Tag: arthritis

Johnson & Johnson: Stelara fares well in Crohn’s disease

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — Johnson & Johnson’s immune disorder drug Stelara significantly reduced symptoms of the inflammatory bowel condition Crohn’s disease with just one infusion in about half the patients tested, according to the company. The results, released Monday, are the first from multiple late-stage studies – normally the last stage before seeking regulatory approval for Crohn’s, which J&J plans to do later this year. Stelara, on the market since 2009, is approved for treating plaque psoriasis and psoriatic arthritis. Besides giving Crohn’s patients a new option, the additional approval could shore up vulnerable sales in J&J’s biggest franchise,...

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Eating Excessive Amounts of Sugar Can Cause Irreversible Damage to your Body

Eating excessive amounts of sugar can cause obesity and puts you at risk for health conditions like diabetes. Sugar consumption is directly related to obesity and type 2 diabetes, but it’s also a risk factor for many other diseases. When you consume sugar, the pancreas; a gland located below the liver, releases insulin into your body. Insulin is a hormone that allows glucose to enter cells. For people who are overweight, that secretion of insulin from pancreas is reduced. This condition is called resistance and if not treated can lead to diabetes. Experts say a high level of sugar...

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FDA adds heart attack and stroke warning to some painkillers

ATLANTA (CNN) — The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is calling on drug makers of some popular painkillers to strengthen their warning labels after a review of new safety information. The warning labels on non-aspirin non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, known as NSAIDs, must be updated to identify an increased risk of a heart attack or stroke. NSAIDs are typically given to relieve pain or fever that results from, but not limited to, arthritis, flu, headaches and menstrual cramps. Higher doses require a prescription, while lower doses are available over-the-counter. The warning applies to both. Brand names include Celebrex, Advil,...

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How Cold Indoor Temperatures Can Harm Your Health

Baby it’s cold inside! When winter comes along, the World Health Organization (WHO) recommends indoor temperatures of at least 64 degrees F, and raises that to 70 degrees for households which include infants, elderly members, or frail individuals. Whether due to inadequate insulation or an inefficient heating system, an underheated home feels chilly and unwelcoming. Even worse, cold temperatures inside can have a decidedly negative effect on your health. Respiratory Problems It’s a simple equation. Cold interior home temperatures plus an accumulation of moisture equals condensation, which in turn can lead to mold. Mold inhalation is bad, bad news...

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Pressure Washers Give Impressively Clean, Green Results

Pressure washers are amazingly handy tools. They work by forcing water at extremely high pressure across the surface that you need to deep clean, a technique that’s eco-friendly, fast, and suitable for many outdoor maintenance jobs. It saves time and effort, and is suitable even for homeowners with physical limitations like arthritis. A pressure washer can be used on your home’s exterior, patio or deck, sidewalk, driveway, garage doors and flooring, swimming pool surround, vehicle or boat, outdoor furniture, gutters, stairs, or fence … the possibilities are almost endless. Types of Pressure Washers If you anticipate using a pressure...

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