The Sun Daily - Health
2 days
A NEW study has found that running can help to strengthen the spine, potentially helping to prevent and manage back pain. Carried out by Deakin University's Institute for Physical Activity and Nutrition (IPAN), Australia, the team recruited 79 participants for the study, which is the first to find evidence in humans that running can benefit the intervertebral discs (IVD) in the spine. Before this study discs were thought to be a "slow tissue" and were believed to take much longer to respond to exercise than muscle. "Prior research in the last decade had shown that the IVD components are replaced extremely slowly, leading researchers to think it would take longer than the average human lifespan to have an impact on the disc with interventions like exercise or medication," explained lead researcher Associate Professor Daniel Belavy. "However, in this study we have been able to show that regular physical activity, such as jogging, can actually strengthen the IVD.
Techradar
7 days
5kg. That makes it twenty times lighter than the real thing and four times as small. "Not every element is where you would find it in the animal, but the spine, shoulders and hips occupy the same position," said Folkertsma. Studying video footage of real cheetahs and using software to analyse their movements, Folkertsma was able to figure out what makes the creature so efficient. "The main difference between existing walking robots and my cheetah robot is the backbone, he says. "The trick was to imitate it without complicating matters unnecessarily: instead of vertebrae and intervertebral discs, we worked with a cleverly placed spring which delivers approximately the same effect. "Cheetahs are also able to store a lot of energy in their muscles for later use. This too is something we have imitated by fitting carefully selected springs in our robots legs.
SiteProNews
10 days
By the time we got down to core plot, the project was halfway finished. It was too late to change the pricing model and conduct proper research. As a result, the project was only marginally profitable for our company. If you want to develop a mobile IoT app that requires the integration with new APIs and hardware solutions or automates tasks no one has automated before, you should define its core features and devote some time to research to choose the right dev tools and filter out unfeasible ideas. Here’s one more example from our portfolio. Back in 2015 we were addressed by a US company that manufactures intervertebral prosthetic gadgets. These gadgets have unique identifiers, so the company intended to create a machine vision system to automate patientsX-ray images processing. During the proof of concept stage we discovered that modern X-ray equipment failed to produce 4K images, so the accuracy of the machine vision application did not exceed 70 percent (which was not enough to put the software into mass production).
West Briton
17 days
A Redruth dog owner has shared an emotional plea to help raise money to fund an operation for her four-year-old beagle which she hopes will keep the loving and happy pup on her feet. Leanne Gough and Frazer White said their dog Tessa, who is suffering from intervertebral disk disease - a spinal condition causing pain, nerve damage and even paralysis - is usually very loving and happy. Read more: Cornwall's biggest Facebook buy and sell page is closing Leanne added: Tessa is...
The Huffington Post
3 months
If the patient is experiencing low back pain and there is a history of cancer, the doctor will need to get an x-ray and MRI, especially if the pain occurs during rest and at night (Figure 4)! In case of a renal tumor, the physician will probably need to do arteriography and embolization of the spinal lesion. The spine is a common location for metastatic tumors. Metastases occur in the vertebral body and go to the pedicle. Loss of about 30%-40% of the bone mass must occur before the physician can detect the lesion on an x-ray. The loss of the pedicle bone will result in a "wink sign" (Figure 5). What if the patient has an infection? An infection will occur within the intervertebral disc space (Figure 6). The erythrocyte sedimentation rate (ESR) and C-reactive protein (CRP) levels will be elevated. Only 50% of the cases will have a fever, and less than 50% of cases will have an elevated white blood cell (WBC) count.
The Huffington Post
4 months
What is a disc herniation? The intervertebral disc is an elastic soft cushion that is between the vertebrae of the spine (Figure 9). It connects the vertebrae together, gives stability to the spine, and allows the spine to move. The intervertebral disc has two parts; the annulus fibrosus (tough fibrous outer layer) and the nucleus pulposus (soft gel-like inner layer) (Figure 10). If the soft gel-like inner material leaks out or herniates through a tear in the fibrous outer layer, it becomes a disc herniation. A tear of the disc may allow the gel-like material in the center of the disc to protrude and leak out, causing a herniation of the disc, which presses into the nerve root as it exits the spine. This irritates the close by nerve root, causing sciatica. Sciatica is one of the most common symptoms of lumbar disc herniation. Treatment Treatment will initially include anti-inflammatory medication, muscle relaxation and physical therapy.
The Huffington Post
7 months
After the age of 40, you lose about 50% of your rotational movement of the spine. It is important to perform stretching and warm ups before starting the game. Vibration caused by horseback riding increases the load on the discs (Figure 6). The back muscles work constantly to keep the posture straight. Caring for horses could be bad for the back due to the bending and lifting associated with their care. Etiology Virtually any structure in the spine can hurt. These structures include facet joints, intervertebral discs, spinal canal, sacroiliac joint, muscles, ligaments, nerves, hip joint/piriformis syndrome, and the trochanteric bursa. Red Flags for Cancer Bone cancer of the vertebral body may also occur (Figure 7). Some of the factors that may be associated with bone cancer are people over 50 years of age, pain at rest and night, unexplained weight loss, and a history of cancer.
The Huffington Post
7 months
After the age of 40, you lose about 50% of your rotational movement of the spine. It is important to perform stretching and warm ups before starting the game. Vibration caused by horseback riding increases the load on the discs (Figure 6). The back muscles work constantly to keep the posture straight. Caring for horses could be bad for the back due to the bending and lifting associated with their care. Etiology Virtually any structure in the spine can hurt. These structures include facet joints, intervertebral discs, spinal canal, sacroiliac joint, muscles, ligaments, nerves, hip joint/piriformis syndrome, and the trochanteric bursa. Red Flags for Cancer Bone cancer of the vertebral body may also occur (Figure 7). Some of the factors that may be associated with bone cancer are people over 50 years of age, pain at rest and night, unexplained weight loss, and a history of cancer.
Collective Evolution
9 months
If you have ever suffered from sciatica or sciatic nerve pain, you know it isn't pleasant. Originating in the lower spine area, it can show up even without an injury causing it. Typically sciatic pain is felt in the buttocks and can radiate down the the upper thigh. While the pain can extend to the foot, it is less common.[1] The pain is felt in fleshy parts of the body, but it stems from a pinching of nerves departing from the spinal cord in the intervertebral disks. Sciatic pain can often get worse when pressure is applied to the affected area. Things like sneezing, coughing, going to the bathroom, and engaging in regular activities can cause sciatic pain to flare up.[1] Treatment Modern treatment for sciatica involves pain relievers and avoidance of stress on the spinal area by resting and limiting activities. Even though this may reduce pain, it doesn't have many long term effects.
The Huffington Post
10 months
Beware, excursions require a lot of riding in tour buses and waiting for others, so for me, that's a pass. Whatever type of trip you're planning, there's no doubt that traveling is tricky when you're trying to maintain your fitness, or even improve it. Long bouts of sitting and riding in planes, trains and automobiles can wreak havoc on the body in several ways. Compression of the intervertebral discs, tightening the hip muscles, chest and shoulders (if you sit rounded like in most airplanes), slowing the metabolism and even putting a road block in the lymphatic system - these are just a few of the scourges we may endure during travel. Now let's add disrupted sleep, jet lag and food choices that may not agree with our internal workings while on the road. Any combination of these factors can really hijack your intentions for physical activity when that lounge chair and Mojito start calling your name.
The Huffington Post
10 months
They also raise money to treat injured and abused doxies. Moxie (sitting in Steven's lap) is a sweet girl recovering nicely from IVDD (intervertebral disc disease), and 12 year-old Rhonda is the cuddly senior beside him. They both are up for adoption! Daisy (the white dog) is a foster fail... she found a permanent home with her devoted foster mom! Tilda is a 7 year-old terrier that Steven and his boyfriend Byron Lane (himself a testicular cancer survivor and the creator and star of the award-winning web series Last Will and Testicle) adopted from the Lange Foundation in 2015. The Lange Foundation plucks dogs from Los Angeles city shelters with immediate medical needs that make them more or less unadaptable, pays for medical care, and places them in carefully screened and loving homes. Tilda had been shot repeatedly with a BB gun -- someone had obviously used her as target practice.
Mirrorspectrum
a year
We have all experienced excruciating back pain . Our backs can be injured so easily so it is good to know how to relieve pain. This can be achieved with simple exercises. The Ischiadic nerve is the longest and thickest nerve in the body, and is composed of five small nerves that come out of the lumbosacral spine and descend down the legs where they branch into smaller nerves in the upper thigh, knee, leaves, foot and fingers. And aging and degenerative changes in the intervertebral discs, lifting cargo from awkward body position or performance of the wrong movement leads to cracking the ring discus and the outbreak of its central part, which begins to press the spinal root (the place from where the nerves). This disorder is called sciaticasciatica and usually occurs in the lower back (lumbar spine). Sciatica in pregnancy is also a frequent problem that occurs due to heavy loading of the spine and affects future young mothers.
Ned Hardy
a year
Backs and necks have gotten longer, chest jutted forward and legs have shrunk to such proportions that there is barely any clearance between the chest and floor. The dachschund has the highest risk of any breed for intervertebral disc disease which can result in paralysis; they are also prone to achondroplastic related pathologies, PRA and problems with their legs. German Shepherd The German Shepherd Dog is also a breed that is routinely mentioned when people talk about ruined breeds; maybe because they used to be awesome. In Dogs of All Nations , the GSD is described as a medium-sized dog (25 kg /55 lb), this is a far cry from the angulated, barrel-chested, sloping back, ataxic, 85-pounders (38 kg) we are used to seeing in the conformation ring. There was a time when the GSD could clear a 2.5 meter (8.5 ft) wall; that time is long gone. Pug The Pug is another extreme brachycephalic breed and it has all the problems associated with that trait – high blood pressure, heart problems, low oxygenation, difficulty breathing, tendency to overheat, dentition problems, and skin fold dermatitis.
YourNewsWire
a year
When doctors remove spinal tumors, they have to remove significant amounts of bone and even entire intervertebral discs, leaving a significant gap. To ensure the integrity of the spinal cord and maintain the strength of the patient’s spine, doctors have to fill the gaps; however, current methods for doing so are not ideal. Patients typically have to choose between an aggressive, [...]
Daily Mail - Home
2 years
Daily Mail - Health
2 years
NewsMax Health
2 years
Steroid injections for lower back pain may provide some relief for certain patients, but any benefits are temporary, a new study finds. Lower back pain related to herniated disk (when intervertebral disks become compressed and bulge) and, to a lesser degree, spinal stenosis...
Collective Evolution
2 years
If you have ever suffered from sciatica or sciatic nerve pain, you know it isn't pleasant. Originating in the lower spine area, it can show up even without an injury causing it. Typically sciatic pain is felt in the buttocks and can radiate down the the upper thigh. While the pain can extend to the foot, it is less common.[1] The pain is felt in fleshy parts of the body, but it stems from a pinching of nerves departing from the spinal cord in the intervertebral disks. Sciatic pain can often get worse when pressure is applied to the affected area. Things like sneezing, coughing, going to the bathroom, and engaging in regular activities can cause sciatic pain to flare up.[1] Treatment Modern treatment for sciatica involves pain relievers and avoidance of stress on the spinal area by resting and limiting activities. Even though this may reduce pain, it doesn't have many long term effects.