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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.

What is facet arthropathy?
Facet arthropathy occurs when the facet joints degenerate, or become worn down. This can cause pain, stiffness, and swelling. Learn more....Read More.
What is prolotherapy and what is it used to treat?
Learn all about prolotherapy, an alternative form of treatment for joint and back pain. We take a look at how it works, what to expect, and its efficacy....Read More.
All you need to know about dwarfism
A look at dwarfism, a condition that causes a person to be very short. Included is detail on the diagnosis of dwarfism and management for the condition....Read More.
Anti-inflammatory diet: What to know
An anti-inflammatory diet involves eating certain foods and avoiding others in order to minimize the symptoms of chronic inflammatory diseases....Read More.
What is polyarthritis?
Learn all about polyarthritis, a condition where pain and inflammation occur in multiple joints at once. We look at the symptoms, causes, and treatments....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.

'Wasabi receptor' may advance treatments for chronic pain
A pain response that scorpion toxin triggers may help researchers further their understanding of chronic pain and allow them to develop new therapies....Read More.
What to know about kidney pain after drinking alcohol
The kidneys are responsible for filtering out waste products, including alcohol, from the body. Kidney pain can be a sign of serious health issues. Learn more in this article....Read More.
Chronic pain research: Linking psychology, sociology, and neuroscience
Understanding chronic pain is challenging. A recent study examined the interplay between sociological, psychological, and neurological factors....Read More.
What causes pain in the lower left back?
Pain in the lower left back often originates from muscle strains or kidney problems, but there are many other possible causes. We describe these causes and their treatments....Read More.
Exercises and tips for better posture
Many exercises can help improve posture, including bridges, planks, and other yoga poses. In this article, we look at healthy posture when standing, sitting, and lying down. We also explore exercises and tips for maintaining good posture....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.

Fixing bird wings with sheep bones
The current method of fixing broken bird bones is not ideal. A recent study investigates whether pins made of dog or sheep bone might be more effective....Read More.
Osteoporosis: Could selenium reduce risk?
A recent study concludes that consuming higher levels of dietary selenium shows an association with a reduced risk of developing osteoporosis....Read More.
Trigger finger: 7 home remedies
Trigger finger is a condition in which a person’s finger locks or catches if they try to straighten or bend it. Home remedies can often treat it. Learn more here....Read More.
Short sleep may harm bone health in older women
A study of 11,000 postmenopausal women has linked sleeping for no more than 5 hours per night to a higher risk of having low bone mass and osteoporosis....Read More.
What to do about a dent in the head
There are many possible causes of a dent in the head, including injury, surgery, congenital conditions, and tumors. The treatment for a dent in the head depends on the cause. Learn more here....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 causes Alzheimer's? Not toxic amyloid, new study suggests
The findings of a new study suggest that the accumulation of toxic beta-amyloid proteins in the brain may not be the cause of Alzheimer's disease....Read More.
Scientists draw closer to a dementia vaccine
A new mouse study uses a two-pronged approach to designing a vaccine for dementia. The results are encouraging, and a clinical trial may be on the horizon....Read More.
What to know about vasovagal syncope
Vasovagal syncope is fainting that occurs in response to a sudden drop in blood pressure or heart rate. Learn about its causes, symptoms, and treatment here....Read More.
Fragmented sleep may trigger migraine 2 days later
The largest prospective study to date to look at sleep and migraine risk using objective measurements of sleep finds an intriguing link between the two....Read More.
Could MDMA help treat mental health conditions?
New research in mice investigates the possibility that MDMA, a potentially addictive drug, may help in the context of mental health therapy....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.

Should we all be eating more protein?
A new analysis concludes that consuming increased levels of protein only benefits people who are dieting or participating in strength training....Read More.
How to stay healthy on Christmas Day
Christmas Day tends to be indulgent. In this feature, we will help you find ways to enjoy yourself without being left feeling too unhealthful....Read More.
Belly fat may reduce mental agility from midlife onward
As middle-aged people age, having more body fat and less muscle may affect their fluid intelligence, says a new study that implicates the immune system....Read More.
Keto diet: 1-week meal plan and tips
Keto diets are high in fat and protein. Read on for a week-long keto meal plan, information on the best foods to eat, and some diet tips....Read More.
Athletes are better at tuning out background brain noise
A new study suggests that athletes are better at processing external sounds due to a stronger ability to reduce the background noise in their brains....Read More.

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