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  • Monitored heart bracelets may prevent sudden death in sport

    Source - Science Daily

    The use of heart bracelets connected via ICT (Information and Communication Technologies) to a system of tracking and monitoring could prevent cases of sudden death in sports activities. It could also enable an early detection of cardiac abnormalities, the prevention of certain muscle injuries and the improvement in health care times to the athlete.

    The possibility of sudden death can begin to take shape with cardiac abnormalities detectable until 60 minutes before cardiac arrest occurs. The use of these bracelets enables to control these anomalies, and other aspects such as cardiac abnormalities generated by the consumption of doping substances, thus improving the completeness and reducing the costs of today's sport controls.

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  • Women have more knee ligament injuries than men due to geometry, not gender

    Source - Science Daily

    Research recently published in the Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery (JBJS), compared magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scans of male and female athletes with non-contact anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) injuries with those of athletes who participated in similar, at-risk sports but without a history of ligament injury.

    The study found that most of the women (those who had ACL injuries and those who did not) and only the ACL-injured men shared a common geometry on the outside of their knee joint: The upper part of their shin bone at the joint (tibial plateau) was much shorter and more rounded. This may help to explain why women have an ACL injury rate that is two-to-five times greater than that of men.

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  • Treating ankle sprains

    Source - abc Health News

    According to estimates from orthopedic surgeons, 25-thousand people a day experience an ankle sprain. "The most common ankle injury is the lateral ankle sprain, which is spraining the ligaments on the outside of the ankle," Dr. Brian Donley of the Cleveland Clinic said. Lateral sprains are frequent in sports and the most common type seen in emergency rooms. A more serious sprain can involve a tear or happen higher in the ankle

    It's the amount of stretching or tearing of the ligament that determines the pain. But whether mild, moderate or severe, the first response should be R-I-C-E. "The initial treatment that's important for both sprains is what we like to call the RICE method: Rest it, Ice it, put Compression on it, and elevate it and that's essential for both types of sprains," Donley said.

     

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  • Rehabilitation prior to arthroscopic rotator cuff repair yields range of motion benefits

    Source - ORTHOSuperSite

    Preoperative rehabilitation programs for arthroscopic rotator cuff repair patients were found effective for increasing postoperative range of motion, but only during the first 3 weeks of recovery, according to a study presented at the 8th Biennial ISAKOS 2011 Congress.

    From their study of 168 patients, Seyahi and colleagues found that while results of the preoperative rehabilitation program in the first 3 weeks after surgery were associated with greater improvement in range of motion (ROM) vs. those patients who completed only regular postoperative rehabilitation, there were no significant differences between the two groups’ functional outcomes at the 12 week and 12.4 month follow-ups.

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  • Some seniors at greater risk of falls and hip fractures due to undiagnosed neurological disorders

    Source - Medical News Today


    Hip fractures are a common cause of morbidity and mortality in elderly patients. Cervical myelopathy is a common neurological condition that can diminish balance and coordination. Undiagnosed neurological disorders may predispose patients to falls and fractures. Screening for cervical myelopathy should be standard care for all hip fracture patients, to reduce the risk for additional falls and fractures.

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