Knee Osteoarthritis Common in Baby Boomers

Knee Osteoarthritis Common in Baby Boomers
New York Times reported that osteoarthritis in the knee (knee OA) is a problem with aging baby boomers.  However, there is evidence that boomers may be seeking knee treatment in disproportionate numbers.  Some have suggested that this may be because members of the first generation grow up exercising and put a lot of wear and tear on their bodies.
No Link Between RA and Air Pollution
A study published in the journal Arthritis Care and Research showed there was no association between rheumatoid arthritis and air pollution exposure.  Researchers arrived at that conclusion after examining data from the nurse’s health study that followed 111,425,00 U.S. women over three decades starting in 1976.
In our series on alternatives to knee replacement surgery, we are continuing our discussion of growth factors that could be used for cartilage repair.  Whether this particular factor, Hedgehog, will ultimately play a role in osteoarthritis treatment with stem cells is still unknown.Hedgehog has unique features that make it a potentially valuable arthritis treatment weapon when used in conjunction with mesenchymal stem cells.

Risks and Benefits of Calcitonin

Benefits of salmon hormones may not
outweigh cancer risk.  Studies of the nasal
spray calcitonin formulas showed unreliable or disappointing results.  The FDA staff said the lack of effectiveness
combined with the potential for cancer risks associated with calcitonin raises
concerns about the overall risks and benefit assessment.

Sleep Aids Raise Hip Fracture Risk

Robert Preidt writing in HealthDay reported, “A team from Harvard Medical School
in Boston looked at more than 15,500 long-stay nursing-home residents, aged 50
and older, who suffered a hip fracture between July 2007 and December
2008,” and found that “those who took nonbenzodiazepine hypnotic
sleep drugs were about two-thirds more likely to suffer a hip fracture than
those who didn’t take the drugs.” Study author Dr. Sarah Berry, of Harvard
Medical School, said, “Caution should be exercised when prescribing sleep
medications to nursing-home residents.”

Comment: Have to be careful with these types of medicines!

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