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According to a recent NHS Choices article, swaddling babies or wrapping them tightly may lead to hip damage.

Baby wrapped in blankets

Could the centuries old practice of “Swaddling” damage young hips?

Since Prince George was seen leaving the hospital after his birth, apparently tightly wrapped, it has been suggested that swaddling may have come back into fashion.

Indeed, babycare shops seem to be reporting increased demand for shawls and baby blankets.

But Professor Nicholas Clarke, an orthopaedic surgeon from Southampton University Hospital, argues that swaddling may have an adverse effect on the development of young hips.

He says that swaddling (tightly wrapping a baby) forces the hips into a straightened position where the legs are pressed together, which may lead to a condition called hip dysplasia.

Problems may not show up at a young age and could lead to a higher possibility of hip replacement later in life.

Read full article on NHS Choices website

Deployed air bag in car

In December 2012 the UK government unveiled plans to reduce the huge number of whiplash claims which have been pushing up insurance premiums.

An article published by the Chartered Society of Physiotherapists and the Guardian newspaper told how Justice secretary, Chris Grayling, launched a

consultation on creating new independent medical panels to improve diagnosis of whiplash injuries.

This aims to ensure that genuine claims can still go ahead, but exaggerated, misrepresented or fraudulent claims are robustly challenged.

It will also consult on options to allow more whiplash cases to be challenged in the small claims court and to change the current position where it can be cheaper for insurance companies to accept questionable claims than to contest them.

Medical panel experts have warned that physiotherapists might end up being excluded from the medical panels.

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Chartered Society of Physiotherapy (members access only) – Physios could be sidelined by latest whiplash proposals

New Rheumatoid Arthritis Drug

An article on the Arthritis Care website posted on the 8th October 2009 looks at the progress and potential of a new drug for Rheumatoid Arthritis.

Launched in the UK by its manufacturers on 8 October 2009. Tocilizumab, (brand name RoActemra) is intended for people with moderate to severe rheumatoid arthritis (RA) for whom existing treatments do not work. Read more… »

Oily Fish Help Arthritis


Cod liver oil and especially Omega 3 fatty acids are said to be an important factor in the treatment of Rheumatoid Arthritis. Read more… »

mountain_bike_dec08_presser_pic_550x200The Forestry Commission is encouraging people in Cumbria to have fun and get fit in the New Year by heading to their local forest for some fresh air and exercise. Read more… »