Some Scientists Promoting Diets As A Way To Improve Brain Health, Reduce Chance Of Alzheimer’s Disease
JUDITH Samuel writing for Kaiser Health News reported some scientists are promoting certain diets as a way to improve brain health and reduce people’s chances of developing Alzheimer’s disease. The article reports that “a growing body of research suggesting that certain nutrients…help protect cells in the brain while fighting harmful inflammation and oxidation,” and some diets are now being tested as ways to reduce the chance of Alzheimer’s disease.
Jia Naqvi reporting for the Washington Post described a study published by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found that, between 2013 and 2014, more than 42 percent of adults between the ages of 18 and 59 carrying any type of genital human papillomavirus that significantly increases the carrier’s risk of certain cancers. The study found a higher rate of HPV among men than women, and it was more common among blacks than other racial groups. According to CDC estimates, nearly 80 million people currently have the disease, and approximately 14 million people contract the disease for the first time each year.
Cristina Silva reporting for Newsweek stated that the National Institutes of Health’s Annual Report to the Nation on the Status of Cancer indicated “death rates for the most common types of cancer dropped for men, women and children from all racial and ethnic backgrounds from 2010-2014.” Investigators found that “the rates of new cancers were lower for men but held steady for women.”
Comment: As newer therapies are developed, we are slowly beating back this old enemy.
Prolotherapy May Help Ease Pain From Knee Osteoarthritis, Review Suggests
Lisa Rapaport writing fro Reuters reported that a review suggests prolotherapy, “an alternative medicine approach to joint pain that typically uses injections of sugar or sodium, may be worth trying for knee osteoarthritis after traditional approaches fail.” Investigators looked at data from 10 studies. The data suggested that “prolotherapy may be a safe way to help ease pain from knee osteoarthritis.” However, “the evidence on the effectiveness of prolotherapy isn’t strong enough to recommend it until after other treatments fail, said senior study author Dr. Nicola Maffulli.” The findings were published in the British Medical Bulletin.
Comment: Prolotherapy may work but the jury is still out.
A commonly used drug for sciatica… does it really work? Next
Pregabalin May Be No Better Than Placebo For Relieving The Leg Pain Associated With Sciatica, Study Suggests
Jia Naqvi writing in the Washington Post reported that research suggests pregabalin, which is “frequently prescribed for pain, is no more effective than a placebo at controlling sciatica.” The researchers at the George Institute for Global Health in Australia followed 209 sciatica patients in Sydney who were randomly assigned to receive either the drug pregabalin, more commonly known as Lyrica, or a placebo. The results showed no significant differences in leg pain intensity between the group on the placebo and that on Lyrica after eight weeks taking the drug or during the rest of the year on follow-up exams. Similarly, there were no differences for other outcomes such as back pain, quality of life and degree of disability.The findings were published in the New England Journal of Medicine.