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  • Sanford opens groundbreaking stem cell trial for osteoarthritis

    The ENDURE trial is a first-of-its-kind study, Sanford said. Adults with a diagnosis of osteoarthritis in the wrist, knee, ankle, shoulder or hip are eligible to participate in the clinical trial. The study is regulated through the Food and Drug Administration, and the cells are tested for quality and safety before injection, Sanford said.

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  • Osteoporosis Fractures: Treatment & Prevention

    Osteoporosis is a bone disease that causes decreased bone mass and deterioration of bone tissue, which increases the risk of fractures. It is considered a silent disease, meaning there are no other symptoms until a fracture occurs. The increased risk of fractures with osteoporosis can make you more susceptible to chronic pain and disability.

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  • Can a massage help with ankylosing spondylitis?

    A therapeutic massage can provide relaxation, pain relief, and increased blood flow for a person with ankylosing spondylitis (AS). However, not everyone will benefit from a massage, and people with AS must be careful to select a qualified, experienced professional to perform the treatment.

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  • Back pain common among astronauts offers treatment insights for the Earth-bound

    The scientists say further study among astronauts of these methods—including specialized suits and certain exercises—may provide insights for treating back pain in the estimated 80% of Earth-bound people who experience some form of it over their lifetimes.

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  • Stem Cells Used to Treat Avascular Necrosis of the Femoral Head

    Collapsed femoral heads caused by osteonecrosis—otherwise known as avascular necrosis— unfortunately represent the root cause for approximately 10% of all hip replacements nationwide. Daniel Wiznia, MD, is utilizing a stem cell treatment at Yale School of Medicine and integrating new techniques along with 3D imaging technology as part of a joint-preservation procedure.

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  • Wearable exosuit that lessens muscle fatigue could redesign the future of work

    A new clothing-like exoskeleton can reduce back muscle fatigue and providing needed physical relief to material handlers, medical professionals and frontline workers.

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  • Back pain: Why exercise can provide relief and how to do it safely

    But while you might think you should rest your back if it hurts, being active can actually help relieve your pain and protect you from getting back pain again in the future. This is because our spines are designed to move, bend and lift

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  • Researchers identify core genetic networks driving human embryonic stem cell behavior

    At the earliest stages of human embryonic development, a small collection of cells known as human embryonic stem cells (hESCs) orchestrates growth and differentiation, eventually giving rise to highly specialized human tissues. As pluripotent cells -- progenitors of every type of cell type in the body -- hESCs are of central interest to developmental and regenerative biologists. Many genes driving hESC functioning have previously been identified, but powerful tools that shed light on the interrelated activities of these genes have only emerged more recently. Researchers from Brigham and Women's Hospital and Harvard Medical School used genome-wide genetic screening to both over-express and inactivate ("knock out") tens of thousands of genes in hESCs. They uncovered key networks that simultaneously control pluripotency and readiness for cell death (apoptosis), helping to ensure optimal conditions for embryonic development. The study's findings, published in Genes and Development, offer new insights into cancer genetics and a novel approach for regenerative medicine research.

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  • Back and neck pain treatments range from self-care to surgery; prevention is key

    When back or neck pain strikes, normal activity is disrupted. Seeking relief for back or neck pain is one of the most common reasons people go to their health care provider or miss work.

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  • Best exercises for sciatica

    People with sciatica may find that certain exercises and stretches help bring relief from pain and tightness in the sciatic nerve and the surrounding area. Although sciatica generally resolves in time, these exercises may speed the healing process.

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