Diabetes May Be Responsible For More US Deaths Than Previously Believed
Arlene Karidis writing for the Washington Post reported, “Nearly four times as many Americans may die of diabetes as indicated on death certificates, a rate that would bump the disease up from the seventh-leading cause of death to No. 3, according to estimates in a study” published in PLOS One. The study’s lead author said, “We argue diabetes is responsible for 12 percent of deaths in the US, rather than 3.3 percent that death certificates indicate.” The Post added that last year, “diabetes accounted for about $1.04 billion in National Institutes of Health funding, compared with about $5.65 billion spent on cancer research.”
Comment: And I expect it will become even more of a problem in the future.
Simple as tapping on your phone… a ride to the hospital… huh?
Some People Using Uber For Transportation To The Emergency Room
Leah Samuel writing for STAT reports there is a growing trend of people using Uber, rather than calling an ambulance, for transportation to the emergency room. The article reports that some people prefer Uber to transport themselves to the hospital, because it can be cheaper and more predictable than taking an ambulance.
Comment: Not sure I would recommend this. If you have to go to the hospital, you need an ambulance.
Physicians Spend Roughly As Many Hours On Computer Work As They Do Meeting With Patients, Researchers Find
Randy Dotinga writing for Healthday reported, “Physicians spend roughly as many hours on computer work as they do meeting with patients,” investigators found after researching “the daily habits of nearly 500 US” physicians. According to HealthDay, “the American Medical Association, the American College of Physicians and other organizations have complained about the administrative burden physicians face.” The findings were published in Health Affairs.
Comment: Man… I get so frustrated with these electronic medical records.
Another Treatment Modality For Rheumatoid Arthritis… Next
Pedometers increase activity and decrease fatigue in rheumatoid arthritis patients
Wiley writing for Eureka Alert reported providing pedometers, with and without providing step targets, to individuals with rheumatoid arthritis increased activity levels and decreased fatigue in a recent study.
In control patients who did not receive pedometers, average daily steps declined and there was no significant change in fatigue.The findings are important because fatigue can have a significant impact on quality of life for individuals with rheumatoid arthritis, but effective and feasible treatments are limited.
“Because rheumatoid arthritis medications have only small effects on fatigue, it’s important for patients to have other ways to manage their fatigue,” said Dr. Patricia Katz, lead author of the Arthritis Care & Research study. “These results suggest that something as simple as increasing physical activity by walking can help.”
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.
Gum Disease May Be Associated With Earlier Death In Older Women, Study Suggests
Susan Scutti reporting for CNN stated that research published in the Journal of the American Heart Association suggests “gum disease and tooth loss are connected to a higher risk of early death in women past the age of menopause.”
Roibert Preidt in Healthday added that investigators “tracked data on more than 57,000 women aged 55 and older.” The researchers found that “a history of gum disease was associated with a 12 percent higher risk of death from any cause.”
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.