Saturday, November 13, 2010

The world turned upside down

Using ice on injuries is no longer quite the thing. A poster on the VFTT forum I frequent passes this along:

Ice Delays Recovery from Injuries
More than 30 years ago I coined the term RICE (Rest, Ice, Compression, Elevation) for the acute treatment of athletic injuries. Now a study from the Cleveland Clinic shows that one of these recommendations, applying ice to reduce swelling, actually delays healing by preventing the body from releasing IGF-1 (Insulin-like Growth Factor-1), a hormone that helps heal damaged tissue (Federation of American Societies for experimental Biology, November 2010).

So the familiar RICE has now become RCE. Non-vegetative in more ways than one: I can now toss all those decade-old packages of green peas collected in my special part of the freezer.

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