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Perinatal practicalities for new mums

posted Apr 7, 2014, 4:18 AM by Admin Osteoinfo   [ updated Apr 7, 2014, 4:19 AM ]

BEING pregnant and then having a newborn baby is an unbelievably special time – but it can also be quite overwhelming. There is so much information to absorb! Mayo Clinic on Pregnancy is a great resource app to recommend to any new parent or parent-to-be.

Vax facts can backfire

posted Apr 7, 2014, 4:17 AM by Admin Osteoinfo   [ updated Apr 7, 2014, 4:17 AM ]

Immunisation experts say a one-size-fits-all approach to immunisation campaigns is unlikely to be effective for parents with entrenched antivaccination views, who need a more targeted approach. Simply translating a traditional “facts and figures” approach to immunisation campaigns could further entrench the views of parents who are firmly anti-immunisation.

Musculoskeletal and metabolic disorders

posted Apr 7, 2014, 4:16 AM by Admin Osteoinfo   [ updated Apr 7, 2014, 4:16 AM ]

Injuries to the Achilles tendon are usually associated with athletes, not people with diabetes. But despite the recognition that msk injuries often occur in this patient group, not much is known about the cause. Dr Jamie Gaida, a physiotherapist and research fellow in the Monash University tendinopathy research group, says shoulder capsulitis, flexor tenosynovitis, rotator cuff tears and pain of the rotator cuff are all common in people with diabetes.

Does ‘low salt’ advice cause harm?

posted Apr 7, 2014, 4:14 AM by Admin Osteoinfo

A meta-analysis has suggested that changes in hormones and lipids induced by a low salt diet might reduce the antihypertensive benefits. As this analysis involved short-term studies, the evidence for longer term effects has been reviewed.

Sunlight in short bursts can significantly lower blood pressure, British researchers say

posted Apr 7, 2014, 4:13 AM by Admin Osteoinfo   [ updated Apr 7, 2014, 4:13 AM ]

Short bursts of sunlight could help lower blood pressure. Professor Martin Feelisch from the University of Southampton says sunlight triggers natural stores of nitric oxide in the skin that dilate the small blood vessels.

Study: People who eat more fish live longer

posted Apr 10, 2013, 12:17 AM by Admin Osteoinfo

Members of the 64-and-older set whose blood is rich in dietary omega-3s lived an average of 2.2 years longer. We learned last year that omega-3 supplements, through some of kind of wonder that the fatty acids work on our DNA, might help counteract the effects of aging on a molecular level. If the ultimate effect of aging is dying, we should hope that omega-3s might help extend life, and their case is strengthened by the fact that they are known to have a protective effect on the heart. Reports that popping fish oil pills doesn't seem to do much to prevent heart disease, however, confuse the issue. So what if we forget about how they got there and just focus on the bottom line: Are people with more omega-3s in their blood healthier?


Growing up too fast: early puberty and mental illness

posted Apr 10, 2013, 12:15 AM by Admin Osteoinfo

Puberty has long been recognised as a transition point in which many emotional and behavioural problems emerge. These include depression and anxiety, substance use and abuse, self-harm and eating disorders. We previously thought that children who entered puberty earlier than their peers were at greater risk of these problems because they were less equipped to cope with the transition. This may be part of the story. But we’re increasingly realising that social and emotional disadvantages and stresses in childhood may trigger early puberty. This possibility was explored in a study published today in the Journal of Adolescent Health, which found children who go through puberty early showed signs of poorer mental health in early childhood.


Why exercise should be added to cancer treatment plans

posted Apr 10, 2013, 12:14 AM by Admin Osteoinfo

One in two men and one in three women will be diagnosed with cancer during their lifetime. The good news is that with earlier detection and improved treatments, the survival rate for many common cancers is increasing. One of the most common questions people who have been diagnosed with cancer ask is, “How can I stop it coming back?” We know physical activity is good for us, but what if being physically active reduced the chance of cancer coming back? Current research aims to answer this question. And the early results are promising, suggesting the benefits of exercise for those with localised cancer may be similar to the benefits from chemotherapy. Physical activity is certainly not a substitute for having chemotherapy or other therapies, but we’re increasingly realising it’s an important part of a comprehensive treatment plan.

Emotional Distress and Pelvic Girdle Pain in Pregnancy

posted Apr 10, 2013, 12:12 AM by Admin Osteoinfo

According to the current study by Bjelland and colleagues, pelvic girdle pain affects 1 in 5 pregnant women and is a major cause of sick leave during pregnancy. The diagnosis is based on the woman's subjective experience rather than on objective findings. Pelvic girdle pain typically presents in the first half of pregnancy and resolves after delivery. Factors predicting persistent pain include high pain intensity and the number of pain sites, but other factors have not yet been examined. This is a longitudinal cohort study of pregnant women, who were recruited at 17 and 30 weeks' gestation and observed to 6 months after delivery, to examine the natural history of pelvic pain syndrome (PGS) and prognostic factors that determine persistent pain 6 months after delivery.


New Research Shows Chronic Pain Alters DNA

posted Mar 26, 2013, 6:14 PM by Admin Osteoinfo

A new study has found chronic pain that results from injury is linked to genome-wide epigenetic changes in the brain. Researchers from McGill University in Canada have found a mechanism in the brain that embeds the memory of an injury in the way DNA is marked by a chemical coating called DNA methylation, which alters the appearance and structure of DNA without altering its sequence.

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