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In the News: 07/03

Vitamin D-In Big Doses-Foils Fractures Taking megadoses of vitamin D just three times a year lowers the risk of bone fractures in older people, suggests a recent study in the British Medical Journal. The study followed 2,686 men and women between the ages of 65 and 85. Participants were given one capsule containing 100,000 IU of vitamin D or a placebo capsule every four months for five years. Compared with those on placebos, people who took…

Osteoporosis: Men Can Get It Too

Osteoporosis (porous bone) is a disease in which the density and quality of your bones diminishes, rendering them fragile and more likely to break. Though it is most commonly associated with women-who are four times more likely than men to develop the disease-it is a major threat for an estimated 44 million American men and women. In the U.S. today, more than 10 million individuals have osteoporosis and nearly 34 million more are estimated to…

In the News: 02/04

Celebrex Or Vioxx? Its A Toss Up Despite some heated claims and counter-claims, selective COX-2 inhibitors celecoxib (Celebrex) and rofecoxib (Vioxx) have been found to be equally effective. This was the finding following a study by Dr. Allan Gibofsky and his colleagues at Cornell Universitys Weill Medical College. The head-to-head, placebo-controlled test, reported in the November 2003 Arthritis & Rheumatism, involved 475 patients with knee osteoarthritis who were given celecoxib (200mg/day), rofecoxib (25mg/day), or a placebo.…

In the News: 01/04

Write The Pain Away An arthritis flare-up can be brought on by any number of factors-extreme stress, a disturbing event, personal loss or conflict-each of which can impact the immune system. One not-so-traditional way to lessen the pain of flare-ups is described in The Writing Cure: How Expressive Writing Promotes Health and Emotional Well-Being (American Psychological Association). Co-editors Joshua Smyth, Ph.D., and Stephen Lepore, Ph.D., and their colleagues explored the effects of supervised journal writing…

In the News: 03/04

Chicken Shots: Back To The Coop New research has shown a popular osteoarthritis treatment-hyaluronic acid injections-to be ineffective. The investigation, conducted by the Boston University School of Medicine, pooled data from 22 studies comparing hyaluronic acid injections (referred to as chicken shots because hyaluronic acid is extracted from chicken combs) and a salt-water-based placebo. Researchers found little difference in results between the two groups. …

Arthritis And Genetic Research: How Soon The Payoff?

Using gene therapy to treat arthritis is an intriguing concept, but its practicality is still on the far horizon.

Men And Women: The Pain Paradox

The unique ways in which men and women perceive pain may soon lead to gender-specific treatments.