Muir reporting in ABC World News stated that a study published in the journal Clinical Pediatrics has found “a spike in toy-related injuries, up 40 percent in the last 24 years,” with one US child having to go to the emergency department “every three minutes.”
Comment: When I was a kid, one Christmas, my parents got my brother and I a Cape Canaveral rocket set with spring loaded missiles. We had a ball chasing each other around and shooting them at each other.
Popular Nerve Pain Medicine Has Little Effect On Back Pain.
Sonja Elmquist writing in Bloomberg News reported that Pfizer Inc.’s best-selling drug, Lyrica (pregabalin), “didn’t help patients with the most common cause of back pain,” severe lumbar spinal stenosis, “any more than a placebo in a small study.” The study’s findings, published in the journal Neurology, casts “doubt on the potential for doctors to expand the medication’s use.” The FDA “has not approved the drug’s use for spinal stenosis,” but Lyrica “and similar medicines are often used to treat lower back pain.”
Comment: I don’t use Lyrica for back pain. It is helpful for peripheral neuropathy and shingles pain though.
When do most gout attacks occur? The answer next…
Gout Attacks May Be More Likely At Night.
Robert Preidt writing in HealthDay reported that a study published in Arthritis & Rheumatology finds that “acute gout attacks occur two times more often during the night and early morning than during the day.” The study included over 700 patients with gout. Possible reasons include “lower body temperature, nighttime dehydration, or a nocturnal dip of cortisol levels.”
Comment: This is actually not news. For years we’ve known most gout attacks occur at night or in the early morning.
Does Lyme Disease trigger fibromyalgia? The answer next…
Lyme disease does not appear to trigger fibromyalgia
Wayne Kuznar writing in MedPage Today reported Lyme disease is not a trigger for fibromyalgia, according to a long-term assessment of patients with culture-confirmed Lyme disease.
The prevalence of fibromyalgia among patients with culture-confirmed Lyme disease who were followed at the Lyme Disease Diagnostic Center in Westchester County, N.Y., for up to 20 years was no greater than that in the general population, say investigators at New York Medical College in Valhalla, N.Y., led by Gary Wormser, MD.
Comment: That has not been my experience. I have a number of fibromyalgia patients who had previously had Lyme disease.
Another form of arthritis increases risk of heart disease…
Painful hands could mean a hurting heart
Nancy Walsh writing in MedPage Today reported symptomatic osteoarthritis (OA) of the hands was associated with an elevated risk for coronary heart disease events, analysis of data from the Framingham Heart Study showed. In a multivariate analysis that adjusted for multiple factors including age, sex, body mass index, lipids, medication use, and smoking, the hazard ratio for coronary heart disease among individuals with symptomatic hand OA was increased more than two times expected, according to Ida K. Haugen, MD, PhD, of Diakonhjemmet Hospital in Oslo, Norway, and colleagues.
Comment: As if we didn’t have enough to worry about already…
Reported from Columbia University… Columbia University Medical Center researchers have devised a way to replace the knee’s protective lining, called the meniscus, using a personalized 3D-printed implant, or scaffold, infused with human growth factors that prompt the body to regenerate the lining on its own. The therapy, successfully tested in sheep, could provide the first effective and long-lasting repair of damaged menisci, which occur in millions of Americans each year and can lead to debilitating arthritis. The paper was published in the journal, Science Translational Medicine.
Comment: I consider this a breakthrough advance. Stay tuned.
NSAIDS may reduce risk for squamous cell carcinoma.
Nicholas Bakalar writing in the New York Times reported that research published in the Journal of Investigative Dermatology suggests that “aspirin and other nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs taken orally may reduce the risk for squamous cell carcinoma.” Investigators came to this conclusion after analyzing “data from nine studies of various designs.”
Comment: Rheumatologists still have reluctance to prescribe NSAIDS because of the side effect profile but not all the news is bad.
Does weight have influence on the rate of remission in RA?
Weight Could Influence Rheumatoid Arthritis Relief
Alex Kramer writing for Healthday reported people with rheumatoid arthritis may be more likely to achieve remission if they maintain a healthy body weight, according to new research.
The study found that those who were heaviest had almost 65 percent reduced odds of disease remission. Being underweight also lowered the odds of remission.
“Medication for rheumatoid arthritis is not as effective on the overweight population,” said Dr. Susan Goodman, the study’s lead author and a rheumatologist at the Hospital for Special Surgery in New York City.