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Expert Alert: Don’t Let Common Winter Injuries Take You Down
Winter is a wonderful time of year, especially if you can avoid slipping, falling and getting hurt.
Sanjeev Kakar M.D., a Mayo Clinic orthopedic surgeon who specializes in injuries to the hand and wrist, treats his share of injuries during the winter.
Here are some of the common injuries Dr. Kakar sees and how he treats them:
Frostnip and frostbite
Frostbite happens when the skin and underlying tissues freeze. Mild frostbite ― the earliest stage of the condition ― is known as frostnip.
"It's a spectrum. With the milder forms, you can get some pain and some numbness of the fingertips, and the skin can change its color," Dr. Kakar says. "It can be red, white or blue. Blisters can also develop on your hands, and it can be a very serious injury."
Frostbite is more common than people think, Dr. Kakar says. He sees frostbite when the temperature is 5 degrees Fahrenheit with minimal windc
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ASHA Comments on Draft Regulations For Over-the-Counter Hearing Aids
Stressing the need for safety and for the pre-purchase of audiological assessment, the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) submitted comments to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) concerning draft regulations for over-the-counter (OTC) hearing aids, a new category of medical devices intended for persons with mild-to-moderate hearing loss. These OTC devices are expected to be available later this year.
“Hearing loss is a serious and complex medical condition that affects approximately 48 million Americans,” said ASHA 2022 President Judy Rudebusch Rich, EdD, CCC-SLP, BCS-CL.
“It can have great impact on a person’s overall health, physical safety, and quality of life,” Rich said. “Consequently, we appreciate the opportunity to comment on the draft regulations. The final version of them will have a significant bearing on the lives of many.”
ASHA opened its com
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New MRI Technique Could Improve Diagnosis And Treatment Of Multiple Sclerosis
It is important that multiple sclerosis (MS) is diagnosed and treated as early as possible in order to delay progression of the disease. The technique of magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) plays a key role in this process. In the search for ever better methods, a new MRI technique has been used at MedUni Vienna as part of a research project that could pave the way to quicker assessment of disease activity in MS. The study was conducted by a research team led by Wolfgang Bogner at MedUni Vienna's Department of Biomedical Imaging and Image-guided Therapy and was recently published in the leading journal "Radiology".
Multiple sclerosis is a disease of the central nervous system that manifests itself in changes (lesions) primarily in the brain. As yet, there is no cure for MS, but it can be effectively treated. Early diagnosis is critical to the prognosis, with highly detailed imaging techni
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Issuing Food Prescriptions Doesn’t Guarantee Patients Will Fill Them, Ohio State Study Finds
It takes more than a health care provider’s referral to get a person experiencing food insecurity to use a foodbank for the first time, according to a new study from The Ohio State University College of Medicine published in the Journal of the American Board of Family Medicine.
Researchers found patients who participate in clinic-based food referral programs are more likely to use a foodbank if they have visited one in the past.
“Clinic-based food referral programs are intended to encourage and support healthy eating for food-insecure patients who have health conditions that are impacted by poor diet, but there’s limited evidence to show how often these services are used,” said Daniel Walker, researcher and assistant professor of family medicine at The Ohio State University College of Medicine. “Our study aims to fill the knowledge gap and establish a framework to determine why some pa