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  • Pomegranate peel may cure deadly brain disorders (Alzheimer's and Parkinson's)

    08/23/2014 3:43:03 AM PDT · by Innovative · 20 replies
    Business Standard ^ | Aug 23, 2014 | IANS
    Two years of research by a Nigerian scientist has shown that sufferers of Alzheimer's and Parkinson's disease could be helped by punicalagin, a compound extracted from pomegranates. Olumayokun Olajide from the University of Huddersfield in West Yorkshire showed how punicalagin could inhibit inflammation in specialised brain cells known as micrologia. He also found the painful inflammation that accompanies illnesses such as rheumatoid arthritis and Parkinson's disease could be reduced using the same drug. "We do know that regular consumption of pomegranate has a lot of health benefits, including prevention of neuro-inflammation related to dementia," Olajide added.
  • This Common Drug Can Cure Baldness (Yale Univ. Study)

    06/21/2014 1:46:15 PM PDT · by Innovative · 23 replies
    Nature World News ^ | June 21, 2014 | Brian Stallard
    According to Yale University scientists, this new novel treatment option was crafted as a way to treat alopecia universalis - a disease that leaves its victims almost entirely bare of hair. The university reports that the results of experimental testing on a 25-year-old male patient mark the first successful targeted treatment of this disease in medical history. King is the senior author of a study published in the Journal of Investigative Dermatology that details this success. According to the study, the male study participant was placed on a daily regimen of 10 mg of tofacitinib citrate - a preexisting FDA-approved...
  • Input: Best keyboards for arthritic fingers

    05/28/2014 9:04:36 AM PDT · by daniel1212 · 37 replies
    5-28-2014 | Daniel1212
    I am interested in getting a soft touch keyboard, with keys that are raised and separate enough that I do not easily hit the wrong key, which I am very prone to do, and wondered if any FReepers have any suggestions. Under 25.00 would be preferable. The problem is that my fingers have become increasingly stiff over the years, and so they do not move independently well or fast, or precisely hit what i want, and therefore I often hit the wrong key that i want to press, usually resulting in multiple typos in every sentence, thus making typing slow....
  • Interleukin-6: a new therapeutic target in systemic sclerosis?

    05/08/2013 3:50:30 PM PDT · by neverdem · 2 replies
    Clinical & Translational Immunology ^ | 12 April 2013 | Steven O'Reilly, Rachel Cant, Marzena Ciechomska and Jacob M van Laar
    Abstract Interleukin-6 (IL-6) is a classic pro-inflammatory cytokine critical in mounting an effective immune response. It is secreted by a wide array of cell types; however, its effector cells are more restricted, owing to the fact that very few cells, except lymphocytes and hepatocytes, express the functional membrane IL-6 receptor thus reducing the number of IL-6-responsive cells. Trans-signalling, the shedding of the membrane-bound form of the IL-6 receptor into the local microenvironment, greatly increases the range of cells that can respond. IL-6 has been demonstrated to have a pivotal role in the pathogenesis of rheumatoid arthritis, Castleman’s disease and Crohn’s...
  • NEW SMART DRUG TO BEAT CRIPPLING PAIN OF ARTHRITIS

    08/09/2012 12:45:30 AM PDT · by neverdem · 10 replies
    Express (UK) ^ | August 9,2012 | Jo Willey
    A POTENT new pill has been developed which harnesses the body’s natural inflammation-busting ability to beat crippling arthritis. The “smart” drug not only helps relieve the devastating joint inflammation which leaves sufferers in daily agony but researchers also say it has no side-effects. The breakthrough offers real hope that the hundreds of thousands of Britons struck down by rheumatoid arthritis could soon be treated with a powerful medication which uses their own body to fight the disease naturally. Current drug treatments, once the disease has taken hold, have unpleasant and potentially dangerous side-effects. Methotrexate, or MTX, is the standard treatment...
  • Arthritis pain med that is also an abortifacient

    03/15/2012 12:24:56 AM PDT · by POWERSBOOTHEFAN · 13 replies
    3/15/12 | POWERSBOOTHEFAN
    I'm taking a prescription med for arthritis called Methotrexate. Has anyone heard of it or is taking it? From what I read is also used as an abortifacient,which shocked the heck out of me.
  • VANITY: Article by MD quoted by Rush today (low-fat diets, statin drugs all wrong)

    03/08/2012 1:28:48 PM PST · by Joe the Pimpernel · 41 replies
    I can't find the article that Rush was talking about. Does anybody have a link?
  • Anatabloc: A solution to chronic pain?

    11/13/2011 1:11:06 PM PST · by AtlasStalled · 17 replies · 1+ views
    WNEM ^ | 11/10/11 | Catherine Bodak
    Can an all-natural dietary supplement from tobacco plants help ease your chronic pain? Yes, according to the makers of a product called "Anatabloc." * * * Anatabloc, which comes in pill or lozenge form, is based on a substance called "Anatabine" that comes from tobacco plants. That's right tobacco. After you take a pill, it enters your body and interacts with a protein in your cells. The resulting cell adopts a natural anti-inflammatory process in the body. Researchers say it's very effective and promising in the battle against chronic pain.
  • New 'bouncer' molecule halts rheumatoid arthritis

    09/07/2011 9:37:03 AM PDT · by decimon · 13 replies
    Northwestern University ^ | September 7, 2011 | Unknown
    Protective protein prevents immune system from ravaging joints and bonesCHICAGO -- Researchers at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine have discovered why the immune cells of people with rheumatoid arthritis become hyperactive and attack the joints and bones. The immune cells have lost their bouncer, the burly protein that keeps them in line the same way a bouncer in a nightclub controls rowdy patrons. The Feinberg School team has identified this bouncer, a protein called P21, which prevents immune cells from launching into their destructive rampage through the cartilage and bone. When the scientists developed and injected an imitation of...
  • A wise man’s treatment for arthritis – frankincense?

    06/21/2011 5:58:17 PM PDT · by decimon · 16 replies
    Cardiff University ^ | June 1, 2011 | Unknown
    The answer to treating painful arthritis could lie in an age old herbal remedy - frankincense, according to Cardiff University scientists. Cardiff scientists have been examining the potential benefits of frankincense to help relieve and alleviate the symptoms of the condition. "The search for new ways of relieving the symptoms of inflammatory arthritis and osteoarthritis is a long and difficult one," according to Dr Emma Blain, who leads the research with her co-investigators Professor Vic Duance from Cardiff University’s School of Biosciences and Dr Ahmed Ali of the Compton Group. "The South West of England and Wales has a long...
  • The Newest Obesity Epidemic

    02/25/2011 1:03:32 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 14 replies
    GetLiberty.org (Americans for Limited Government) ^ | February 25, 2011 | Rebekah Rast
    America’s first lady is hell bent on fighting the obesity epidemic. For now it is focused on the nation’s children. She has interfered in school lunch and snack programs, and has even gotten one of the largest companies in the world, Wal-Mart, to comply with her plea to sell foods with less sugar and salt. In a Daily Caller op-ed, Orit Sklar, spokeswoman for My food. My Choice! wrote, “Now, one of the largest companies in the world is the vehicle through which all American food and health policy will flow. As Wal-Mart begins to institute the five-year plan, aimed...
  • Rheumatoid arthritis signaling protein reverses Alzheimer's disease in mouse model

    08/22/2010 3:55:50 PM PDT · by decimon · 18 replies
    University of South Florida (USF Health) ^ | August 22, 2010 | Unknown
    New study shows GM-CSF reduces AD pathology and eliminates memory lossTampa, FL (August 23, 2010) -- A signaling protein released during rheumatoid arthritis dramatically reduced Alzheimer's disease pathology and reversed the memory impairment of mice bred to develop symptoms of the neurodegenerative disease, a new study by the University of South Florida reports. Researchers found that the protein, GM-CSF, likely stimulates the body's natural scavenger cells to attack and remove Alzheimer's amyloid deposits in the brain. The study appears online today in the Journal of Alzheimer's Disease. People with rheumatoid arthritis, a chronic disease leading to inflammation of joints and...
  • Alcohol and arthritis link examined

    08/10/2010 2:14:40 PM PDT · by Nachum · 23 replies · 1+ views
    nhs.uk ^ | 8/10/10 | staff
    “Drinking alcohol can reduce the severity of the symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis,” according to the Daily Mail. The newspaper said that non-drinkers “are four times more likely to develop rheumatoid arthritis than those who drink alcohol on more than ten days a month”. The research behind this news used a questionnaire to ask people with rheumatoid arthritis and a group of healthy volunteers about how often they drank alcoholic drinks. The results showed that frequency of alcohol consumption was associated with both the risk of developing rheumatoid arthritis and the severity of the disease.
  • Arthritis

    05/05/2010 11:14:42 PM PDT · by blackbart.223 · 50 replies · 1,084+ views
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  • BUSPH study links rheumatoid arthritis to vitamin D deficiency

    04/07/2010 10:30:22 AM PDT · by decimon · 19 replies · 472+ views
    Boston University Medical Center ^ | Apr 7, 2010 | Unknown
    Women living in the northeastern United States are more likely to develop rheumatoid arthritis (RA), suggesting a link between the autoimmune disease and vitamin D deficiency, says a new study led by a Boston University School of Public Health researcher. In the paper, which appears online in the journal Environmental Health Perspectives, a spatial analysis led by Dr. Verónica Vieira, MS, DSc, associate professor of environmental health, found that women in states like Vermont, New Hampshire and southern Maine were more likely to report being diagnosed with RA. "There's higher risk in the northern latitudes," Dr. Vieira said. "This might...
  • Dozens Arrested In Medicare Fraud Busts Across US

    07/29/2009 8:18:07 PM PDT · by edpc · 5 replies · 454+ views
    AP via Yahoo News ^ | 29 July 2009 | Kelli Kennedy
    MIAMI – Federal authorities arrested more than 30 suspects, including doctors, and were seeking others in a major Medicare fraud bust Wednesday in New York, Louisiana, Boston and Houston, targeting scams such as "arthritis kits" — expensive braces that many patients never used.
  • How The Humble Hydrangea Shrub Could Hold The Key To Curing MS, Diabetes and Arthritis

    06/04/2009 10:36:17 PM PDT · by Steelfish · 53 replies · 2,736+ views
    June 04, 2009
    How the humble hydrangea shrub could hold the key to curing MS, diabetes and arthritis By FIONA MACRAE 05th June 2009 It's bright and beautiful flowers bring a splash of colour to gardens all over Britain. But it seems the hydrangea is more than just a pretty bloom. A drug made from its roots could be used to treat a raft of common diseases, researchers say. The colourful shrub - a staple of Chinese medicine - has the power to 'revolutionise' the treatment of multiple sclerosis, psoriasis and some forms of diabetes and arthritis, scientists claimed yesterday. Hydrangea: The common...
  • Study shows arthroscopic surgery does not remedy knee arthritis

    09/11/2008 4:59:13 PM PDT · by Mount Athos · 13 replies · 441+ views
    AP ^ | 09/10/2008
    <p>Arthroscopic knee surgery for arthritis — a procedure performed hundreds of thousands of times a year — does not reduce joint pain or improve knee function, according to new research released Wednesday. The study of 178 adults with moderate to severe arthritis found the surgery, in which damaged bone and cartilage are removed through tiny incisions, had no benefits beyond non-surgical treatments, such as physical therapy.</p>
  • Aussies crack cancer secret

    08/12/2008 10:34:52 AM PDT · by Schnucki · 15 replies · 255+ views
    The Daily Telegraph ^ | August 12, 2008
    AUSTRALIAN scientists are hoping to cure leukaemia, asthma and rheumatoid arthritis after their breakthrough discovery of how to stop killer blood cells growing. The team has unlocked the secrets behind the protein which controls the way the blood cancer cells spread when it is damaged - and have found a way to stop its deadly process. Work is now starting to design a drug to prevent the damaged proteins operating, effectively stopping the cancer as well as asthma and inflammatory diseases such as rheumatoid arthritis. After spending a decade uncovering the structure of the receptor protein, which sits on the...
  • Drinking Alcohol Cuts Risk Of Developing Rheumatoid Arthritis In Half, Study Suggests

    06/05/2008 10:47:18 AM PDT · by blam · 23 replies · 105+ views
    Science Daily ^ | 6-5-2008 | BMJ-British Medical Journal
    Drinking Alcohol Cuts Risk Of Developing Rheumatoid Arthritis In Half, Study Suggests ScienceDaily (Jun. 5, 2008) — Alcohol cuts the risk of developing rheumatoid arthritis by up to 50%, reveals research published ahead of print in the Annals of the Rheumatic Diseases. The Scandinavian researchers base their findings on more than 2750 people taking part in two separate studies, which assessed environmental and genetic risk factors for rheumatoid arthritis. Over half the participants (1650) had the disease and had been matched for age, sex, and residential locality with randomly selected members of the general public. All participants were quizzed about...
  • Alcohol 'cuts risk of arthritis'

    06/05/2008 2:52:41 AM PDT · by Schnucki · 13 replies · 219+ views
    al-BBC ^ | June 5, 2008 | Staff
    A regular tipple cuts the risk of developing rheumatoid arthritis by up to half, Swedish research suggests. The Karolinska Institute assessed 2,750 people in two studies, Annals of the Rheumatic Diseases reports. The risk was up to 50% lower for those who drank the equivalent of five glasses of wine a week compared with those who drank the least, they found. However, arthritis experts warned that drinking too much alcohol increased the risk of a range of health problems. Rheumatoid arthritis - an auto-immune disease caused by a malfunctioning immune system - is a condition which results in tender, stiff...
  • Arthritis Is A Potential Barrier To Physical Activity For Adults With Diabetes

    05/09/2008 5:33:02 PM PDT · by neverdem · 17 replies · 113+ views
    ScienceDaily ^ | May 10, 2008 | NA
    People with diagnosed diabetes are nearly twice as likely to have arthritis, and the inactivity caused by arthritis hinders the successful management of both diseases, according to a new Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR) study released May 8 by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). This is one of the first studies of its kind to look at the relationship between arthritis and diabetes and the outcomes associated with physical activity. The report finds that arthritis appears to be a barrier to being physically active for people with diabetes. Despite the fact that physical activity helps control...
  • Fibromyalgia Affects Women More Often Than Men

    04/26/2008 8:59:33 AM PDT · by blam · 32 replies · 248+ views
    Science Daily ^ | 4-25-2008 | Society for Women's Health Research
    Fibromyalgia Affects Women More Often Than Men ScienceDaily (Apr. 26, 2008) — Are you exhausted? Do you have pain all over but can’t figure out what’s wrong? If so, you may be suffering from fibromyalgia, a chronic condition that causes exhaustion, sleep disturbances and diffuse pain in your muscles, tendons, and ligaments. Fibromyalgia patients experience a range of symptoms of varying intensities that increase and decrease over time and often resemble other conditions. For years, because of their complex nature and a lack of research on the condition, many doctors misdiagnosed fibromyalgia symptoms or dismissed them as being in the...
  • Vegan Diet "Help" For Arthritis

    03/17/2008 8:14:36 PM PDT · by blam · 20 replies · 820+ views
    BBC ^ | 3-17-2008
    Vegan diet 'help' for arthritis Meat was off the menu for half of those in the study group Rheumatoid arthritis patients may be able to reduce their high risk of heart attacks and strokes with a gluten-free, vegan diet, a study suggests. Heart attacks and strokes are among the leading causes of death for sufferers, as the inflammation caused by the disease impacts upon the arteries. But an Arthritis Research and Therapy study found those who pursued a vegan regime had less "bad" cholesterol. By clogging arteries, this is seen as a key risk factor for heart problems.Rheumatoid Arthritis affects...
  • Ibuprofen Destroys Aspirin's Positive Effect On Stroke Risk, Study Shows

    03/17/2008 2:40:07 PM PDT · by blam · 29 replies · 1,991+ views
    Science Alert ^ | 3-17-2008 | University at Buffalo.
    Ibuprofen Destroys Aspirin's Positive Effect On Stroke Risk, Study Shows ScienceDaily (Mar. 17, 2008) — Stroke patients who use ibuprofen for arthritis pain or other conditions while taking aspirin to reduce the risk of a second stroke undermine aspirin's ability to act as an anti-platelet agent, researchers at the University at Buffalo have shown. In a cohort of patients seen by physicians at two offices of the Dent Neurologic Institute, 28 patients were identified as taking both aspirin and ibuprofen (a nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug, or NSAID) daily and all were found to have no anti-platelet effect from their daily aspirin....
  • Osteoarthritis Risk Linked To Finger Length Ratio

    01/07/2008 5:15:27 PM PST · by blam · 18 replies · 643+ views
    Science Daily ^ | 1-7-2008 | University of Nottingham.
    Osteoarthritis Risk Linked To Finger Length Ratio ScienceDaily (Jan. 7, 2008) — People whose index finger is shorter than their ring finger are at higher risk of osteoarthritis, a new University of Nottingham study has found. A study of more than 2,000 people suggests that people whose index finger is shorter than their ring finger are up to twice as likely to suffer from the condition, which is the most common form of arthritis. Index to ring finger length ratio (referred to as 2D:4D) is a trait known for its differences between the sexes. Men typically have shorter second than...
  • Finger Length Points To Arthritis Risk

    01/02/2008 5:57:56 PM PST · by ShadowDancer · 44 replies · 337+ views
    ClickonDetroit ^ | January 2, 2008
    Finger Length Points To Arthritis Risk Risk Higher If Ring Finger LongerPOSTED: 5:00 pm EST January 2, 2008 The ratio of the length of the ring and index fingers has been tied to athletic and sexual traits. Researchers now say it can also be an indicator of arthritis. A team from the University of Nottingham found that people with ring fingers that are much longer than their index fingers had a greater chance of getting arthritis in the knee, especially in women. For the study, they looked at more than 2,000 people who were considering joint replacements because of arthritis...
  • The Good News Just Keeps On Coming: Adult Stem Cells Treat MS and Arthritis in Mice

    11/26/2007 8:14:24 PM PST · by Coleus · 131+ views
    Wesley J. Smith ^ | November 22, 2007 | Wesley J. Smith
    As we celebrate the creation and potential of induced Pluripotent Stem Cells, adult stem cell research continues to bear fruit in animal and human studies. The latest is a truly exciting find out of Stanford University: Blood stem cells taken from a donor with a healthy immune system effectively treated multiple sclerosis and arthritis in mice. From the story in the Telegraph: Thousands of patients with arthritis and multiple sclerosis are given new hope today by scientists who have developed a way to alter the immune system.Both conditions are caused when the immune system becomes faulty and attacks the body....
  • UK fat patients claim discrimination (overweight patients are denied surgery)

    11/22/2007 5:49:04 PM PST · by Coleus · 27 replies · 118+ views
    star ledger ^ | 11/16/2007 | MARIA CHENG
    For two years, Frances Kinley-Manton says she lived with arthritis pain in her hips, a condition that kept her in a wheelchair. She wanted hip replacement surgery. But doctors at Britain's National Health Service said she was too fat for the operation. "They wouldn't even put me on a waiting list," Kinley-Manton recalled. Her doctor told the 210-pound woman to lose about 30 pounds before he would consider her for surgery. Unable to drop the weight through dieting, the 68-year-old Scotland resident took out a mortgage on her house to pay for a private operation on the Mediterranean island of...
  • High Doses Of Ibuprofen Raises Heart Attack Risk

    04/04/2007 9:10:23 PM PDT · by blam · 19 replies · 1,039+ views
    The Telegraph (UK) ^ | 4-5-2007 | Celia Hall
    High doses of ibuprofen raise heart attack risk By Celia Hall, Medical Editor Last Updated: 2:05am BST 05/04/2007 The common pain killer ibuprofen has been found to increase an existing risk of having a heart attack or a stroke in people who suffer from arthritis, research shows today. For some the risk was nine times higher. The findings bring more anxiety to the millions of arthritis sufferers in Britain as they follow a series of research studies that have shown increased risk of heart disease from the pain killers they take to ease the condition. The latest evidence comes from...
  • Waste DNA a Possible Cause of Arthritis

    10/27/2006 12:21:05 AM PDT · by neverdem · 33 replies · 1,587+ views
    ScienceNOW Daily News ^ | 26 October 2006 | Rhitu Chatterjee
    Not swell. Mice without DNase II (bottom) have swollen joints like those of human rheumatoid arthritis patients; mice with the enzyme have normal joints (top). Credit: Kawane et al., Nature, 443 (October 26, 2003)DNA may be the basis for all life, but it can also be a toxic waste product. According to a new study, mice will develop symptoms characteristic of rheumatoid arthritis if they can't break down and dispose of unwanted DNA. The findings suggest a new cause for the disease in humans. Like most of the molecular cogs that keep the human body running smoothly, DNA eventually outlives...
  • Body Reveals Its Inflammation 'Off Switch'

    10/01/2006 6:32:34 PM PDT · by blam · 23 replies · 1,403+ views
    New Scientist ^ | 10-1-2006 | Deb McKenzie
    Body reveals its inflammation 'off switch' 18:00 01 October 2006 NewScientist.com news service Deb MacKenzie Researchers have shed light on how the body switches off its immune response, a key step towards understanding autoimmune diseases and controlling inflammation. When immune cells die, they transform into “sponges” that soak up the molecules responsible for causing inflammation, researchers have discovered. The new information may lead to better drugs to treat inflammatory disorders, such as eczema. Inflammation is characterised by a red, painful swelling around a wound caused by blood fluids, proteins and immune cells flooding into an area of the body in...
  • (Adult) Stem Cells May Mend Arthritis Damage

    09/02/2006 9:58:40 PM PDT · by Coleus · 7 replies · 391+ views
    Fox News ^ | January 31, 2006 | Miranda Hitti
    Scientists have used stem cells to repair arthritis damage in mice.They tweaked the stem cells’ genes to pump up production of a bone-building protein called BMP-4. When mice with knee injuries got those stem cells, their knees healed better than other mice with the same injuries.  The finding comes from doctors including Ryosuke Kuroda, MD, PhD, of Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh and the University of Pittsburgh.  The experiment, described in Arthritis & Rheumatism, only included mice, not people. Joint damage is a hallmark of arthritis, and scientists don’t have a way to make arthritis-damaged joints as good as new.Healing an...
  • Periosteal Cells Grow Cartilage, Bone, and Skeletal Muscle

    04/21/2006 10:26:15 PM PDT · by Coleus · 6 replies · 393+ views
    Med Page Today ^ | 03.29.06 | Peggy Peck
    LONDON, March 29 - The day may be coming when stem cells help arthritis patients repair their own joints. Cultured adult human periosteal stem cells demonstrate mesenchymal multipotency, suggesting that they may be used to repair tissue and joint damage associated with arthritis, researchers here reported. Upon enzymatic release and culture expansion, cells harvested from the periosteum can "give rise to cartilage and bone," wrote Cosimo De Bari, M.D., Ph.D. and colleagues at King's College London in the April issue of Arthritis & Rheumatism. Moreover, the cells differentiated into chondrocyte, osteoblast, adipocyte and myocyte lineages regardless of donor age. Although...
  • Stem Cells Used To Help Those With Knee Pain

    04/27/2006 9:37:29 PM PDT · by Coleus · 18 replies · 548+ views
    CBS Corporation ^ | 04.26.06 | Dennis Douda
    Some Twin Cities doctors are using stem cells to give relief to people who suffer from chronic pain in their knees. More than one million Americans will have a knee procedure this year to ease chronic pain, but any complications can have a painful cost. One week after minimally invasive surgery, Andrew Gantman's knee is looking good and nearly pain-free. But his orthopaedic surgeon, Dr. Joel Boyd said Andrew has a 90 percent chance of developing arthritis in that knee at some point. "You may have patients who go onto arthritis within two to three years versus patients who go...
  • Presenting...The top 20 home remedies, A witches' brew of elixirs and potions that work!

    04/07/2005 5:15:00 PM PDT · by Coleus · 32 replies · 14,541+ views
    NY Daily News ^ | 04.06.05 | Joe and Teresa Graedon
    Presenting...The top 20 home remedies A witches' brew of elixirs and potions that work! For more than 25 years, Joe and Teresa Graedon have provided lifesaving medical advice and health commentary through their King Features nationally syndicated newspaper column, "The People's Pharmacy," and their radio show. Here are their top 20 home remedies. Hot Water for ItchesModerate itching (the sort you get from a mosquito bite or mild case of poison ivy without blisters) often responds to a hot water application. The water needs to be hot enough to be slightly uncomfortable but not so hot it burns (120-130...
  • Can a dietary supplement pick up the pieces? (joint pain)

    04/07/2005 12:37:29 PM PDT · by Coleus · 35 replies · 1,257+ views
    NorthJerseyNewspapers ^ | 04.05.05 | CHARLES STUART PLATKIN
    Can a dietary supplement pick up the pieces? Glucosamine, often recommended for joint pain, is one of the most popular supplements on the market. And considering the health concerns recently associated with nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medications, I thought it would be worth looking into whether glucosamine lives up to the hype.Background: Glucosamine and chondroitin are often combined together and used to treat osteoarthritis (OA), which occurs when the cartilage covering the end of the bone near the joint breaks down. OA affects the knees, backs, hips, hands and feet of more than 21 million people over age 45. And, according to...
  • Oily fish helps cut inflammation

    03/15/2005 12:27:25 AM PST · by nickcarraway · 5 replies · 223+ views
    Scientists have discovered why a diet high in oily fish like salmon and mackerel may help improve inflammatory conditions such as arthritis.They have found a key anti-inflammatory fat in humans is derived from a fatty acid found in fish oil. The researchers, from Harvard Medical School and Brigham and Women's Hospital, found the diet worked best when combined with low aspirin doses. Details are published in the Journal of Experimental Medicine. The inflammatory response protects the body against infection and injury, but when it goes wrong it can lead to conditions such as arthritis, and cardiovascular disease. The Harvard team...
  • Pain Sufferers Find Yoga and Diet Can Comfort

    03/02/2005 4:15:11 AM PST · by Just Kimberly · 266+ views
    Arizona's East Valley Tribune ^ | 2-14-2005 | Carrie White
    Pain Sufferers Find Yoga and Diet Can Comfort ImmuneSupport.com 02-14-2005 By Carrie White, Tribune Scottsdale, Arizona rheumatologist Paul Howard doesn’t believe pharmaceuticals, by themselves, are the best way for people with arthritis to get better. Rather, Howard sees treatment for the disease — joint inflammation affecting nearly 70 million Americans — as involving a combination of exercise, supplementation, diet and, if needed, weight loss. His patients bear out his approach. Peggy McKee, 76, of Scottsdale first visited Howard’s office three years ago with an arthritis flare-up shortly after the death of her husband and a daughter. McKee, who suffers from...
  • FDA Panel: Celebrex Should Stay on Market

    02/18/2005 12:16:45 PM PST · by freespirited · 5 replies · 269+ views
    AP ^ | 2/17/05 | RANDOLPH E. SCHMID
    WASHINGTON - Advisers to the Food and Drug Administration (news - web sites) concluded Friday the popular painkiller Celebrex poses an increased risk for heart problems but should remain on the market because the benefits outweigh the dangers. The panelists suggested a number of possible restrictions, including placing a "black box" warning on the label warning of the potential dangers and who's at risk, providing more patient information with the drug, restricting which patients could get it and banning direct-to-consumer advertising for Celebrex. The FDA is not bound to follow any of the recommendations. If it does decide to keep...
  • Police stun 75-year-old

    10/20/2004 1:09:55 PM PDT · by TERMINATTOR · 83 replies · 1,764+ views
    The Herald ^ | October 20‚ 2004 | Matt Garfield
    The Rock Hill Police Department is investigating why an officer used an electric stun gun on a 75-year-old woman who refused to leave a nursing home where she had gone to visit an ailing friend. The woman, Margaret Kimbrell, said she suffered bruises on her leg and face after she was knocked to the floor by the force of the weapon, called a Taser. Police Chief John Gregory said Tuesday the department is reviewing whether Officer Hattie Macon's use of the Taser was appropriate -- a step that is taken in unusual or high-profile cases. "On face value, it...
  • A New Trial of Celebrex, and Questions on Its Timing

    10/18/2004 11:51:04 PM PDT · by neverdem · 3 replies · 1,312+ views
    NY Times ^ | October 19, 2004 | ANDREW POLLACK
    Less than three weeks after Merck withdrew its arthritis painkiller Vioxx from the market because it increased the risk of heart attacks, Pfizer announced plans yesterday to test if its best-selling painkiller Celebrex, which is in the same class of drugs as Vioxx, can do the opposite - help prevent heart attacks. But Pfizer's announcement is raising questions. For one, Pfizer warned only last Friday that Bextra, another of its drugs in the same class as Vioxx and Celebrex, increased the risks of heart attack and stroke in patients undergoing coronary-bypass surgery. So the timing of the announcement of the...
  • Nighttime, and Fevers Are Rising

    09/27/2004 11:12:04 PM PDT · by neverdem · 6 replies · 690+ views
    NY Times ^ | September 28, 2004 | ABIGAIL ZUGER
    When bedtime comes, as all children and sick people know, the boogeymen come out of the closet. Darkness, silence and isolation can turn chairs into tigers, and make even trivial health problems seem ominous and hopeless. But illness that goes bump in the night may not be just a patient's inner child coming out. Doctors have sensed for centuries that many diseases actually do get worse at night, and science has begun to confirm this impression. The emotions nighttime elicits, although they certainly do not help matters, are not primarily to blame. Instead, it is the body's internal chemicals and...
  • Curing Chronic Illness Can Be Used to Destroy Either Political Party

    02/12/2004 3:20:19 PM PST · by MedicalMess · 25 replies · 1,912+ views
    Rough draft outline of Original experimentation and medical meta-analysis by Douglas R. Griffin | February 12, 2004 | Douglas R. Griffin
    Curing Chronic Illness Can Be Used To Destroy Either Political Party Ladies and Gentlemen: I present to you the world's longest running, and greatest, medical blunder, the cures for incurable diseases, and the Second Coming of Christ. There are 120 million American's with chronic illness. In 1997, researchers at Yale University were studying the clustering of autoimmune disorders in 84 families with Antiphospholipid Antibody Syndrome (APLA). They stated then that if they knew what caused APLA they would know a lot more about many of the other chronic illnesses. At the same time, I was searching the Internet for information...
  • Vitamin D May Prevent Arthritis (Research Links Vitamin D Deficiency to Rheumatoid Arthritis)

    01/12/2004 8:47:09 AM PST · by truthandlife · 4 replies · 194+ views
    WebMD ^ | 1/9/04 | Salynn Boyles
    Move over vitamins A, B, C and E. It is beginning to look like the long ignored vitamin D is every bit as important for preventing disease as you are. New research makes the case that vitamin D helps protect older women against rheumatoid arthritis -- an autoimmune joint disorder of unknown cause. Recent studies have also linked deficiencies of vitamin D to other disorders such as certain cancers, heart disease, diabetes, and even unexplained pain but its role in human autoimmune disease is less clear. The studies are far from conclusive, but researcher Michael Holick, MD, says there is...
  • Arthritis Society Says No To Embryonic Stem Cell

    06/11/2003 11:18:45 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 56 replies · 879+ views
    LifeSite ^ | Tuesday June 10, 2003
    Research After Meeting With Knights Of ColumbusTORONTO, June 10, 2003 (LifeSiteNews.com) - Soon after LifeSite News published an expose on The Arthritis Society (TAS), revealing a position paper and statements by TAS President and CEO Denis Morrice in support of funding embryonic stem cell research, the Knights of Columbus met with TAS. The Knights of Columbus (KofC) of Ontario, which has given the organization some $15 million, expressed its concerns to members of the TAS Medical Research Advisory Committee at a May 27 meeting. In a June letter to all Grand Knights in Ontario, KofC Ontario State Deputy Robert Cayea,...
  • Shellfish Diet Found To Benefit Dogs With Arthritis

    09/08/2002 7:18:01 PM PDT · by blam · 54 replies · 2,513+ views
    Independent (UK) ^ | 9-9-2002 | Steve Connor
    Shellfish diet found to benefit dogs with arthritis By Steve Connor 09 September 2002 Dogs fed on a shellfish diet have fewer problems with arthritis, according to a study showing that the New Zealand green-lipped mussel can alleviate canine aches and pains. Scientists have found that powdered extracts of the mussels, when added to a dog's normal food, allow those suffering from osteoarthritis to live more normal lives after six weeks of treatment. The results, to be presented at the festival this week, show that painful swelling and inflammation improved in four out of five dogs fed on the diet....
  • Arthritis cause 'identified'

    08/22/2002 1:20:34 AM PDT · by ATOMIC_PUNK · 22 replies · 645+ views
    http://news.bbc.co.uk ^ | 21 August, 2002 | BBC NEWS
    Arthritis cause 'identified'Scientists claim to have discovered a cause for the debilitating condition rheumatoid arthritis. US researchers suggest it could be because the body stops being able to deal with naturally occurring carbohydrates properly. Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) affects around 387,000 people in the UK, is characterised by inflamed joints and can lead to severe damage. There have been advances in the treatment of RA, but less is known about potential causes. " It is difficult to distinguish what is cause and effect when it comes to looking at the autoimmune responses in patients with rheumatoid arthritis " Arthritis Research Campaign...