Low back pain is one of the most common and therefore costly medical problems in industrialized countries. By some estimates, up to 85 percent of Americans have experienced low back pain and research reported in The Journal of Pain showed that pain intensity ratings, pain location and sensory and affective variables differ among individuals with acute and chronic low back pain. In some cases, these factors might be predictive of which acute pain patients may develop chronic pain.
Americans have the lowest rate of walking throughout the entire world, according to a new study on health and fitness.
Less than a quarter of people in the U.S. use some sort of active transportation, such as biking, walking to get where they are going, missing an important opportunity to improve their cardiovascular health, concludes a new study in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine.
The number of drugs that react adversely with grapefruit is higher than previously recognized, and the adverse interactions occur at lower levels of grapefruit intake, according to a review published in the Canadian Medical Association Journal.
A new study from engineering researchers at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute shows, for the first time, how the little-understood protein osteocalcin plays a significant role in the strength of our bones and battling osteoporosis.
“Currently, all of the advice for treating osteoporosis is related to calcium. We believe there’s more to the story than just calcium, and the results of this new study raise an important question about vitamin K. Leafy green vegetables are the best source of vitamin K—wouldn’t it be great if eating spinach and broccoli was not only healthy, but also good for your bones? We plan to investigate this link in future,” Vashisth said.
The findings could lead to new strategies and therapeutics for fighting osteoporosis and lowering the risk of bone fracture.
While more than 900,000 total knee replacement surgeries were performed in the U.S. in 2011 to treat debilitating knee osteoarthritis, the success rate of post-operative functional gains after total knee replacement vary widely. The success rate depends on timing, according to new research findings presented at the American College of Rheumatology Annual Meeting in Washington, D.C.