|Life Skills, Parenting Classes May Cut Inflammation in Poor Kids
Life Skills, Parenting Classes May Cut Inflammation in Poor Kids MONDAY, July 21, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Good parenting and life skills coaching seem to reduce inflammation in children from low-income families, a new study suggests. Inflammation is a common problem among poorer children, and can lead to a number of illnesses, according to Northwestern University researchers. "Many health problems in both childhood and adulthood involve excessive inflammation. The process has a role in diabetes, heart ...
Health Tip: Take Care of Your Feet
Health Tip: Take Care of Your Feet (HealthDay News) -- Summer is here, and walking along the beach, around the pool or in your backyard barefoot can lead to foot injuries. The American Podiatric Medical Association suggests having these essentials on hand: A pair of flip flops for a hotel or pool so you don't have to walk barefoot. Antibiotic ointment and sterile gauze or bandages. A cream enriched with emollients for dry feet. Moleskin or blister pads to protect feet from blisters. Advil, Motrin or ano...
Blood Thinners May Not Be Needed for Kids' Back Surgery
Blood Thinners May Not Be Needed for Kids' Back Surgery TUESDAY, July 15, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Most children who have spinal surgery don't require anti-clotting drugs because blood clots occur so rarely in these procedures, a new study says. Instead of the risky and costly blood-thinning drugs, close monitoring after surgery is enough for most of these patients, according to the Johns Hopkins Children's Center researchers. Anti-clotting drugs should be considered only for young spinal surgery patien...
Delaying Kid's Knee Surgery Could Be a Bad Play, Study Finds
Delaying Kid's Knee Surgery Could Be a Bad Play, Study Finds FRIDAY, July 11, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Delaying surgery to repair damage to the anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) -- the main ligament in the middle of the knee -- could increase a young athlete's risk for further injuries, researchers report. They analyzed the medical records of 130 patients, aged 8 to 16, who had ACL reconstruction surgery. Of those patients, 62 had surgery less than six weeks after their injury, 37 had surgery six to 12 w...
New Eczema Drug Shows Promise in Early Trials
New Eczema Drug Shows Promise in Early Trials THURSDAY, July 10, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- A new drug that scientists hope will relieve the debilitating itching of chronic eczema has shown promising results in early trials. Dupilumab, which is injected, interferes with the activity of two key proteins that play a critical role in the inflammatory processes that fuel eczema. A common skin disease, the intense itching and red lesions that are the hallmarks of eczema can become severe enough to lead to skin...
Young Pro Pitchers May Face Higher Risk of 'Tommy John' Surgery: Study
Young Pro Pitchers May Face Higher Risk of 'Tommy John' Surgery: Study THURSDAY, July 10, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Pitchers who start playing Major League Baseball at a young age may be at increased risk for requiring elbow surgery later in their career, according to a new study. Researchers looked at 168 pitchers who spent at least one season in the major leagues and subsequently had surgery to repair a torn ulnar collateral ligament (UCL) in the elbow of their throwing arm. These players were compared...
Don't Blame Bad Weather for Your Aching Back
Don't Blame Bad Weather for Your Aching Back THURSDAY, July 10, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- The notion that lower back pain flares up during certain kinds of weather may be all in your head, a new study suggests. Researchers in Australia tracked nearly 1,000 people who were seen for acute low back pain at primary care clinics in Sydney. The investigators looked at weather conditions when the patients' back pain started, as well as one week and one month before it began. Reporting July 10 in the journal Art...
More Painkillers May Raise Heart Risks for Older Women: Review
More Painkillers May Raise Heart Risks for Older Women: Review TUESDAY, July 8, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- A category of painkillers that includes the popular over-the-counter drug naproxen (Aleve) might increase an older woman's risk of heart attack or stroke, researchers report. Doctors already knew that nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) that target and inhibit the so-called "cox-2 enzyme" can raise a person's heart attack risk. This new study found the same sort of heart risks accompany NSA...
Health Tip: Have Cracked Heels?
Health Tip: Have Cracked Heels? (HealthDay News) -- Dry, cracked skin on the heels can be more than just embarrassing, it can also be very painful. The American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons mentions these risk factors that can cause or worsen cracked heels: Walking barefoot. Dry skin. Open-backed shoes. Excess weight. Friction in the backs of shoes. Decreased nerve function. Complications of a medical condition such as diabetes, a thyroid condition, kidney disease or circulation problems.
Steroid Shots May Not Help Back Pain
Steroid Shots May Not Help Back Pain WEDNESDAY, July 2, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- People who have lower back pain caused by spinal stenosis -- a condition that narrows the open space in the spinal canal -- are unlikely to get relief from steroid shots, a new study finds. "Steroid injections are a common treatment for spinal stenosis, and we were surprised by the finding," said lead author Dr. Janna Friedly, an assistant professor of rehabilitation medicine at the University of Washington in Seattle. "The...
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