|Severe Hot Flashes During Menopause May Raise Hip Fracture Risk Later: Study
Severe Hot Flashes During Menopause May Raise Hip Fracture Risk Later: Study THURSDAY, Dec. 18, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- A new study suggests a possible link between certain menopause symptoms -- moderate to severe hot flashes and night sweats -- and higher rates of hip fractures and weaker bones. Hot flashes are common during menopause, affecting about 60 percent of women. The hormonal changes during menopause also affect women after menopause, since they then face a higher risk of weakened bones and o...
Health Tip: Spot the Signs of a Fractured Thumb
Health Tip: Spot the Signs of a Fractured Thumb (HealthDay News) -- A painful thumb may be more than an inconvenience -- it may signal a fracture that needs a doctor's care. The American Academy of Orthopaedic surgeons says symptoms of a fractured thumb may include: Significant pain or tenderness. Coldness or numbness. Swelling of the thumb. Difficulty or inability to move the thumb. A thumb that appears misshapen.
Brain Inflammation a Hallmark of Autism, Study Shows
Brain Inflammation a Hallmark of Autism, Study Shows WEDNESDAY, Dec. 10, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Brain inflammation, triggered by an overactive immune system, is common among people with autism, a new study finds. However, this inflammation does not cause the developmental disorder. Rather, it's a response to the different factors that can trigger autism, the researchers stressed. Their findings are based on autopsies performed on 72 brains of people with and without autism. In the brains of those who ...
Health Tip: Battling Bunion Pain
Health Tip: Battling Bunion Pain (HealthDay News) -- A bunion develops when the joint at the base of the big toe becomes swollen and most likely painful. The American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons suggests how to ease bunion pain: Make sure shoes fit properly and comfortably, and mold to the shape of your feet. Opt for shoes with a soft sole, wide toe box and wide instep. Avoid heels of more than 2 1/4 inches, those that are too tight, and shoes with pointy, narrow toes. To accommodate a bunion, wear ...
Prompt Treatment of Shoulder Dislocation May Prevent Future Problems
Prompt Treatment of Shoulder Dislocation May Prevent Future Problems MONDAY, Dec. 8, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Immediate medical treatment of a dislocated shoulder reduces the risk of bone, muscle and nerve injuries as well as the risk of future dislocations, a new study found. Prompt treatment includes scans of the shoulder before and after it is reset. These scans check for possible fractures or other muscle and bone injuries, according to the researchers who reviewed available literature on the topic....
Health Tip: Prevent Back Strain
Health Tip: Prevent Back Strain (HealthDay News) -- The muscles in your back bear the brunt of your body weight as you walk, run and lift, so they're vulnerable to sprains and strains. The Cleveland Clinic suggests these tips to protect your back: Make sure your diet is nutritious and balanced. Maintain a healthy body weight to help reduce muscle strain. Stretch and exercise regularly. Reduce your risk of falls by wearing properly fitting, sturdy shoes and making sure that stairs and walkways are clear ...
Jakafi Approved for Chronic Bone Marrow Disease
Jakafi Approved for Chronic Bone Marrow Disease THURSDAY, Dec. 4, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Jakafi (ruxolitinib) has been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to treat polycythemia vera, a chronic disease of the bone marrow. Jakafi is the first FDA-sanctioned drug for the disease, which occurs when too many red blood cells are produced in the bone marrow. This may lead to a swollen spleen and phlebitis, characterized by blood clots near the surface of the skin. The disease also increases the...
Common Knee Surgery May Boost Arthritis Risk, Study Suggests
Common Knee Surgery May Boost Arthritis Risk, Study Suggests WEDNESDAY, Dec. 3, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- A common type of knee surgery may increase the chances of arthritis, a new study suggests. The procedure repairs tears in the meniscus, a piece of cartilage that acts as a shock absorber. There are two in each knee, and they stabilize the knee joint. Meniscal tears are one of the most common knee injuries, and surgery is often performed to reduce pain and improve joint function, the researchers said....
Health Tip: Take Care of Your Cast
Health Tip: Take Care of Your Cast (HealthDay News) -- A cast can help a broken bone heal properly, but it requires special care. The American Academy of Family Physicians offers these suggestions: Prop the injured bone above your heart to reduce swelling. If the injury is to your arm, wiggle your fingers, and if it's to your foot, wiggle your toes. Let your doctor know if you have worsening pain or numbness, which may indicate the cast is too tight. Most casts need to stay dry. Cover it with a plastic ...
Too Few Prostate Cancer Patients Get Bone-Strengthening Meds: Study
Too Few Prostate Cancer Patients Get Bone-Strengthening Meds: Study TUESDAY, Dec. 2, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Many men on hormone therapy for prostate cancer aren't getting bone-strengthening drugs they may need, new Canadian research contends. Hormone therapy, which suppresses male hormones called androgens, helps stop cancer cells from growing. But one consequence of the treatment is weakening of the bones, which can lead to fractures. To reduce this risk, men can be given oral bisphosphonates, such a...
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