|FDA Advisory Panel Says Steroid Shots for Back Pain Can Continue
FDA Advisory Panel Says Steroid Shots for Back Pain Can Continue TUESDAY, Nov. 25, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- An expert advisory panel to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration decided on Tuesday not to recommend the agency issue a strong warning against the general use of steroid injections for back pain. The shots are commonly used to treat back pain, but they have never been approved for this use by the FDA, and whether their risks outweigh their benefits has long been a matter of debate. Tuesday's vote...
Weight Could Influence Rheumatoid Arthritis Relief
Weight Could Influence Rheumatoid Arthritis Relief WEDNESDAY, Nov. 26, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- People with rheumatoid arthritis may be more likely to achieve remission if they maintain a healthy body weight, according to new research. The study found that those who were heaviest had almost 65 percent reduced odds of disease remission. Being underweight also lowered the odds of remission. "Medication for rheumatoid arthritis is not as effective on the overweight population," said Dr. Susan Goodman, the ...
Health Tip: Seek Treatment for a Broken Toe
Health Tip: Seek Treatment for a Broken Toe (HealthDay News) -- If you break a toe, it may not heal on its own without treatment. The American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons says complications of a broken toe may include: Developing a deformity in the bone, which can cause problems with mobility and in fitting shoes. Developing arthritis in the affected joint. Having chronic pain. Requiring surgery if the toe doesn't heal properly.
Gel Implant Might Help Fight Heart Failure
Gel Implant Might Help Fight Heart Failure THURSDAY, Nov. 20, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Injecting beads of gel into the wall of a still-beating heart has the potential to improve the health of patients with severe heart failure, according to a new study. Heart patients who received the gel implant had improved blood oxygen levels and were able to walk hundreds of feet farther during a six-minute walk test, said senior researcher Dr. Douglas Mann. He is chief of the cardiovascular division at Washington U...
MRI Can Be Painful, Disruptive for People With Cochlear Implants
MRI Can Be Painful, Disruptive for People With Cochlear Implants THURSDAY, Nov. 20, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Some people with cochlear implants experience pain, discomfort and problems with the implant's internal magnet when they undergo an MRI scan, a new study finds. According to background information supplied by the researchers, about 300,000 people worldwide have cochlear implants, devices which provide a sense of sound to people who are deaf or have severe hearing loss. There have been prior repor...
Some Painkillers Tied to Bleeding Risk in Those With Abnormal Heartbeat
Some Painkillers Tied to Bleeding Risk in Those With Abnormal Heartbeat MONDAY, Nov. 17, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- People with the abnormal heartbeat known as atrial fibrillation who take common painkillers might significantly increase their risk for bleeding and blood clots, according to a new study. That risk was even higher among patients who took a blood thinner along with one of these nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory painkiller drugs (NSAIDs), which include aspirin, ibuprofen (Motrin), naproxen (Aleve...
Exercise, Physical Therapy May Help Ease Pain of Arthritis
Exercise, Physical Therapy May Help Ease Pain of Arthritis SATURDAY, Nov. 15, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Regular exercise and physical therapy may benefit people with hip and knee arthritis, new research suggests. The study included 206 people with hip and knee osteoarthritis, average age 66, who were divided into two groups. One group received usual care, while the other group had regular exercise, physical therapy or both added to their standard care. After two years, those who did exercise and/or physi...
Running Won't Raise Risk of Knee Arthritis, Study Says
Running Won't Raise Risk of Knee Arthritis, Study Says SATURDAY, Nov. 15, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Regular running doesn't seem to increase your chances of developing knee osteoarthritis, and it may even help prevent the disease, researchers report. The researchers analyzed data from more than 2,600 people who provided information about the three most common types of physical activity they did at different times in their lives. The average age of the study volunteers was 64. The time periods asked about...
Health Tip: Feeling Weak in the Knee?
Health Tip: Feeling Weak in the Knee? (HealthDay News) -- Unstable kneecap occurs when the kneecap slides off the groove at the end of the thighbone. The American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons says typical symptoms include: Buckling of the knee and inability to support body weight. Kneecap is located off to one side. Knee tends to catch when moved. Pain at the front of the knee that worsens when you're active. Stiffness or swelling in the knee, or pain when sitting. Knee makes a cracking or creaking s...
Rheumatoid Arthritis in Moms-to-Be Linked to Premature Births
Rheumatoid Arthritis in Moms-to-Be Linked to Premature Births THURSDAY, Nov. 13, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Pregnant women with rheumatoid arthritis are at increased risk for giving birth prematurely, a new study suggests. Rheumatoid arthritis is an autoimmune disease that causes chronic joint inflammation. For the study, researchers looked at data from almost 2 million single-baby births in Denmark between 1977 and 2008. They found that more than 13,500 of the mothers had rheumatoid arthritis or were dia...
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