August 15, 2011

Two-Pronged Process Reduces Risk

1 CV Risk Higher for Arthritis Sufferers

Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) patients are at higher risk of cardiovascular disease, finds a five-year study that blames RA inflammation and risk factors such as obesity and smoking. Antirheumatic drugs (DMARDS) helped reduce patients’ risk. The study analyzed the progression and treatments of RA in more than 400 patients. Data showed that a new CV event could be predicted by the intensity of patients’ RA as well as the presence of diabetes, high blood pressure and triglyceride levels. Says researcher Dr. Wallberg-Jonsson, University Hosp., Sweden, "Inflammation associated with RA increases patients risk of heart disease and other cardiovascular events. However it is possible to reduce this risk ... by treating both the inflammation and traditional risk factors for heart disease."

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

Previously: RA More Common in Women Who Drink Tea

Tags: Cardiovascular Disease, Diabetes, High Blood Pressure, Inflammation, Obesity, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Smoking, Triglycerides, RA, CV Disease, Dr. Wallberg-Jonsson, University Hospital in Sweden

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Careful Monitoring of Siblings

2 Autism Risk Higher Than Thought for Siblings

A younger sibling of an autistic child has an overall 19 percent risk of having autism, say researchers from the University of California, Davis. The study, published in the journal Pediatrics, suggests that autism could have a strong genetic component. The risk for younger siblings is higher than previously thought, reports NPR. Researchers had thought that younger siblings of autistic children faced only a 3 to 14 percent risk of autism. According to the recent study, younger sisters of autistic kids have a 9 percent risk of autism, while younger brothers face a 1 in 4 risk. When a family has two or more children with autism, the risk of younger siblings also having autism is 1 in 3.

More at NPR | Posted 6 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Previously: Survey Names Top Cities for Kids with Autism

Tags: Autism Risk Factors, Autism Risk among Siblings, Increased Autism Risk, Genetic Factors Autism, Autism Symptoms

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Same Relief, Different Goals

3 TCM Relieves Fever Due to H1N1 Like Tamiflu

Researchers in China have shown that a traditional Chinese herbal remedy is as effective as Tamiflu in alleviating fever due to H1N1. The medicine, maxingshigan-yinqiaosan (M-Y), contains ephedrae, zhimu, qinghao, shigao, yinhua, huangqin, chaoxingren, lianqiao, bohe, zhebeimu, niubangzi and gancao. The study involved 410 healthy young adults who took Tamiflu twice a day, M-Y four times daily, both drugs or nothing. Success was seen in all the treatment groups but taking both drugs together provided the quickest relief. While cheaper than Tamiflu the presence of the dangerous stimulant ephedra, once an ingredient in weight loss drugs, makes selling it in the U.S. highly unlikely. Researchers also point out that Tamiflu inhibits viral replication while M-Y treats the symptoms.

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

Previously: Study Shows Chinese Herb Treats Parkinson's, Ginger/Feverfew Combo Brings Migraine Relief

Tags: Fever, Swine Flu, Traditional Chinese Medicine, Traditional Chinese Medicine Treats H1N1, Fever Associated with Swine Flu, Maxingshigan-Yinqiaosan, M-Y, Ephedrae, Zhimu, Ginghao, Shigao, Yinhua, Huangqin, Chaoxingren, Lianqiao, Bohe, Zhebeimu, Niubangzi, Gancao, Herbal Remedies

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