Weight Loss Prevents Cartilage Loss

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Weight Loss Prevents Cartilage Loss In Knee OA.

Nancy Walsh writing in Medpage Today reported on a study in the Annals of the Rheumatic Diseases, which said “weight loss among obese individuals can help prevent the loss in thickness and quality of cartilage associated with knee osteoarthritis (knee OA). …In a multiple regression analysis adjusting for age, sex, baseline body mass index (BMI), and the presence of clinically apparent osteoarthritis, greater weight loss was associated with less cartilage thinning in the medial femoral compartment as seen on MRI.” In addition, researchers “found that weight loss as low as 7% of body weight was associated with preservation of cartilage quality, and that better quality of the cartilage also improved the knee range of motion.

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Vitamin D Reduces Aches and Pains Due To Breast Cancer Treatment

David Wild writing in Pain Medicine news reported weekly high dose vitamin D2 significantly reduced musculoskeletal pain in breast cancer patients undergoing aromatase inhibitor therapy compared with placebo.  The findings of the double-blind placebo-controlled study involving 60 patients was published in Breast Cancer Research Treatment.

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Study Says Vaccine May Stop RA

Sadie Whitelocks in the UK’s Daily Mail reported “A simple vaccine could stop the onset of autoimmune diseases such as rheumatoid arthritis,” according to a study published in the journal Nature Medicine. Researchers “treated mice with a rodent version of Crohn’s” and found “that untreated mice suffered severe damage to their colons while those injected with the vaccine experienced only ‘limited’ symptoms.” A “new vaccine, based on nanotechnology, stops this process without causing severe side effects.” Researchers speculate RA could be the next disease to be stopped.

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Sitting Causes Body To Make More Fat.

George Stephanopoulos reporting for ABC news commented on a recent study saying, “We all know about the benefits of exercise and an active lifestyle but now researchers have found that even all that exercise might not be good enough if you don’t change the way you work.”  Added Dr. Jim Levine of the Mayo Clinic,“The study found obese people sit on average two and a half hours more each day than thinner people.”  The story concludes: “Take some pressure off your own bottom line and stand up.”

 

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Shingles Vaccine Safe For Adults On Biologics

Heidi Splete writing in Rheumatology News reported on a study from the University of Alabama which showed the incidence rate for shingles was no higher in people treated with biologic drugs than those that weren’t.  Medicare data from 7,781 adults aged 60 and older who received shingles vaccine were examined.  The incidence rate was 8 cases per 1000 person years in patients receiving biologic therapy versus 12 cases per 1000 patient years in unvaccinated adults on biologics.

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