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Swelling in rheumatoid arthritis and where it occurs

Swelling in rheumatoid arthritis and where it occurs

Rheumatoid arthritis is an autoimmune disorder that causes inflammation and swelling in the joints. These symptoms tend to affect the hands and feet and can weaken and restrict these parts of the body. Fortunately, both at-home and medical treatments are available to help reduce swelling associated with rheumatoid arthritis (RA). In this article, we take […]

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How serious is a fractured skull?

How serious is a fractured skull?

The skull can break, or fracture, if it is subject to a direct and forceful impact. The underlying cause of a skull fracture is a head trauma that is significant enough to break at least one bone. People with a skull fracture need treating as soon as possible. Skull fractures can vary in severity, and […]

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Soleus strains and calf injuries: What to know

Soleus strains and calf injuries: What to know

The soleus is a muscle in the calf that runs from directly behind the knee to just above the muscles around the ankle. The soleus is essential for everyday activities, such as running, walking, standing, dancing, and balancing. Muscle injuries are the most common injuries in sports. Correctly diagnosing and treating muscle strain is vital […]

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A soy-based diet could help strengthen bones

A soy-based diet could help strengthen bones

A new study has investigated the impact of dietary soy on bone strength in postmenopausal women. The authors conclude that eating more soy might in fact strengthen bones in women of all ages. Could soy improve bone health in women? The reduction in bone density and strength that is common in postmenopausal women is of […]

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Tendon repair: What to expect

Tendon repair: What to expect

Doctors carry out tendon repair surgery to fix a tendon injury. Tendons are tough, stretchy tissues that join muscles to bone. Their job is to allow the body to move and to transfer weight. Tendons also help protect joints from damage. There are two main types of tendon: Flexor tendons, which work by tightening to […]

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How do you stretch out your tailbone?

How do you stretch out your tailbone?

The tailbone, or coccyx, is at the bottom of the spine and helps to support the pelvis. It is possible to injure or fracture the tailbone, causing inflammation and pain. Persistent tailbone pain is known as coccydynia. The tailbone is triangular and consists of between three and five semi-fused bones. In humans, it is a […]

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Calcium-rich foods that vegans can eat

Calcium-rich foods that vegans can eat

Plenty of foods are rich in calcium, and many do not contain dairy. This may be good news, particularly for vegans and people who are lactose intolerant so cannot fully digest dairy products. Calcium is essential for general health. Most adults aged 19–50 require 1,000 milligrams (mg) of calcium per day, according to the National […]

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What is osteosarcoma?

What is osteosarcoma?

Osteosarcoma is a type of bone cancer. A person with osteosarcoma may feel many symptoms, including pain and swelling. Doctors do not know why some people develop osteosarcoma. The outlook is more favorable when the tumor has not spread. Osteosarcoma is a relatively rare type of cancer with around 800 to 900 new cases reported […]

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Omega-3-derived cannabinoid may stop cancer

Omega-3-derived cannabinoid may stop cancer

New research suggests that the body’s natural pain-killer, the “endocannabinoid system,” may also have cancer-fighting properties when “activated” by omega-3 fatty acids. Foods rich in omega-3 fatty acids include salmon, avocado, and nuts. Our bodies have an “endogenous,” or “built-in,” pain-killing system named after the cannabis plant: the endogenous cannabinoid system, otherwise known as the […]