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    The FDA has warned for more than a decade that anti-depressant drugs cause an increased risk of suicidal thinking, feeling, and behavior in people under the age of 25. But now a new study from Sweden has correlated increased use of anti-depressants with an increase in “completed” suicides, ie deaths. The researchers conclude “The previous assumptions that treatment with antidepressants would lead to a drastic reduction in suicide rates, are incorrect for the population of young women. On the contrary, it was found that an increasing tendency of completed suicides follow the increased prescription of antidepressants.”

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  • Thumb Arthritis is Helped By Aping Spider Monkeys

    The sometimes development of arthritis at the base of the thumb – the 1st carpometacarpal or 1st CM joint near the wrist – is the price humans pay for having a thumb that can be apposed to other fingers. The base of the first metacarpal bone rotates with respect to the wrist bones to allow this apposition. However this is not a fully developed joint, lacks durability, and overuse of the hand by any repetitive manual tasks (carpentry, golf, guitar, frequent texting etc) can cause painful arthritis of this joint. While we have good success treating arthritis of this joint with PRP (platelet rich plasma) most patients can be treated by a simple activity modification regimen based on the so-called “simian grip.”

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  • Hot Mineral Baths for Arthritis: New Scientific Evidence That it Really Works

    Hot mineral baths have been used for millennia to treat arthritis, injury, and the skin. The Roman baths were well known in antiquity and healing baths have been used worldwide in Asia, Europe, and North and South America as well. Now an elegant scientific study published in a peer-reviewed medical journal has shown that they really work. Here is a link to the study which was done in Budapest Hungary. The picture below is of baths in Budapest. The study showed that after 15 baths 80% of patients had substantial relief that lasted for 3 months, whereas in the control group, only 30% of patients did well. Their outcomes included multiple indices of improvement including pain and stiffness.

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    As the above picture shows the long head of the biceps tendon attaches directly into the shoulder joint. The rotator cuff tendons are located very nearby. While it is controversial, many surgeons will cut the biceps tendon if it has damage and then implant it into the top of the humerus or arm bone: a procedure called biceps tenodesis. The rationale is that cutting the biceps eliminates a potential pain generator after surgery. But now a new study shows that there may be a price to be paid in some by doing so.

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  • U VA: ANTIBIOTICS WEAKEN IMMUNE SYSTEM, cause altered gut bacteria, impaired immune cell function

    UNIVERSITY OF VIRGINIA RESEARCHERS FOUND THAT PRIOR ANTIBIOTIC USE IMPAIRED SUBSEQUENT IMMUNE CELL FUNCTION IN CHILDREN. They first noticed that amebic colitis, a potentially fatal illness, was more severe in Bangladeshi children who had altered gut bacteria, usually occurring from prior antibiotic use. They then studied the problem in mice and found that antibiotic use impaired the ability of white blood cells to fight infection. The message is to only use antibiotics when they are necessary because their use can actually make subsequent infections worse.

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