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April 28, 2015

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April 28, 2015

Discovery Could Impact Study of Chronic Pain Conditions

Apr. 22, 2015 — Researchers have uncovered the critical role in pain processing of a gene associated with a rare disease. Their breakthrough paves the way for a better understanding of chronic pain conditions, they ... read more

Apr. 13, 2015 — Because the spine is made up of repeating elements that look alike, surgeons can mistakenly operate on the wrong vertebra. To avoid this, researchers have developed a software program that works ... read more

Apr. 13, 2015 — A biomarker that may be a potentially important breakthrough in diagnosing and treating prostate cancer has been discovered by researchers. Worldwide, prostate cancer is the second-most common cancer ... read more

Stem Cell Disease Model Clarifies Bone Cancer Trigger

Apr. 9, 2015 — Using induced pluripotent stem cells (iPSCs), a team of researchers has gained new insight into genetic changes that may turn a well known anti-cancer signaling gene into a driver of risk for bone ... read more

Apr. 6, 2015 — Researchers have clarified that an interaction between capsaicin receptor TRPV1 and chloride channel anoctamin 1 causes enhancement of the capsaicin-evoked pain sensation in ... read more

Hormone, Bone Tests May Be Indicative of Dialysis Patients' Heart Health

Apr. 2, 2015 — Approximately 2 million kidney disease patients in the world receive some sort of dialysis treatment. Now researchers say that in these patients, high parathyroid hormone levels and subsequent bone ... read more

Predicting Chronic Pain in Whiplash Injuries

Apr. 1, 2015 — While most people recover from whiplash injuries within a few months, about 25 percent have long-term pain and disability for many months or years. Using special MRI imaging, scientists identified, ... read more

Phone Counseling Reduces Pain, Disability After Back Surgery

Apr. 1, 2015 — Having a short series of phone conversations with trained counselors can substantially boost recovery and reduce pain in patients after spinal surgery, a new study shows. The phone calls, designed to ... read more

Apr. 1, 2015 — Imatinib, an example of a 'targeted therapy' against cancer, or related drugs might be tools to fight a variety of infections, scientists say. Imatinib, is an example of a "targeted ... read more

3-D Neural Structure Guided With Biocompatible Nanofiber Scaffolds and Hydrogels

Apr. 1, 2015 — Neural tissue may be reconstructed with biocompatible nanofiber scaffolding and 3-D hydrogels, holding much promise for repairing damaged neural ... read more

Mar. 31, 2015 — A drug being developed to treat osteoporosis may also be useful for treating osteogenesis imperfecta or brittle bone disease, a rare but potentially debilitating bone disorder that that is present ... read more

Vitamin D Can Affect Pain, Movement in Obese Osteoarthritis Patients

Mar. 30, 2015 — If you are overweight and have osteoarthritis, you may want to bone up on vitamin D. According to a new study, higher levels of vitamin D may decrease pain and improve function in obese individuals ... read more

Mar. 29, 2015 — The runx2 master transcription factor functions differently in chondrocytes and osteoblasts, two key cells in bone formation, scientists report. This research has taken a major step forward in ... read more

Hip Fracture Patients in Long-Term Care Are Less Likely to Receive Osteoporosis Therapy

Mar. 29, 2015 — Canadian researchers calculated the proportion of high-risk residents of long-term care homes receiving osteoporosis medications and vitamin D supplementation according to specific high-risk ... read more

Mar. 27, 2015 — A new study found that more than one-third of elite, Division I college athletes may have low levels of vitamin D, which is critical in helping the body to absorb calcium needed to maintain bone ... read more

Fracture Liaison Services Prevent Fractures and Save Lives

Mar. 27, 2015 — Using a simulation model, researchers have shown that the implementation of Fracture Liaison Services could considerably reduce the human and healthcare costs associated with osteoporotic ... read more

Why Popular Antacids May Increase Chance of Bone Fractures

Mar. 26, 2015 — Newly research details a discovery explaining why the 100 million Americans estimated to be taking prescription and over-the-counter antacid and heartburn medications may be at an increased risk of ... read more

Stem Cells May Improve Tendon Healing, Reduce Retear Risk in Rotator Cuff Surgery

Mar. 26, 2015 — An injection of a patient's bone marrow stem cells during rotator cuff surgery significantly improved healing and tendon durability, according to a new ... read more

In Debated Surgical Procedure, Technique Trumps Technology

Mar. 26, 2015 — Modern technology for healing distal femur fractures is as safe and effective as its more established alternative, without a potential shortfall of the older approach, a team of orthopedic surgeons ... read more

Mar. 25, 2015 — A new mechanism to treat chronic inflammatory pain has been discovered that could help reduce the drug doses necessary for treatments. The project concluded that the small potassium channel plays a ... read more

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