Medical Breakthroughs


NOTE:  Please tell me if a link on this page is broken, because Ivanhoe, where I find most of these articles, archives their articles often, then you have to pay to be a member before you can retrieve them; however, I normally save the articles in their entirety, and can repost them.  Thanks!  Peggy.

Acupuncture Helps Fibromyalgia
A new study out of the Mayo Clinic reveals acupuncture can help ease the painful symptoms associated with fibromyalgiaFMS), a chronic musculoskeletal condition characterized by fatigue, stiffness in the joints, and sleep problems.
Posted 6/16/06

Back Pain Relief Without Surgery
Back pain is a huge problem in the United States, and there aren't a lot of successful treatments. One promising technique, called spinal mobilization, has been around since the 1920s, but it's a difficult procedure for therapists to perform. They're often left with arthritis and crippled hands. Now, a new device used in Britain is here in the United States to help.
Posted 2/13/07

Balloon for Back
Westerners are all-too familiar with back pain, 25 million of them being Americans who are suffering from some form of back misery. On the site this week we have an interview with the first person in the country to have the new, minimally invasive surgical procedure that places a tiny balloon in the bad disc, providing relief from back pain. Read about the DASCOR Disc Arthroplasty System, which five patients in the United States and about 40 patients worldwide have had with good results.
Posted 4/10/07

Best Fix for Osteoporosis
About 10 million Americans suffer from osteoporosis. The condition is characterized by low bone density, making people susceptible to fractures. But now doctors may be able to offer the most effective treatment yet.
Posted 6/22/06

Better Herniated Disc Surgery -- In-Depth Doctor's Interview
Posted 9/14/06

Bone Loss and Low-Carbohydrate Diets
Low carbohydrate diets -- high in protein, omega-6 fatty acids and saturated fat -- are shown to have negative effects on the bones in animal studies.
Posted 5/31/06

Easing Spinal Tumor Pain
From the University of California, San Diego, is our report on the new procedure that removes spinal tumors and helps relieve the pain for patients who have suffered spinal fractures. Read the story to find out why Dr. Wong says, "It's almost like using Luke Skywalker's light saber..."
Posted 4/3/07

Easing Spinal Tumor Pain -- In-Depth Doctor's Interview
Posted 6/11/07

Fighting Rheumatoid Arthritis, posted 4/28/06

Mending Bad Bones
Take a look at our report from Baton Rouge on what Dr. Timothy Syperek has to say about repairing foot problems using the Taylor Spatial Frame, which he calls a "high-speed erector set for doctors."
Posted 11/21/06 

New, Improved Back Surgery
Exciting new twist on traditional spinal fusion, which offers a six-week, versus six-month, recovery time!!!
Posted 5/30/07

Old Remedy/New Help for Fibromyalgia
Fibromyalgia affects one in nine people and leaves its victims in constant pain. It's difficult to diagnose, and there is no cure. But there is hope. An ingredient found in a common over-the-counter drug may ease patients' pain.
Posted 9/6/06 

Repairing Ribs
If you've ever broken a rib, your doctor probably told you to go home, take some pain medication, and let it heal on its own. But for patients with the worst fractures that appears to be bad advice. This surgeon has had better luck repairing those fractures in the operating room.
Posted 9/14/06

Pubic Bone is Better Place for Bone Grafting
The hipbone is the usual site for bone harvesting, but the pubic bone could be a safer source.
Posted 1/18/07 

Resurfacing Hips
Last year, a record 400,000 Americans had hip surgery. Most opted for total hip replacement, but now Dr. Vail is offering those patients an alternative to a total hip replacement. It's called hip resurfacing.
Posted 11/14/06

Rheumatoid Arthritis Drug Linked to Cancers
A new analysis of previous studies shows rheumatoid arthritis drugs known as TNF-tumor necrosis factor) blocking antibodies may increase the risk of cancer and infectious diseases.
Posted 5/18/06

U.S. Finally Gets Hip to Replacement Surgery
The procedure, using something called the Birmingham hip resurfacing system, won federal approval in May as an alternative to the total hip replacement for suitable candidates.
Posted 6/15/06