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.
Steroid Injections May Be No Better Than Placebo For Pain Linked To Knee Osteoarthritis, Study Suggests
Nicholas Bakalar writing for the New York Times reported that while physicians “often prescribe steroid injections for the pain of knee arthritis,” research published in the Journal of the American Medical Association “has found they work no better than a placebo.”
Randy Dotinga writing for Healthday added that investigators found that individuals with knee osteoarthritis who received “steroid injections every three months for two years had no less pain than those taking a placebo treatment.” Additionally, researchers found that “they had greater loss of cartilage.”
Comment: What a bunch of horse doo-doo. These injections do work and this study is an example of stupidity.
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, 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 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
Yoga May Provide Relief From Menstrual Cramps And PMS, Review Study Suggests
Amanda MacMillan writing for TIME reported “yoga may provide relief from” menstrual cramps, PMS, and other conditions, “according to a new review of studies published in the Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine.” Researchers reviewed “15 studies that looked at how a regular yoga practice affects a woman’s experience of cramps, PMS, polycystic ovary syndrome (which can cause missed or infrequent periods) and premenstrual dysphoric disorder,” and “found that yoga was linked to reduced severity of symptoms and pain relief in women suffering from these conditions.”
Comment: Yoga is really enjoyable and beneficial for many conditions.
Kate Murphy writing for the New Yor k times reportedeEvery person exudes a personal “odorprint” concocted from thousands of organic molecular compounds. This unique scent can broadcast our age, genetic makeup, and even disease — which researchers believe will soon lead to earlier detection of illnesses. Several groups of researchers across the globe race to leverage the human “odorprints” for disease detection through computer assistance. One company borrows technology from bomb detection, while another sniffs for patterns of smells rather than individual molecules.
Some of the contenders closest to the finish line have begun enrolling thousands of patients into clinical studies in lung and colon cancer diagnosis.
More Rural Americans Signing Up For Disability As Jobs Disappear
Terrence McCoy writing for the Washington Post reported how disability is shaping the culture, economy and politics of” small, rural communities as “between 1996 and 2015, the number of working-age adults receiving federal disability payments increased dramatically across the country – but nowhere more so than in rural America.” The Post says that “between 1996 and 2015, the number of working-age adults receiving disability climbed from 7.7 million to 13 million.” In addition, “across large swaths of the country, disability has become a force that has reshaped scores of mostly white, almost exclusively rural communities, where as many as one-third of working-age adults live on monthly disability checks, according to a Washington Post analysis of Social Security Administration statistics.”
Comment: This is an alarming trend that may overwhelm us if it continues.
Early Treatment Equals Better Results for Rheumatoid Arthritis
Alan Mozes writing for Healthday reported treating rheumatoid arthritis early may make for better outcomes, a new study suggests.
Patients who were treated within six months of developing the first signs of the autoimmune disease did better in the long run and were less likely to suffer early death, British researchers found.
The findings stem from an analysis of more than 600 patients who were initially diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis (RA) between 1990 and 1994. They were tracked for over 20 years.
Over the study time frame, investigators assessed key symptoms of RA, such as swollen and/or tender joints, and indications of disability. All deaths were also noted.
The research team found that patients who started treatment for RA within the first half-year after the first symptoms surfaced tended to have no greater levels of disability over a 20-year period than patients who required no treatment.
Comment: It is critical to be aggressive with this disease.