In the News: January 2016

A new study shows that anti-resorptive therapy (drugs that prevent bone resorption or bone breakdown), including bisphosphonates, denosumab and others, can decrease the risk of subsequent fractures by 40 percent. Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) is characterized by frequent, but short, episodes of shallow (or even stopped) breathing when sleeping. In addition to the loud snoring OSA causes, it may contribute to high blood pressure and increase the risk of heart attack, stroke, heart failure and heart-rhythm abnormalities. Research continues to demonstrate the potential effectiveness of an organic path to ease arthritis aches, but new research underlines the importance of understanding that dietary supplements come with their own risks. Opioids, such as hydrocodone (Vicodin, Lortab), are often turned to for relieving arthritis pain. But, in addition to the increased risk of addiction-like dependence the drugs pose, a new study shows that taking opioids appears to raise the risk for serious infections among patients with rheumatoid arthritis
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