June 2010 - Issue 104
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» News Worthy Items:
       Our Top news picks this month
Scientists at Duke University Medical Center may have solved the mystery surrounding the healing properties of gold -- a discovery they say may renew interest in gold salts as a treatment for rheumatoid arthritis and other inflammatory diseases....(more...)
In a world first, a UQ scientist has discovered two new genes responsible for one-third of the risk of developing a hereditary and debilitating form of arthritis known as ankylosing spondylitis....  (more...)

Patients underreported their use of common but potentially dangerous over-the-counter pain medications known as NSAIDs, according to research presented at the Annual Scientific Meeting of the American College of Gastroenterology. "This is a serious issue given what we know about the significant risk of injury and bleeding in the GI tract in patients using NSAIDs," said David Johnson, M.D., FACG, one of the researchers and President of the America College of Gastroenterology...  (more...)

A new scientific review released today by HHS' Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality concludes that evidence of benefit is lacking for many common ways of treating osteoarthritis of the knee, including popular dietary supplement ingredients, a common surgical procedure, and injected preparations...  (more...)

The world's most common joint disease, osteoarthritis (OA) is a major cause of disability among adults over the age of 50. Whether physical activity is beneficial or detrimental to weight-bearing joints, knees in particular, has been open to debate. Some studies implicate physical activity in provoking knee OA, while others suggest that physical activity may actually protect the knee joint from the disease. Confounding the matter is the fact that knee injury is a known risk factor for knee OA. Then, there's the unclear role of osteophytes in knee OA progression, compounded by the limitations of radiographs for monitoring small yet significant changes in joint structure...  (more...)


The Following Arthritis Clinical Trials are currently recruiting:
Rheumatoid Arthritis: Comparison of Active Therapies in Patients With Active Disease Despite Methotrexate Therapy (RACAT)
Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is a chronic inflammatory disease of the joints leading to joint destruction, with significant long-term morbidity and mortality. Early treatment of RA patients with disease-modifying antirheumatic drugs (DMARDs) significantly decreases these complications. Methotrexate (MTX) is an excellent, economical first-line DMARD used to treat a majority of RA patients. While most patients respond well to MTX, many continue to have active disease. Therefore, understanding how to best treat RA patients with active disease despite MTX therapy is critically important... (more...)
Effectiveness of Early Aggressive Drug Therapy in Poly-Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis
The purpose of this study is to compare two aggressive drug regimens for children with poly-juvenile idiopathic arthritis (JIA).  (more...)

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This Month we are focusing on exposing you to a few of the great Arthritis related videos available at www.Joint-Pain-Forum.com

A growing collection of arthritis related videos tha t deliver great content on everything from personal experiences with various treatment options,  to education videos that inform about the various types of arthritis, to actual footage of surgical procedures.  (more)
New Thermal scanners can detect arthritis earlier so that preventative treatment can start sooner (watch video)
OA disease & treatment options
Video that overviews Osteoarthritis symptoms, causes and reviews treatment options  (more)

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We are pleased to have
Dr Thomas Stuttaford answer our reader question this month.  Dr Stuttaford was trained in medicine at Oxford and has been the medical columnist of The Times for twenty one years. He contributes regularly to national magazines and is a frequent broadcaster. 

This months question comes from...
Gill Mitchell, North Yorkshire
About four or five years ago I started taking two 750 mg tablets of Glucosomine Sulphate daily to treat arthritis in my knee and had wonderful results - all the pain disappeared completely after about a month. A few months ago a new product was introduced, Optiflex Glucosomine HCl, and I changed to this as it was reported to be superior. However, during the past month or so the discomfort in my knee has gradually started to return. I would be grateful for any suggestions of alternative products which might help me now. I have heard that a combination of glucosomine and chondroitin is thought by some to be very good.
Thanks for your great question Gill.

Glucosamine is an interesting substance as for many years it was condemned as being useless by traditional doctors. Rather to the medical profession's, and my, surprise carefully conducted research within the last few years has shown that it does in fact exert a helpful influence on joints. There is also a suggestion, as the reader discovered, that the combination of glucosamine and chondroitin is better than glucosamine alone. I have the impression that our reader doesn't want to take a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory agent (NSAIDs) such as Arthrotec, possibly for the very good reason of their age or the state of their gastro-intestinal lining. I have been quite impressed by the evidence advanced for the rosehip preparation LitoZin. Some Scandinavian doctors have shown that it is helpful in moderate cases of osteoarthritis, but I wouldn't have thought it would be strong enough to deal with, for example, rheumatoid arthritis. LitoZin takes some weeks, even two or three months, before it's effects become manifest.

In all osteoarthritis cases the first choice of treatment - coupled with lifestyle changes such as weight loss, heat treatment, hydrotherapy etc. - is pain relief. Once pain and stiffness reach a point that they are interfering with a patient's professional or domestic life, the latter includes pursuit of valued hobbies, surgery should be considered. It should also be an option that is discussed if a patient is deprived of sleep because of pain. (Learn more)

» From the Editors Desk:

  • This month we are thrilled to be able to offer our Newsletter subscribers a FREE downoadable copy of the 2007 Joint Supplement  Product Review.  This e-Book currently sells for $29.95 but it's our gift to you this month.  This is a limited time offer so please pick up your copy as soon as possible.  You can pick up your copy here.

  • Have  you checked out our Video Archives section.  You'll find educational videos focusing on the various types of arthritis, treatment options, case studies and much, much more. Be sure to drop by and check them out HERE

  • We will continue to bring you valuable eBooks, reports and the like.  You can be assured that these products will be every bit as comprehensive and valuable as those you have gotten from us in the past and we are positive you'll really enjoy them. Be on the lookout for the next coming soon.

» This Months Healthful  Recipe:

10 Minute Zesty Salsa :

Original recipe yield:
6 servings

READY IN  10 Min

  • 1 (10 ounce) can diced tomatoes and green chilies, undrained
  • 1 tablespoon seeded and chopped jalapeno pepper
  • 1 tablespoon chopped red onion
  • 1 tablespoon minced fresh cilantro
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • Dash salt
  • Dash pepper
  • Tortilla chips
  1. 1 (10 ounce) can diced tomatoes and green chilies, undrained
  2. 1 tablespoon seeded and chopped jalapeno pepper
  3. 1 tablespoon chopped red onion
  4. 1 tablespoon minced fresh cilantro
  5. 1 garlic clove, minced
  6. 1 tablespoon olive oil
  7. Dash salt
  8. Dash pepper
  9. Tortilla chips There is absolutely no inevitability as long as there is a willingness to contemplate what is happening. --- Marshall McLuhan

» Monthly Humour & Healthy Thoughts:
Just For Laughs  
Two old men were comparing their sex lives.
First Guy ­ "I can still do it twice!"
Second Guy ­ "Impressive, which time is best?"
First Guy ­ "I think the winter..."

Positive Thoughts 
There is absolutely no inevitability as long as there is a willingness to contemplate what is happening.                                               --- Marshall McLuhan

One never notices what has been done; one can only see what remains to be done.
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