Mindfulness meditation for pain reduction is better than placebo
In trials against placebos, mindfulness has been found to reduce pain better than the placebo, as well as producing a different pattern of activity within the brain. Maybe practice meditation for the next time pain kicks in.
Spinal fusion bone-growth agent, “no-evidence” of increased cancer risk.
Transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation, time to turn it up?
In a recent study using Transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation (TENS) in order to treat low back pain, the researchers found that older patients require a higher TENS amplitude to receive the same response younger patients receive on a lower one.
So if it doesn’t feel as effective as it once did maybe it’s time to crank it up?
Osteoarthritis and your body clock…
Osteoarthritis affects 8 million people in the UK and has been found to be intrinsically linked to your body clock.
Research led by Dr Qing-Jun Meng found that body clocks within cartilage cells played a significant role in the repairing of cells at different times of the day.
The protein that controls the body clock in these cells was found to be at smaller and smaller levels as osteoarthritis progressed.
Many osteoarthritis patients have said that symptoms worsen at different times of the day which may strengthen the evidence that our biological clock has a bigger role then previously thought. This new information can help in the development of new treatments for osteoarthritis sufferers.
For now however, Dr Qing-Jun Meng advises that “eating and exercising at set regular times each day is also something we think is a good idea.”
New synthetic bone graft
A new type of bone bone graft called Inductigraft has been developed by scientists at Queens Mary University of London.
Inductigraft has been designed to mimic natural bones with the inclusion of pores that help in the regeneration of bone. This new bone graft aids in the guiding and regeneration of bone tissue in just four weeks.
The current preferred bone graft utilises a small segment of the patients own bone tissue, in many cases this requires a separate incision in order to collect it for use. The use of Inductigraft would therefore mean that bone grafts can be performed without the need of the patients own bone tissue, meaning no need for separate incision.