|Salty Foods May Double Smokers' Risk of Rheumatoid Arthritis
Salty Foods May Double Smokers' Risk of Rheumatoid Arthritis FRIDAY, Sept. 12, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Consuming too much salt may more than double a smoker's risk of developing the painful inflammatory disease known as rheumatoid arthritis, a new study finds. Researchers in Sweden said the interaction between smoking and eating too much salt could have implications for how diet is viewed in rheumatoid arthritis, as well as other inflammatory conditions. The study, published online Sept. 10 in the jour...
Positions Are Key When Sex Causes Back Pain
Positions Are Key When Sex Causes Back Pain WEDNESDAY, Sept. 10, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Guided by movements of couples engaged in sexual intercourse, a new report suggests that alternatives to the traditional missionary-style position can help men who have lower back pain. The findings report that side-by-side intercourse, known as "spooning" and thought by some to be a cure-all, isn't recommended for everyone. Back pain during sex is a major issue for many people and there's been little, if any, rese...
Osteoporosis Drugs Work, But Review Finds No Clear Winner
Osteoporosis Drugs Work, But Review Finds No Clear Winner MONDAY, Sept. 8, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Many osteoporosis drugs cut women's risk of suffering a bone fracture, though it's not clear whether any one medication works better than others, a new research review finds. Reporting Sept. 8 in Annals of Internal Medicine , researchers said that for women with the bone-thinning disease osteoporosis, various drugs cut the risk of a spine fracture by 40 to 60 percent, compared to a placebo. When it comes ...
More Evidence Ties Some Bone-Building Drugs to Rare Fractures
More Evidence Ties Some Bone-Building Drugs to Rare Fractures THURSDAY, Sept. 4, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Taking osteoporosis drugs called bisphosphonates to help prevent fractures may carry a slight risk for unusual breaks in the thigh bone, Swedish researchers report. For those who took bisphosphonates for four to five years, the so-called "relative risk" was 100 times higher than among people who didn't use the medications. But the researchers explained that the absolute risk of having such a fractur...
Many Rheumatoid Arthritis Patients May Skip Meds: Study
Many Rheumatoid Arthritis Patients May Skip Meds: Study WEDNESDAY, Sept. 3, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Many patients with severe rheumatoid arthritis don't take their expensive medications as prescribed, a new British study finds. Failure to take the drugs correctly reduces their effectiveness and may lead to a worsening of symptoms, warned researchers from the University of Manchester. Rheumatoid arthritis develops when your immune system begins to attack itself, and symptoms include inflammation, pain a...
Take Steps to Control Bunions
Take Steps to Control Bunions FRIDAY, Aug. 29, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- If you have bunions, taking care of them now can help you avoid more serious treatment later, an expert says. A bunion is a bump that forms on the joint of the big toe when bone or tissue moves out of place and extends beyond the normal anatomy of the toe. Left untreated, bunions can cause debilitating pain and may require surgery to correct, said Brent Rosenthal, a podiatrist and podiatric surgeon at CentraState Medical Center in F...
Study Questions Value of Certain Knee Surgeries
Study Questions Value of Certain Knee Surgeries MONDAY, Aug. 25, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Compared to conservative treatments, arthroscopic knee surgery offers no apparent benefit for middle-aged people with age-related tears of the meniscus -- the cartilage that cushions the knee joint, according to a new analysis. This particular group of patients "may not benefit from rushing into arthroscopic surgery," said study researcher Dr. Moin Khan, chief resident of orthopedic surgery at McMaster University i...
Health Tip: Soothing Psoriasis on the Feet
Health Tip: Soothing Psoriasis on the Feet (HealthDay News) -- Psoriasis causes red, itchy skin plaques that commonly affect the bottoms of the feet. The American Podiatric Medical Association suggests how to help manage the condition: Soak feet in an oatmeal bath. Regularly apply a hypoallergenic moisturizing lotion. Avoid stress. Don't drink alcohol. Consider light therapy if your doctor recommends it. See a podiatrist if the psoriasis doesn't improve with at-home care.
Many Women Who Have Mastectomy Don't Get Breast Reconstruction: Study
Many Women Who Have Mastectomy Don't Get Breast Reconstruction: Study WEDNESDAY, Aug. 20, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Breast reconstruction after a mastectomy has long been an option, but a new study shows that only about 42 percent of women choose it. "The most common reasons women didn't undergo reconstruction was that they felt it wasn't important, they weren't interested in more surgery or they were focused on their cancer treatment," said lead researcher Dr. Monica Morrow, chief of breast surgery at M...
Health Tip: Have Jaw Pain?
Health Tip: Have Jaw Pain? (HealthDay News) -- Jaw pain can radiate to the ears and teeth, and may even lead to headache. The American Dental Association mentions these possible causes of jaw pain: Having sinus problems. Having a toothache, or grinding the teeth. Having an infection. Having arthritis of the temporomandibular joint. Having periodontal disease. Having stressed facial muscles.
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