Tag Archive 'research'

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

Medications For Depression May Cause Bone Loss

Serotonin reuptake inhibitors, such as Zoloft, Lexapro and Prozac, are commonly used to treat depression and anxiety. Serotonin is a neurotransmitter, a chemical in the brain that relays messages from one area to another. These chemicals travel between brain cells (neurons), relaying messages. As the chemical is released from one side of the brain cell, [...]

Peripheral Arterial Disease Research

Peripheral arterial disease (PAD) is a common disease, but not well understood by the general population. PAD is atherosclerosis of the peripheral vessels, the vessels in the lower extremities. Atherosclerosis is a disease characterized by the buildup of plaque on artery walls. The plaque is a composed of cholesterol, triglycerides and calcium deposits. Social Bookmarking [...]

Short term calf stretching not beneficial for heel pain

Calf stretching is an universal treatment recommended for patients with plantar fasciitis, the most common cause of heel pain. In a study from the University of Western Sydney in Australia, calf stretching using a wooden wedge was evaluated as a specific treatment for plantar fasciitis. Plantar fasciitis is the tearing and resultant inflammation of a [...]

Women Runners with Fasciitis Have Lower Arches

A new study in this month’s issue of the Clinical Journal of Sports Medicine evaluated the biomechanics, arch height, impact load, maximum load and ankle dorsiflexion in women runners, during running and while standing. The researchers divided 50 age and mileage matched women runners into two groups, a plantar fasciitis group and a control group. [...]

Competitive Cyclists at Risk of Osteoporosis

Bone is composed of minerals, protein and living cells. Calcium and phosphate form an extremely hard crystal-like structure called hydroxyapatite. The protein collagen forms an intricate network of strong fibrous bands to which the crystals attach. The combined properties of the hydroxyapatite and the collagen create the amazing strength of bone. Osteoblasts and osteoclasts are [...]

Over-The-Counter Orthotics Decrease Foot Pain

A new study in the Journal of the American Podiatric Medical Association found over-the-counter orthotics increased arch height and decreased arch pain, bunion pain, knee pain and back pain. Orthotics are semi-rigid devices designed to control abnormal motion in the foot, support the arch and reduce pain associated with common foot problems. Social Bookmarking OptionsBlinklistBloglinesBlogmarksDiggdel.icio.usFacebookFurlMa.gnoliaNewsVineRedditStumbleUponTechnorati

Genetic Testing for Leg Blood Clots Does Not Improve Outcomes

According to a news release on June 16th by the U.S. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) and published in the current issue of JAMA, there is no proof that genetic testing can help prevent blood clots in the legs. Social Bookmarking OptionsBlinklistBloglinesBlogmarksDiggdel.icio.usFacebookFurlMa.gnoliaNewsVineRedditStumbleUponTechnorati

High Heels: What Does the Research Say?

Part II of a Three Part Series on High Heels Pressure under the ball of the foot increases with the height of the heel. Broch et al found that there is a change in the distribution of mechanical stress as the foot position changes. As the height of the heel increases, the load under the [...]

Vitamin C Decreases Gout Risk

A recent study in the Archives of Internal Medicine prospectively examined the relationship between vitamin C and the risk of gout in 46,994 men ages 40 and 75 year old, from 1986 through 2006. The participants had no diagnosis of gout at baseline. The authors used a questionnaire to ascertain the criteria for gout and [...]