Coffee Can Prevent Alcohol-Related Cirrhosis

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Coffee Can Prevent Alcohol-Related Cirrhosis
Amy Jacob writing in MD reported the benefits of coffee consumption have long been questioned, but now a new group of experts have given it the thumbs up.

According to a review of studies published in the journal Alimentary Pharmacology and Therapeutics, increasing coffee intake could help reduce the chances of developing alcohol-related cirrhosis.

To examine the relationship between coffee consumption and the risk of cirrhosis, a research team led by Oliver Kennedy, MD, Southampton University in Britain, analyzed nine studies involving more than 430,000 participants.

Overall, the studies included 1,990 cirrhosis patients.

The length of the studies varied, but one lasted nearly 20 years.

In eight of the nine studies analyzed, increasing coffee consumption by two cups per day was “associated with a statistically significant reduction in the risk of cirrhosis” – specifically by 44%.
Comment: coffee has been shown other studies to benefit the heart. Now this. Interesting

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Amazing Shoulder Secrets Revealed
Here’s a better understanding and anatomy of your shoulder.

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Arthritis and related diseases affect one in two Americans.

There is a set of diseases that costs more than heart and lung disease combined. The shocking statistics next…

Arthritis and related diseases affect one in two Americans.

One in two Americans have a musculoskeletal condition costing an estimated $213 billion each year in treatment and lost wages.

An estimated 126.6 million Americans (one in two adults) are affected by a musculoskeletal condition—comparable to the total percentage of Americans living with a chronic lung or heart condition—costing an estimated $213 billion in annual treatment, care and lost wages, according to a new report issued today by the United States Bone and Joint Initiative.

Comment: Wow. What an economic impact.

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Add French Fries, Potato Chips to Cancer-Causing Foods

Have you ever wondered about those studies showing different things cause cancer… well here’s another one

Add French Fries, Potato Chips to the List of Cancer-Causing Foods

Caitlyn Fitzpatrick writing for MD reported the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has released a guidance for the food industry on ways to reduce a potential carcinogen in French fries.

Starchy foods, such as bagels, were recently targeted for being linked to lung cancer. Now officials are flagging foods like French fries and potato chips for containing acrylamide, a dangerous chemical that may cause cancer.

Frozen French fries that are intended to be cooked in a consumer’s home are not naturally filled with the chemical. Fries with a larger surface area relative to the volume may reduce acrylamide since is tends to form in the surface layer instead of inside. When it comes to potato chips, higher temperatures and longer cooking time result in higher acrylamide levels. The chemical especially increases towards the end of frying.

Comment: what a bummer… I love fries.

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Gold Therapy for Rheumatoid Arthritis works in Ovarian Cancer

Sometimes new uses for old drugs are found. This is particularly true when you go across medical disciplines as the next item will show…

Rheumatoid arthritis drug may help treat ovarian cancer

Dr. Victor Marchione, writing in Bel Marra Health reported an older rheumatoid arthritis drug may help treat ovarian cancer.

Rheumatoid arthritis is an autoimmune disorder and many autoimmune disorders share links with certain forms of cancer. Because of these shared links cancer treatment drugs can sometimes benefit certain autoimmune disorders and vice versa. Such is the case with a drug known as auranofin.

Auranofin is commonly used in the treatment in rheumatoid arthritis, but a new study suggests it may aid in the treatment of ovarian.

Some patients with ovarian cancer have a mutation in the BRCA1 gene. In the study, the researchers found that those patients responded well to the rheumatoid arthritis drug.

Comment: auranofin is oral gold… an old old drug that really never panned out. But this news is certainly promising.

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NSAIDS Reduce Dementia

Not all the news about non-steroidal drugs is bad. In fact, this next item might surprise you…

Decreased Risk of Dementia With Prolonged NSAID Exposure in RA

Lauren Grygotis writing in Neurology Advisor reported a longer period of treatment with non-steroid anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) was associated with a decreased risk of dementia among patients with rheumatoid arthritis (RA) in a large population-based cohort, according to recent findings published in Medicine.

Previous studies have suggested that early inflammation, cardiovascular disease, and depression are associated with increased risk of dementia.  The authors of the study noted that NSAIDs are “commonly used for treating RA, and several studies suggest that NSAIDs reduce the risk of Alzheimer’s disease or dementia in patients with RA.”

Comment: Interesting

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Green Tea Good for Rheumatoid Arthritis

Have you ever wondered if there are natural ingredients that would help as well as pharmaceuticals? Many doctors don’t agree but the latest science suggests they might be wrong… next

Green Tea May Help Ease Rheumatoid Arthritis Symptoms

Ashley Boynes-Shuck writing in Healthline reported a new study appearing in the medical journal, Arthritis and Rheumatology, shows that a compound found in green tea may hold promise in rheumatoid arthritis (RA) disease management.

Herbal teas have been in use to treat various ailments for literally thousands of years, with estimates of its medicinal use since before the beginning of recorded history.

Green tea has been touted by health coaches, nutritionists, doctors, and dietitians for decades. The drink is particularly known for anti-oxidant properties.

Now, green tea is being heralded as way to reduce inflammation in the body as well. In fact, the recent study concludes the drink has potentially as a regularly prescribed treatment for patients with RA, although so far it has only been tested on mice.

Comment: Mice is a start…

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Disease-modifying antirheumatic drugs affect weight of patients with RA

Have you wondered if some arthritis drugs affect weight even though your doctor says they won’t. Experts say this because they want you to believe it. But recent data says otherwise. Coming up next.

Disease-modifying antirheumatic drugs affect weight of patients with RA

Reported in Healio, the results of a long term study conducted at the Department of veteran Affairs. The researchers evaluated a large cohort of patients with rheumatoid arthritis treated with various agents. Of four disease-modifying antirheumatic drugs, Arava was most likely to cause weight loss and prednisone was associated with weight gain in patients with rheumatoid arthritis, according to the results of the study.


Comment: Not surprising. As the dose of prednisone increases above 5 mgs per day, I have noticed patients may begin to gain weight. The trick is to keep the dose low.

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Textile Workers at Higher Risk for Rheumatoid Arthritis

Here’s another common occupation associated with rheumatoid arthritis…next

Textile Workers at Higher Risk for Rheumatoid Arthritis

Lisa Rapaport writing in the Rheumatologist reported breathing textile dust on the job is linked to an almost tripled risk of developing rheumatoid arthritis, a Malaysian study suggests.

While smoking is a known risk factor for RA, the findings add to evidence suggesting that environmental factors could trigger RA in some people, the researchers note in the Annals of the Rheumatic Diseases.

The investigators suspect that textile dust might cause changes in the lung tissues, and those changes might trigger the immune response that leads to RA in individuals with genetic risk factors for the disease, said senior study author Dr. Camilla Bengtsson of the Karolinska Institute in Sweden.

Although more research is needed to prove whether textile dust directly causes RA, the findings suggest factory workers might benefit from respiratory protections that prevent or minimize inhalation of this pollutant, Bengtsson added.

Comment: Who would have thunk it…

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Acupuncture And Moxa Alleviate Rheumatoid Arthritis

An ancient Chinese secret erases rheumatoid arthritis… next

Acupuncture And Moxa Alleviate Rheumatoid Arthritis

Reposrted in Health CMi, this item… Acupuncture and moxibustion alleviate rheumatoid arthritis. Research published in the Jilin Journal of Traditional Chinese Medicine finds an 83.3% total effective rate for acupuncture combined with moxibustion for the treatment of rheumatoid arthritis. Lower levels of clinical success were achieved by using acupuncture and moxibustion independently as standalone treatment modalities. However, once the researchers combined acupuncture and moxibustion into one treatment protocol, the positive patient outcome rate increased significantly.


Comment: While Chinese medicine helps with symptoms., I’m skeptical about its ability to slow disease progression.


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