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February 8, 2016

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February 8, 2016

Jan. 22, 2016 — Spinal cord injuries cause severe functional disabilities in those who sustain them, including paraplegia or tetraplegia, depending on the scale of the injury. This is due to the degeneration of the ... read more

60 Genetic Disorders Affect Skin, Nervous System

Jan. 22, 2016 — At least 60 genetic diseases called neurocutaneous disorders involve the skin, central nervous system, and/or peripheral nervous system, neurologists ... read more

Closer Look at Heart Cell Connectors Could Catch 'Hidden' Rhythm Disorders in the Future

Jan. 20, 2016 — Diseased hearts may be thrown out of rhythm by structural differences -- now visible for the first time -- in protein groups that connect heart muscle cells, according to the authors of a new ... read more

Virtual Bone Biopsy Helps Identify Why People With Diabetes Are at Risk of Bone Fractures

Jan. 19, 2016 — A study using high resolution imaging to create a "virtual bone biopsy" has shed new light on why people with type 2 diabetes are at risk of bone fractures. Researchers used high resolution ... read more

Bone Marrow Lesions Can Help Predict Rapidly Progressing Joint Disease

Jan. 15, 2016 — A new study shows lesions, which can best be seen on MRI scans, could help identify individuals who are more likely to suffer from more rapidly progressing osteoarthritis. Osteoarthritis is the most ... read more

Ultrasound Guidance Lowers Risks of Thoracic Nerve Block Technique for Mastectomy

Jan. 14, 2016 — A regional anesthesia technique called thoracic paravertebral nerve block (TPVB) is highly effective in controlling pain after breast cancer surgery, but concern about potential complications may ... read more

Jan. 14, 2016 — A polymer sphere that delivers a molecule to bone wounds that tells cells already at the injury site to repair the damage has been developed by a team of ... read more

Jan. 14, 2016 — People born with Hajdu-Cheney syndrome develop misshapen skeletons and bones that quickly start to soften and fracture. Now, researchers have replicated the disease in mice. A specific mutation in ... read more

Source of Stem Cells Used for Bone Marrow Failure Treatment Varies Worldwide

Jan. 12, 2016 — The use of peripheral blood stem cells and bone marrow as stem cell sources for hematopoietic stem cell transplantation in patients with bone marrow failure has been the focus of recent research. ... read more

Monitoring Scoliosis Patients on Brace Use Prevents Curve Progression, Surgery

Jan. 8, 2016 — Bracing often is recommended for adolescents diagnosed with idiopathic adolescent scoliosis, and a spinal curve between 25 and 45 degrees. When worn consistently and as directed, braces have been ... read more

New Approach to Diagnosing Low Back Pain, Revealed by Clinical Study

Jan. 7, 2016 — A new, personalized approach to diagnosing low back pain has been discovered by researchers. Low back pain is the second most common cause of physician visits in the US and contributes to an ... read more

New Strategy Aims to Enhance Efficacy, Safety of Bone Repair Treatment

Jan. 6, 2016 — Bone morphogenetic protein-2 (BMP2) is used clinically to promote bone repair. However, the high BMP2 concentrations required to stimulate bone growth in humans may produce life-threatening adverse ... read more

Broken Bone May Lead to Widespread Body Pain, Not Just at the Site of the Fracture

Jan. 5, 2016 — Breaking a major bone may increase risk of widespread chronic body pain in later life, a new study has found. Researchers found that men and women who had a spine fracture and women who had a hip ... read more

Experts Question Automatic Osteoporosis Drug Holidays

Jan. 4, 2016 — A new editorial urges physicians to individualize treatment decisions based on their patients' fracture risk, rather than automatically interrupting or stopping bisphosphonate therapy after five ... read more

Is Your Child's Achy Back More Than Just Growing Pains?

Jan. 4, 2016 — It's becoming more common for children and adolescents to seek medical care for back pain. Even with expensive, advanced tests like MRI scans, doctors may not be able to find the exact cause for ... read more

Bones of Obese Children May Be in Trouble

Dec. 21, 2015 — Obese children tend to have more muscle, but recent research on the muscle and bone relationship shows that excess body fat may compromise other functions in their bodies, such as bone growth, new ... read more

New Generation of Synthetic Bone Grafts Created

Dec. 18, 2015 — A new type of synthetic bone graft has been developed, which boosts the body's own ability to regenerate bone tissue and could produce better outcomes for patients. The research found that the ... read more

Restoring Vision: Retinal Nerve Cell Regeneration

Dec. 16, 2015 — Glaucoma is a leading cause of blindness worldwide. Vision loss from glaucoma occurs when axons in the optic nerve become damaged and can no longer carry visual information to the ... read more

Surgery Is More Effective Than Drug in Hyperparathyroidism Post-Kidney Transplantation

Dec. 16, 2015 — A new study compared the results of surgery with drug therapy in patients with tertiary hyperparathyroidism, i.e., after a kidney ... read more

Saline Water Better Than Soap and Water for Cleaning Wounds, Researchers Find

Dec. 15, 2015 — Very low water pressure was an acceptable, low-cost alternative for washing out open fractures, and that the reoperation rate was higher in the group that used soap, researchers conclude at the end ... read more

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