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April 12, 2012
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April 8, 2012
Overuse Injuries Common Among Female Athletes
A new study has found that overuse injuries account for more than one-quarter of all injuries suffered byU.S. collegiate athletes.
The majority of the overuse injuries (62 percent) was experienced by women, especially those who played field hockey, soccer, softball, and volleyball.
“Overuse injuries may present not only physical challenges, but also psychological ones that could significantly affect an athlete’s recovery and performance,” study co-author Tracey Covassin said in a journal news release.
“Understanding the frequency, rate and severity of overuse injuries is an important first step for designing effective injury-prevention programs, intervention strategies and treatment protocols to prevent and rehabilitate athletes with these types of injuries,” Covassin said.
The study appears in the April issue of the Journal of Athletic Training.
April 5, 2012
A new research has suggested that there appears to be an association between Depo-Provera, an injectable form of progestin-only birth control, and an increased risk of breast cancer in young women.
The study found that recent use of the injectable contraceptive (formally called depo-medroxyprogesterone acetate or DMPA) for a year or longer was linked with a 2.2-fold increased risk of invasive breast cancer.
“Although breast cancer is rare among young women and the elevated risk of breast cancer associated with DMPA appears to dissipate after discontinuation of use, our findings emphasize the importance of identifying the potential risks associated with specific forms of contraceptives given the number of available alternatives,” study leader Dr. Christopher Li, a breast cancer epidemiologist at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center in Seattle, and colleagues wrote.
“In the United States, many women have numerous options for contraception, and so it is important to balance their risks and benefits when making contraceptive choices,” Li noted in a news release from the research center.
The findings are published online and in the April 15 print issue of the journal Cancer Research.
April 2, 2012
Researchers have reported that a non-invasive scan may someday help medical practitioners track the progress of prostate cancer and help guide treatment.
Known as a prostate cancer-specific radiotracer, the imaging tool has only been tested successfully in mice so far but a team from Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in New York City said this technology may help determine cases where prostate cancer has spread to the bone.
Findings of the study were to be presented Saturday at the American Association for Cancer Research annual meeting in Chicago, and are also being published in Cancer Discovery.
Dr. Erik Goluboff, an attending urologist atBeth Israel Medical Center,New YorkCity, agreed that, “this is an exciting study using a novel radiotracer to detect PSA-expressing tissues throughout the body.”
He believes that the new tool’s “greatest strength would be in monitoring changes in PSA expression in tissues as a result of various treatments. If a treatment showed a marked change, it could continue to be used in that patient, hence “personalized” medicine. If a specific change did not occur, that treatment could be abandoned and another tried instead. Since these changes could not be detected based on a PSA blood test alone, this new test would be very helpful in determining early on which therapy to choose in a given patient.”
March 15, 2012
Believe it or not, the youth of today face endless challenges in every path of the life. The fact that the role of youth is often neglected and members of the young society are the future as well as the present of the society clearly suggests that there is so much to be done to identify and address problems and needs of the youth.
It is really surprising to learn that what is labeled as future of the society is not even considered capable of taking its own decisions. Moreover, young members of the society have to face the brunt of cultural, socio-economic, and global decisions that don’t even consider them as living beings. If that was not all, a big majority of the youth population is fighting daily against poor hygiene, old-age laws, lack of sanitation and basic facilities, absence of education, abuse, etc. Despite tall claims of international epidemiological demographic changes and policy improvements, the concept of youth development has hardly seen any noteworthy measures and the role of youth has been left to that of the followers when they should have been groomed as decision makers of the future.
The list of atrocities does not do any favor to youth and health of the young members of the society has to struggle against acute and chronic illnesses that are compounded or induced by unemployment, poverty, uneven distribution of income, and economic hardship. The cumulative toll of living in an uneducated society, violence, drugs, abuse, and hardship is doing no good.
One of the biggest hurdles that has been in the road to youth development is the fact that most youth promotion agencies focus solely or heavily on health and forget that young minds of the society need equal rights and freedom to speech, privacy, relationships, and make decisions for themselves. In short, these agencies forget to deliver services, affection, trust, healthy behavior, equal opportunities, and skills in the safest and most supportive of an environment that is established on the protective factors of the community and family.
Unless the family and the community realize that the concept of youth development cannot move any further, for the betterment, in the lack of coordination and integration of multiple resources and intentions as well as mechanisms of the society are formulated and executed in such a way that the role of youth is specified and young members of the society are asked to take decisions and learn from them, there would no point in highlighting positive youth news across the media. The worst part is that present day mechanisms and thinking approach are too slow and rigid that they fail to or avoid recognizing the essential value of the intersectoral approach to understand the real needs of the youth.
The list does not end here–some government and other agencies have a habit of making unwarranted choices and decisions that are unfavorable to youth and it is high time that informed decisions are made to promote youth development like never before and stop blaming the youth for every bad incident in the world. It is time for the world to acknowledge the special concerns of youth and adolescents and provide them uninterrupted access to learning and its influence on health, life, well-being, functioning of society, etc. and let the world benefit from the participation of youth. Moreover, youth development programs should be evaluated at regular intervals to stay in line and ahead of the changing times and needs and there should be surveillance systems to ensure that balanced growth and development of young members of the society is not just talked on the papers, but happens in real.