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Saturday 08, Jan 2011

  Link defined between Parkinson’s disease and immune system

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Link defined between Parkinson's disease and immune systemA team of researchers citing new evidence has suggested that Parkinson’s disease may have an infectious or autoimmune origin.

The clinical directors for the study were Dr. Cyrus Zabetian, associate professor of neurology at the University of Washington and VA Puget Sound Health Care System, Stewart Factor at Emory University, and John Nutt at Oregon Health and Sciences University.

The study was conducted by the NeuroGenetics Research Consortium, an international team of researchers led by Haydeh Payami, research scientist at the New York State Department of Health Wadsworth Center.

Friday 03, Sep 2010

  Genetic link identified between immune system and Parkinson’s disease

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Genetic link identified between immune system and Parkinson's diseaseNew evidence has been highlighted by a team of researchers to suggest that Parkinson’s disease may have an infectious or autoimmune origin. The study was conducted by the NeuroGenetics Research Consortium, an international team of researchers led by Haydeh Payami, research scientist at the New York State Department of Health Wadsworth Center.

It is believed that results of this study will help the medical fraternity to take a fresh look at the possible role of infections, inflammation, and autoimmunity in Parkinson’s disease.

The clinical directors for the study were Dr. Cyrus Zabetian, associate professor of neurology at the University of Washington and VA Puget Sound Health Care System, Stewart Factor at Emory University, and John Nutt at Oregon Health and Sciences University.

Saturday 14, Aug 2010

  Anti-inflammatory drugs developed for healthy cells

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Anti-inflammatory drugs developed for healthy cellsAnti-inflammatory drugs, on the lines of working on analogues of the C1P molecule, affecting healthy cells are presently being developed by a research team from University of the Basque Country.

The inflammatory ability of the C1P molecule was inhibited by the team in order to ensure its use as an effective anti-inflammatory drug for treating specific cell types without resulting in a negative effect on the remaining cells.

It is worthwhile to note here that steroids and NSAIDs (Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs) are presently used for this purpose.

Sunday 31, May 2009

  Plantar Fasciitis Now Treatable By Steroids

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Plantar Fasciitis Now Treatable By SteroidsPatients suffering from plantar fasciitis now have a choice to choose above surgery. The new method developed by an Italian Team of researchers used dry-needling to combine it with a steroid injection.

Dry needling is done to reduce inflammation by causing local bleeding in the area where a steroid can be injected to the perifascial soft tissue, which helps in healing the fascia.

Till date, no proper treatment was established for this disease though stretching in the morning, weight loss, and NSAIDS were few things that were advised to the concerned patients. But after a number of clinical trials, researchers have come out with a conclusion that steroids help in reducing pain to a considerable extent.

The efficiencies of dry needling and steroids were assessed by researchers as they conducted a study of 44 patients in the age group of 35-80 years (who were unresponsive to previous therapies). The entire procedures took about 15 minutes. Patients were given local anesthesia guided by dry needling that was then pulled back to the perifascial soft tissues and 1 mL of triamcinolone acetonide 40 mg/mL was injected to reduce inflammation, Luca M. Sconfienza, M.D., of the University of Genoa, said.

This study has been seen as a progressive therapy for reduction of pain and associated symptoms. It is also believed that this is a novel method of treatment to cure even tennis elbow.

Thursday 02, Apr 2009

  NSAIDs IN EUROPEAN FOOTBALL CAN CAUSE LIVER AND KIDNEY PROBLEMS

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NSAIDs IN EUROPEAN FOOTBALL CAN CAUSE LIVER AND KIDNEY PROBLEMSInternational footballers may not be into steroids, the kind that thrust A-Rod into the spotlight, but they were definitely into non-steroidanti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs). Research has revealed that these can lead to liver and kidney damage. These are similar side-effects that result from steroid use. However, recent drug tests results showed that almost 60% of football players in the Euro 2008 had the presence of NSAIDs in their urine samples. England wasn’t even included in the testing.

While players like John Terry openly admits he uses anti-inflammatory injections. But he seems confident that the sophisticated – and expensive—medical care in England would prevent scandalous headlines screaming of drug abuse and addiction. While the injections are regulated, there are still health risks that the players should consider.

The use of NSAIDs according to Uefa was for the treatment of musculo-skeletal problems. A debate was requested by Professor Jan Ekstrand on the reports that NSAIDs can lead to liver and kidney problems. English football should listen to Ekstrand who did a research to prove that those players who did not have any winter break are likely to experience injuries five times more than those who had time to rest. And this was proven with David Beckham in 2002 and Wayne Rooney in 2006 prior to World Cup.