Although muscle and joint aches are common complaints for patients who suffer with chronic sinusitis, the seriousness of these issues is now better appreciated. In a paper presented at the 2008 American Academy of Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery Foundation (AAO-HNSF) Annual Meeting & OTO EXPO in Chicago, researchers revealed that the level of bodily pain in patients with chronic sinusitis is similar to that noted by individuals 65 years and older, and similar to the pain of patients with arthritis or depression. Sinus surgery, however, offers significant help. In the first review of its kind, researchers performed a meta-analysis of 11 studies to statistically analyze the connection between generalized bodily pain, sinus problems, and surgery to relieve clogged sinuses. They found that the daily experience of pain affecting the body in general was much more common in patients with sinus disease than in the overall population.
Work-related musculoskeletal disorder (MSD) is common among individuals whose job requires repetitive isometric maneuvers or awkward body positions. However, the prevalence of MSD among endoscopists is not well known. There are neither detailed descriptions nor analyses of the severity of the symptoms, risk factors, and management in eastern countries. A research article to be published on July 21, 2008 in the World Journal of Gastroenterology addresses this question. The survey led by Prof. Lee from Samsung Medical Center of Sungkyunkwan University in Korea investigated 55 endoscopists practicing in 4 general hospitals and 2 health promotion centers. Data about age, gender, duration of practicing endoscopy, underlying musculoskeletal disease, and postures and habits during endoscopy were collected.
During this year's baseball playoffs, Chicago White Sox outfielder Ken Griffey Jr., 38, threw a picture-perfect strike from center field to home plate to stop an opposing player from scoring. The White Sox ultimately won the game by a single run and clinched the division title. Had Griffey been 40, it could be argued, he might not have made the throw in time. That's because in middle age, we begin to lose myelin - the fatty sheath of "insulation" that coats our nerve axons and allows for fast signaling bursts in our brains. Reporting in the online version of the journal Neurobiology of Aging, Dr. George Bartzokis, professor of psychiatry at the UCLA Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior at UCLA, and his colleagues compared how quickly a group of males ranging in age from 23 to 80 could perform a motor task and then correlated their performances to their brains' myelin integrity.
Taking up bowling or tennis is an excellent way to stay fit. But if you're not careful, you might find that these amateur sports can have unexpected long-term health risks. A new study headed by Dr. Navah Ratzon, a long-time occupational therapist and director of the Occupational Therapy Department at Tel Aviv University, can be applied to any number of leisure sport activities. "Increasing numbers of adults are pursuing amateur athletics during their leisure hours. But we've found worrying indications that this activity - when not done properly - may have negative effects on the musculoskeletal system, " she says. In the United States, musculoskeletal disorders and disease are the leading cause of disability, and are the cause of chronic conditions in 50% of all people 50 years and older.
Chronic fatigue syndrome is more likely to be developed in individuals who experience trauma in childhood, according to an article released on January 5, 2008 in the Archives of General Psychiatry, one of the JAMA/Archives journals. This may be in conjunction with a suggested biological pathway, involving neuroendocrine dysfunctions associated with the early trauma in chronic fatigue syndrome patients. Chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS) is a condition related to several painful and tiring symptoms, and is presently a poorly characterized condition at best. According to the article, CFS affects up to 2.5% of adults in the United States, but very little is known about its causes or development. However, several risk factors have been previously identified, including female sex, genetic predisposition, certain personality traits and physical and emotional stress.