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September 4, 2015

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September 4, 2015

Sep. 3, 2015 — In an effort to find a better treatment for spinal curvature in children and young people, the EU’s “StimulAIS” project is focused on electrostimulation of muscles. Scientists worked with ... read more

Spine Surgery: Findings Could Cut Costs for Osteoporosis Patients, Facilities

Sep. 2, 2015 — New findings from an interventional radiology department have shown that a more expensive option isn’t necessarily more effective for spine ... read more

Researchers Testing Drug for Cancer, Bone Marrow Disorders

Aug. 19, 2015 — An international phase I, randomized clinical trial is underway that tests the drug guadecitabine (SGI-110) in Myelodysplastic syndromes (MDS) and acute myelogenous leukemia (AML). MDS are a group of ... read more

Scientists, NASA Astronauts Developing Near Real-Time Osteoporosis, Bone Cancer Test

Aug. 17, 2015 — A test in development offers the possibility of near real time monitoring of bone diseases, such as osteoporosis and multiple myeloma. The test, which measures changes in calcium isotope ratios, uses ... read more

Aug. 17, 2015 — Migrating tumor cells produce a protein that aids them to set up home in bones, researchers show. If a tumor develops metastases, the chances of the patient's survival will be severely ... read more

Regenerating Nerve Tissue in Spinal Cord Injuries

Aug. 13, 2015 — Researchers are exploring a new therapy using stem cells to treat spinal cord injuries within the first 14 to 30 days of injury. The therapy uses a population of cells derived from human embryonic ... read more

Why Statins Should Be Viewed as a Double-Edged Sword

Aug. 12, 2015 — Statins have significant cardiovascular benefits, but also serious side effects. A new study finds that statin use impairs stem cell function, which helps in slowing atherosclerosis but hinders other ... read more

Higher Risk of Death from Heart Attack, Stroke for People With Spinal Arthritis

Aug. 12, 2015 — People with a type of spinal arthritis called ankylosing spondylitis (AS) have a higher risk of dying from a heart attack or stroke than the general population, a new study ... read more

Aug. 11, 2015 — Fibrin, a protein that was thought to play a key role in fracture healing, is not required, a team of researchers has discovered. Instead, the breakdown of fibrin is essential for fracture repair. ... read more

Knee Replacement Is Effective Treatment for Degeneration Caused by Blount Disease

Aug. 10, 2015 — A first-of-its kind study found that knee replacements effectively treat degeneration caused by a bone deformity called Blount disease. Patients who underwent total joint replacements on one or both ... read more

Common Medications Could Delay Brain Injury Recovery

Aug. 9, 2015 — Drugs used to treat common complaints could delay the recovery of brain injury patients according to new ... read more

Aug. 6, 2015 — While most of us worry about the fat cells building up on the fleshy parts of our bodies, scientists are paying serious attention to another kind of fat cell deep inside our bones, in the marrow. Now ... read more

Aug. 5, 2015 — A custom flow perfusion bioreactor has been used by researchers to show the value of testing cancer samples in realistic environments. By placing cancer cells in a three-dimensional scaffold and ... read more

High-Dose Vitamin D Supplementation Not Associated With Benefits for Postmenopausal Women

Aug. 3, 2015 — High-dose vitamin D supplementation in postmenopausal women was not associated with beneficial effects on bone mineral density, muscle function, muscle mass or falls, according to the results of a ... read more

New Therapy Delivers Long-Term Relief for Chronic Back, Leg Pain, Study Finds

July 28, 2015 — Patients who received a novel high frequency form of spinal cord stimulation (SCS) therapy experienced significantly greater, long-term relief for both chronic back and leg pain, when compared to a ... read more

July 28, 2015 — New research is showing that less is more when it comes to the treatment of optic disc pits -- a rare eye condition. Many of the surgical techniques commonly used are unnecessary, a researcher now ... read more

Spines of Boys, Girls Differ at Birth

July 24, 2015 — Looking at measurements of the vertebrae -- the series of small bones that make up the spinal column -- in newborn children, investigators found that differences between the sexes are present at ... read more

Patient Satisfaction Is Good Indicator of Success After Spinal Surgery

July 24, 2015 — Patient satisfaction ratings after surgery for spinal degenerative disease--especially in terms of reduced pain and disability--are a good indicator of the procedure's effectiveness, reports a ... read more

Two Classes of Inexpensive Generic Drugs Can Reduce Breast Cancer Deaths, New Research Shows

July 23, 2015 — Two different classes of drugs, aromatase inhibitors and bisphosphonates, can each improve survival prospects for postmenopausal women with early breast cancer, two recent studies indicate. Moreover, ... read more

July 23, 2015 — Adolescent idiopathic scoliosis -- a condition featuring curvature of the spine -- affects tens of millions of children worldwide, but does not have a known cause. Now, scientists have discovered a ... read more

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