Simple tasks like pouring milk or turning a doorknob become painful or impossible for patients with a chronic forearm injury, but a new replacement part can fix things. Last month, the first patients received Aptis Medical's prosthetic replacement of the distal radioulnar joint. The DRUJ replacement attaches a plate to the radius, the bone that supports the wrist and hand. A joint ball and stem are inserted into the ulna to restore motion, like turning your palm up or down. The operation is done on an out-patient basis, with most patients able to lift up to 25 pounds after the procedure.
Most coffee drinkers want their daily caffeine, but a study finds a "latte" caffeine use in the tiniest tots. A study in the January issue of the Journal of the American Dietetic Association, finds 90% of adults and three-fourths of kids consume caffeine everyday. Among kids, soft drinks were the prime source. Overall in the past 50 years, soda consumption increased from 11 gallons per year per person up to a whopping 49 gallons.
Dieting can be a real headache, but losing those extra pounds might cut back on your real headaches. A study presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Academy of Neurology focused on body mass index as a factor in chronic daily headache. The researchers found a third of the obese people occasionally missed work due to severe headache and they experienced pain that was more severe than the folks in lighter weight groups.