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Saturday 05, Jun 2010

  Stubborn Ulcerative Colitis can be treated with arthritis drug

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Stubborn Ulcerative Colitis can be treated with arthritis drugInfliximab, a drug presently used for treating patients suffering with rheumatoid arthritis and Crohn’s diseases, can also be used to treat patients with stubborn cases of ulcerative colitis, a serious intestinal disorder.

It was remarked by review co-author Dr. Anthony Kwaku Akobeng that people with active ulcerative colitis and not responding to corticosteroids or immunosuppressive agents can be helped by infliximab as the drug can induce clinical response to promote mucosal healing and reducing need for colectomy, at least in the short term.

The review of studies appeared in an issue of The Cochrane Library, a publication of The Cochrane Collaboration, which is an international organization that evaluates medical research.

Tuesday 27, Apr 2010

  Gene therapy can enhance learning and memory in animals

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Gene therapy can enhance learning and memory in animalsA gene has been designed by neuroscientists at the Stanford University that can enhance learning and memory abilities in animals under stress. The Stanford team remarked that experimental technique could one day lead to new forms of gene therapy possible of reducing the severe neurological side effects of steroids that are prescribed to millions of patients with arthritis, asthma and other illnesses.

Robert Sapolsky, co-author of the study and neuroendocrinologist, said steroids can mess up the brain part involved in cognition and judgment.

Sapolsky, the John A. and Cynthia Fry Gunn Professor of Biological Sciences and a professor of neurology and neurological sciences at Stanford, has conducted numerous experiments on the damaging physiological effects of stress and has written extensively on the subject.

Sunday 18, Apr 2010

  Arthritis pain can be reduced by injecting gold into knees

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Arthritis pain can be reduced by injecting gold into kneesPatients affected by osteoarthritis can experience slowing down of the disease progression and pain getting eased with injecting gold into knees but this treatment form is not meant for every patient with rheumatoid arthritis, as per scientists.

As per the Arthritis Research Campaign, approximately 80 million people suffer from this condition and a further 350,000 people suffer from rheumatoid arthritis, which is an autoimmune joint disease where the joints in the body become inflamed.

It was remarked during the study that injecting gold into knees is not a same-treatment-for-all remedy as around 20-30 percent of the affected patients do not benefit from gold.

Tuesday 09, Mar 2010

  Arthritis medications and herbal remedies can be a lethal combination

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Arthritis medications and herbal remedies can be a lethal combinationAccording to a survey reported in the Annals of the Rheumatic Diseases, a combination of arthritis medications and herbal remedies can prove fatal.

The survey noted that not only the patients but also the healthcare professionals are ill informed about this possible severe complication.

The authors noted that both the patients and the practitioners need more information education about the involved risks and potential interactions.