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Zinc Lozenges Shorten Duration of Common Cold

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Some good news

Zinc Lozenges May Triple Rate Of Recovery From Common Cold, Meta-Analysis Suggests

Amanda Macmillan reporting for TIME stated, “Zinc lozenges may triple the rate of recovery from the common cold, according to a new meta-analysis of three studies” published in Open Forum Infectious Diseases. There is a “caveat,” however. Researchers “looked at doses much higher than are commonly recommended by doctors, and the authors say that not all zinc lozenges on the market are effective.”

Comment: I use these all the time when I feel a cold coming on.

Noisy Knees Early Sign of Osteoarthritis


An early sign of osteoarthritis in the knees… next

Noisy Knees Could Signal Onset Osteoarthritis Research Finds.

Diane King writing in the Edinburgh News reported noisy knees may be an early sign of osteoarthritis, new research suggests. People who hear grating, cracking or popping sounds in and around their knee joints are more likely to develop the condition, say scientists. Researchers conducted a multi-centre observational study that included almost 3,500 participants at high risk of knee osteoarthritis. The chances of them developing pain symptoms over a period of up to four years increased with greater frequency of knee noise. It doubled when the noises were heard “often” and trebled for patients who said they “always” experienced them. The findings, published in the journal Arthritis Care & Research, may lead to new ways of diagnosing and treating osteoarthritis earlier, said the researchers. US lead author Dr Grace Lo, from Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, Texas, said: “Many people who have signs of osteoarthritis on X-rays do not necessarily complain of pain, and there are no known strategies for preventing the development of pain in this group of people. “This study suggests that if these people have noisy knees, they are at higher risk for developing pain within the next year compared with the people who do not have noisy knees.

Comment: Noisy knees are pretty common and so is osteoarthritis of the knees.

Bystander CPR Prevents Brain Damage in Cardiac Arrest


Bystander CPR… very important… next

Bystander CPR, Defibrillation May Reduce Long-Term Likelihood Of Brain Damage, Death In Cardiac Arrest Patients, Study Suggests

Gene Emery writing for Reuters reported that research suggests that “when a bystander gives CPR or applies an automatic defibrillator to someone who has collapsed from cardiac arrest, the benefits persist for at least a year.” The study “concluded that the two techniques lower the long-term risk of death from any cause, brain damage or nursing home admission by one third in people who are still alive 30 days after their cardiac arrest.” The findings were published in the New England Journal of Medicine.

Comment: You should learn basic CPR. It might save the life of a loved one.

Exercise Boosts Cognitive Function


Another benefit of exercise

Exercise boosts cognitive function in people 50 and older

Linda Searing writing for the Washington Post reported people age 50 and older could see improvement in cognitive function by exercising, according to a review of data from 39 studies. Cognitive function improved the most with moderate to vigorous exercise for up to 60 minutes, according to findings published in the British Journal of Sports Medicine

Comment: I’m a firm believer in exercise.

Rheumatoid Arthritis Deaths Decreasing


Do rheumatoid arthritis treatments really help… next

Rheumatoid Arthritis Deaths Have Decreased

Ashley Boynes-Shuck writing for Healthline reported while disability rates among people with RA have risen slightly, mortality rates are declining for the first time in years.

Many study findings about rheumatoid arthritis (RA) sound negative, but patients with the disease are now getting some encouraging news.

A study published on the progress and advancements in RA treatment and management revealed that for the first time in years the mortality rate among people with RA has decreased.

Researchers also noted that people with the disease experience much less disability than in decades past.

Data from the World Health Organization (WHO) shows that RA was listed as the underlying cause of death in 8,428 cases in 2011.

That was a decrease from 9,281 deaths in 1987.

Comment: The advent of biologic therapy has been allowed to help us get more patients in remission than ever before.

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