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Quitting smoking helps with back pain

Patients with severe back pain who stop smoking report less pain than patients who continue For years, research has shown a link between smoking and an increased risk for low


Vitamin D does not reduce knee pain

In a two-year randomised trial, patients with symptomatic knee osteoarthritis who received vitamin D supplementation did not have a significant difference in knee pain or cartilage volume loss compared to


Poorer outcomes for obese patients receiving lumbar disc treatment

While obese patients are more likely to have surgical treatment for lumbar disc herniation than non-obese patients, obesity increases operative time, blood loss and length of hospital stay, according to


Surgeons may use hand gestures to manipulate MRI images in OR

Doctors may soon be using a system in the operating room that recognises hand gestures as commands to tell a computer to browse and display medical images of the patient


Female athletes knee-deep in ACL injuries

Sports training and ACL reconstruction should focus on unique characteristics of the female knee Female athletes are three times more likely to suffer from anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) ruptures, one