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'Stepped' Approach to Exercise Can Help With Arthritic Knees

`Stepped` Approach to Exercise Can Help With Arthritic KneesTUESDAY, Dec. 29, 2020 (HealthDay News) -- Millions of Americans suffer from the pain of arthritic knees. But an innovative exercise regimen may help relieve discomfort and improve knee function, a new study finds.The program is called STEP-KOA (short for stepped exercise program for patients with knee osteoarthritis). It starts with gentle exercises at home and, if needed, moves to phone consultation and in-person physical therapy."STEP-KOA could be an efficient way to deliver exercise and physical therapy services for people with knee osteoarthritis, since it reserves the more resource-intensive steps for people who do not make improvements earlier," said lead author Kelli Allen. She's a research health scientist at the Durham VA Medical Center in North Carolina."This could be...

Neurologists Much Tougher to Find in Rural America

29 December 2020
Neurologists Much Tougher to Find in Rural AmericaTUESDAY, Dec. 29, 2020 (HealthDay News) -- A shortage of neurologists in rural parts of the United States means that people in those areas are less likely to receive specialized care for conditions such as stroke, dementia and back pain, a new study claims."Neurologists in the United States are not evenly spread out, which affects whether patients can see a neurologist for certain conditions like dementia and stroke," said study author Dr. Brian Callaghan, from the University of Michigan.His team reviewed one year of Medicare data and identified 2.1 million patients who made at least one office visit for a neurologic condition during that time.They also identified more than 13,600 neurologists in the regions where those patients lived and found that the availability of neurologists...

What Loneliness Looks Like in the Brain

29 December 2020
What Loneliness Looks Like in the BrainTUESDAY, Dec. 29, 2020 (HealthDay News) -- As COVID-19 continues to spread and people face more isolation than usual, researchers are noting the impact of loneliness on the brain.A new study from McGill University in Montreal found a tell-tale signature in the brains of lonely people. Specifically, they discovered variations in the volume of different brain regions and how those regions communicate across brain networks."We are just beginning to understand the impact of loneliness on the brain," study senior author Dr. Danilo Bzdok said in a McGill news release. He's a researcher at the university's Montreal Neurological Institute-Hospital.Loneliness is increasingly being recognized as a major health problem. Understanding how it manifests in the brain could be key to preventing...

COVID-19 Survival Declines When Brain Affected: Study

28 December 2020
COVID-19 Survival Declines When Brain Affected: StudyMONDAY, Dec. 28, 2020 (HealthDay News) -- Hospitalized COVID-19 patients with brain complications such as stroke and confusion have an increased risk of death, a new study shows.The findings could improve care and save lives during the pandemic, the researchers said."This study is the first to show that the presence of neurological symptoms, particularly stroke and confused or altered thinking, may indicate a more serious course of illness, even when pulmonary problems aren't severe," said study co-author Dr. David Altschul, chief of neurovascular surgery at Montefiore Health System and Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York City.His team analyzed data on 4,711 COVID-19 patients who were admitted to the Montefiore system between March 1 and April 16. Of those, 581 (12%) had...

Dislocation Risk After Hip Replacement Higher Than Thought: Study

28 December 2020
Dislocation Risk After Hip Replacement Higher Than Thought: StudyMONDAY, Dec. 28, 2020 (HealthDay News) -- Hip dislocations are much more common in people who've had total hip replacements than previously reported, Danish researchers say.The investigators analyzed data from Denmark and found that the rate of hip dislocations within two years after total hip replacement was 3.5%. That's roughly 50% higher than some previous estimates.More than 40% of patients with dislocations had at least two dislocations, and three-quarters of initial dislocations occurred within three months of surgery.The findings were published Dec. 18 in The Journal of Bone & Joint Surgery. Dr. Lars Hermansen, of the Hospital of South West Jutland in Esbjerg, Denmark, led the study."Since our results are based on a large cohort over a five-year inclusion period and include all...

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