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Air Quality Better in Northeast, Midwest
Using Music and Sports to Improve Kids' Asthma
ALTERNATIVE MEDICINE
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Imaging Sheds Light on How Acupuncture Works
ANIMAL CARE
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Animals Respond to Acupuncture's Healing Touch
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BONES & JOINTS
Resistance Training Boosts Mobility in Knee Arthritis Patients
Brazilian Mint Tea Naturally Good for Pain Relief
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CANCER
No Verdict Yet on Grape Seed Extract vs. Breast Cancer
Study Suggests Link Between Cell Phones and Brain Tumors
Study Cites Gains in Gall Bladder Cancer Treatment
CAREGIVING
More Than 60,000 Patients Risked Hepatitis Infections
Are Hospital Mobile Phones Dialing Up Superbugs?
UV Lights, Fans May Curb TB Spread in Hospitals
CIRCULATORY SYSTEM
Obesity Linked to Heart Failure Risk
Anemia Rates Down for U.S. Women and Children
Tai Chi and Qigong Offer Many Health Benefits: Review
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Health Tip: After Liposuction
New Genetic Links to Baldness Discovered
With Psoriasis, the Internet May Offer Hope
DENTAL, ORAL
Gummy Bears Join Cavity Fight
Sports Drinks May Be Tough on Teeth
Gum Disease May Reactivate AIDS Virus
DIABETES
Diabetes Linked to Cognitive Problems
Exercise Protects Black Women From Type 2 Diabetes
Red-Grape Compound May Improve Diabetes
DIET, NUTRITION
Olive Oil May Be Key to Mediterranean Diet's Benefits
Indian Spice May Thwart Liver Damage
Omega-3 May Reduce Endometriosis Risk
DISABILITIES
Could Your Cell Phone Help Shield You From Alzheimer's?
Review Finds Marijuana May Help MS Patients
ENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH
EPA Alerts Seniors to Carbon Monoxide Dangers
Global Warming May Bring More Respiratory Woes
Exhaust From Railroad Diesel Linked to Lung Ailments
EYE CARE, VISION
Gene-Transfer Proves Safe for Vision Problem
Eye Test Could Spot Diabetes Vision Trouble Early
Hybrid Cars Pose Risk to Blind, Visually Impaired
FITNESS
Any Exercise Good After a Heart Attack
The Juice From Beetroots May Boost Stamina
Daily Exercise at School Yields Rewards
GASTROINTESTINAL PROBLEMS
New Yogurt May Ease Stomach Ulcers
Traditional Nonsurgical GERD Treatments Not Impressive
Japanese Herbals May Ease Gastro Woes
GENERAL HEALTH
Living With Less TV, More Sweat Boosts Weight Loss
Hoping for a Happy Family Holiday? Here's How
Be Healthy, Spend Less
HEAD & NECK
Many Children Will Outgrow Headaches
Ski Helmets Encouraged for All
Zen May Thicken Brain, Thwart Pain
HEALTH & TECHNOLOGY
Study Suggests Link Between Cell Phones and Brain Tumors
'Cell Phone Elbow' -- A New Ill for the Wired Age
Save Your Aging Brain, Try Surfing The Web
HEARING
Noise Hurts Men's Hearing More, Study Shows
Summer Sounds Can Lead to Hearing Loss
HEART & CARDIOVASCULAR
Implanted Defibrillators Boost Long-Term Survival
Vigorous Exercise Cuts Stroke Risk for Men, Not Women
Heart Disease May Be Prevented By Taking Fish Oils, Study Shows
INFECTIOUS DISEASE
Grapefruit Compound Inhibits Hepatitis C Virus
Swine Flu Now Reported in All 50 States
The HPV Vaccine: Preventative Medicine or Human Sacrifice?
INFERTILITY
Obesity May Affect Fertility in Young Womene
KID'S HEALTH
Green Tea May Help Brain Cope With Sleep Disorders
Frequent Feedings May Be Making Babies Fat
Standard IQ Test May Underestimate People With Autism
MEN'S HEALTH
Soy Linked to Low Sperm Count
Low Iron Levels Cut Cancer Risk in Men With PAD
Sunlight May Help Protect Men From Kidney Cancer
MENTAL HEALTH
Optimism May Boost Immune System
Estrogen May Help Men's Hearts
Meditation, Yoga Might Switch Off Stress Genes
PAIN
Are We Exercising Pain Away? Not So Much.
'Cell Phone Elbow' -- A New Ill for the Wired Age
Alleviating Rheumatoid Arthritis
PHYSICAL THERAPY
PREGNANCY
Pregnant Women Exposed To Certain Pollutants Could Lower Childs IQ
Calcium Supplements Cut Blood Lead Levels During Pregnancy
Breast-Feeding Benefits Moms and Babies
SENIORS
Older People at Greater Risk of Swine Flu Death
Tai Chi May Help Ease Fibromyalgia
Boost In Elderly Population Will Be Felt Worldwide
SEXUAL HEALTH
SLEEP DISORDERS
Lose Weight, Sleep Apnea May Improve
Moderate Aerobics May Ease Insomnia Symptoms
Exercising Throat Muscles May Relieve Sleep Apnea
WOMEN'S HEALTH
Supportive Weigh-In Program Keeps Pounds Off
Prenatal Stress May Boost Baby's Asthma Risk
Woman in America Are Delaying Motherhood, Study Says
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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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