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  • Early study suggests a new, injectable gel may greatly reduce chronic low back pain

    An experimental formulation of a hydrogel, injected into spinal discs, proved safe and effective in substantially relieving chronic low back pain caused by degenerative disc disease (DDD), according to new research to be presented at the Society of Interventional Radiology Annual Scientific Meeting, in Boston.

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  • Smoke break: New study strengthens link between smoking and increased fracture risk in men

    It's no secret that puffing cigarettes is the culprit behind a whole host of ailments, including respiratory diseases and cancers of the lungs and throat. But a new University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV) study has revealed that male smokers—who, demographically, are more likely than women to light up—are also placing themselves at a significantly increased risk of osteoporosis, bone fractures, and early death.

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  • Americans Try Many Things to Ease Chronic Back Pain

    Nearly half of all U.S. adults have back pain, and 40% say the pain limits their social activities, according to a new poll.

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  • Q&A: Osteoporosis and exercise

    Recently, she was diagnosed with osteoporosis and is worried about maintaining her active lifestyle for fear of injury. Can she continue to exercise? If so, which types of exercises will be best for her?

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  • Understanding swallowing difficulties after spine surgery can improve quality of life

    Difficulty swallowing is one of the most common complications of anterior cervical spine surgery (ACSS). Investigators who evaluated possible risk and contributing factors report in Advances in Communication and Swallowing that although most difficulties resolve within two months, the perception of swallowing difficulty can persist for longer, but this does not always correlate with test results.

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