ALLERGY, RESPIRATORY
Overweight Moms More Likely to Have Asthmatic Kids
'Safe' Ozone Levels May Not Be for Some
Combating Myths About Seasonal Allergies
ALTERNATIVE MEDICINE
Supplement Hampers Thyroid Cancer Treatment
U.S. Spends Billions On Alternative Medicine
Cranberries May Help Prevent Urinary Tract Infections
ANIMAL CARE
Animals Respond to Acupuncture's Healing Touch
'Comfort Dogs' Come to Emotional Rescue
Rest Easy. When It Comes to Swine Flu, Your Pet Is Safe
BONES & JOINTS
Tips to Ease an Aching Back
Sea Worm Inspires Novel Bone Glue
B Cells Can Act Alone in Autoimmune Diseases
CANCER
Quitting Smoking Doubles Survival in Early Stage Lung Cancer
Yoga Eases Sleep Problems Among Cancer Survivors
Breast Self-Exam Rates Go Up With Counseling
CAREGIVING
3 Steps Might Help Stop MRSA's Spread
ER Less Likely to Diagnose Stroke in Younger Folks
For Dialysis Patients, More Pills = Lower Quality of Life
CIRCULATORY SYSTEM
Years of Exposure to Traffic Pollution Raises Blood Pressure
Exercise May Blunt Salt's Effect on Hypertension
Migraines in Pregnancy Boost Vascular Risks
COSMETIC
What to Do If You Have Unsightly Veins
With Psoriasis, the Internet May Offer Hope
Study Evaluates Laser Therapies for Hair Removal
DENTAL, ORAL
An Oral Approach to Heart Disease
Rheumatoid Arthritis May Harm Gums
Hormones May Be to Blame for Women's Cavity Rates
DIABETES
Poor Blood Sugar Control After Heart Surgery Impacts Outcomes
Spices, Herbs Boost Health for Diabetics
Chamomile Tea May Ward Off Diabetes Damage
DIET, NUTRITION
Occaisonal Dieting May Cut Breast Cancer, Study Says
Fatty Acid in Olive Oil Wards Off Hunger
Healthy Eating While On Vacation
DISABILITIES
Review Finds Marijuana May Help MS Patients
Could Your Cell Phone Help Shield You From Alzheimer's?
ENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH
Air Quality Better in Northeast, Midwest
Old-Growth Forests Dying Off in U.S. West
Pregnant Rural Women More at Risk
EYE CARE, VISION
FDA Goes After Unapproved Eye Washes, Skin Ointments
Eye Disease, Cognitive Decline Linked in Study
Half of U.S. Adults Lack 20/20 Vision
FITNESS
FDA Mandates New Warnings for Botox
Have Fun This Summer, But DO Be Careful
Good Warm-Ups Could Halve Sports Injuries
GASTROINTESTINAL PROBLEMS
Soothing Imagery May Help Rid Some Kids of Stomach Pain
New Guidelines Issued for Management of IBS
HRT Use Raises Risk of Stomach Trouble
GENERAL HEALTH
Multivitamins Might Prolong Life
Bacterial Infections May Succumb to Honey
Diet, Exercise May Slow Kidney Disease Progression
HEAD & NECK
Zen May Thicken Brain, Thwart Pain
Many Children Will Outgrow Headaches
Ski Helmets Encouraged for All
HEALTH & TECHNOLOGY
E-Mailing Your Way to Healthier Habits
'Comfort Dogs' Come to Emotional Rescue
Subway Defibrillators Save Lives
HEARING
Summer Sounds Can Lead to Hearing Loss
Noise Hurts Men's Hearing More, Study Shows
HEART & CARDIOVASCULAR
Man's Best Friend Helps Mend Broken Hearts
Using Light Therapy to Silence Harmful Brain Activity
How Weight Loss Can Help the Heart
INFECTIOUS DISEASE
Viral Infection Might Trigger High Blood Pressure
Swine Flu Loves a Crowd
Surgical Masks Could Prevent Flu, Maybe
INFERTILITY
Obesity May Affect Fertility in Young Womene
KID'S HEALTH
Scary Toxins Make Halloween Face Paints Questionable
When It Comes to Toys, Shop Smart, Shop Safe
Pool Chemicals Raise Kids Allergy, Asthma Risk
MEN'S HEALTH
Drinking Green Tea May Slow Prostate Cancer
More Vitamin C May Mean Less Chance of Gout
Physical Activity May Prolong Survival After Colon Cancer
MENTAL HEALTH
Drink Away Dementia?
Living Alone Increases Odds of Developing Dementia
Massage Fosters Healing in Bereaved Relatives
PAIN
Are We Exercising Pain Away? Not So Much.
Alleviating Rheumatoid Arthritis
Tai Chi May Help Ease Fibromyalgia
PHYSICAL THERAPY
PREGNANCY
Breast-Feeding May Protect a Woman's Heart
Woman in America Are Delaying Motherhood, Study Says
Pregnant Women Exposed To Certain Pollutants Could Lower Childs IQ
SENIORS
Laughter Can Stimulate a Dull Appetite
Older Adults May Have Some Immunity to Swine Flu
Exercise Benefits Even the Oldest Old
SEXUAL HEALTH
SLEEP DISORDERS
Lose Weight, Sleep Apnea May Improve
6 to 8 Hours of Shut-Eye Is Optimal for Health
Daylight Savings: Not a Bright Time for All
WOMEN'S HEALTH
Exercise During Pregnancy Keeps Newborn Size Normal
Acupuncture May Relieve Acid Indigestation In Pregnancy
Vitamin D Deficiency Puts 40% of U.S. Infants and Toddlers At Risk
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Quick Orthopedic Repair Can Save Young Shoulders

MONDAY, Feb. 2 (HealthDay News) -- Surgery to repair a young athlete's dislocated shoulder may greatly reduce the risk of recurring injury, according to experts who looked at two types of shoulder injuries (dislocation and overuse damage) in children and teens.

"Studies show that performing arthroscopic surgery to repair the labrum (the firm rubbery tissue around the rim of the shoulder socket that is important for maintaining shoulder stability) following an initial shoulder dislocation in young patients results in better patient-reported outcomes and reduces the chance of a second dislocation from more than 80 percent to less than 10 percent," article co-author Dr. Dean Taylor, an orthopedic surgeon and professor of surgery at Duke University Medical Center, said in an American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons news release.

Arthroscopic surgery helps repair the shoulder anatomy close to normal, Taylor said. He added that "all young patients that have a shoulder dislocation should see an orthopedic surgeon soon after the injury to discuss both non-operative and surgical treatment options."

The article was published in the February issue of The Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery.

Overuse injuries to the shoulder develop over time due to repeated stress of activities such as throwing a baseball. Overuse damage can be prevented by using proper training techniques and age-specific guidelines. Young athletes should work with coaches to develop proper mechanics for pitching and throwing styles and learn stretching exercises for the shoulder area, the article said.

Young baseball players should follow the guidelines on rest and pitch count established by Little League Baseball.

"Putting pressure on kids to win can put them at risk for developing problems that they will have for the rest of their lives," Taylor said.

Warning signs of a shoulder injury include:

* Pain either during or after throwing a ball.
* Chronic pain in the shoulder area that doesn't respond to rest.
* A numb sensation in the arm.
* Feeling that the shoulder joint is unstable or popping out of the socket.

More information

The U.S. National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases has more about shoulder problems.



-- Robert Preidt



SOURCE: American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, news release, Feb. 2, 2009

Last Updated: Feb. 02, 2009

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