Archive for the 'Health News and Research' Category

Flavonoids May Improve Bone Strength

A recent study in the Journal of Bone and Mineral Research has found a connection between flavonoids and bone health. Flavonoids are a group of bioactive chemicals found synthesized by plants. Over 3000 Scottish women were surveyed on their food intakes and flavonoid intake was estimated based on specific fruit and vegetable intake as evaluated [...]

The Strassburg Sock for Plantar Fasciitis

Plantar fasciitis is the tearing, inflammation and eventual degeneration of the plantar fascia, a thick, fibrous band in the bottom of the foot. Pain under the bottom of the heel at the first step in the morning is the most characteristic sign of plantar fasciitis. The pain is due to tearing of the fascia and [...]

Alcohol, Obesity & High Blood Pressure Increase Gout Risk in Women

Gout is a painful joint condition caused by elevated levels of uric acid which result in the deposition of needle like crystals in the joints. The uric acid precipitates in the coolest areas of the body, which makes the great toe a common areas for gouty attacks. Gout is more common in men than women, [...]

Bone Building Drugs Found Safe and Effective

A new study published in the New England Journal of Medicine finds two bisphosphonates, Fosamax and Reclast, safe and effective for the treatment of osteoporosis. Some studies have prompted concern about the increased risk of a rare fracture near the hip with the use of these bone building drugs. A secondary analysis of data from [...]

Infrared Heat Treatment for Plantar Warts

Researchers at the Hospital of China Medical University in Shenyang successfully treated plantar warts with local hyperthermia, using an infrared heat-producing device. Fifty four patients were divided into two groups, a treatment group and a sham group. Social Bookmarking OptionsBlinklistBloglinesBlogmarksDiggdel.icio.usFacebookFurlMa.gnoliaNewsVineRedditStumbleUponTechnorati

FDA Approves Botox for Spastic Flexor Muscles

On March 9th, 2010, the FDA approved Botox specifically for use to treat spasticity in the flexor muscles of the fingers, wrist and elbow. Spasticity can be common after traumatic brain injuries, stroke or in individuals with advanced multiple sclerosis. Botox works by causing a temporary paralysis of the spastic muscle, which increases flexibility of [...]

Treatment Options for Psoriasis

Two recent studies found effective treatment options for psoriasis patients who did not respond to Enbrel. The drug Enbrel is a commonly used treatment for people with moderate to advanced psoriasis. The results were presented at the annual meeting of the American Academy of Dermatology. Social Bookmarking OptionsBlinklistBloglinesBlogmarksDiggdel.icio.usFacebookFurlMa.gnoliaNewsVineRedditStumbleUponTechnorati

Obese Children Have Greater Pressure on Feet

Thirty four preschool children were divided into two groups based on weight, as determined by body mass index. Their plantar pressures were measured when walking and it was found that overweight children had significantly larger contact areas and generated larger forces on the bottom of their feet, as well their heel, midfoot and forefoot. The [...]

Obese Children Have Higher Rate of Lower Extremity Injuries

Obese children sustain more leg, ankle and foot injuries than nonobese children a new study has found. In the study, which will be published in Pediatrics next month, researchers at the Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center evaluated electronic medical records of children aged 3 to 14 years who were seen in the emergency department for [...]

Toenail Fungus: New Study Shows Topical Therapy Safe & Effective

A new study in the Journal of Dermatology evaluated the safety and effectiveness of Ciclopirox antifungal nail laquer for the treatment of mild to moderate fungal toenails. Thirty-six patients with onychomycosis (toenail fungus) were treated once daily for 9 months with ciclopirox. Social Bookmarking OptionsBlinklistBloglinesBlogmarksDiggdel.icio.usFacebookFurlMa.gnoliaNewsVineRedditStumbleUponTechnorati

Ankle Injuries in Irish Dancers

A new study in the Journal of Foot and Ankle Surgery evaluated overuse ankle injuries in eighteen professional Irish dancers.  Each dancer filled out a foot and ankle questionnaire and the dancer’s right ankle was evaluated with an MRI. Social Bookmarking OptionsBlinklistBloglinesBlogmarksDiggdel.icio.usFacebookFurlMa.gnoliaNewsVineRedditStumbleUponTechnorati

NSAIDS May Not Protect Against Skin Cancer

Previous research suggests that the use of NSAIDS (non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, such as ibuprofen) may help protect against the development of skin cancer. Social Bookmarking OptionsBlinklistBloglinesBlogmarksDiggdel.icio.usFacebookFurlMa.gnoliaNewsVineRedditStumbleUponTechnorati

New Treatment for Psoriasis More Effective Than Enbrel

The results of a new study, published in this week’s edition of the New England Journal of Medicine found Stelara™ to be more effective than Enbrel® in the treatment of psoriasis. Psoriasis is an autoimmune disease characterized by the build-up of dead skin cells, resulting in plaques and scales on the elbows, knees and scalp. [...]

Vitamin D and Calcium Reduce Fracture Risk

A new study finds that Vitamin D with calcium supplementation significantly reduces fracture risk, but Vitamin D supplementation alone does not offer much protection. Researchers from Queen’s Medical Center is Nottingham, England evaluated seven randomized, controlled trials with using Vitamin D with calcium or using Vitamin D alone to prevent fracture risk. Social Bookmarking OptionsBlinklistBloglinesBlogmarksDiggdel.icio.usFacebookFurlMa.gnoliaNewsVineRedditStumbleUponTechnorati

COX-2 Inhibitors May Prevent Skin Cancer

The anti-inflammatory medication Celebrex ® (celecoxib) may be useful in treating one of the more common types of skin cancer, basal cell carcinoma. Researchers at the Children’s Hospital of Oakland Research Institute assessed the effects of Celebrex ® on the development of basal cell carcinoma in 60 patients with basal cell nevus syndrome in a [...]

Do Running Shoes Causes Knee Arthritis?

A recent study in PM&R: The Journal of Injury, Function and Rehabilitation found running in shoes (shod running), compared to running barefoot, increased torque on both the knees and hips. The authors concluded that runners experiencing increased rotational forces at the knee may be more prone to the development of knee osteoarthritis. Social Bookmarking OptionsBlinklistBloglinesBlogmarksDiggdel.icio.usFacebookFurlMa.gnoliaNewsVineRedditStumbleUponTechnorati

Cartilage Cell Implant Improves Ankle Function

Autologous Chondrocyte Implantation (ACI) is the surgical repair of articular cartilage by transplanting cartilage cells into a joint. Chondrocytes are cartilage cells which produce and maintain cartilage. The first step is to sample the cartilage from the joint and isolate the chondrocytes. The chondrocytes are then sent to a lab to grow for 4-6 weeks. [...]

High Impact Sports Improve Bone Density in Older Athletes

A new study from the University of Pittsburgh found that high impact sports increase bone mineral density in older athletes. Although it is well known that weight bearing exercise and impact activities increase bone mineral density and help prevent osteoporosis, little research has been done on older athletes. This study evaluated 560 athletes competing in [...]

Injuries More Common In Young Single Sport Athletes

A new study from Loyola University found that tennis players who specialize early in a single sport are more prone to injury. The researchers analyzed 519 players in 3,366 U.S. junior tennis matches. The players started playing tennis at an average  of 6 years of age, started competing at 9 years of age and started [...]

Alcohol Injections Successful Treatment for Neuromas

A Morton’s neuroma is an inflamed, thickened nerve in the ball of the foot. The common symptoms are pain, tingling and numbness in the ball of the foot and shooting to the 2nd and 3rd toes. It’s common to experience a feeling of walking on a lump or bunched up sock. Common treatments include rest, [...]

Restless Leg Syndrome by Race & Gender

A recent study found that restless leg syndrome, RLS, may be more common in women and Caucasians. Women are more likely to have the symptoms of RLS because they are more likely to be iron deficient. Iron deficiency is a known risk factor for restless leg syndrome. Pregnancy can also worsen the symptoms of RLS. [...]

Deadly MRSA Strain

Abstracts presented at the 47th Annual Meeting of the Infectious Disease Society of America (IDSA) outlined information about a deadly infection caused by MRSA. Methicillin Resistant Staphylococcus Aureus (MRSA) is a bacteria that has developed resistance to antibiotics commonly used to treat staphylococcus. An even more deadly strain of MRSA has emerged, the USA600 strain [...]

Lungs Blood Clots May Not Originate From the Legs

The most serious complication of a deep blood clot in the leg, is the clot breaking off, traveling to the lungs and causing a pulmonary embolism. A pulmonary embolism blocks the main artery of the lung and causes shortness of breath, chest pain, rapid breathing and in severe cases sudden death. A new study challenges [...]

Ultracet As Effective As Gabapentin for Diabetic Nerve Pain

Ultracet, a combination of tramadol and acetaminophen, has been shown to be as effective as gabapentin (Neurontin) for treating painful diabetic neuropathy. The findings from this study, which was funded by Janssen, marketers of the medication, were presented at the World Diabetes Congress in Montreal. Gabapentin is a common first line treatment for nerve pain [...]

FDA approves Colcrys for Prevention of Gout Flares

Colcrys is an oral medication formulated for the treatment and prevention of gout flares. Colcrys is a form of colchicine, which has been used for centuries for the treatment of acute gout attacks. Colchicine is not prescribed often for gout attacks because of the side effects, which include cramping, nausea, diarrhea and vomiting. Social Bookmarking [...]