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Insider Arthritis Tips Newsletter January 2011
January 15, 2011
"If you aren't fired with enthusiasm, you will be fired with enthusiasm."
Reporting Arthritis News From December 2010Investigational Anti-Inflammatory Naproxcinod May Benefit Patients With Hip OA
Nancy Walsh writing in Medpage Today reported on a study published in Arthritis & Rheumatism, "Treatment with the investigational anti-inflammatory naproxcinod led to significant improvements in symptoms among patients with hip osteoarthritis and was not associated with serious gastrointestinal or cardiovascular adverse events."
Sarcopenia Significantly Associated With Osteoporosis In Women With Hip Fractures
Laura Dean writing in Medwire reported on a report published in the Archives of Gerontology and Geriatrics, "Sarcopenia, or low muscle mass, is very common and significantly associated with
osteoporosis in women with hip fracture." After using bone density and body mass scans to measure body composition, and calculating lean mass of muscle in 313 women with hip fractures and adjusting for other factors, researchers "report the study found that sarcopenia was significantly associated with osteoporosis.
Nancy Walsh reporting in Medpage Today, wrote "The antimalarial drug hydroxychloroquine (Plaquenil), commonly used in the treatment of rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is also effective for diabetes," according to a study published in Arthritis & Rheumatism.
RA Diagnosis Linked To Rapid Onset Of Heart Attack Risk
Denise Mann writing for WebMD reported that, according to a study published in the Journal of Internal Medicine, "Heart attack risk significantly increases one year after rheumatoid arthritis (RA) diagnosis." Swedish researchers followed 7,469 people who were diagnosed with RA from 1995 to 2006 for about 12 years to see how many of them developed heart disease and heart attacks compared with 37,024 people without RA. They found that the risk of heart attack "was 60% higher" among people with RA, while "the risk of other forms of heart disease was 50% higher beginning one year after their diagnosis compared to their counterparts without RA."
Gingko Biloba Appears To Reduce Effects Of Glucocorticoid-Induced Osteoporosis In Rats
Laura Dean writing in Medwire reported that an extract of Ginkgo biloba could restore bone with steroid caused osteoporosis, according to a study published in the journal Fitoterapia. Working with rats, researchers found that the percentage of bone in rats with osteoporosis treated with gingko biloba was significantly higher than that found in untreated animals with
osteoporosis, and similar to that in an untreated, non-osteoporotic control group. The study authors explained that gingko biloba contains the phytoestrogen compounds quercetin, kaempferol, and ishorhamnetin, which have been shown to stimulate bone growth and block loss of bone.
Comment: And I thought they were just pretty…
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Wei's World January 2010Some time ago, I wrote about our dog, Mei-Mei.
I never had a dog growing up mainly because I had pretty bad asthma. And also my parents really weren’t “dog people.” But our kids had been begging us for a dog for many years. So, two years ago, my wife arranged for our family to get a Labradoodle puppy.
Her name is Mei-Mei and I think she’s pretty nice, even though, truthfully, I really haven’t had much experience with dogs.
Mei-Mei (the name means “little sister” in Chinese), I’m told, is very calm for a two year old. This was really brought home to me when my wife and I took her to visit my father in Philadelphia. My dad has dementia and is living in an assisted living facility. The residents of this place are, as you can imagine, all elderly.
When we first entered, the residents in the lobby all seemed to be so sad as they either shuffled along on their walkers or were wheeling themselves slowly in their transport chairs.
But an amazing transformation occurred when we walked in with Mei-Mei. Suddenly, the residents all became animated as they began talking about dogs. They surrounded her and they took turns petting and stroking her.
Mei-Mei, to her credit, took it all in stride and actually seemed to enjoy it. She slowly ambled up to each person, sat down, got her head patted or neck scratched… and then trotted on to the next person. I’m pretty skeptical when people try to tell me how smart their dogs are. But I could swear she seemed to understand the pleasure she was giving to these people. Maybe it was my imagination.
No jumping, whining, or barking. It was interesting to observe the happiness she created. And I now understand why some dogs are used as therapy dogs in nursing homes and hospitals. Mei-Mei certainly brought joy to these residents.
I’ve been told we got “a good one.” Now don’t get me wrong. I’m not a “dog person” yet… but I’ll confess I’m a lot closer than I used to be.
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