Archive for November, 2010

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An Upright MRI for a Better Patient Experience

Posted: 11/09/2010 by St.Vincent Editorial Staff

Often, patients with serious back pain will postpone treatment for their condition in order to avoid getting an MRI — making their back problem even worse over time. Here, St.Vincent Carmel spine surgeon Dr. James W. Hardacker explains how an¬†… Read more

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Extra Vitamin D Unnecessary For Most People, Experts Find

Posted: 11/30/2010 by St.Vincent Editorial Staff

It”s not uncommon to encounter health information that recommends taking high amounts of vitamin D. But an expert panel recently reported that most people already have adequate amounts of it — and that overloading on the vitamin could actually be¬†… Read more

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Exercise – But Not Too Much – May Help Prevent Arthritis

Posted: 11/30/2010 by St.Vincent Editorial Staff

Affecting more than 40 million people, arthritis can range from minor discomfort to excruciating pain. Naturally, people who haven’t developed it want to avoid it. Studies show that the best medicine for arthritis prevention might be exercise — but¬†… Read more

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Obesity May Reduce Arthritis Drug Effectiveness

Posted: 11/24/2010 by St.Vincent Editorial Staff

Obesity is already linked with numerous health problems. A recent study suggests it may also reduce the effectiveness of some newer medications for rheumatoid arthritis. The study, which included 89 patients, found that obese patients on the drug¬†… Read more

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A Break from Medication May Be Good for Osteoporosis

Posted: 11/24/2010 by St.Vincent Editorial Staff

Time off from certain drugs may be beneficial to the bone health of people with osteoporosis, a recent study found. The study, conducted at Loyola University Health System, found that bone density remained stable for three years in patients who¬†… Read more

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New Findings Shed Light on Knee Osteoarthritis

Posted: 11/18/2010 by St.Vincent Editorial Staff

If you have knee osteoarthritis, the presence of pain elsewhere will likely lead to even worse knee pain. A recent study found that patients suffering from osteoarthritis (OA) of the knee who also have pain in other joints generally suffer from¬†… Read more

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Regular Exercise Reduces Numerous Health Risks, Study Finds

Posted: 11/18/2010 by St.Vincent Editorial Staff

It has long been said that an apple a day keeps the doctor away. In fact, the real way to ward off health concerns is with daily exercise. According to a research review summarizing 40 papers published between 2006 and 2010, regular exercise can¬†… Read more

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New Drug May Be a Promising Treatment for Rheumatoid Arthritis

Posted: 11/09/2010 by St.Vincent Editorial Staff

There’s no cure for rheumatoid arthritis. But a promising new drug could bring pain relief to people with the disease. The drug, bortezomib, may reduce severity and inflammation caused by the disease, according to a new study conducted by Greek¬†… Read more

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New Database Could Revolutionize Scoliosis Treatment

Posted: 11/09/2010 by St.Vincent Editorial Staff

Scolisoft — an international online database for scoliosis cases — is the brainchild of Vincent Arlet, M.D., a spine surgeon with the University of Virginia School of Medicine. According to Dr Arlet, Scolisoft could potentially change the¬†… Read more

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Treating the Athlete in the 21st Century

Posted: 11/05/2010 by St.Vincent Editorial Staff

Athletic injuries haven’t changed much over the years. But the methods of treating and preventing them have. Here, St.Vincent Carmel Hospital orthopedic surgeon Dr. Robert Czarkowski discusses how things have changed since he started working with¬†… Read more