Tag: "spine" at medical news

Orthodontists must brace against back pain

...k would amount to an hour's continuous load on the spine of 450 kg for men and 275 kg for women. Results of the study appear in the February issue of Clinical Biomechanics. The subjects, aged 27 to 36, (the practicing professional was 48) were videotaped performing their regular duties and the recorded p...

Stem cell therapy for spinal injury

...jection of stem cells into the damaged area of the spine improves motor function (movement) inferior to the injury level, scientists found that the rats developed greater pain sensitivity just superior of it. In a follow-up study, a special gene, neurogenin-2, was added to the stem cells while they were d...

Bone density returns when teens stop using Depo Provera, Group Health study finds

...men who were not taking the drug. Density at the spine increased 2.86 percent for women who quit the drug compared to an increase of 1.32 percent for women who were not taking the drug. It's not clear from studies to date whether other hormonal methods of birth control might affect bone density, Schole...

Inflammatory cells highly promising target in NF 1

...ment and deformation of bones and curvature of the spine (scoliosis), and in many instances, learning disorders. Occasionally, tumors may develop in the brain, on cranial nerves, or on the spinal cord. However, a rare form of the disease occurs in infants and young children, with tumors growing on major ne...

New way to diagnose sciatica may point to a different cause

...s) and were subsequently treated successfully with spine surgery. The remaining 232 patients then underwent MR neurography to evaluate the sciatic nerve. They found that 162 (69 percent) of patients had piriformis syndrome, while the remaining 31 percent had 15 other nerve, muscle or joint conditions at v...

Calcium boost to youths' bones could reduce osteoporosis risk

... increased susceptibility to fractures of the hip, spine and wrist. An estimated 30 million American women either have or are at risk for osteoporosis. Though the risk of losing bone mass is part of aging, having the strongest skeleton possible as a youngster can tip the balance toward better bone health i...

Birth simulator helps physicians I.D. least forceful way to manage problem deliveries

...ins researchers found that turning the baby so its spine faces the mother's belly (a technique known as ant...res less force than either turning the baby so its spine faces the mother's spine, or moving the mother's legs back to try to reduce the force of the baby's ...

American Thoracic Society Journal news tips for December 2004 (second issue)

...ine showed reduced bone density in both the lumbar spine and neck of the femur (thigh). The researchers in...t bone mineral density scans of the hip and lumbar spine with dual-energy X-ray absorptiometry at the start of the study, after 1 year, and at the end of yea...

Cedars-Sinai medical tipsheet for Dec. 2004

...disc disease, it limits the range of motion in the spine and may cause extra wear and tear on surrounding spinal discs. That's just one of the reasons that Cedars-Sinai is exploring innovative and minimally invasive surgical alternatives. One treatment approach, disc replacement with the Charite artificia...

Bone marrow fat may indicate bone weakening

...w technique that can be done in conjunction with a spine MRI. This is a pilot study that included 26 patien... author of the study. Fifteen had normal appearing spine vertebra and eleven showed signs of bone weakening. When the results of DEXA and MR spectroscopy tes...

Two days of post-surgical pain relief now possible with just one shot

...dwelling catheters are tubes placed in a patient's spine to deliver pain medicine. Such catheters can make it difficult for patients to move around after surgery, can increase the risk of infection and can limit options for administration of anticoagulant (blood thinning) therapy. Another common method to ...

Researchers show the BEST way to reduce osteoporosis risk

... building BMD in typically vulnerable areas of the spine and hip. The program includes daily calcium citrate supplementation (800 mg) to ensure adequate intake and three-times-a-week sessions of 20 to 25 minutes of resistance training--two sets of six to eight repetitions--using six core exercises: 1. Back...

Brookhaven Lab and BioSET develop a synthetic peptide that enhances the effect of BMP-2

... medical devices are currently used clinically for spine repair and to accelerate the healing of long bones," Pea continued. "These devices show effectiveness in inducing bone repair, but there is concern over the high levels of the growth factors that are currently required. An agent that decreases the am...

NIH awards OHSU $4 million biodefense contract to study tuberculosis

...od to other parts of the body, such as the kidney, spine and brain. The Large-Scale Antibody and T Cell Epitope Discovery Program is a five-year, $4 million NIAID contract. It is the largest biodefense contract OHSU has received. OHSU's husband-and-wife physician research team, David and Deborah Lewinsohn...

Congress of Neuological Surgeons meets in San Francisco

...surgery at the University of Iowa and a recognized spine and skull base surgeon. "The meeting theme, Bridges to the Future, embodies the desire to improve our specialty scientifically, promotes the concept of a world community and gives proper reference to the Golden Gate Bridge, the famed landmark of our...

Plain radiographs and dedicated CT may become unnecessary in detecting lower spine fractures

...es. The study revealed that fractures of the lower spine were detected in 36 patients using MDCT, but in on...n the radiographs. Patient care is improved as the spine is evaluated with increased accuracy and also more quickly, allowing for early optimal treatment to ...

MDCT alone is effective in diagnosing spine injuries in blunt trauma victims

...-rays--the traditional initial means of diagnosing spine injuries in blunt trauma victims--are not necessar.... "It is standard trauma procedure to examine the spine of these patients," said Dr. Rivas. "Traditionally we've done a plain film examination, which could...

Testosterone gel (AndroGel(R)) study first to show long-term benefits and safety

...increases in bone mineral density were seen in the spine and hip. "This AndroGel study is the first... at the hip and 0.99, 3.10 and 3.80 percent at the spine after 6, 18 and 30 months of treatment. Hematocrit and hemoglobin levels increased as anticipated w...

Study: Height loss screen ultimately could reduce hip fractures

... increased susceptibility to fractures of the hip, spine and wrist. An estimated 30 million American women either have or are at risk for osteoporosis, which is responsible for about 300,000 hip fractures annually. Men account for 25 percent of the hip fractures nationally. Kantor considers osteoporosis a ...

Untreated postmenopausal women with osteoporosis

...als (VERT-MN, VERT-NA, HIP). The women had lumbar spine or femoral neck bone mineral density T-scores of less than -2.5 or had one or more prevalent spinal fractures. All patients received 1,000 mg daily calcium and, if baseline levels were low, up to 500 IU Vitamin D daily. The data were used to estim...

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