and Resistance Exercise Benefits Sedentary Seniors

New research confirms the benefits of aerobic exercise in seniors. A recent study published in the Archives of Internal Medicine evaluated 136 sedentary, abdominally obese older men and women by randomizing them into four groups. The participants followed a resistance exercise program, an aerobic exercise program or both a resistance exercise and aerobic exercise program. [...]

Cross Country Skiing and Great Toe Arthritis

Cross country skiing is a great winter outdoor activity and considered by some to be the best aerobic fitness activity. Cross country skiers are attached to the ski only at the toe. This frees the heel and allows the skier to kick and glide across the snow. Although cross country skiing is low-impact and a [...]

Outpatient Surgery on the Rise

The results from the National Survey of Ambulatory Surgery showed that the rate of visits to freestanding surgery centers for outpatient procedures increase 300% from 1996 to 2006. The rate of visits to hospitals for outpatient procedures remained unchanged during that same time period. The Center for Disease Control and Prevention’s National Center for Health [...]

Analgesia Protocol Reduces Post-Op Pain

A study in New York City acute rehabilitation hospitals evaluated the effect of an analgesia protocol for elderly patients after orthopedic surgery. Two hundred and forty nine elderly patients who had hip or knee surgery (hip fracture repair, hip or knee replacement/ reconstruction) were entered into the study. The intervention group had physician protocols for [...]

Diuretics and Fracture Risk in Women

A study in the current issue of the Archives of Internal Medicine evaluated data from the Women’s Health Initiative (1992-1998) for an association between loop diuretics and fracture rate, falls and bone mineral density. The study included 133,855 women (3411 users and 130, 444 nonusers of loop diuretics) who were followed for a mean of [...]

When Gout Treatment Fails

In December, the FDA accepted Savient Pharmaceuticals, Inc. Biologics License Application (BLA) for pegloticase. Pegloticase, formerly known as Puricase(R), is a biological drug for the treatment of gout which has not responded to the currently available medications (treatment-failure gout). Patients with treatment-failure gout tend to have severe pain at the affected joint and limited function. [...]

Foot Tips for Winter Activities

Winter is the time to get outside and engage in outdoor activities. Popular aerobic outdoor winter activities are cross country skiing, skate skiing, snowshoeing and ice skating. Warming up and cooling down are important for all outdoor activities, but are even more important during the colder, winter months. Social Bookmarking OptionsBlinklistBloglinesBlogmarksDiggdel.icio.usFacebookFurlMa.gnoliaNewsVineRedditStumbleUponTechnorati

New Funds for Polio Eradication

Poliomyelitis (commonly known as Polio) is a viral infectious disease. Most infected with the virus experience no symptoms at all. The virus will infect the central nervous system in about 1 in 200 individuals, causing muscle weakness and paralysis. Different types of paralysis can occur, but the most common form results in paralysis of one [...]

Glucosamine & Chondroitin for Arthritis

The use of glucosamine and chondroitin for treatment of osteoarthritis is controversial. Despite the large numbers of studies performed, the results have been mixed. Although some trials have shown promise, large placebo controlled trials have not shown much benefit with the use of glucosamine and chondroitin compared with placebo. Below is a summary of some [...]

US Airways Crash with Few Cold Weather Injuries

A US Airways plane landed today in the frigid Hudson River on one of the coldest days in NYC so far this year, with the water temperature about 41 degrees and the air temperature around 20 degrees. Passengers of the plane were immersed in the cold water while waiting on the wing of the plane [...]