More Coffee May Lead To A Longer Life

Tired of apologizing for your addiction to a morning mug (or two or three) of coffee? No more need for guilt – that java may be just what the doctor should order. Continue reading

Chronic Pain Is Determined by Emotions, Scientists Believe

Emotions may determine why some people are more likely to suffer chronic pain than others, a study has found.

The emotional state of the brain can explain why different individuals do not respond the same way to similar injuries, say scientists. Continue reading

Could the Ways Animals Regenerate Hair and Feathers Lead to Clues to Restore Human Fingers and Toes?

This summer’s action film, “The Amazing Spider-Man™,” is another match-up between the superhero and his nemesis the Lizard. Moviegoers and comic book fans alike will recall that the villain, AKA Dr. Curt Connors, was a surgeon who, after losing an arm, experimented with cell generation and reptilian DNA and was eventually able to grow back his missing limb. The latest issue of the journal Physiology Continue reading

Heal Nerve and Muscle Injuries with a Swim

Have you ever experienced sciatica pain? It usually crops up when you irritate your sciatic nerve. The pain can typically radiate from your lower back, down the back of your thigh. Sometimes the shooting pain can even reach as far as your knees. Prescribed treatments run the gamut from painkillers to surgery. Continue reading

Extreme Heat Related Injuries Can Be Prevented

Dr. Pat Crocker knows better than most that it’s dangerously hot in Central Texas these days.

“We are in an exceptionally hot period — a 100-year drought with 106-, 107-degree days. So we’re at a higher risk for heat injuries, and it just makes sense for people to be extra careful,” said Crocker, chief of emergency medicine at Dell Children’s Medical Center.

That includes the high school football players and coaches found on sweltering, sun-baked fields.

In protecting young athletes from heat-related illnesses, Crocker said, “there are a number of things that have clear value because most, if not all, exertion-related heat injuries are preventable. Continue reading

Man Bags Can Cause Serious Back Injuries

LONDON – A team of medical experts has claimed that man bags, which have become the ultimate symbol of a modern metro sexual, are responsible for causing serious back injuries.

Man bags have come of age in the last decade, replacing the old-fashioned briefcase, with an increasing number of high profile men from David Beckham to Jude Law sporting them, reports the Telegraph.

Unlike a stiff attaché case, which has a carry handle, a man bag has a strap and is usually made of soft leather or canvas, allowing men to sling it across their backs.

UK’s favorite retailer, John Lewis, said sales of man bags have increased 21 per cent over the last year.

But the British Chiropractic Association estimated that the average weight of these bags now totals 6.2kg, or 13.7lb – the equivalent of nearly 14 bags of sugar – because of the quantity of electronic hardware that so many carry on a daily basis.

“Man Bags are now a necessity for many men during their daily lives, but they could cause back and shoulder pain from prolonged stress, this can also impact posture,” Tim Hutchful from the British Chiropractic Association said.

“The bags serve a purpose so we need to become more savvy in how we use them, whilst learning to read our bodies and know when we’re placing too much pressure on certain points,” he said.

Hutchful urged man bag owners to ensure they kept the straps short and to alternate which shoulder they slung it across. They also urged people to keep items in the bags to a minimum.