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JAMA Claims Chronic Musculoskeletal Pain Increases Fall Risk in Older Adults

By |December 2, 2009|Health|

JAMA Claims Chronic Musculoskeletal Pain Increases Fall Risk in Older Adults

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SOURCE:   Journal of the American Medical Association 2009; 302 (20): 2214-2221

Chronic pain is experienced by as many as two out of three older adults. Now, a new study finds that pain may be more hazardous than previously thought, contributing to an increased risk of falls in adults over age 70. The findings appear in the November 25 issue of The Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA).

“It’s clear that pain is not just a normal part of aging and that pain is often undertreated in older adults,” explains lead author Suzanne Leveille, PhD, RN, who conducted the research while a member of the Division of Primary Care at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (BIDMC) and is currently on the faculty at the University of Massachusetts Boston. “Our findings showed that older adults who reported chronic musculoskeletal pain in two or more locations – mainly in the joints of the arms and legs – as well as individuals who reported more severe pain or pain that interfered with daily activities were more likely to experience a fall than other individuals.” (more…)

Man Controlls Robotic Hand With Thought

By |December 2, 2009|Education|

This may not be the ideal posting for anyone with Terminator-anxiety, so please be forwarned.

ROME – An Italian who lost his left forearm in a car crash was successfully linked to a robotic hand, allowing him to feel sensations in the artificial limb and control it with his thoughts, scientists said Wednesday.

During a one-month experiment conducted last year, 26-year-old Pierpaolo Petruzziello felt like his lost arm had grown back again, although he was only controlling a robotic hand that was not even attached to his body. (more…)