Increase in Youth Soccer Related Injuries


Got a kid or grandkid playing soccer, here’s some news…

Study Reveals Increase In Soccer-Related Injuries, Concussions

Lindsey Tanner writing for the AP reported research has found an increase in soccer-related injuries among kids in the US being sent to emergency departments. The trend is “driven in part by young players with concussions seeking urgent medical care.” The findings were based on 25 years of data and found that the overall rate of injuries has “more than doubled to 220 per 10,000 players in 2013, from 106 per 10,000 players in 1990.”

Comment: One of my sons when he was playing soccer had 2 concussions.  This is a serious issue.


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More American Adults Used Prescription Pain Medications Than Tobacco Products Last Year


A really frightening statistic… next

More American Adults Used Prescription Pain Medications Than Tobacco Products Last Year, Report Shows

Christopher Ingraham writing in the Washington Post reported more American adults used prescription pain medications than tobacco products last year, according to a new report from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. The report found that 38 percent of US adults used prescription pain medications last year.

Comment:  Prescription pain killer drugs are the perilous road to opioid addiction.


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Inflammation Triggers


A look at what type of lifestyle habits can play a role in triggering inflammation.


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Omega 3′s Helpful


Omega 3’s…how helpful are they… more than you think

Omega-3 Fatty Acids From Fish Oil May Help Heart Attack Patients Recover

Amy Kraft reporting for CBS News pointed to new research indicating that “omega-3 fatty acids from fish oil may help heart attack patients recover by improving heart function and reducing scarring in the heart muscle.” The research “involved 360 patients who received either 4 grams of omega-3 fatty acids or a placebo daily for six months after their heart attack.” Investigators “used MRI scans to evaluate their hearts before and after.”

Comment: I already take them and will continue to do so.


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Degenerative Meniscus Tears Rarely Require Surgery


And your surgeon says you need surgery… maybe not… next

Meniscal Tears May Not Need Surgery

Jack Cush reporting in RheumNow cited a study published in the British Medical Journal examines whether knee surgery or conservative medical management benefits those with degenerative meniscal tears. Patients with knee pain from a degenerative meniscal tear were randomized to either arthroscopic surgery (followed by daily exercises at home) or physical therapy (neuromuscular and strength exercises) two to three times a week for 12 weeks.

Over the next 2 years both groups improved. Muscle strength had improved more, on average, in the physical therapy group at the three-month checkup, but at the final two-year checkup, there was essentially no difference between the surgery and therapy groups, including in pain, ability to function in sports and recreation activities, and quality of life. The researchers noted that 19 percent of the therapy group opted to have surgery at some point but had achieved “no additional benefit” by the end of the study.

Conservative exercise therapy was equal to arthroscopic intervention overall, but also showed positive effects over surgery short-term muscle strength.  Clinicians should consider conservative management and physical therapy in middle-aged patients with degenerative meniscal tears.

Comment: Degenerative meniscus tears are secondary to the arthritis. Surgery is not generally warranted.


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TV Watching Increases Risk of Blood Clots


A popular method of relaxation is deadly. Found out which one next

Watching TV Longer Increases Risk Of Fatal Blood Clot, Study Finds

Nicholas Bakalar writing in the New York times reported a new study published in the journal Circulation by Japanese researchers analyzing “86,024 generally healthy people who filled out questionnaires with items about health and lifestyle, including time spent watching television,” found that more time watching television increases the risk for a fatal blood clot. Researchers estimated that, after adjusting for other factors, “watching for two and a half to five hours increased the risk for a fatal clot by 70 percent, and watching more than five hours increased the risk by 250 percent,” compared to watching for less than two and half hours each day.

Comment: Better grab that remote, turn the TV off and get moving…


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Nanoparticles Rheumatoid Arthritis


A novel method for detection and treatment in rheumatoid arthritis… next

Rheumatoid Arthritis Effectively Diagnosed And Treated With Biodegradable Nanoparticles In Early Study

Dr. Patricia Inacio writing in Rheumatoid Arthritis News reported biodegradable polymer nanoparticles (BNPs), tiny particles made of a biodegradable polymer, appear to be quite useful for the early detection and for long-term, effective treatment of rheumatoid arthritis (RA) with minimal side effects, according to a study presented at the recent. These particles, once coated with a molecule that specifically targets inflamed joint tissues, ensure a high degree of efficacy in delivering both diagnostic probes and drugs to arthritic joints.

Dr. Paolo Macor, the study’s lead investigator from the Department of Life Sciences, University of Trieste, Italy said “There is a need to develop a new tool to enable early diagnosis, and also to develop tissue-specific agents able to reduce systemic side effects. This would increase the potency of drugs with lower doses, and also potentially reduce the cost of treatment,” Dr. Macor said.

Comment: Exciting and I look forward to hearing more.


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T Cells Cancer Treatment


The future of cancer therapy? Next

Cell Therapy Uses Genetically Redesigned T-Cells To Fight Some Types Of Cancer

Andrew Pollack writing in the New York Times reported in 4,400-word feature piece as part of its “Cell Wars” series on immunotherapy, on the technique of cell therapy, which extracts T-cells from a patient’s blood, which are “then genetically engineered to recognize and destroy cancer.” The “souped-up” cells are “multiplied in the laboratory, and millions or billions of them are put back into the patient’s bloodstream.” Each killer cell, which are “genetically engineered to produce a complex protein,” can destroy up to 100,000 cancer cells. Cell therapy has only treated a few hundred patients, and for “now it works only for certain types of blood cancers, not common malignancies like breast and lung cancer.” However, the technique has “produced complete remissions in some patients who were out of treatment options,” exciting physicians and patients “and setting off a race among companies to bring the treatments to market.”

Comment: Maybe we can’t get away from using those horrendous chemotherapies we now use.


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Americans More Obese


This next item falls into the , “Duh…. No kidding” category…

Americans heavier than they were two decades years ago, report says

Alexandra Sifferlin writing in Time reported the CDC’s National Center for Health Statistics found that US men and women “weigh about 15 pounds more than they did 20 years ago.” According to the report, the average 5’9” man now weighs 195.7 pounds and the average 5’4” woman weighs 168.5 pounds. Time noted “men and women’s heights were about the same two decades ago.” The study also found that average 11-year-old boys and girls now weigh about 13 and 7 pounds more, respectively, in comparison to 1988-94. Boys have grown about an inch on average since then, while girls this age have remained the same height.

Comment: Overseas, Americans are referred to as the Porkus Americanus species.


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Radiofrequency Neurotomy Efficient In Knee Osteoarthritis


Another promising treatment for osteoarthritis knee pain

Radiofrequency Neurotomy Efficient In Knee Osteoarthritis

Reported in Healthday, this item… For patients with chronic knee osteoarthritis (OA) pain, radiofrequency (RF) neurotomy of genicular nerves is safe and efficient, according to a study published in the International Journal of Rheumatic Diseases.

Sinem Sari, M.D., from Adnan Menderes University in Aydin, Turkey, and colleagues compared the efficacy of intra-articular injection of anesthetic and steroid and RF neurotomy of genicular nerves in 73 patients with chronic knee OA pain. Patients were randomized to the injection group or to the RF neurotomy group.

The researchers observed no statistically significant differences between the groups in terms of pain. “This study demonstrated that genicular nerve RF neurotomy is a safe and efficient treatment modality and provides functional improvement along with an analgesia in patients with chronic knee OA,” the author said.

Comment: Interesting study.


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