Walking Plus Glucosamine Sulfate May Improve Symptoms of Osteoarthritis

Alternative Medicine, Men's Health, Woman's Health
A 30-minute walk taken at least 3 days a week combined with glucosamine sulfate supplements may reduce symptoms of mild to moderate hip or knee osteoarthritis (OA), researchers report in a new study published online in the journal Arthritis Research & Therapy. Here's are some of the details based upon a MedScape report: "Management of [OA] includes the use of non-pharmacologic and pharmacologic therapies," wrote Norman T. M. Ng, MD, from the University of Queensland, Brisbane, Australia, and colleagues. "Although walking is commonly recommended for reducing pain and increasing physical function in people with OA, glucosamine sulphate has also been used to alleviate pain and slow the progression of OA." The main goal of this feasibility study was to evaluate the combined effects of a progressive walking program and glucosamine…
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Acupuncture may provide some relief from depression during pregnancy

Mental Health, Woman's Health
The New York Times reported in "Vital Signs" that, according to a new study published in the journal Obstetrics & Gynecology, "acupuncture may provide some relief" from depression "during pregnancy." In an eight-week study of "150 depressed women who were 12 to 30 weeks pregnant," 52 of whom were randomized "to receive acupuncture specifically designed for depressive symptoms, 49 to regular acupuncture, and 49 to Swedish massage," Stanford researchers found that nearly "two-thirds of the women who had depression-specific acupuncture experienced a reduction in at least 50 percent of their symptoms, compared with just under half of the women treated with either massage or regular acupuncture." This might be an option many women would be interested as there are potential risks of using systemic medications (whether prescription, OTC, herbal, or supplements)…
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TENS judged to be ineffective for low-back pain

General Health
Lots of us doctors, and many physical therapists, utilize TENS (transcutaneous electric nerve stimulation) for low back pain. Now a Los Angeles Times "Booster Shots" blog reports that, according to new guidelines published online in the journal Neurology, the "popular pain therapy using a portable device called TENS should not be used to treat chronic low-back pain." Wow, this will be a change for many of us. After reviewing studies and medical literature, researchers from the Kansas University Medical Center said that "the therapy is ineffective for low-back pain." HealthDay reported, "An exception was diabetic nerve pain, also known as diabetic neuropathy, which can cause symmetrical numbness, decreased sensation, and a feeling of burning, usually involving the legs, but sometimes affecting the hands." Study lead author Richard M. Dubinsky, MD, MPH,…
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