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Insider Arthritis Tips May 2012
May 10, 2012
"Character is like a tree, and reputation is like a shadow. The shadow is what we think of it; the tree is the real thing."
-- Abraham Lincoln, 16th President of the United States
Metal-On-Metal Hip Replacements May Not Be Linked To Increased Cancer Risk
Alison Connoly writing in Bloomberg News reported "Patients who received metal-on-metal hip replacements are at no greater risk of developing cancer after a seven-year period than those with alternatives or the general population, according to a study" published online in the British Medical Journal.
Comment: Good news for once with these replacements.
Meniscus Can Be Easily Damaged
Melinda Beck writing in the Wall Street Journal and
prompted by the injury that sidelined Knick point guard
Jeremy Lin reported
that the knee's meniscus is one of the most vulnerable
parts of the human body and that many people may have
damage to the meniscus without knowing it.
The Journal notes that in a 2008 study in the New England Journal
of Medicine, researchers found that of the selected participants,
42% of the men and 30% of the women had some kind
of meniscus damage.
Using narcotics instead of
drugs means more falls
Here’s the dilemma… Guidelines formed by the
American Heart Association and supported by
various geriatric groups have stated that doctors
should use narcotic analgesics instead of non-steroidal
anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDS) to treat arthritis.
This is because of the data indicating the
increased risk from cardiovascular events due to NSAIDS.
What has happened since then is a
marked increase in numbers of falls,
fractures, and premature deaths in elderly
arthritis patients. This according to a study
from the Geisinger Clinic.
Comment: Practically speaking, the mortality rate for
people past the age of 65 is much higher from
hip fracture than it is from heart attack.
Biologics lower sperm counts
Heidi Splete writing in Rheumatology News
that a 35 year old man who had been taking
Humira for ankylosing spondylitis developed
a marked drop in sperm count due to the drug.
Other TNF inhibitors have also been implicated.
The effect is reversible.
Comment: That’s a kick in the stones.
Screen Kids With Juvenile Arthritis
For Celiac Disease
If They Have Low BMI
Lynda Williams writing in MedWire
reported, "Children with rheumatic disease
and a low body mass index (BMI) should
be screened for asymptomatic celiac disease
(CD)," according to a study published in the
Journal, International Journal of Rheumatic Diseases.
Steven Reinberg writing in HealthDay reported
"People suffering from rheumatoid arthritis who stop
taking their cholesterol-lowering drugs may raise their
risk of dying," according to a study published
in the journal Arthritis Care & Research.
"Those who stopped taking statins raised their chances
of dying from cardiovascular disease by 60 percent and
dying from any cause by 79 percent during the
course of the study."
“Breakthrough” Cheap Drug
Pat Anson writing for American News Report
A cheap drug that costs less than $1.50 a
day slows the progression of osteoarthritis,
reduces knee pain and could save thousands
of people from having costly hip and knee
replacement surgery, according to British researchers.
“This is a major breakthrough,” said
Professor Cyrus Cooper, the lead researcher
at Oxford and Southampton universities.
Life Expectancy Increased With Balloon Kyphoplasty
Joanna Lyford reported in Medwire
that "Life expectancy following a
vertebral compression fracture is
better when treated with balloon
kyphoplasty than with vertebroplasty, an
analysis of US Medicare data suggests."
The analysis appeared in Osteoporosis
International. The article explains that
"life expectancy was measured for each
patient from the time of diagnosis to
either death or the end of the study period
and stratified by age and gender."
Aspirin Studies Confusing to Docs
Roni Caryn Rabin writing in the New York
"More than 40 million American adults
already take an aspirin a day to prevent
heart disease. Now many more are weighing
the pros and cons of daily aspirin use in light
of new studies finding that it also may reduce
the risk of many cancers and stop the spread of
tumors." But "doctors still don't know how
much aspirin" patients "should take." The
story notes that "low doses may work if
they're taken every day; American clinical
trials of every-other-day aspirin had no
effect on cancer rates at all." Meanwhile,
"public health experts worry about widespread
use of aspirin, because the drug increases
the risk of gastrointestinal bleeding, ulcers
and hemorrhagic strokes that can be fatal."
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Wei’s World May 2012
One thing I always notice when I visit another home is what people display on their refrigerator. It really tells an interesting story.
So let me tell you what’s on our refrigerator: On one side, we have magnetic words. These were put up when our youngest child, Emily, was learning how to make sentences. So my wife, Judy, found these magnetic words that allowed her to help Emily make sentences using the side of the refrigerator as the work space. There’s also a dry erase board that says, “Emily Wei… I love Mei-Mei so much.” (Mei-Mei is our dog.) And the words are surrounded by hearts.
On the other side of the refrigerator are a number of “to do” lists and different magnets. These magnets were obviously created to be put on refrigerators. They advertise different businesses and pizza shops. There’s one for Guinness which was given to me by a friend who went to England. And there are many others. My favorite is a fairly large magnet with a picture of a mother putting a cake into the oven and speaking to her little girl who’s standing beside her…, “Remember sweetheart… mommy loves you but she doesn’t have to like you…”
Only a parent would understand that I suppose.
On the front of the refrigerator are tons of pictures. My wife started a tradition many years ago when the children were little. Every year there was the “Christmas picture” which became the family greeting card that we mailed out at holiday time. This required the kids to be at home, dressed in whatever outfit my wife selected for that year, and posing in different environments. There are pictures taken in the yard, in front of the house, in back of the house, in front of a funky looking car, in the backyard of a friend with their dogs. This was before we got our dog. Yes, we borrowed her dogs for our Christmas picture that year!
When the kids were still at home, it was fairly easy to do the picture. I say “fairly”, because the kids were not always in the most cooperative of moods. You could sometimes see the reluctance in their expressions. But over the years, it seems that they too looked forward to our tradition.
As they have grown older and left home, it has become harder to get them all home at the same time for the photo shoot. One year, our oldest daughter, Becky, couldn’t make it home for the picture so the other kids held a large framed piece of artwork in the photograph. We then superimposed a picture of Becky inside the frame. Oh the miracles of Photoshop! These pictures are a real treasure. I look at them and follow the chronology of their growing up.
In a sense it’s a bit sad because time doesn’t stand still. Yet at the same time it’s interesting to see the change. Our children are each making their own way in the world, but I still see the little child in each one that I wish we could still have.
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