Archive for February, 2010

A new study found that fluoxetine (Prozac®) and citalopram (Celexa®) treatment significantly inhibited inflammation and disease progression of collagen-induced arthritis (CIA) in mice. Research led by Sandra Sacre, Ph.D. from the Brighton and Sussex Medical School (BSMS) in the UK studied the anti-arthritic potential of these drugs, known as selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs), most […]

A higher prevalence of arthritis and arthritis-attributable activity limitations (AAL) is found in the U.S. versus the Canadian population, especially for women, according to researchers from the Toronto Western Research Institute. The authors attribute the higher prevalence of arthritis and AAL to a greater level of obesity and physical inactivity in Americans, particularly women. Full […] – A novel way to improve the symptoms of subsyndromal depression (SSD) in seniors is through the regular use of “exergames” – entertaining video games with the Nintendo Wii that combine game play with exercise – according to research from the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine. In a NIH-funded pilot study, […]

Vitamin D deficiency is almost universal among kidney disease patients who have low blood protein levels and who start dialysis during the winter, according to a study appearing in the Clinical Journal of the American Society Nephrology (CJASN). The research identifies a group of patients who are at extremely high risk of being deficient in […]

Should doctors around the country use e-prescribing to decrease prescription errors? A study led by physician-scientists from Weill Cornell Medical College found that health care providers using an electronic system to write prescriptions were seven times less likely to make errors than those writing their prescriptions by hand. The study appears in the online edition […]

As people return to outdoor activities this spring, caution should be taken in areas of the country that are home to Loxosceles reclusa, also called the brown recluse spider. A new study from St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital found that when patients present with acute anemia, but the cause is elusive, a brown recluse spider […]