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MAYWOOD, Ill. – Paralysis is just one of the many serious health problems faced by patients who suffer spinal cord injuries.
OTTAWA – More money for child and youth services would boost Canada's economy and patient health, a new report from the Mental Health Commission of Canada suggests, buttressing Ottawa's push for targeted mental health investments.
COLUMBUS, Ohio – Getting a tattoo may hurt, but giving one is no picnic, either.That's the finding of the first study ever to directly measure the physical stresses that lead to aches and pains in tattoo artists—workers who support a multibillion-dollar American industry, but who often don't have access to workers' compensation if they get injured.
The American College of Physicians (ACP) has issued a clinical practice guideline for the treatment of low back pain, which recommends non-drug, conservative approaches as the first line of treatment.
CHICAGO – Older adults who suffer from arthritis need to keep moving to be functionally independent. But in an examination of a goal that is daunting for most of this aging population, a new Northwestern Medicine study found that performing even a third of the recommended activity is beneficial.
VANCOUVER – Just down the street from Crosstown Clinic at a flea market in Vancouver's Downtown Eastside, Michael Totten, 44, said his life spiralled into illicit drug use after he was prescribed the painkiller Percocet following a back injury.
A yoga program for children with cancer can be carried out even during cancer treatment, and has quality of life (QOL) benefits for the children as well as their parents, suggests a study in Rehabilitation Oncology, the official journal of the Oncology Section of the American Physical Therapy Association. The journal is published by Wolters Kluwer.
Researchers at the Krembil Neuroscience Centre's (KNC) Canadian Concussion Centre (CCC) have identified symptom trends that may not only help predict how soon patients suffering from post-concussion syndrome (PCS) will recover, but also provide insight on how to treat those who experience persistent concussion symptoms.
A study finds that smoking or being overweight makes it more difficult for patients with rheumatoid arthritis to achieve optimal control of inflammation and symptoms, despite standard of care treatment.
It's imperative that health-care providers address the anxiety, depression, fear and other emotions that patients experience when diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis or another rheumatic disease, say experts from Hospital for Special Surgery (HSS).
DALLAS, Tex. – Four years ago, Merlinda Chelette was a hardworking ER nurse who suffered from excruciating back pain. When it became too painful to bear, she initially sought chiropractic care, but the pain got worse. Her search for relief eventually led to a radiologist, who found the surprising cause of her back pain was kidney cancer.
Tai Chi, a low-impact mind-body exercise, can be as effective as neck exercises in relieving persistent neck pain, according to results of randomized controlled trial reported in The Journal of Pain, the peer-reviewed publication of the American Pain Society.
According to her doctors, Deanna Ratzlaff is cancer-free. And to anyone who looks at her, she appears to be in great health. But a year after completing treatment for breast cancer, the 46-year-old mother of two says it's a much different story on the inside, where she's filled with anxiety about the trauma her body went through and the uncertainties that lie ahead.
ANN ARBOR, Mich. – Some footwear stores videotape a jogger's gait on a treadmill to help determine the kind of running shoe that would be the best fit. The University of Michigan is taking that practice a few steps beyond.
New Orleans, LA – Dr. John England, professor and chair of Neurology at LSU Health New Orleans School of Medicine, and colleagues in Honduras and Venezuela have reported a new neurological complication of infection with the Zika virus. They described the first confirmed case of Zika-associated sensory polyneuropathy in a paper published online by the Journal of the Neurological Sciences.
A new study led by researchers at New York University College of Nursing (NYUCN) examines the validity, sensitivity and specificity of symptoms for detecting breast cancer-related related lymphedema.
Older military veterans frequently show improvements in pain intensity over time. However, opioids, some mental health conditions and certain pain diagnoses are associated with lower likelihood of improvement, according to research reported in The Journal of Pain.
The provincial government in British Columbia is taking steps to address the issue of chronic pain with the recent $50,000 funding to Pain BC announced by Health Minister Terry Lake.
In 2010, a patient of mine was diagnosed with bilateral venous insufficiency. At the time, she was prescribed a general topical cream to aid in decreasing the swelling and discolouration that was already occurring in her lower legs.   
VANCOUVER – When patients visit Dr. Vahid Sahiholnasab for a routine check-up, he often asks to review their electronic fitness trackers.
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