Category Archives: General Health News

News releases and reports on general health topics

ARC Announces Patients Safety Alerts

If you are among the millions of people who take prescription medication each day, you might find it confusing to remember all the details about taking those medications. Those who take prescription drugs as well as those with replacement joints and other prosthetics need to be aware of FDA updates that affect them. For many patients, this task can seem overwhelming. Unfortunately, health and safety risks grow much greater when a patient doesn’t receive word of a safety update or medical recall. What would happen if you were affected by a hip replacement recall but unaware that the recall had been issued? Continue reading

D-Ribose treatment for Fibromyalgia, ME and Chronic Fatigue Syndrome?

by Thomas Anderson:

Fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue syndrome (also known as ME) are debilitating syndromes often associated with impaired cellular metabolism – which results in less cellular energy. What exactly is D-Ribose, you say? Without going too deeply into the world of chemistry – it’s a organic chemical component (sugar – isomers) which is essential for ensuring cellular energy for both DNA and RNA. Research has shown that D-Ribose may help provide symptomatic relief to people suffering from fibromyalgia and ME / CFS . Continue reading

“Walking with Joel”

To stay in shape and keep my body moving, I have taken a walk
almost every day since September 2010. It's rare that I miss a
day and make it a point to take at least one hour to get outside or
hit the treadmill.

Last month I did a podcast that was recorded while I was walking.
You got to hear the crunching of leaves, the passing of cars and
all the other sounds associated with being right there with me.
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Obama Care, Just what we all needed, right?

I don’t know if I ever mentioned that I live in Massachusetts, USA. I am disabled and on a very limited income but I have been fortunate that with Mitt Romney signing in our comprehensive health care insurance system, I was able to obtain a quality plan for a very modest payment. This plan has paid for all of my past surgeries, tests, doctors, pharmacies during the last 6 years. This included my c2-c5 fusion at a prestigious hospital done by a top surgeon with little wait time. My co-pays have been as high as $5.00 for brand name drugs and doctor visits. A plan as good as any major health provider!
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Rich Manhattan moms hire handicapped tour guides so kids can cut lines at Disney World

  • By TARA PALMERI
  • Last Updated: 7:14 PM, May 14, 2013
  • Posted: 2:45 AM, May 14, 2013

They are 1 percenters who are 100 percent despicable.

Some wealthy Manhattan moms have figured out a way to cut the long lines at Disney World — by hiring disabled people to pose as family members so they and their kids can jump to the front, The Post has learned. Continue reading

Alcohol, Fibromyalgia, and Quality of Life

Mar. 15, 2013 — Low and moderate drinkers of alcohol reported lower severity of symptoms of fibromyalgia than teetotallers, finds a study in BioMed Central’s open access journal Arthritis Research & Therapy. Too much alcohol reversed this effect.

The chronic pain of fibromyalgia is thought to affect one in 20 people worldwide but there is no known cause or cure. It often goes hand in hand with fatigue and sleep problems, headaches, depression and irritable bowel and bladder problems. Treatment is based around pain management and lifestyle changes.
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“Mommy, I think I’m going to throw up.”

Those may be the eight most dreaded words a child can utter, especially in the midst of a stomach bug outbreak like the one that has gripped the Richmond area for the past two weeks.

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I heard them early this afternoon, my poor little girl standing in the bathroom with fat tears rolling down her flushed cheeks.

I think I mentioned once before that I’m a little manic when my babies get sick. Our pediatrician laughs and says I’ve gotten “much better” than I was when my oldest was a toddler, but I know I still freak out more than your average mom. Continue reading

FDA Approves First Opioid for Diabetic Peripheral Neuropathy

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has approved the use of the first opioid painkiller for the treatment of neuropathic pain caused by diabetic peripheral neuropathy. Nucynta, which is made by Janssen Pharmaceuticals, is already approved for management of moderate to severe chronic pain in adults.

The expanded approval from the FDA allows Janssen, a division of Johnson & Johnson (NYSE: JNJ), to market Nucynta for pain relief to nearly 8 million Americans who have diabetic peripheral neuropathy (DPN). The expanded use comes at a time when the FDA is being petitioned by some physicians and public health officials toreduce the approved uses of opioids, not expand them. Continue reading

Gabapentin for chronic neuropathic pain and fibromyalgia in adults

First published: March 16, 2011; This version published: 2011; Review content assessed as up-to-date: February 15, 2011.

Plain language summary

Antiepileptic drugs like gabapentin are commonly used for treating neuropathic pain, usually defined as pain due to damage to nerves. This would include postherpetic neuralgia (persistent pain experienced in an area previously affected by shingles), painful complications of diabetes, nerve injury pain, phantom limb pain, fibromyalgia and trigeminal neuralgia. This type of pain can be severe and long‐lasting, is associated with lack of sleep, fatigue, and depression, and a reduced quality of life. Continue reading