Study, Herbal Remedies May Help With Osteoarthritis

So… do herbal supplements help or hurt arthritis… the surprising answer next…
Study, Herbal Remedies May Help With Osteoarthritis.
Hugo Wilcken writing for Rheumatology Update reported that an analysis of 49 studies with 6,000 participants found that treatment with Boswellia serrata improved osteoarthritis symptoms. Additionally, “the herbal supplement Piascledine, containing extracts of soybean and avocado, also seemed to improve symptoms.” Still, the authors said that radiographic joint space width didn’t change and that “the evidence over the longer term was ‘less convincing.’ “

Comment: Herbal therapies remain controversial but more evidence regarding their efficacy appears almost every day.

An exotic new therapy for fibromyalgia… next
A new pilot study reveals that vibration exercise help to lower pain and enhance quality of life in fibromyalgia patients.
Benita Matilda writing for Science World Report discovered that researchers at Indiana University found that whole-body vibration exercise might be the best therapy for reducing symptoms of pain and improving quality of life among those diagnosed with fibromyalgia, an illness that leads to chronic pain in muscles and ligaments.
“Our findings are promising, but it is not entirely clear whether these improvements were the result of added vibration or just the effects of being more active,” said lead author Tony Kaleth, at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis.
Comment: Jury is obviously still out… but it is interesting.

Does Pot help autoimmune disease? Next…
Medical Marijuana May Be Effective Treatment For Autoimmune Diseases.
Thomas Carannante writing in Science World Report revealed that “researchers at the University of South Carolina” have “conducted a study” in mice “that analyzed the effects of THC in marijuana on patients with autoimmune diseases because the drug has previously shown to have an immunomodulatory activity.” In this study’s case, the researchers found that the application of marijuana has the ability to suppress an immune response to treat autoimmune diseases, such as arthritis, lupus, colitis, multiple sclerosis, and others. The new findings are published in the Journal of Biological Chemistry.

Comment: I understand it was a joint effort that led to these conclusions.

What devastating problem can occur with osteoporosis treatment… coming up next…
Elderly Women Who Take Bisphosphonates Long-Term May Have Increased Risk Of Atypical Femur Shaft Fractures.
Nicola Garrett writing in Rheumatology Update reported that research published in Osteoporosis International indicated that “elderly women who take bisphosphonates long-term have an increased risk of atypical femur shaft fractures…but the overall benefits of treatment still outweigh the risks.” Researchers “found that each additional year of bisphosphonate treatment showed a progressive increase in subtrochanteric/femoral shaft fractures.”

Comment: While this is not new news, it underscores the need to be vigilant and probably have patients go on a drug holiday- meaning taking a year off the medicine- if they have been on medication for more than 5-7 years or so.

Pricey non-steroidal now available as a generic… next

FDA approves first generic versions of celecoxib

Reported in Medical News Today, The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has approved the first generic versions of Celebrex capsules, a treatment for rheumatoid arthritis, osteoarthritis, short-term (acute) pain and other conditions. Teva Pharmaceutical Industries received approval to market celecoxib capsules in 50 milligram, 100 mg, 200 mg and 400 mg strengths, and has 180-day exclusivity on the 100 mg, 200 mg and 400 mg strength products.

Comment: Good and bad news. Let’s see if the generic is as good as the brand name because they often aren’t.

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