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2022

Injections of Your Own Fat Could Help Arthritic Hands

Injections of Your Own Fat Could Help Arthritic HandsTUESDAY, May 17, 2022 (HealthDay News) -- Liposuction typically is used to flatten your stomach or shape up your booty, but a new study argues that it could also help people suffering from arthritis of the fingers.Injections of body fat into aching, arthritic finger joints appear to produce significant and lasting improvements in hand function and a decrease in pain, German researchers report in the May issue of the journal Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery.People who underwent the experimental procedure started with pain levels of 6 points on a 10-point scale, but three to four years later reported their finger arthritis pain at a median 0.5 points, according to results from their small-scale pilot study. Median means half had higher pain levels, half lower."That was for us the most...

Arthroscopy: A Viable Treatment Option for Painful Hip...

15 May 2022
Arthroscopy: A Viable Treatment Option for Painful Hip Joints SUNDAY, May 15, 2022 (HealthDay News) -- College basketball player Joey Liedel suffered years of debilitating hip pain that limited his ability to play.As a freshman at University of Detroit-Mercy, he was in constant discomfort. Eventually, the Erie, Mich., athlete underwent hip surgery and took some time off to get comfortable on the court again.The 6-foot-1 guard had arthroscopy -- a type of minimally invasive surgery -- on both hips last fall to relieve so-called hip impingement. The condition is characterized by abnormal wear between the ball and socket of the hip joint."He's doing fantastic," said Dr. T. Sean Lynch, an orthopedics and sports medicine surgeon at Henry Ford Health System. "I think he is a great example of a young athlete who, from diagnosis to treatment, has come...

Heavy Antibiotic Use Tied to Development of Crohn's, Colitis

13 May 2022
Heavy Antibiotic Use Tied to Development of Crohn`s, ColitisFRIDAY, May 13, 2022 (HealthDay News) -- The more antibiotics that seniors take, the greater their risk of inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), a new study suggests. The findings could help explain some of the increase in Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis (common types of IBD) among older adults, according to the study authors. "In older adults, we think that environmental factors are more important than genetics," said lead researcher Dr. Adam Faye. He is an assistant professor of medicine and population health at NYU Grossman School of Medicine, in New York City. "When you look at younger patients with new diagnoses of Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis, there's generally a strong family history. But that is not the case in older adults, so it's really something in the...

'Tragic Milestone': 1 Million American Lives Lost to...

12 May 2022
`Tragic Milestone`: 1 Million American Lives Lost to COVID-19THURSDAY, May 12, 2022 (HealthDay News) -- It's a number many Americans have grimly expected but may still find hard to comprehend: Over one million of their fellow citizens killed by COVID-19."Today, we mark a tragic milestone: one million American lives lost to COVID-19," President Joe Biden remarked in a speech posted Thursday morning on the White House website. "One million empty chairs around the dinner table. Each an irreplaceable loss. Each leaving behind a family, a community, and a Nation forever changed because of this pandemic. Jill and I pray for each of them."Biden ordered that U.S. flags be flown at half-staff Thursday in honor of those lost."As a Nation, we must not grow numb to such sorrow," Biden said. "To heal, we must remember. We must remain vigilant against this...

Major Head Trauma May Up Risks for Dementia

12 May 2022
Major Head Trauma May Up Risks for DementiaTHURSDAY, May 12, 2022 (HealthDay News) -- People who've had a major traumatic brain injury (TBI) may be at increased risk for dementia, according to a new study."Approximately 1 in 10 people in our study who had major TBI did develop dementia," said study co-author Dr. Rahul Raj, of the University of Helsinki in Finland. A major TBI was defined as bleeding in the brain and a hospital stay of three or more days.The researchers analyzed 20 years of data collected from nearly 32,000 people in Finland who completed health surveys every five years, and compared it with national health registries.Among those in the study, 288 were hospitalized with a major TBI and 406 were hospitalized with a minor TBI (concussion with a hospital stay of no more than one day) and did not have dementia...
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