Fish Oil Prevents Asthma


A surprising benefit of fish oil… next

Fish Oil Use During Pregnancy Linked To Lower Asthma Risk In Kids

Denise Grady writing for the New York Times reported that research indicated “women who took fish oil during the last three months of pregnancy significantly” reduced the likelihood “that their children would develop asthma.” The findings were published in The New England Journal of Medicine.

Comment: dietary fish oil has multiple benefits and this is another one.


I’m a fan of yoga and here’s a really interesting study

How Chair Yoga Could Become The Go-To Treatment For Arthritis Sufferers

Stephen Matthews writing for the Daily Mail reported chair yoga may help to reduce pain in older adults suffering from arthritis.

Researchers from Florida Atlantic University randomly assigned 131 older adults with osteoarthritis to either chair yoga or a health education program.

Participants went to their 45-minute session twice a week for around two months.

Pain measurements were taken before, during and after, in the study published in the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society.

They found those in the chair yoga group showed a greater reduction in pain interference during their sessions.

This benefit lasted for around three months – four weeks after they had originally finished.
General pain, fatigue and gait also improved as a result of the chair yoga sessions.

Writing in the journal, the authors said: ‘Chair yoga should be further explored as a non-pharmacologic intervention for older people with osteoarthritis.’

Comment: Gentle with no side effects. Sounds good to me.

A complication of rheumatoid arthritis that doesn’t appear to be decreasing… next

Rheumatoid Arthritis:   Lymphoma Risk Remains Elevated Despite Changing Treatment

Reported in Unavadis, a large study of Swedish health registry data indicates that lymphoma risk remains elevated among patients with rheumatoid arthritis (RA), despite evolution of treatment. Treatment advances for RA do not appear to have affected lymphoma risk. Records from 12,656 patients with RA from the Swedish Rheumatology Register linked to Swedish Cancer Register were compared with control patients for lymphoma incidence over time.

Comment: Disturbing since I would expect our newer treatments to decrease lymphoma risk.


Here’s a procedure you might want to avoid…

Case Studies Underscore Ophthalmology’s Concerns About Eyeball Tattoos

Dava Stewart writing in MD reported because eyeball tattoos are not performed by ophthalmologists, experts are concerned about their many short-term risks, and warn that the long term risks could include permanent damage, according to the authors of two recent case studies. Published in American Journal of Ophthalmology Case Reports, two new case studies demonstrate the risks that go along with what the authors call this “relatively new extreme body modification.”

The two case studies are both of Mexican men, one 26 years old and the second 17. Both developed complications after having an eyeball tattoo. The authors say that the cosmetic procedure “involves injecting some type of pigment directly under the bulbar conjunctiva with a needle.”

The authors list multiple risks involved in eyeball tattoos: globe penetration, endophthalmitis, retinal detachment, traumatic cataract, a severe ocular inflammatory reaction, blindness due to ocular inflammation, as well as increased severity of uveitis. They conclude by suggesting, “Regulations prohibiting the practice of these procedures are required, because despite warnings of multiple health risks, more people are looking to get this procedure nowadays.”

The two case studies were written by Gonzalo Duarte of the Eye Clinic for Inflammatory Diseases at the Dr. Luis Sanchez Bulnes Hospital, and colleagues.

Comment: Hmmmm. What some people will do to their bodies….


A complication of Parkinson’s… next

Patients with Parkinson’s Disease Are at Risk for Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

Dr. Lara Pullen writing in the Rheumatologist reported patients with carpal tunnel syndrome experience pain, numbness and tingling that can be characterized as an upper limb neuropathy. CTS is more common in women, with a female to male ratio of 3:1. Various studies have described the incidence of CTS in the general population as between 2.5 and 5 cases per 1,000 person years.

Individuals with Parkinson’s disease may be especially vulnerable to CTS. One study suggests that patients with Parkinson’s may be at increased risk of CTS because of the repetitive movement due to tremor.2 Others have noted the peripheral neuropathy that is associated with Parkinson’s and wondered whether peripheral neuropathy is intrinsic to Parkinson’s, a consequence of levodopa exposure or both.3 A body of evidence suggests that a form of small fiber neuropathy is intrinsic to Parkinson’s, and thus, experts have suggested that patients with early and advanced Parkinson’s be strictly monitored for subtle signs of neuropathy.

Comment: Interesting.

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