Nonsteroidal antiinflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) still remain one of the most commonly used drugs for joint pain from osteoarthritis (OA). Changes have come about over the years to improve these drugs. Reducing side effects such as stomach bleeds and kidney problems has brought a whole new generation of NSAIDs to the market. In this article, doctors from NYU Hospital for Joint Diseases in New York review current trends with NSAID use. Choosing the right NSAID for each patient is the first step. Acetaminophen (Tylenol®) is still the first choice for mild OA. Tylenol is a pain reliever but not an NSAID. When Tylenol® is not effective, an NSAID may be needed to control pain and inflammation. Aspirin used to be the most popular NSAID. But aspirin use in some people can result in ulcers, GI bleeding, and kidney failure. Scientists discovered that certain enzymes called cyclooxygenase (COX) were part of the problem. A new group of NSAIDs was developed to inhibit or stop one specific enzyme (COX-2...
in The Daily Mail highlighted a study conducted by the
University of Tampere in Finland that suggests that men who take
daily doses of pain medications, including ibuprofen, are at a
higher risk of erectile dysfunction.
Urologist Dr. David Knowles comments on the study and tells us
what this research can reveal about the causes of erectile
Dr. David Knowles:
There is a new study out of University of Tampere in Finland
that came to the conclusion that Aspirin and other
anti-inflammatory medications are related to erectile dysfunction
(ED). This has made some people come to the assumption that these
medications may cause ED. This is NOT the case. This study was not
designed to determine a cause and effect. They simply collected
data to see if there were any associations. They found an
association between people who take these medications and ED. If
you think about this it makes great sense. The two most common
reasons to take aspirin and other anti-inflam...
Food is medicine. Believe it or not, that statement is really true of certain foods; particularly, those foods that are valued for their medicinal powers by the ancient forms of Chinese and Indian medicine. Tumeric is one such medicinal food that has captured the attention of scientists, patients, and healers for centuries.
Where can you find Tumeric? In the spice aisle next to the curry powder and other Indian cooking spices you will find Tumeric. In fact, Tumeric is the primary ingredient in curry. Derived for the Curcuma Longa plant, this spice has a very deep yellow/orange hue that comes from the primary pigment called curcumin. Interestingly enough, this pigment called curcumin is also the primary medicinal component of Tumeric. In other words, curcumin is the active ingredient with medicinal powers.
How does Tumeric help osteoarthritis pain? Well, as it turns out, curcumin is a powerful regulator of inflammation and of damage caused by inflammation. Of particular i...
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