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Walking Patterns and Balance Problems

Researchers have learned how to precisely predict the way a foot falls from one step to the next – and that could lead to better diagnosis and treatment of balance problems.

The investigators, from The Ohio State University, made the discovery based on watching people walk naturally on a treadmill. From that, they developed a mathematical model that can pinpoint the location of a person’s next step based on minute variations in the movement of the pelvis.

Making The Decision about Breast Implants

Should I get breast implants? Are there alternatives? Will they need to be replaced? No matter what your reason – medical or cosmetic – for getting breast implants, the subject can be confusing and even emotionally taxing. Here, experts from the federal Food and Drug Administration (FDA) tell you what you need to know both for an informed conversation with your doctor and an informed decision.

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Reducing Wait Time in Doctors’ Offices

Using a pain clinic as a testing ground, researchers at Johns Hopkins have shown that a management process first popularized by Toyota in Japan can substantially reduce patient wait times in doctors’ offices and possibly improve the teaching of interns and residents.

In a report on the pilot study, published online in September 2014, in Pain Medicine, the researchers adopted the so-called "Just-in-Time" training and inventory process used now by many manufacturers and service industries to stem waste and keep complicated operations from bottlenecking.

Nature Group Walks Improve Mental Health

Group nature walks are linked with significantly lower depression, less perceived stress, and enhanced mental health and well-being, according to a study conducted by the University of Michigan with partners from De Montfort University, James Hutton Institute, and Edge Hill University in the United Kingdom. The findings appear in September 2014 ina special issue of Ecopsychology devoted to “Ecopsychology and Public Health”.

A "Flute" That Helps COPD Patients

A hand-held respiratory device may offer COPD patients improvement in their symptoms, according to a new study from the University of Buffalo.

The research analyzed the effect of the device, the Lung Flute, on patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). The illness, usually caused by smoking, is the third leading cause of death in the U.S.

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