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High-Impact Loading Good for Knee Osteoarthritis: Study

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Therapeutic jumping for knee osteoarthritis may seem like an oxymoron. Nonetheless, MRI exams of subjects who regularly experienced knee pain caused by osteoarthritis reportedly indicated that high-impact jumping improved the quality of patellar cartilage and physical function during the course of a research study.

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Spouses Influence Each Other’s Exercise Levels

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Married men, it has been said, live longer than single men. They may also live more active lives, if the women to whom they are married exert the proper influence, according to a study results recently released by researchers based at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, Baltimore.

Care and Rehabilitation Involving Personal Tele-robotics (SCRIPT) device. (Image by University of Hertfordshire.)

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Robotic Glove Aims to Boost Stroke Recovery After Acute Stage

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A prototype robotic glove has been developed by researchers based at the University of Hertfordshire, Hatfield, England, that can be used by individuals affected by stroke in their homes to support rehabilitation and personal independence in receiving therapies.

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“Golden Hour” Care Out of Reach for More than 100 Million Americans

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The vital minutes between when a patient arrives at a hospital and when intravenous thrombolytic therapy begins, commonly referred to as the “Golden Hour,” are not available to as many as 114 million Americans, according to a new study from researchers based at the University of Pennsylvania, Pa. The researchers not that rural patients are particularly likely to not have access to such care.

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High-volume Production of Cartilage Cells Moves Closer

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With most treatment for osteoarthritis directed at pain control, the development of a therapy that can delay or reverse arthrtis-associated cartilage degeneration is exciting. The foundation of that solution may have just been uncovered by UK researchers who successfully produced cartilage from embryonic stem cells.

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Pictured at left, wasting of left arm musculature, inability to extend the writs, and fixed flexion of all digits. Pictured at right, the hybrid fitted hand. (The Lancet)

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Men Choose Amputation So They Can Wear Prosthetic Hands

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Three Austrian men with hand function severely limited by brachial plexus injuries chose to have portions of their upper extremities amputated as part of a “bionic reconstruction,” allowing them to wear a thought-controlled prosthetic hand.

MRI lab at Brigham Young University used in study to compare brain activity for high-calorie foods vs. low-calorie foods. Image by Mark A. Philbrick.
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Patients Age 80+ with Lumbar Spinal Stenosis Benefit from Surgery

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A new study in Journal of Bone & Joint Surgery determined there is significant benefit for patients older than 80 years who undergo surgical treatment for lumbar spinal stenosis with and without degenerative spondylolisthesis. The study also finds no higher overall complication rate, nor higher mortality for patients age 80 years and older compared to younger patients.

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Wearable Activity Trackers Inaccurate for Calories Burned

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A wide range of users may be getting inaccurate data from wearable activity trackers about the calories they expend. Research efforts based at the University of Wisconsin, LaCrosse, show that some wearables generate calorie burn data that varies from 13% to 60% of the true values.

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Strenuous Joggers Unlikely to Outlive Sedentary Non-Joggers

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A Denmark-based study concludes that individuals who follow strenuous jogging programs are as likely to die as sedentary individuals who do not jog. The study, published in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology, tracked factors such as hours jogged, frequency, and pace.

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Neuroinflammation in Chronic Pain Patients Offers Objective Measure of Pain

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Science seems to have found a way to objectively measure the presence and intensity level of pain. Investigators at Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) have uncovered evidence that points to rising levels of pain-associated proteins in the brain that are linked to areas of the organ that transmit pain signals.