Another Nail in the Coffin for Meniscal Tear Surgery

If the improvement from an exercise regimen matches surgical outcomes, why resort to meniscal tear arthroscopy?
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(Donít Just) Stand In The Place Where You Work

The MET value of standing versus sitting at the office does not rise to a difference in caloric expenditure that would seem to lead to weight loss.
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Obesity, Diet and Mortality Trends: Thereís Work To Be Done

The average diet has improved in recent years, but nearly half of u.s. adults still consume poor-quality diets.
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For Healthy Kids, Consider Bedtime and Bottle Size

Two new studies offer a few seldom-considered strategies for parents trying to raise healthy, physiotypical children.
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Why and How Acupuncture Works

A new randomized trial finds acupuncture to be superior to morphine in emergency department patients with pain.
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Heart Failure: An Avoidable Endgame

Understanding heart failure is important for your health as you age and for the health of those close to you.
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The Clinic

Calf Overload Can Come from the Back
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Foot Drop: a Gait Abnormality Not to Take Lightly
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Understanding Post-exercise Sugar Spikes
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Fighting Nausea on the Race Course
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The Back Page

On the Road with Dave and Dan: Notes from the 2016 MILE DAYS Grassroots

Cacapon XC Camp 2016 – Bringing back the Past
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Grappling with Staph Infection

Grappling sports—e.g., jiu jitsu, judo, submission wrestling, mixed martial arts—are a popular training activity for millions of people. They deliver an incredible, full-body workout, have a long and rich tradition across many cultures worldwide, and can be as rewarding as they are challenging, as fun as they are competitive.

Because these sports tend to focus on ground fighting and complex body holds, including joint locks, chokes and throws, skin-to-skin contact is nearly constant for the duration of a workout. Add to this the often high-temperature environment of a gymnasium and you get a very effective recipe for breeding and transferring staph infection.

Staphylococcus aureus, or staph infection, is a bacterium that many healthy people carry around on their skin without being infected by it at all. But when staph gets into the body through a cut or other opening, it can cause an infection. Sometimes this is only a mild annoyance, but it can be quite serious: staph infections can range from minor skin problems all the way to endocarditis, a life-threatening infection of the inner lining of your heart that is precisely as disturbing as it sounds.

Skin infections caused by staph bacteria include boils, contagious rash and cellulitis (an infection commonly seen on the lower legs and feet).
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Less Pokémon, More Go?

Pokémon Go is a phone-based gaming app of the type known as “augmented reality.” Augmented reality is a direct or indirect view of a real-world environment whose physical elements are overlaid with or altered by computer-generated images, usually in real time, to enhance your current perception of reality. Virtual reality, on the other hand, replaces the real world with a simulated one.

An early example of augmented reality is the digitally painted-in line of scrimmage (or first down markers) used during televised football games. Now, the technology has made the inevitable migration to smartphones, on which millions of people can spot digitally painted-in pokémon (literally, “pocket monsters” in Japanese) in their real-world surroundings, and attempt to “capture” them.

The task of hunting down and capturing these colorfully rendered creatures first appeared on Game Boy in the 1990s. The modern version of the game uses GPS and Google Maps to place pokémon in the world wherever you are. Your device screen displays a map of your local area and as you walk around, the game tracks your position and different species of pokémon appear for you to capture.

The intergenerational feuding around whether Pokémon Go is a good or a bad thing stems largely from an argument made within the backlash community that, heaven help us, kids already disappear into their screens for far too many hours in the day, and now we have found a way to screen-poison outside time as well. This criticism is problematic for two main reasons. (continued)


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