Archive for September, 2006

Moderate to severe osteoarthritis affects more than 22 million American adults between the ages of 25 and 74 and knee osteoarthritis (OA) can lead to disability in daily activities. Weakness in the quadriceps can be a risk factor for knee OA, but it may be the easiest one to prevent. Previous studies have rarely investigated […]

A new research study from Loma Linda University (LLU) shows that adding just a handful of pecans to your diet each day may inhibit unwanted oxidation of blood lipids, thus helping reduce the risk of heart disease. Researchers suggest that this positive effect was in part due to the pecan’s significant content of vitamin E. […]

HOUSTON, Sept. 27, 2006 — A new report recommends immediate action to reduce levels of four toxic air pollutants because exposure to them poses a high risk to community health. Released today by Rice University and funded by Houston Endowment, the study proposes a new set of air quality standards based on the underlying toxicology […]

Men who paint for a living may be placing their unborn children at increased risk of birth defects and low birth weight. A study of construction workers in the Netherlands, conducted in part by the University of Alberta in Edmonton, Canada, links low birth weight and birth defects to paternal, airborne exposure to organic solvents […]

From the September/October 2006 edition of the Annals of Family Medicine:¬† Nights sweats very common and associated with a number of other sleep disturbances finds this study of patients in 10 primary care physicians’ offices. Of the 363 patients interviewed, 34 percent reported night sweats, half of whom reported saturating their bed clothes. Night sweats […]

Additional research needed to verify results with Pepcid (famotidine, an H2 inhibitor), including dosage and¬†safety issues. An over-the-counter medication used to treat heartburn and acid reflux also appears to help decrease the debilitating effects of chronic heart failure, preliminary research shows. But more testing must be done before the drug is recommended for use by […]