Category: Arthritis

Pain medication increases chance of kidney failure

People with kidney disease who regularly take aspirin or acetaminophen may increase their risk of developing kidney failure, According to research published in the New England Journal of Medicine (December 20, 2001;345:1801-1808) the use of aspirin or acetaminophen may increase the risk of kidney failure in those with existing kidney disease. Kidney patients who took Read More …

Pain medication can increase the risk for a second bout of heart failure

Pain Medication Can Increase the Risk of a Second Bout of Heart Failure Popular anti-inflammatory, pain-killing drugs (called NSAIDs—or non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs) may increase the risk of relapse in patients with heart failure according to a study published in the Archives of Internal Medicine (February 11, 2002;162:265-270). NSAIDs, a group of drugs that includes aspirin Read More …

Obesity and Poor Pain Tolerance

A study published in the journal, Pain (2003; 104(3):549-57) followed over 1100 patients who had been treated for obesity (either surgically or non-surgically). The researchers found that hip, ankle, knee, neck and back pain was more common in obese patients than in the general population. Two years after bariatric surgery, the amount of pain suffered Read More …

Nitric Oxide

Nitric oxide, not to be confused with laughing gas (which is nitrous oxide), is important for the health of the cardiovascular system, the joints, the lung, the nervous system, the immune system and may even be useful in preventing erectile dysfunction. It is synthesized from L-arginine. In the journal Arthritis and Rheumatism (August 1993;36(8):1036-1044), an Read More …

MSM and Joint Health

Research performed at the University of California at San Diego looked at the effect MSM has on cartilage. It was published in the Osteoarthritis and Cartilage Journal (available online December 27, 2007). This was an “in vitro” study, meaning that the researchers looked at cartilage that was outside of the body. They were concerned with Read More …

Link between salmonella and arthritis

Link between Salmonella and Arthritis Research that was performed at Johns Hopkins and published in the February 2002 issue of Nature Medicine, revealed a connection between certain bacterial infections and autoimmune disease. If normal cells carry a specific protein that mimics the bacterial protein, they may be attacked by the immune system. If there has Read More …

Glucosamine and chondroitan for arthritis

Glucosamine and Chondroitan for Arthritis In a literature review of 15 articles covering the use of glucosamine and chondroitan for osteo arthritis (The Journal of the American Medical Association March 15, 2000;283:1469-1475, 1483-1484), the authors found a modest benefit from glucosamine and a lot of benefit from chondroitin. The researchers, however, suggest that the actual Read More …

Fish oil and vitamin E have anti-inflammatory effect

Fish Oil and Vitamin E have Anti-inflammatory Activity A combination of fish oil and vitamin E reduced the levels of cytokines (pro-inflammatory proteins that cause the joint swelling, pain and tenderness) in mice. This result found in a study lead by Jaya Venkatraman, Ph.D., University of Buffalo associate professor in the Department of Physical Therapy, Read More …

Emotions affect pain

TexasA&MUniversity psychologist Mary W. Meagher, who has conducted pain research for 16 years, says that fear and anxiety affect how a person experiences pain. Fear tends to reduce pain, anxiety increases it. She says, “From a clinical perspective, these data suggest that a patient anticipating an unpredictable threatening event will experience enhanced pain,” she says. Read More …

Eating More Vegetables and Olive Oil may Benefit Rheumatoid Arthritis Patients

Eating More Vegetables and Olive Oil may Benefit Rheumatoid Arthritis Patients Researchers at the University of Athens Medical School found that development of RA (rheumatoid arthritis) was closely associated with a low consumption of cooked vegetables and olive oil. Both items are common in the Greek diet. In general, southern Mediterranean populations consume a diet Read More …