|Knee Pain While Using Stairs May Be First Sign of Arthritis
Knee Pain While Using Stairs May Be First Sign of Arthritis THURSDAY, Jan. 22, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Having knee pain while using the stairs may be an early sign of arthritis, a new study suggests. "At present, we have little concept of 'early' osteoarthritis and often only see people when they have significant, longstanding pain and loss of function," research leader Philip Conaghan, a professor of musculoskeletal medicine at the University of Leeds in England, said in a university news release. "Th...
Diabetes-Related Foot Condition Often Missed
Diabetes-Related Foot Condition Often Missed FRIDAY, Jan. 23, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- A debilitating condition called Charcot foot is often missed among the nearly 30 million Americans with diabetes, doctors say. The condition is highly treatable, but if left alone it can lead to permanent deformity, disability, surgery and even amputation, according to the American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons (ACFAS). Charcot foot can occur in the one-third of diabetes patients who lose feeling in their feet an...
Eczema Linked to Other Health Problems
Eczema Linked to Other Health Problems FRIDAY, Jan. 23, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Adults with eczema -- a chronic, itchy skin disease that often starts in childhood -- may also have an increased risk of heart disease and stroke, according to a new study. This increased risk may be the result of bad lifestyle habits or the disease itself. "Eczema is not just skin deep," said lead researcher Dr. Jonathan Silverberg, an assistant professor of dermatology at the Northwestern University Feinberg School of Med...
Falls on the Rise Among U.S. Seniors
Falls on the Rise Among U.S. Seniors MONDAY, Jan. 19, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- For American seniors, a fall can have disabling or even fatal consequences. And a new study finds that the rate of older people who suffer a fall is actually on the rise. A research team led by Dr. Christine Cigolle, of the University of Michigan Medical School in Ann Arbor, tracked national data from adults aged 65 and older. They found that the number of older adults with at least one self-reported fall in the past two year...
Health Tip: Curious About Dark Toenails?
Health Tip: Curious About Dark Toenails? (HealthDay News) -- Have you noticed that some of your toenails are dark and discolored? The American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons says possible causes of dark toenails include: A trauma to the nail. An example would be an object falling on the nail, causing formation of a bruise. Though rare, a dark toenail can signal malignant melanoma. A fungal infection of the nail. A chronically ingrown nail.
Brain Scans Give New Clues to Chronic Pain
Brain Scans Give New Clues to Chronic Pain MONDAY, Jan. 12, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- The causes and treatment of chronic pain are often elusive. However, a small study provides the first evidence that inflammation in key regions of the brain might play a role in ongoing discomfort. The findings illuminate possible sources of chronic pain, and might also point the way to potential treatments, experts say. In the study, a team led by Marco Loggia of Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston conducted brain...
Health Tip: Get Weight-Bearing Exercise
Health Tip: Get Weight-Bearing Exercise (HealthDay News) -- There's a recipe for good bone health, and it includes getting plenty of calcium, vitamin D and weight-bearing exercise. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says good weight-bearing activities include: Climbing stairs, walking, running or jogging. Hiking or jumping rope. Playing sports, such as tennis, racquetball, field hockey, basketball or soccer. Lifting weights. Dancing.
Knee Arthritis Drugs Beat Placebos, but Study Finds No Clear Winner
Knee Arthritis Drugs Beat Placebos, but Study Finds No Clear Winner TUESDAY, Jan. 6, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Pain-relieving treatments for knee arthritis all work better than doing nothing -- but it's hard to point to a clear winner, a new research review concluded. Using data from almost 140 studies, researchers found all of the widely used arthritis treatments -- from over-the-counter painkillers to pain-relieving injections -- brought more relief to aching knees over three months than did placebo pi...
Better Pain Relief After Knee Replacement Surgery?
Better Pain Relief After Knee Replacement Surgery? TUESDAY, Dec. 30, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Postoperative pain is always a concern after knee replacement surgery, but a new study suggests a strategy that might give patients another way to ease discomfort. Researchers at Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit note that the painful recovery process following knee replacement surgery is a persistent problem. However, the research team found that injecting a newer, long-acting numbing medicine, known as liposomal...
Hepatitis C Infection Isn't Related to HIV Brain Woes: Study
Hepatitis C Infection Isn't Related to HIV Brain Woes: Study WEDNESDAY, Dec. 24, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Hepatitis C infection does not contribute to mental decline in people with HIV, according to a new study. Treatment advances have made it possible for people with HIV to survive much longer, but many develop memory and thinking problems, mood swings and other types of mental impairment as they age, the study authors said. It's believed that long-term infections with other viruses -- a common problem...
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