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Insider Arthritis Tips August 2012
August 15, 2012
"I will prepare, and someday my chance will come." -- Abraham Lincoln, 16th President of the United States
August Arthritis NewsPig Tissue To Prevent OA?
Makiko Kitamura reported in Bloomberg News that the company, Tissue Regenix hopes to use tissue from pigs to mimic human tissue. The article explains that "the removal of damaged meniscus tissue is the most common orthopedic procedure in the US and is a major cause of osteoarthritis. While replacing damaged meniscus with donor tissue helps reduce pain and restore normal range of motion, a shortage of donors has limited the scope of such operations." Tissue Regenix technology involves taking animal tissue and removing cellular material from it that would cause humans to reject the implant."
Comment: Oink! The use of animal parts is an option as donor tissue. Obviously, a lot of work needs to be done to ensure safety.
FDA Approves Delayed-Release Prednisone
Peter Frost writing in the Chicago Tribune reported the US Food and Drug Administration approved Horizon Pharma's "new anti-inflammatory drug" Rayos. This a time-released steroid that begins to work about 4 hours after being taken. It is expected to be used to combat the morning stiffness rheumatoid arthritis patients experience.
Comment: Not sure if this is going to be a real help. Prednisone is pretty inexpensive and can be dosed in order to minimize side effects.
People Use Prescription Steroids
Without Understanding Risks
Joint Replacement Patients
Face Higher Heart Attack Risk
Work for Psoriatic Arthritis?
Pain the cause of memory
problems in fibromyalgia?
X-Ray Changes Predict Knee OA Worsening
Lifestyle Changes Fight Off Osteoarthritis
Sitting Shortens Your Life
Alcohol lowers risk of RA?
Turmeric: Natural Arthritis Medication
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Wei’s World August 2012I’m spoiled. I admit it. And I found out in a big way how spoiled I am when the power went out last month. The electricity stopped on a Friday night and we didn’t get it back until Monday night. My wife was out of town and one of my sons, Benji, and I were the only ones home.
Saturday, it was more than 100 degrees and incredibly humid.
Assuming the power would come back at any time, Benji and I went out to get breakfast. We both figured the fastest way to do it was Mickey D’s. Well… first of all roads all around us were blocked off because of trees and power lines. (picture)
Fallen trees and branch limbs were everywhere. And all the traffic lights were out. When that happens you’re supposed to treat them all intersections like four way stops. Some yahoos who didn’t know this or didn’t care just blew right by almost hitting us.
It was eerie. The first McDonald’s we went to was closed… and so was the whole mall. We tried to go to another one but the road was blocked again. Since we live in Laytonsville, we thought maybe the next town over, Olney, would have something. No dice. Everything was closed.
We then drove back in a roundabout fashion. It was like one of those mazes where you have to find the cheese. We finally found a McDonalds that appeared to be open. Trouble was, it was jammed. There were about a hundred cars jockeying for parking spaces but we managed to find one. But when we tried to go inside, the line was nearly out the door. So much for a fast food breakfast.
Benji and I got back into the car and went home. Since the stove was gas-powered, I made oatmeal with raisins… what I should have done in the first place. That evening I found a sushi restaurant that was open. The food was good but what was even better was the air-conditioning. When we got home, I took my fifth shower of the day. At least we still had water. Unlike people who had wells. We moved into the basement which was slightly cooler than the rest of the house. I haven’t slept on a couch in a while… at least since the last time my wife got mad at me. But it felt pretty good compared being upstairs. We used flashlights and an old crank up radio. This was a useful device. You would wind it up and it played. Then you had to wind it up again. At least we kept abreast of what was happening with the power outage. Also, our cell phones which we kept charged with our car chargers kept us in touch with the outside world. All the news was grim.
Sunday rolled around with no relief in sight. The temperature about 100 degrees again with Code Red air quality. More oatmeal for breakfast.
I had the nasty job of emptying the refrigerator and freezer. Everything was room temperature in the refrigerator and thawed out in the freezer. The week before, my kids and I had gone fishing on the Chesapeake Bay and we had caught some nice rockfish. I almost cried as I threw those fillets into the trash bag. Our dog, Mei-Mei stayed with us. I made sure she had lots of water. No long walks either. Our whole existence was centered in the basement. We cranked the radio and checked our cell phones. Five more cold showers. I realized I was a sissy. If I was tough I wouldn’t have showered at all.
We got take out from a Mexican restaurant that didn’t have air-conditioning. So we sat in the kitchen sweating like crazy eating our dinner. I said to Benji, “Benji… remember this, so when I get old you’ll remind me of this time.” By Sunday evening even the basement was getting warm but it was still better than the rest of the house. Mei-Mei stayed with us and I could tell she wasn’t all that eager to go outside.
Monday I went to work. Thank goodness, the office had air-conditioning. And when I got home I heard a clunk and suddenly the power was back on. So… I went to the supermarket and got some steaks for Benji and me to celebrate. Great dinner in a cool kitchen. So what if I’m a wuss. Now I have a good story to tell.
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