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Sex Lives Often an Overlooked Casualty of Traumatic Brain Injury
For the more than 3 million Americans living with traumatic brain injury, there is often an unspoken problem Many suffer from sexual dysfunction, something that is easily overlooked as patients struggle with overwhelming physical and emotional issues that can last for years, new research has found. The sexual difficulties usually become most apparent about six months after the injury and, if left unaddressed, worsen with time, said study author Jhon Alexan ...
Healthday - Mon. Feb 19
Another Downside to Opioid Use: Pneumonia?
The bad news on opioids just keeps coming. Not only are these painkillers implicated in millions of cases of addiction and tens of thousands of overdose deaths in the United States, new research now suggests that taking opioids can increase your risk of getting a pneumococcal infection by about 60 percent. The risk was increased even more for long-acting formulations, high-potency opioids and high doses of opioids, said the study s lead author, Andrew Wies ...
Healthday - Sat. Feb 17
Physical Therapist Challenges 'No Pain, No Gain' Theory
Many people think if they re not sore after a workout, they didn t push themselves hard enough. But some experts challenge this view. There s no evidence that shows individuals with muscle soreness get stronger versus those that don t, said physical therapist Heather Henry, from University Hospitals Avon Health Center in Avon, Ohio. Soreness after a workout is caused by microscopic tears in muscle fibers. As the body repairs these tears, people can also de ...
Healthday - Wed. Feb 7
'Facial Stretches' Could Trim Years Off Your Look
Could facial yoga be a new fountain of youth A new, small study suggests it s possible. Investigators asked 27 middle-aged women between 40 and 65 to embark on a 20-week facial exercise regimen. For the first half of the study, the women were asked to perform 32 specific facial exercises daily, for about a half hour in total. For the remainder of the study period, the exercise regimen was performed every other day. Two dermatologists then compared photogra ...
Healthday - Wed. Feb 7
Aromatherapy: More Than Just a Pleasant Scent?
Aromatherapy is beginning to enter the medical mainstream, with groups as diverse as the American Cancer Society and the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs touting the use of fragrance as a therapy that can complement traditional health care. There s little evidence to suggest that aromatherapy can directly cure illness, but research has found it can help reduce a wide range of symptoms and side effects in some people. Many specific ailments can benefit f ...
Healthday - Wed. Feb 7
Regular Phys Ed Builds More Than Fitness
Rules requiring regular physical education for young teens stem from good science, researchers say. Frequent phys ed classes not only improve fitness, they also encourage healthy living, finds a study from Oregon State University. Researchers looked at more than 400 students, ages 12 to 15. They found that more than one in five received no physical education, and only about 27 percent met federal government physical activity guidelines. Nearly 40 percent w ...
Healthday - Wed. Feb 7
Healing Hands: Massage May Ease Chronic Back Pain
Chronic low back pain can be a challenge to treat, but new research suggests that massage therapy may provide some relief. Current medical guidelines actually recommend massage therapy prior to the use of opioid medications for lower back pain, explained William Elder, the study s principle investigator. Yet even with those guidelines, physicians and nurse practitioners are not recommending massage therapy, said Elder. He s with the University of Kentucky ...
Healthday - Sat. Dec 9
Yoga, Meditation May Help Dementia Patients and Caregivers Alike
Life with Alzheimer s disease or other dementias can be difficult for the affected individual and his or her caregiver. But a small British study suggests that a holistic program involving yoga, meditation and other interventions can ease the burden for both. This is an activity that caregivers and patients can do together, said study lead author Yvonne J-Lyn Khoo, a researcher with the Health and Social Care Institute at Teesside University in Middlesbrou ...
Healthday - Sat. Dec 9
With Diabetes, Be on the Alert for Foot Sores
Having diabetes means keeping track of what you eat, how much you exercise, your blood sugar levels and even the condition of your feet. When it comes to diabetes-related foot health, the goal is to prevent and treat foot ulcers that can lead to gangrene and amputation, one surgeon explained. Around 80 percent of diabetes-related lower extremity amputations start out as a foot ulcer, vascular surgeon Dr. Anil Hingorani said in a Society for Vascular Surger ...
Healthday - Sat. Dec 2
Poor Prognosis for Diabetic Foot Sores
New research underscores the need for early treatment of diabetic foot ulcers to guard against infection. Foot ulcers are open wounds that develop because of diabetes-related damage to the nerves of blood vessels in the feet. They re prone to infection and heal slowly. Researchers at the University of Leeds in England evaluated nearly 300 patients with infected foot ulcers. They found that 17 percent needed part or all of their foot amputated within one ye ...
Healthday - Sat. Nov 18
Liposuction May Ease Limb Swelling in Cancer Patients
Liposuction may help people with lymphedema -- a painful, disfiguring swelling of the arms, hands, legs or feet. Harvard researchers used the surgical technique to remove fat from just underneath the skin in three people with the condition. Two of the patients had lymphedema as a side effect of cancer treatment. The other one had a naturally developing form of lymphedema. In all three cases, there was improvement in the lymphedema after liposuction, the re ...
Healthday - Sat. Nov 11
Your Robot Masseuse Will See You Now
The backaches of the future may have a new remedy -- developers say a robot masseuse is now treating patients in Singapore. Known as Emma for Expert Manipulative Massage Automation , the robot mimics the human palm and thumb and specializes in back and knee massages, according to its developers. It is used alongside a doctor and massage therapist and, the developers said, provides a massage that is described by patients as almost indistinguishable from a p ...
Healthday - Fri. Oct 13
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