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Patients with familial hypercholesterolemia (FH) are at increased risk of peripheral arterial disease (PAD) and chronic kidney disease (CKD), a new prospective study confirms. Ankle-brachial index (ABI) and estimated glomerular filtration rate (eGFR) were also independently associated with risk of myocardial infarction in FH patients. Read More
Proprioceptive neuromuscular facilitation (PNF) muscle-stretching exercises can help prevent foot drop in patients with Charcot-Marie-Tooth (CMT) disease type 1A. The finding is reported in the study “Ipsilateral proprioceptive neuromuscular facilitation patterns improve overflow and reduce foot drop in patients with demyelinating polyneuropathy,” led by researchers at the University of São Paulo, Brazil, and published in the Journal of Exercise Rehabilitation. Read More
In a series of experiments with mice, investigators have used an experimental compound to successfully reverse hair loss, hair whitening and skin inflammation linked by previous studies to human diets heavy in fat and cholesterol. "Further research is needed, but our findings show promise for someday using the drug we developed for skin diseases such as psoriasis, and wounds resulting from diabetes or plastic surgery." Read More
Nurses in the UK carry out 180 wound dressing changes a year on each patient with a chronic wound, a survey has indicated. It also suggested that chronic wounds, such as diabetic foot ulcers, pressure ulcers and venous leg ulcers, take more than eight months to heal for the average patient. Despite advancements in wound care, patients report dressings are changed on average five times a week, according to the survey of more than 200 people living with chronic wounds. Read More