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Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Tuesday-Newsday #40

Today’s subjects are from these categories: WARNING: OTC Drug Alert, Pain Rx News, Patient News, Lupus, and Osteoarthritis. The final category is Planning to Help Manage Pain and the article is titled, “Surviving the Holidays: Give yourself the G.I.F.T. of a stress-free holiday.”

Let Me Know: If you’d like me to watch for articles on your pain condition, just drop me a note in the comments section below.

Warning: My goal is to provide the most up-to-date news I can, which you can then take to your personal doctor and debate the merits of before you try it. I do not endorse any of the docs, treatments, info, and meds in anything I post nor can I guarantee they are all effective, especially not for everyone. I always include the citation, source, or website so you know where it came from. As is the case with any health info, ALWAYS get your doctor's opinion first!



  1. That article on atrophy was really interesting, especially because I just came across this trial earlier in the week, which is using a beta-blocker (propanolol) combined with a long-acting NSAID (etodolac) to treat cachexia in cancer patients: http://www.asco.org/ascov2/Meetings/Abstracts?&vmview=abst_detail_view&confID=74&abstractID=49474
    Propanolol helps to regulate stress hormones, so it would seem like a highly useful treatment for cachexia/atrophy/"wasting" that accompanies chronic inflammatory disease. Thanks for posting these news updates!

  2. Megan,

    I'm so glad that you've found something helpful and interesting in the articles I chose this week! I always hope I'll find a study or a medication or a treatment that a patient out there needs to learn about to make their life better.

    Welcome to my blog and thank you so much for the comment - you made my day!



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