Yoga Helps RA

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Yoga Helps RA

Laird Harrison writing in WebMD reported, “Young patients with rheumatoid arthritis (RA) may feel better after practicing yoga for just six weeks, a new study shows. Researchers reported their findings at the American Pain Society’s annual meeting.” According to the article, “by strengthening muscles, exercise prevents joints from moving in uncomfortable ways.”

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Vitamin E Can Cause Bone Loss

Mary Elizabesth Dallas reporting in Healthday wrote that according to a study published in the journal Nature Medicine, “Vitamin E may stimulate cells that result in bone loss.” Researchers found that “mice deficient in vitamin E actually have higher bone mass because there is less bone breakdown. Meanwhile, healthy mice that were fed a diet with the amount of vitamin E found in typical human supplements lost bone mass.” Researchers emphasized that “these results are in mice and more studies are needed to see the risks and benefits in humans.” Comment: Thank you mice!

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Stomach protecting drugs Increase Hip Fracture Risk In Postmenopausal Women.

Linda Searing writing in The Washington Post reported that according to a study published in the BMJ, postmenopausal women “who took proton pump inhibitors (PPIs)” such as esomeprazole
[Nexium], omeprazole [Prilosec], or lansoprazole [Prevacid], “were 35 percent more likely to have broken their hip than were women who did not use the drugs, increasing to a 51 percent greater risk if the women had ever smoked.”  In addition, “the longer women had used PPIs, the greater their risk for a broken hip, with six to eight years of use correlating to a 55 percent greater likelihood.”

 

 

 

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Smoking May Be Harmful For Hip And Knee Replacement Patients.

Alexandra Sifferlin writing in the Time reported, “People with arthritis – especially those with osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis – are some of the most likely to need hip and knee replacements, making them especially vulnerable to the ill effects of smoking.” The story adds, “Two recent studies presented at the 2012 annual meeting of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons in San Francisco report smoking – past or present – is harmful for hip and knee replacement patients.”

 

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NSAIDs Associated With Lower Risk Of Skin Cancer.

Charles Bankhead writing in Medpage Today reported “People who used common nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs had a significantly lower risk of melanoma and squamous-cell skin cancer , and the benefit increased with duration and drug dose, according to” a study published online in the journal Cancer. “Any NSAID use was associated with a 15% reduction in the relative risk of SCC and a 13% lower risk of melanoma,” researchers reported.  The researchers point out that the NSAIDs used in the study were prescriptions and not over-the-counter medicines.

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