AHA: Gout Could Increase Heart Disease Risk

FRIDAY, Aug. 17, 2018 (American Heart Association) — Having a type of inflammatory arthritis called gout may worsen heart-related outcomes for people being treated for coronary artery disease, according to new research. The study, published Aug. 17 in The Journal of the American Heart Association, sought to clarify older research on the link between cardiovascular…

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Maybe It's Time to Get in the Game

FRIDAY, Aug. 17, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Team sports aren’t just for kids. They offer adults a wealth of benefits, including a greater feeling of well-being, reduced stress and a strong sense of community. You have many options for finding an adult club or team-based sport in your area. Your local park and rec department…

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Stem Cells Restore Some Vision in Blind Mice

WEDNESDAY, Aug. 15, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Scientists say they have restored some degree of vision in blind lab mice, by activating stem cells in their eyes. The procedure is the first of its kind and the researchers hope it will lead to treatments for incurable eye diseases. Stem cells are primitive cells that can…

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Secondhand Smoke Exposure as Kids Tied to Women's Arthritis

WEDNESDAY, Aug. 15, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Women who were regularly exposed to secondhand smoke as children might be at slightly increased risk of rheumatoid arthritis, a new study hints. Rheumatoid arthritis is an autoimmune disease in which the immune system mistakenly attacks the lining of the joints. Researchers believe that a mix of genes…

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When Head Injuries Make Life Too Hard, Suicide Risk May Rise

TUESDAY, Aug. 14, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Traumatic brain injury can trigger a daily struggle with headaches, neck pain, dizziness and thinking problems that may drive some to suicide, researchers report. That risk more than triples in the first six months after a traumatic brain injury (TBI), and it stays significantly higher over the long…

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Hiccups for a Month? It Can Happen

FRIDAY, Aug. 3, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Short-lasting hiccups are annoying enough, but some people get hiccups that last longer a month or more. The longest recorded case? An Iowa farmer had hiccups continually for 69 years and nine months, according to the Guinness Book of World Records. In most cases, persistent hiccups (two days…

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Scans Help Spot Heart Trouble Early in People With Lupus

THURSDAY, Aug. 2, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Heart disease is a leading cause of death in patients with the autoimmune illness lupus. Now, research suggests high-tech scans can spot cardiac issues early. The scans can detect heart abnormalities even before patients have any symptoms, Chinese researchers say. “Our findings may affect current lupus diagnostics and…

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Can Arthritic Dogs (and Their Owners) Benefit From Stem Cell Injections?

THURSDAY, Aug. 2, 2018 (HealthDay News) — If dogs with arthritis can gain benefit from stem cell injections, maybe people can, too. That’s the opinion of an Italian veterinarian who oversaw the stem cell procedures in 130 arthritic dogs. “For at least six months, the results are very satisfactory and promising. The lack of any…

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As Opioid Epidemic Rages, Painkiller Prescriptions Don't Drop

WEDNESDAY, Aug. 1, 2018 (HealthDay News) — In a sign that the U.S. opioid epidemic is still not under control, a new report shows that prescriptions for the highly addictive painkillers haven’t declined in the last decade. After peaking in 2012-2013, opioid use and doses leveled off. But doses were still higher in 2017 than…

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Frequently Asked Questions

What is prolotherapy? This treatment is typically used for conditions like arthritis, back or neck pain, sports injuries, whiplash, and carpal tunnel syndrome among others and is usually effective for patients who found little or temporary relief in surgery, cortisone shots, or medications.  It works by injecting a proliferant into the injured ligament that causes…

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