Top Health Updates:
More Evidence Questions Benefits of Arthroscopic Knee Surgery
The case continues to mount around the lack of evidence to support arthroscopic surgery for degenerative knees—this time, by way of research that calls for a “reversal of a common medical practice,” even among patients with knee osteoarthritis. Authors of the article write that the procedure produces “small inconsequential” benefits in pain and that surgery produced no benefit in function. Read More
Talking Therapy Shows Promise for People with Chronic Low Back Pain
New research from Royal Holloway, University of London has found that a new form of talking therapy is a credible and promising treatment for people with chronic low back pain who are also suffering from related psychological stress.
Sleep or Die? Growing Body of Research Warns of Heart Attacks, Strokes
A growing amount of research suggests that not getting enough shut-eye could have insidious effects on heart disease, obesity and other conditions. Read More
Strokes Steal 8 Years’ Worth of Brain Function, Study Suggests
Having a stroke ages a person’s brain function by almost eight years — robbing them of memory and thinking speed as measured on cognitive tests, according to a new study.
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Diet May Trump Noise Exposure in Hearing Loss, Research Shows
University of Florida researchers have found a link between healthy eating and another of your five senses: hearing. Read More
Medicare Provides Tips on Reducing Errors around Insufficient Documentation
According to Medicare administrative contractors (MACs), physical therapy procedures are among the “more common” procedures that get denied due to insufficient documentation. It’s a pattern they’re hoping to change through additional information aimed in part at physical therapists (PTs). Read More
Intensive Motor Learning Can Improve Function Post-Stroke, Even if it Begins a Year Later
Authors of a small study of motor learning (ML) treatment with patients post-stroke claim that not only can the approach make a difference more than a year after the stroke event, but that ML alone works about as well as ML that uses robot-assisted training or functional electrical stimulation (FES).
Pollution May Age the Brain
Exposure to air pollution may hasten brain aging, a new study has found.
Breakthrough Tinnitus Research Could Lead to Testable Model
A global research effort provides new insights into how tinnitus, and the often co-occurring hyperacusis, might develop and be sustained.
Massage Therapy Can Reduce Inflammation at the Circulatory Level
This month’s research review by the Massage Therapy Foundation explored the findings of a randomized, blinded study examining the effects of Swedish massage on exertion-induced muscle injury.
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