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New study shows that structural changes within the spine alter vibration response

New study shows that structural changes within the spine alter vibration response

Magnetic resonance image isn't everything. A new University of Alberta study shows that vibrating the spine may reveal more when it comes to treating back pain. Teaming with the University of South Denmark to study the lumbar spine of twins, Greg Kawchuk and his team demonstrate that structural changes within the spine alter its vibration response significantly. [More]
Practicing movements at different speeds enhances certain nerve functions after stroke or spine injury

Practicing movements at different speeds enhances certain nerve functions after stroke or spine injury

Changes in one circuit of nerves, but not another, in the spinal cord depend on how quickly muscles must move to complete a task, according to results from the Human Motor Control Laboratory of Professor Kozo Funase, PhD, at Hiroshima University. The results could influence physical therapy routines for patients struggling to control their bodies after a stroke or spine injury. [More]
HIV-positive individuals in Africa with certain genetic variant have lower chance of developing TB

HIV-positive individuals in Africa with certain genetic variant have lower chance of developing TB

In the first known discovery of its kind, a Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine-led team has found that HIV patients in Africa with a certain genetic variant have a 63-percent lower chance of developing tuberculosis than HIV patients without the genetic variant. [More]
Reconstructive surgery using custom-made spinal rods may improve outcomes

Reconstructive surgery using custom-made spinal rods may improve outcomes

Custom fit is the key when it comes to spinal implant rods, which an estimated 38,000 people need each year. This need is especially great for people who have a spinal deformity such as scoliosis, which causes the spine to twist and turn into complex and sometimes dangerous positions. In 2011, an estimated 1.6 million people received treatment for scoliosis according to the Bone and Joint Initiative, a consortium of professional medical societies. [More]
Consultation between geriatrician and trauma surgeons improves care of elderly accident victims

Consultation between geriatrician and trauma surgeons improves care of elderly accident victims

An immediate consultation between trauma surgeons and a geriatrician improves multidisciplinary care of elderly accident victims and the sensitivity of the family to the patient's ongoing health care needs. [More]
Kids who take ADHD medications show decreased bone density

Kids who take ADHD medications show decreased bone density

Children and adolescents who take medication for attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) show decreased bone density, according to a large cross-sectional study presented today at the 2016 Annual Meeting of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons. [More]
Osteoporosis drugs linked to unusual fractures of the femur

Osteoporosis drugs linked to unusual fractures of the femur

Osteoporosis drugs have significantly reduced the risk of bone fractures for millions of people, but also have been linked to unusual fractures of the femur (thigh bone). [More]
Promising therapeutic strategy for relieving neuropathic pain

Promising therapeutic strategy for relieving neuropathic pain

A specific molecule involved in maintaining pain after a nerve injury has been identified and blocked in mice by Hiroshima University researchers. These results reveal a promising therapeutic strategy for treating neuropathic pain. [More]
Elsevier to launch six new orthopaedic textbooks at AAOS conference

Elsevier to launch six new orthopaedic textbooks at AAOS conference

Elsevier, a world-leading provider of scientific, technical and medical information products and services, today announced that it will launch six new orthopaedic textbooks at this year's American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons conference taking place at the Orange County Convention Center, West Building, Orlando, FL, March 1-5, 2016. [More]
Single dose of zoledronic acid can inhibit bone loss in HIV-infected patients

Single dose of zoledronic acid can inhibit bone loss in HIV-infected patients

A single dose of the drug zoledronic acid was found to inhibit the bone loss that is common in HIV-infected patients and that is increased during the first two years of treatment with antiretroviral therapy (ART). [More]
Romosozumab for postmenopausal women with osteoporosis meets co-primary endpoints in Phase 3 study

Romosozumab for postmenopausal women with osteoporosis meets co-primary endpoints in Phase 3 study

Amgen and UCB today announced top-line results from the Phase 3 placebo-controlled FRActure study in postmenopausal woMen with ostEoporosis (FRAME). [More]
Smoking linked to worsening degenerative disc disease in cervical spine

Smoking linked to worsening degenerative disc disease in cervical spine

Adding to the already length list of reasons not to smoke, researchers have connected smoking to worsening degenerative disc disease in the cervical spine, according to research presented this week at the Association of Academic Physiatrists Annual Meeting in Sacramento, Calif. [More]
Small peptide TAxI holds promise for carrying biologic drugs into spinal cord

Small peptide TAxI holds promise for carrying biologic drugs into spinal cord

A small peptide dubbed TAxI is living up to its name. Recent studies show it to be an effective vehicle for shuttling functional proteins, such as active enzymes, into the spinal cord after a muscle injection. [More]
Exercise-associated bone loading during adolescence, young adulthood benefits bone density in adulthood

Exercise-associated bone loading during adolescence, young adulthood benefits bone density in adulthood

Men have many reasons to add high-impact and resistance training to their exercise regimens; these reasons include building muscle and shedding fat. Now a University of Missouri researcher has determined another significant benefit to these activities: building bone mass. [More]
Zimmer Biomet Holdings receives FDA 510(k) clearance for Unite3D Bridge Fixation System

Zimmer Biomet Holdings receives FDA 510(k) clearance for Unite3D Bridge Fixation System

Zimmer Biomet Holdings, a global leader in musculoskeletal healthcare, is pleased to announce that the Company has received 510(k) clearance from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for the Unite3D Bridge Fixation System, a groundbreaking 3D-printed technology designed to offer stability in foot and ankle arthrodesis (joint fusion) surgery. [More]
Covestro to showcase high-performance materials for medical applications at MD&M West 2016

Covestro to showcase high-performance materials for medical applications at MD&M West 2016

With people living longer and leading more-active lives, demands placed on medical equipment have grown. The medical wearable electronics market has evolved to provide patients with a more comfortable experience, while enabling them to be mobile and limit time spent in the hospital for treatment and maintenance. [More]
U of A researchers use ultrashort laser pulses to connect neurons

U of A researchers use ultrashort laser pulses to connect neurons

A research team based in the University of Alberta Faculty of Engineering has developed a method of connecting neurons, using ultrashort laser pulses--a breakthrough technique that opens the door to new medical research and treatment opportunities. [More]
Certain genes could lead to stress fracture injuries

Certain genes could lead to stress fracture injuries

In a paper published in The Official Journal of the International Purine Club University of Liverpool researchers have successfully identified how certain genes can contribute towards a person's susceptibility to stress fracture injuries. This research provides a platform for further research into providing a personalised health approach to this common sports injury. [More]
Pivotal IDE clinical trial results for Cerapedics' i-FACTOR bone graft in ACDF procedures published in journal Spine

Pivotal IDE clinical trial results for Cerapedics' i-FACTOR bone graft in ACDF procedures published in journal Spine

Cerapedics, a privately-held orthobiologics company, announced today results from a pivotal FDA Investigational Device Exemption (IDE) clinical trial for i-FACTOR Peptide Enhanced Bone Graft in anterior cervical discectomy and fusion (ACDF) procedures have been electronically published in the peer-reviewed journal Spine. [More]
LouLou Foundation, Penn Med set up Program of Excellence to develop treatments for children with CDKL5

LouLou Foundation, Penn Med set up Program of Excellence to develop treatments for children with CDKL5

The London-based LouLou Foundation and the Orphan Disease Center of the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania have established a Program of Excellence to develop effective treatments for children with CDKL5, a rare X-chromosome-linked genetic disorder that causes severe neuro-developmental impairment and early-onset, difficult-to-control seizures. [More]
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