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Scientists Examine Peak Bone Mass Timing and Body Fat Related to Bone

Osteoporosis has been called “a pediatric disease with geriatric consequences,” because the bone mass attained in youth is an important determinant of lifelong bone health. Two recent studies funded by...

PBS drug listings extended for treatment of psoriatic arthritis

The Commonwealth Government is extending the listing of three drugs on the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (PBS) from 1 August 2006 to allow subsidised access for the treatment of psoriatic arthritis...

Popular Osteo Medication Now Available on PBS

The Commonwealth Government has extended the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (PBS) listing of the osteoporosis medication - Alendronate. From 1 April 2007, Alendronate (in the form of Fosamax® Once Weekly and...

Workstation Myths

Many generally accepted guidelines for posture and furniture at computer workstations are, in reality, myths. If rigidly followed, these misconceptions can lead to uncomfortable and costly mistakes. Some of these...

Agreement closer on Trans-Tasman Therapeutic Authority

At the meeting the New Zealand Minister for State Services, Annette King, and the Australian Parliamentary Secretary for Health, Christopher Pyne, covered a range of issues including the importance of...

National Institute for Complementary Medicine

The Commonwealth Government will provide $4 million to the University of Western Sydney to help establish a National Institute for Complementary Medicine. The institute will develop national priorities for complementary...

Back Pain-Expectations Drive Patient Decisions

When it comes to back pain caused by herniated disks, many patients have strong opinions about whether surgery is right for them. But what influences those opinions? Researchers funded by...

Lower Back Pain & Latest Surgical Development

How common is lower back pain? Lower back pain, also known as ‘lumbago’, is very common. The majority of people (around 70 or 80%) will experience lower back pain at...

Government Denies Pain Relief To Children And The Elderly

There is growing alarm and anger at the removal of the Medicare benefit for pain-relieving joint injections for children and people suffering from severe arthritic conditions. Patients are affected as...

Advances in Scoliosis Surgery Help 27-Year-Old Artist Get Her Life Back

Twenty-seven-year-old Shana Siegel is once again climbing up on high scaffolding, lugging around power tools and five-gallon cans of paint, and even working 13-hour days. Less than six months ago...

Treating Young Athletes With Chronic Hip Pain May Be The Key To Slowing Or Halting The Progression Of Degenerative Hip Disease

Recently, increased understanding of hip structural abnormalities has allowed specialists to better identify underlying hip conditions that previously went unrecognized and to more accurately diagnose hip problems in children, teens...

Rise of the Hip Specialist: Symposium Discusses Breakthroughs in Treatments for Hip Conditions

Childhood disorders can lead to arthritis later so focus is on preserving the hip joint One of the fastest growing fields in orthopedic surgery is that of a hip specialist...

Back Pain Trial Tests Paracetamol Power

Only a fraction of people with back pain are receiving the right treatment, according to the Sydney-based George Institute for Global Health. A study of 570 Australians with back pain...

Minimum Invasion - Major Results

Not long ago, having surgery meant a long hospital stay and an even longer recovery. Today, minimally invasive diagnostic and surgical tools allow patients to avoid unnecessary procedures and recover...

Alternative Therapy Expectations Affect Results

Patients who expect acupuncture or massage to work wonders for their back pain seem to improve more than patients who have lower expectations, according to a report. Dr. Donna Kalauokalani...

Osteoporosis & Exercise

Osteoporosis is a disorder characterised by a reduction in bone mass causing the skeleton to become increasingly fragile. The more fragile bone is, the greater the risk of fractures. Throughout...

Pilates

Pilates has become increasingly popular recently as an alternative to the more traditional methods of exercise, thanks to more sports stars and celebrities singing its praises. However, Pilates (or the...

Studies Find Acupuncture Safe When Done Skillfully

In one of the studies, both of which are published in the September 1st issue of the British Medical Journal, investigators calculated the number of side effects in over 34,000...

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