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Serious knee injuries increasing in kids and teens, researchers warn

MELBOURNE: Injuries to a critical ligament in the knee are becoming more common in children and teens, researchers warn. Injuries to the anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) “are a significant public health issue” that put youngsters at risk for developing future health problems, said Dr. Louise Shaw of the Royal Melbourne Hospital in Victoria, Australia, coauthor of an infographic published in the British Journal of Sports Medicine. Over the course of a decade, the annual rate increase of ACL injuries in children and…

Obesity tied to serious complications after knee injuries: study

NEW YORK: Knee dislocations are becoming more common among obese people, and these patients are more likely than normal-weight individuals to develop blood vessel damage that can lead to amputations, a recent study suggests. Knee dislocations happen when the patella, or kneecap, slips out of its normal position, often as a result of trauma, intense exercise or physically challenging work. But for obese people, knee dislocations are often due not to trauma or excessive force but to strain from carrying excess body weight.…