Improperly-Sized Tennis Racket Grip Doesn’t Cause Tennis Elbow

Researchers apparently have “gotten a grip” on the relationship between the development of tennis elbow (tendonitis) and the size of the grip on the racket a player uses. A grip that is either too big or too small for the player’s hand is not a factor in whether or not a player may develop tennis […]

Most NFL Players Return To Competition After ACL Injury, But At A Reduced Performance Level

The good news for NFL players who sustain an injury to their anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) is that they’ll likely play again in the NFL. The bad news is, they’ll return with diminished performance on the field, concludes a study in the December issue of The American Journal of Sports Medicine. “Although there have been […]

Medicaid Beneficiaries With Heart Problems Less Likely To Receive Recommended Care Than Privately Insured Cardiac Patients, Study Finds

Medicaid beneficiaries are less likely to receive recommended care for acute coronary syndrome than those who have private health insurance, according to a study published on Tuesday in the Annals of Internal Medicine, Scripps Howard/Seattle Post-Intelligencer reports. For the study, James Calvin, director of cardiology at Rush University Medical Center, and colleagues between January 2001 […]

Firms Covering Large Majority Of Nation’s Workers View Health Benefits As Important Recruitment Tool

Despite intense health care cost pressures, firms covering more than 90 percent of the nation’s workforce view health benefits as an important tool to attract and retain qualified workers, according to a national study by researchers at the Center for Studying Health System Change (HSC) and The Commonwealth Fund published in the November/ December edition […]

Despite Unanswered Safety Questions, U.S. FDA Lifts Restrictions On Silicone Breast Implants

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration today announced that it would lift restrictions on the sale of silicone gel breast implants. The agency approved applications by two companies — Inamed (now part of Allergan) and Mentor. The agency also took the unusual step of imposing nearly a dozen conditions on the sale of the devices […]

National Organization Awards Honor Contributions To Those Living With AD/HD

CHADD, the nation’s leading organization serving children and adults with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (AD/HD), has announced the names of honorees slated to receive special recognition at this year’s international conference in Chicago. Eleven people will receive five awards, including: Young Scientists’ Research Fund Award; CHADD Hall of Fame Award; CHADD Public Policy Award; Volunteer of the […]

New Surgeon-In-Chief Adapts Airline Safety Program To Improve Patient Safety

Adapting and incorporating some of the same safety techniques used by airline crews, the staff at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center is continually working to improve patient safety in the operating room. One way to approach the goal of improved patient safety, according to Bruce Gewertz, M.D., Cedars-Sinai’s new surgeon-in-chief, is to follow a training program the […]

Tissue Plasminogen Activator May Help Spur Dangerous Heart Arrhythmias, Weill Cornell Team Reports

Across the world, emergency medical teams often administer a powerful clot-busting drug called tissue plasminogen activator (t-PA) to help patients stricken by heart attack. But a new study led by researchers at Weill Cornell Medical College in New York City suggests the drug may have a darker side — raising patients’ risk for dangerous arrhythmias […]

Sunscreens With Benzophenone-3 Unsuitable For Children

Sunscreens that contain benzophenone-3 provide effective protection against both UVA and UVB radiation, but these preparations should not be used for young children. The substance can be found in the urine of adults several days after coming home from a holiday in the sun. A doctoral thesis from the Sahlgrenska Academy has recently presented these […]