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Insider Arthritis Tips Newsletter November 2010
November 15, 2010
Participation In Gymnastics In
Childhood May Have
Long-Term Skeletal Benefits.
Strong marriages improve RA
Newswise reported a study in
The Journal of Pain,
showing a strong, non-distressed
marriage is associated with experiencing
less pain and enjoying better functioning
and quality of life in patients with rheumatoid arthritis.
Researchers conducting a multicenter
study involving 255 patients examined
the relationships of marital status and marital
adjustment to pain and physical disability in
The researchers reported that among
married subjects, better martial adjustment
was associated with less psychological
disability and marginally less pain. The findings
strongly suggest that being married may
have benefits for health status, provided
the marriage is well adjusted.
Unigene product useful for Osteoarthritis?
Unigene Labs released information on the
first of two studies on oral calcitonin
for the treatment of osteoarthritis
The study looked at the safety
and effectiveness of oral calcitonin
in the treatment of knee osteoarthritis.
No effect on knee cartilage was seen by x-ray
but there were slight changes noted on MRI scan.
Symptoms seemed to improve.
Increasing Vitamin D Intake
May Not Provide Better
Outcomes For People With Knee OA.
John Gever in MedPage Today reported that,
according to research presented at the American
College of Rheumatology's annual meeting,
"taking more vitamin D doesn't appear to significantly
lessen symptoms or slow progression of osteoarthritis
of the knee (knee OA)." A two-year randomized trial
of 146 patients "with knee OA found that those who
greatly increased their vitamin D intake had reduced
pain scores as assessed by the Western Ontario and
McMaster Universities Osteoarthritis Index (WOMAC)
of about 2.14 points compared with a reduction of 1.20
points among patients taking placebo -- but the
difference did not achieve statistical significance ."
"Similarly, there was no substantial
differences in knee cartilage volume and thickness
between those people taking vitamin D and those taking placebo,"
May Increase Risk Of Gout
Karen Kaplan writing in the LA Times
"Booster Shots" blog reported that
sugar-sweetened beverages may "increase
the risk of gout" in women, according
to a study published online Nov. 9 in
the Journal of the American Medical
Association. After examining data on
approximately 79,000 women, researchers
found that, "compared with a baseline
group of women who drank less than one
serving of a sugary soda per month,
those who drank one soda per day had a
74% increased risk of gout." The study
authors pointed out that "fructose
consumption prompts the body to make
more uric acid, the substance that causes
tiny crystals of urate to build up in the
joints and cause arthritis."
Treating RA Patients With
Anti-TNF Drugs May Lessen
Their Likelihood Of Alzheimer's.
John Gever reporting in MedPage
Today stated that, according to
research presented at the American
College of Rheumatology's annual
meeting, "treating rheumatoid arthritis
(RA) patients with anti-tumor necrosis factor
(TNF) drugs appears to lessen their
likelihood of developing Alzheimer's
disease." After analyzing claims data
from "a large medical and pharmacy claims
database that included 8.5 million US adults,"
researchers found that "use of anti-TNF
therapy was associated with a lower risk of
Alzheimer's disease. Both rheumatoid
arthritis and Alzheimer’s disease seem
to be caused by inflammatory chemicals
FDA Adds Femur Fracture
Warning to Bisphosphonate Use
Robert Lowes writing in Medscape
reported that bisphosphonate drugs
approved for the treatment of osteoporosis
will now bear a label warning about the
possible increased risk for 2 types of femur fractures.
One type of break, subtrochanteric
femur fracture, occurs just below the hip
joint. Another type, diaphyseal femur fracture,
is in the long part of the bone. Both are very
uncommon, accounting for less than
1% of all hip and femur fractures overall.
The FDA's decision to add a warning
about the fractures to the labels of
bisphosphonates comes in the wake of a
recommendation to do so by the American
Society for Bone and Mineral Research.
Of 310 cases of atypical femur fractures
under study, 94% of the patients had been
taking bisphosphonates, most for more
than 5 years. The FDA noted today that
atypical femur fractures also
happen to people not taking bisphosphonates.
While not an emergency, I think this means we
Need to be cautious in patients who
Are taking these drugs.
Yoga May Benefit Fibromyalgia Patients
Who Get No Relief From Prescription Drugs.
Carina Storrs reporting in CNN health noted
Recent research demonstrating, "Fibromyalgia
who aren't getting relief from prescription
drugs and are in too much pain to exercise
may want to try yoga," according to a
study published in the journal Pain.
"A weekly two-hour yoga class reduced
fibromyalgia symptoms such as pain,
fatigue, and stiffness by 30 percent in
more than half of the people who took it,"
the study found.
Jenifer Goodwin in Healthday added "after
eight weeks, the yoga group
reported improvements in both
physical and psychological aspects
of fibromyalgia, including decreased
pain, fatigue, tenderness, anxiety,
and better sleep and mood."
Wei's World November 2010
When you run a private practice, you’re essentially running a small business. And, if you have a business you understand the difficulties and pressures involved. If you don’t, I’m here to tell you that it’s not an easy task. But then again, life itself isn’t easy.
I came across this little gem a while back and it struck me as having an important message for anyone, because we all experience times when we feel on top of the world and maybe a bit smug about ourselves… and there are other times when we feel so down, so alone, as if the weight of the world was pressing down on us…
So, here it is…
It’s the subject of a sermon delivered by Robert Schuller as related by one of my mentors, the late Jim Rohn…
“If you think it’s impossible, it isn’t…
To illustrate, let me recount the story of Rich DeVos as told by Mr. Rohn. Rich DeVos was one of the founders of Amway. He needed a heart transplant. If he didn’t get one, he was not going to last very long.
Now… let’s fast forward.
Here’s the interesting part of the story. Shortly after he got his heart transplant, he had lunch with the woman who gave him her heart.
“Impossible,” you say.
Well… here’s what happened. This lady was desperately ill and needed a lung transplant. A donor was found. Sometimes it’s better with a lung transplant if the heart and lungs go together. The woman got the heart and lung transplant she needed. So now her heart was left over.
And her heart went to Rich DeVos.
And that’s how Rich De Vos was able to have lunch with the lady who gave him her heart!
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