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Meta-Analysis Confirms 'Tennis Elbow' as Occupational Risk (CME/CE)
(MedPage Today) -- Repetitive strain doesn't just affect the wrist (Source: MedPage Today Allergy)
Source: MedPage Today Allergy - March 17, 2016 Category: Allergy & Immunology Source Type: news

The Alexander Technique can help you (literally) unwind
(Follow me at @DrEvaSelhub) In the 1890s, a Shakespearean actor named Frederick Matthias Alexander set out to discover why he often lost his voice when he performed. (Imagine yourself as a Shakespearean actor, completely dependent on your voice to pay your bills, finding yourself without a voice just when you needed to perform!) Needless to say, Alexander had to figure out why this was happening. He began by observing himself in multiple mirrors while he prepared to perform. Indeed, he did discover that something changed prior to his speaking: He was contracting the muscles in his upper body, especially his neck, so strong...
Source: New Harvard Health Information - November 23, 2015 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Eva Selhub MD Tags: Back Pain Behavioral Health Complementary and alternative medicine Pain Management alexander technique Source Type: news

Candy Crush Is So Addictive That This Man Didn't Notice He Tore A Tendon
By: Rachael Rettner Published: April 13, 2015 02:21pm ET A California man tore a tendon in his thumb after playing a puzzle game on his smartphone too much, according to a new report of the case. The case is interesting because such injuries are usually quite painful, but the man appeared to not notice any pain while he played, according to the doctors who treated him. The case shows that, in a sense, video games may numb people's pain and contribute to video game addiction, they said. "We need to be aware that certain video games can act like digital painkillers," said Dr. Andrew Doan, a co-author of the ...
Source: Science - The Huffington Post - April 14, 2015 Category: Science Source Type: news

Repetitive strain injury common among breast imagers
Almost 60% of breast imaging radiologists experience repetitive strain injury (more) (Source: AuntMinnie.com Headlines)
Source: AuntMinnie.com Headlines - September 26, 2014 Category: Radiology Source Type: news

Methylprednisolone injections significantly improve carpel tunnel symptoms, but surgery still likely
Methylprednisolone injections significantly reduce pain and improve function in carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS) in the short term, but only slightly reduce the rate of surgery after one year. CTS is a common condition in which there is excessive pressure on the nerve in the wrist that allows feeling and movement to parts of the hand. Patients are initially treated with wrist splinting, but many go on to have surgery. While surgery often produces good outcomes, recovery can last several weeks and includes lost work time. Thus, finding an effective nonsurgical treatment is desirable... (Source: Health News from Medical News Today)
Source: Health News from Medical News Today - September 5, 2013 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Pain / Anesthetics Source Type: news

Myths & Truths about Tourette Syndrome
This study also found a decrease in tics in adults who received CBIT. Unfortunately, behavior therapy isn’t widely available. Medication is used more frequently to treat tics. Doctors typically prescribe clonidine or guanfacine as the first line of treatment, Woods said. They also may prescribe atypical antipsychotics, such as risperidone, he added. 4. Myth: Teaching kids to suppress one tic will trigger more or different tics. Fact: Research has found that when kids successfully suppress their tics, they don’t experience an increase in tics. One study even found that after the suppression condition, tics decr...
Source: Psych Central - August 29, 2013 Category: Psychiatry Authors: Margarita Tartakovsky, M.S. Tags: Atypical Antipsychotics Children and Teens Disorders General Medications Psychotherapy Self-Help Treatment Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder Behavior Therapy CBIT Clinical Psychologist Commo Source Type: news