NSAIDS Reduce Dementia

Not all the news about non-steroidal drugs is bad. In fact, this next item might surprise you…

Decreased Risk of Dementia With Prolonged NSAID Exposure in RA

Lauren Grygotis writing in Neurology Advisor reported a longer period of treatment with non-steroid anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) was associated with a decreased risk of dementia among patients with rheumatoid arthritis (RA) in a large population-based cohort, according to recent findings published in Medicine.

Previous studies have suggested that early inflammation, cardiovascular disease, and depression are associated with increased risk of dementia.  The authors of the study noted that NSAIDs are “commonly used for treating RA, and several studies suggest that NSAIDs reduce the risk of Alzheimer’s disease or dementia in patients with RA.”

Comment: Interesting

Have you ever wondered if there are natural ingredients that would help as well as pharmaceuticals? Many doctors don’t agree but the latest science suggests they might be wrong… next

Green Tea May Help Ease Rheumatoid Arthritis Symptoms

Ashley Boynes-Shuck writing in Healthline reported a new study appearing in the medical journal, Arthritis and Rheumatology, shows that a compound found in green tea may hold promise in rheumatoid arthritis (RA) disease management.

Herbal teas have been in use to treat various ailments for literally thousands of years, with estimates of its medicinal use since before the beginning of recorded history.

Green tea has been touted by health coaches, nutritionists, doctors, and dietitians for decades. The drink is particularly known for anti-oxidant properties.

Now, green tea is being heralded as way to reduce inflammation in the body as well. In fact, the recent study concludes the drink has potentially as a regularly prescribed treatment for patients with RA, although so far it has only been tested on mice.

Comment: Mice is a start…

Have you wondered if some arthritis drugs affect weight even though your doctor says they won’t. Experts say this because they want you to believe it. But recent data says otherwise. Coming up next.

Disease-modifying antirheumatic drugs affect weight of patients with RA

Reported in Healio, the results of a long term study conducted at the Department of veteran Affairs. The researchers evaluated a large cohort of patients with rheumatoid arthritis treated with various agents. Of four disease-modifying antirheumatic drugs, Arava was most likely to cause weight loss and prednisone was associated with weight gain in patients with rheumatoid arthritis, according to the results of the study.


Comment: Not surprising. As the dose of prednisone increases above 5 mgs per day, I have noticed patients may begin to gain weight. The trick is to keep the dose low.

Here’s another common occupation associated with rheumatoid arthritis…next

Textile Workers at Higher Risk for Rheumatoid Arthritis

Lisa Rapaport writing in the Rheumatologist reported breathing textile dust on the job is linked to an almost tripled risk of developing rheumatoid arthritis, a Malaysian study suggests.

While smoking is a known risk factor for RA, the findings add to evidence suggesting that environmental factors could trigger RA in some people, the researchers note in the Annals of the Rheumatic Diseases.

The investigators suspect that textile dust might cause changes in the lung tissues, and those changes might trigger the immune response that leads to RA in individuals with genetic risk factors for the disease, said senior study author Dr. Camilla Bengtsson of the Karolinska Institute in Sweden.

Although more research is needed to prove whether textile dust directly causes RA, the findings suggest factory workers might benefit from respiratory protections that prevent or minimize inhalation of this pollutant, Bengtsson added.

Comment: Who would have thunk it…

An ancient Chinese secret erases rheumatoid arthritis… next

Acupuncture And Moxa Alleviate Rheumatoid Arthritis

Reposrted in Health CMi, this item… Acupuncture and moxibustion alleviate rheumatoid arthritis. Research published in the Jilin Journal of Traditional Chinese Medicine finds an 83.3% total effective rate for acupuncture combined with moxibustion for the treatment of rheumatoid arthritis. Lower levels of clinical success were achieved by using acupuncture and moxibustion independently as standalone treatment modalities. However, once the researchers combined acupuncture and moxibustion into one treatment protocol, the positive patient outcome rate increased significantly.


Comment: While Chinese medicine helps with symptoms., I’m skeptical about its ability to slow disease progression.


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