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Critically ill patients at long-term risk for bone fracture
One year after being hospitalized in intensive care, patients have reduced bone mass that puts them at greater risk for fractures, according to a new study published online ahead of print in the... (Medical News Today)

Method of postoperative pain relief may influence recovery from total knee replacement surgery
The Journal of the American Osteopathic Association study finds periarticular injections reduce postoperative hospital stay, number of inpatient physical therapy sessions. (Medical News Today)

Strategy based on human reflexes may keep legged robots and prosthetic legs from tripping
Lower-leg amputees will test Carnegie Mellon's balance recovery technology.Trips and stumbles too often lead to falls for amputees using leg prosthetics, but a robotic leg prosthesis being... (Medical News Today)

Social and practical barriers keep heart failure patients from benefits of exercise therapy
Although supervised aerobic physical activity is a proven therapy for heart failure patients, lack of social support and practical barriers such as lack of transportation, keep many patients from... (Medical News Today)

Measuring immune cells before surgery may help predict recovery time, Stanford study finds
The behavior of a type of white blood cell can indicate how soon patients will be back on their feet after hip surgery, according to a study by scientists at the Stanford University School of... (Medical News Today)

New study supports localised services for cardiac rehab
New research at the University of York has found that smaller, more localised cardiac rehabilitation (CR) centres are equally as effective as their larger counterparts. (Medical News Today)

Self-calibration enhances BrainGate ease, reliability
A new study in Science Translational Medicine describes three software innovations that substantially improved the user experience and performance of the BrainGate* brain computer interface (BCI). (Medical News Today)

Low-income, elderly, women less likely to complete cardiac rehab after bypass
Bypass patients who are older, female and/or from lower-income neighbourhoods are more likely to face delays in beginning cardiac rehabilitation (CR), making them less likely to complete CR, which... (Medical News Today)

Pitt study: Chronic arsenic exposure can impair ability of muscle to heal after injury
Chronic exposure to arsenic can lead to stem cell dysfunction that impairs muscle healing and regeneration, according to an animal study conducted by researchers at the University of Pittsburgh's... (Medical News Today)

Watching a memory form
Sea slug study reveals novel memory mechanism.Neuroscientists at Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science have discovered that some neurons are joiners -- seemingly eager to link-up... (Medical News Today)

Meniscus injury: Real surgery or sham surgery - which is better for patients?
Patients with meniscus lesions benefit from a combination of sham surgery and physiotherapy just as much as from a real surgical procedure - this was the conclusion reached in the Finnish FIDELITY... (Medical News Today)

People with MS may be more physically fit than tests indicate, study finds
Conventional methods of assessing cardiorespiratory fitness and muscular strength among people with multiple sclerosis may underestimate participants' capabilities, prompting clinicians to prescribe... (Medical News Today)

Achilles tendon ruptures missed in one of four cases, but surgery not needed for most
Achilles tendon disorders are common and often misdiagnosed, with about 25 percent of ruptures missed during initial examination, but the prognosis is favorable for the vast majority of patients... (Medical News Today)

Married people recover better after heart surgery
A study finds that married people have 40% higher chance of a good outcome following cardiac surgery than those who are widowed, divorced or never married. (Medical News Today)

'Virtual Week' brain game has potential to help older adults remain independent longer
Cognitive gains from playing the game transferred to real-world performance on instrumental activities of daily living; correlated to some neuroplasticity in the brain. (Medical News Today)

Sheet music for creating the artificial sense of touch
A new study led by neuroscientists from the University of Chicago brings us one step closer to building prosthetic limbs for humans that re-create a sense of touch through a direct interface with the... (Medical News Today)

Common shoulder dislocation can heal just as well without surgery: Study
Acromio-clavicular joint dislocation is one of the most common shoulder injuries orthopedic surgeons treat. (Medical News Today)

For young patients with spina bifida, smartphone app improves self-management
A system incorporating a smartphone app may help adolescents and young adults with spina bifida to improve their daily self-management skills, suggests a paper in the American Journal of Physical... (Medical News Today)

Gardening therapy helps women on long-term sick leave return to work
Being and working in a garden combined with active job coaching can effectively help women on long-term sick leave return to work. (Medical News Today)

Namaste, yogis: Yoga as effective as traditional pulmonary rehab in patients with COPD
Researchers from the Department of Pulmonary Medicine and Sleep Disorders and All India Institute of Medical Sciences, New Delhi, India, studied the effects of yoga as a form of pulmonary... (Medical News Today)

New Jersey researchers use neuroimaging to explore reading deficits after left stroke
Relating acquired reading impairments to cognitive deficits will lead to targeted rehabilitative interventionsResearchers at Kessler Foundation and Rutgers University correlated neuroimaging data... (Medical News Today)

New 'artificial skin' steps toward touch feedback for artificial limbs
The ability for prosthetic limbs to sense touch comes within reach, as researchers present their creation of a plastic material that recognizes pressure and sends brain signals. (Medical News Today)

When punishment doesn't fit the crime
New research reveals traumatic brain injury patients struggle with discipline in social, family and work lifeNew research finds people with traumatic brain injuries (TBI) --such as those incurred... (Medical News Today)

The first human head transplant: 'it will be a success'
Dr. Sergio Canavero - the man behind the first human head transplant, due to take place in 2017 - talks to us about his hopes for the procedure and the criticism he has faced. (Medical News Today)

Benefit of early physical therapy for low-back pain appears modest
Early physical therapy for recent-onset low back pain resulted in statistically significant improvement in disability compared to usual care, but the improvement was modest and did not achieve a... (Medical News Today)

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