August 10, 2011

Activity Eases Symptoms

1 Arthritis Sufferers Don’t Exercise Enough

Arthritis sufferers don’t get enough exercise. In fact, more than half of women and 40% of men with arthritis are couch potatoes, finds a Northwestern U study. This is the first study to use a device to measure physical activity of arthritis sufferers to see if they meet federal guidelines which recommend 150 minutes/week of moderate-intensity, low-impact activity. Past studies relied on self-reported accounts. Of more than 1000 participants, ages 49-84, with radiographic knee osteoarthritis, fewer than 1 in 7 men and 1 in 12 women met the guidelines; many people qualified as inactive, failing to sustain a 10 minute period of moderate to vigorous activity per week. Researchers say physicians need to discuss the importance of physical activity with their patients.

More at Eurekalert.org | Posted 6 years ago by Melody Lesser

Previously: Exercise Improves Arthritis Pain in Older Adults

Tags: Arthritis, Exercise, Northwestern University, Osteoarthritis, Pain, Physical Activity, Radiographic Knee Osteoarthritis

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You Can Text in 5 Years

2 FCC Wants 911 Texting

People may use their mobile phones to send multimedia and text messages to 911 emergency centers in a few years if all goes well with the Federal Communications Commission's new plan. The FCC is hoping to fill in the gap between America's emergency response and mobile technology, reports CBS News. However, Americans should be prepared to wait a while before texting or sending photos or videos to 911 emergency centers. While the FCC unveiled their new plan on Wednesday, it could take another five to 10 years before the texting service would be available.

More at CBS News | Posted 6 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Tags: Texting to 911, Text 911, Sending Photos 911, FCC Wants to Improve 911, Bringing 911 into Modern Times

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Generates Memory T-Cells

3 Gene Therapy Shows Success Against Leukemia

Scientists at the University of Pennsylvania have engineered T-cells that target the surface protein called CD-19 found on leukemia cells and a phase I trial has shown they destroy cancer cells in patients with chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL). Two patients went into a remission that has lasted a year and one is stable. Previous attempts at "adoptive T-cell transfer" involved modifying a patient’s own T-cells, but these were created and gene therapy was used to target CD-19. It took about two weeks for the T-cells to start lysing the cells which manifested as chills, nausea and fever. Blood samples from the patients showed that the T-cells were present several months later and some went onto become memory T-cells which suggest they may provide long-lasting protection.

More at Yahoo! Reuters | Posted 6 years ago by Kristie Hayes

Previously: Gene Therapy Creates HIV Resistant T-Cells

Tags: Blood Cancers, Leukemia, T-Cells, University of Pennsylvania, Adoptive T-Cell Transfer, Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia, CLL, Gene Therapy to Treat Leukemia, CD-19, Immunity Against Cancer

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