The State of Vaccine Confidence: Early Results of a Vaccine Confidence Index

A decade on from the Northern Nigeria polio vaccination boycott and its global costs to the polio eradication initiative, a new report examines global issues affecting vaccine confidence and hesitation since the new millennium. The State of Vaccine Confidence Report from researchers at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine (published 26 March) analyses […]

 Hip Replacements for Middle-age  Nearly Double From 2002-2011

The number of total hip replacements (THRs) nearly doubled among middle-aged patients between 2002-2011, primarily due to the expansion of the middle-aged population in the U.S., according to a new study presented today at the 2015 Annual Meeting of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS). Continued growth in utilization of hip replacement surgery in […]

Most Parents Unaware of Safe Pitching Practices for Kids

A new study presented today at the 2015 Annual Meeting of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS) found that 53 percent of the parents/caregivers of youth baseball pitchers are unaware of safe pitching practices designed to prevent overuse injuries–common tears or damage, most often to the elbow (ulnar collateral ligament) or shoulder–which can cause […]

Study Identifies Low Back Pain Risk Factors

New research presented today at the 2015 Annual Meeting of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS) identifies nicotine dependence, obesity, alcohol abuse and depressive disorders as risk factors for low back pain, a common condition causing disability, missed work, high medical costs and diminished life quality. According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control […]

Spider Venom Contains 7 Compounds with Potential to Relieve Chronic Pain

New research shows that seven compounds of the countless found in spider venom block a key step in the body’s ability to pass pain signals to the brain. The hunt for a medicine based on just one of these compounds, which would open up a new class of potent painkillers, is now a step closer […]

Soft Drink Tax Could Improve National Health

An excise tax on sugar-sweetened drinks would be an effective way to improve the health of heavy consumers, new research shows. Monash University researchers compared the impact that a 20 per cent sales tax and a 20 cents per litre excise tax on beverages such as carbonated non-diet soft drinks, cordials and fruit drinks would […]

As Many As 2 in 3 Smokers Will Die From Their Habit

A large Australian study of more than 200,000 people has provided independent confirmation that up to two in every three smokers will die from their habit if they continue to smoke. The research, published today in the international journal BMC Medicine, is the first evidence from a broad cross-section of the population to show the […]

Hand Washing in Hospitals Has Led to Rise in Worker Dermatitis

A new study from The University of Manchester has revealed that the incidence of dermatitis has increased 4.5 times in health care workers following increased hand hygiene as a drive to reduce infections such as MRSA has kicked in. Researchers from the University’s Institute of Population Health studied reports voluntarily submitted by dermatologists to a […]

Distractions and Fatigue Can Trigger Lower Back Pain

New research reveals the physical and psychosocial factors that significantly increase the risk of low back pain onset. In fact results published in Arthritis Care & Research, a journal of the American College of Rheumatology (ACR), show that being engaged in manual tasks involving awkward positions will increase the risk of low back pain by […]

Energy Drinks Significantly Increase Hyperactivity in Schoolchildren

New Haven, Conn. — Middle-school children who consume heavily sweetened energy drinks are 66% more likely to be at risk for hyperactivity and inattention symptoms, a new study led by the Yale School of Public Health has found. The finding has implications for school success and lends support to existing recommendations to limit the amount […]

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