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Medical news travels far and fast these days and it’s always on the move. Keeping up to date with the latest developments is a challenge, but these articles will help you stay on top:

Arthritis / Rheumatology News From Medical News Today

There are over 100 conditions that fall under the umbrella of arthritis, with the arthritis A-Z including disorders such as ankylosing spondylitis, gout, osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis and tendinitis. Osteoarthritis is the most common type of arthritis. Although it often develops in people over the age of 50, it can occur at any age as a result of an injury or another joint-related condition. Arthritis has no cure, but there are many treatments that can help slow down the condition and provide some relief.

Could a bacterium found in milk trigger rheumatoid arthritis?
New research examines people with rheumatoid arthritis and finds that many of them have a genetic predisposition for the disease and a common bacterium....Read More.
What to know about tarsal tunnel syndrome
A look at tarsal tunnel syndrome, a condition where the foot becomes inflamed. Included are details on diagnosis and the outlook for people affected....Read More.
What is palmar erythema?
Palmar erythema is a rare condition that makes the palms of the hands turn red. Learn about the causes, including pregnancy and liver cirrhosis....Read More.
What to know about iliopsoas bursitis
A look at iliopsoas bursitis, a condition that can cause pain in the hip joint. Included is detail on recovery time and exercises for prevention....Read More.
What is tendinosis?
In this article, learn about the symptoms, causes, and treatments for tendinosis, as well as what makes it different from tendinitis....Read More.

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Back Pain News From Medical News Today

Back pain affects most people at some point in their life, triggered by bad posture, bending awkwardly or lifting incorrectly. Most cases of back pain improve within a few weeks or months, but some people experience long-term repetitive pain. Sometimes back pain can be caused by an injury or disease, such as a slipped disc, sciatica, whiplash, frozen shoulder or ankylosing spondylitis. Treatment may include strong pain medication, muscle strengthening exercises, manual therapy or CBT.

Sitting positions for good posture
A person's sitting position can have a significant impact on their posture and back health. Many people have to sit down for extended periods during the day and should take care to maintain a good posture, especially when working at a desk. Learn how to achieve good posture and improve back health here....Read More.
Can stomach problems cause lower back pain?
The back is a sensitive part of the body, which has many nerves and organs nearby. This means that issues such as digestive conditions can occur at the same time as back pain. Back pain and bloating are common symptoms of injury, pregnancy, or gastrointestinal problems. Treatment depends on the cause. Learn more here....Read More.
Can inversion therapy help with back pain?
Inversion therapy, where a person is held upside down for several minutes, is an alternative therapy for back pain. They may use gravity boots or an inversion table or chair to reduce the pressure on their spine. Evidence for the effectiveness of this technique is mixed. Learn more about the benefits and risks here....Read More.
What to know about trochanteric bursitis
Trochanteric bursitis is an inflammation of the bursa in the hip. The main symptom of trochanteric bursitis is pain outside the hip at the tip of their thighbone. It can be very painful, especially at night, and can interfere with daily life. This condition can be treated at home, and in severe cases, with surgery....Read More.
How do you stretch the latissimus dorsi?
The latissimus dorsi is a large muscle that stretches from the middle to lower back. While overuse can lead to pain, some movement may provide relief. We describe exercises that stretch and alleviate pain in this muscle, also known as the lats. Here, learn to identify, relieve, and prevent pain in the latissimus dorsi....Read More.

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Bones / Orthopedics News From Medical News Today

Orthopedics involves the treatment of the musculoskeletal system, which is made up of bones, joints, ligaments, tendons, and muscles. Bone problems may include deformities, infections, tumors, and fractures. Problems of the joints may include arthritis, bursitis, dislocation, pain, swelling and ligament tears. Common orthopedic-related diagnoses focus on issues with the ankle and foot, hand and wrist, shoulder, knee, elbow and spine.

What to know about tricompartmental osteoarthritis
Tricompartmental osteoarthritis, or osteoathrosis, is a form of osteoarthritis that affects all three compartments of the knee. It can be more painful and debilitating than other forms. Here, we give an overview of tricompartmental osteoarthritis, including what causes it, and how it can be treated to ease symptoms....Read More.
Sitting positions for good posture
A person's sitting position can have a significant impact on their posture and back health. Many people have to sit down for extended periods during the day and should take care to maintain a good posture, especially when working at a desk. Learn how to achieve good posture and improve back health here....Read More.
What could cause bone pain?
People may feel aches or pains in their bones for a variety of reasons. Many people worry when they experience bone pain because it can be a sign of bone cancer. For this reason, prompt diagnosis is essential. Learn more about bone pain symptoms, the signs of cancer, and when to see a doctor....Read More.
These simple lifestyle changes may improve osteoarthritis symptoms
A new study investigates the effect of diet on the symptoms of osteoarthritis. They found that small changes could relieve pain and reduce damage....Read More.
What to know about bone spurs
Exostosis is a bone spur or outgrowth from the surface of a bone. Exostosis can affect any bone, including the knee and heel of the foot. The spur can occur inside the skull, for example, in the mouth, sinuses, or ear canal where it is called surfer’s ear. Hereditary exostoses can increase the risk of osteochondroma....Read More.

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Neurology / Neuroscience News From Medical News Today

Neuroscience describes the scientific study of the mechanics of the central nervous system such as its structure, function, genetics and physiology as well as how this can be applied to understand diseases of the nervous system. Neurology is a specialized area of medicine that concerns disorders and diseases of the nervous system ranging from Alzheimer's disease through to infection and personality disorders. Neurology involves diagnosing and treating conditions of the central, peripheral and autonomic nervous systems. This category includes news on nervous system disorders and discoveries, research related to the brain, memory and how we perceive the environment.

What to know about ulnar tunnel syndrome
The ulnar nerve runs all along the arm. When it becomes compressed a person may feel pain and numbness in the outer fingers. This is called ulnar tunnel syndrome. It can be treated using surgery or wrist braces, and nerve gliding exercises may also help. In this article we give an overview of ulnar tunnel syndrome....Read More.
Understanding and treating alcoholic neuropathy
Alcoholic neuropathy is a serious condition caused by excessive alcohol use. This can damage a person’s nerves, which can lead to unusual sensations in the limbs, reduced mobility, and loss of some bodily functions. Here, learn what alcoholic neuropathy is, what causes it, and the symptoms, diagnosis, and treatments....Read More.
Drug addiction: Is brain stimulation the answer?
Researchers used a brain stimulation technique called transcranial magnetic stimulation to reduce the brain's response to drug cues in chronic drug users....Read More.
Gut bacteria offer clues to multiple sclerosis
Researchers examine connections between the brain, gut, and immune system. Their findings offer clues about how diet influences brain inflammation....Read More.
Psychopathy: What drives pathological selfishness?
We take a look at some of the neurological underpinnings of psychopathy and try to unravel the mystery of what goes on inside the brain of a psychopath....Read More.

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Sports Medicine / Fitness News From Medical News Today

Sports medicine bridges the gap between science and practice in the promotion of exercise and health, and in the scientific assessment, study and understanding of sports performance. Sports medicine covers subjects such as sports injury prevention and treatment, exercise for health, drugs in sport, recommendations for training and nutrition and maximizing peak performance and exercise physiology.

Increasing exercise over 6-year span protects the heart
In middle age, some people may be at risk of experiencing heart failure, a condition that often worsens in time. Can upping exercise levels prevent it?...Read More.
What causes a bump on the bottom of the foot?
A bump on the bottom of the foot can be irritating or cause pain while walking. Many causes of these bumps can be treated at home, but some require medical attention. In this article, we look at nine different causes of a bump on the bottom of the foot. We also cover the treatment options....Read More.
High physical activity at work may increase death risk
Exercise is good for health, but is this always true? A new systematic review suggests that high levels of occupational physical activity may be harmful....Read More.
What is the difference between a sprain and a strain?
Sprains and strains are both common injuries that affect different parts of the body. They occur when the ligaments or tendons are damaged. In this article, learn about the symptoms of each type of injury, as well as how to treat them at home and prevent long-lasting damage. We also discuss when to see a doctor....Read More.
What are the treatments for plantar fibroma?
A plantar fibroma is a non-cancerous growth in the foot. It grows in the plantar fascia, in the arch of the foot. It has a range of potential causes including genetics and chronic liver disease. Diagnosis is often achieved through X-ray. Treatment depends on the underlying cause. Learn more about plantar fibroma here....Read More.

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