Study: Daily Aspirin Can Cause Blindness

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People who use aspirin regularly for at least 10 years run a small risk of developing a potentially blinding condition known as age-related macular degeneration, researchers report.
In the United States, an estimated 19 percent of adults report using aspirin regularly and aspirin use increases with age, the University of Wisconsin researchers noted. Meanwhile, the incidence of age-related macular degeneration is increasing as the population ages, making this association important to examine, they added.
“There are a lot of people taking aspirin for cardioprotection,” said lead researcher Dr. Barbara Klein, from the university’s School of Medicine and Public Health.
“Heart attacks have a high risk of death, so the question is: is it worth the possible increase in [risk for] age-related macular degeneration, compared to the risk of getting a heart attack?” she said.
“These data do not suggest that people should stop taking aspirin for cardioprophylaxis,” Klein said. “One should not alter aspirin use based on these findings.”
The report was published in the Dec. 19 edition of the Journal of the American Medical Association.
For the study, Klein’s team collected data on almost 5,000 men and women who took part in the Beaver Dam Eye Study. Participants had their eyes checked every five years over a 20-year period. In addition, they were asked about their use of aspirin.
Over almost 15 years of follow-up, 512 people developed early macular degeneration and 117 people developed late macular degeneration.
The investigators found that people who took aspirin for 10 years almost doubled their risk for developing macular degeneration, compared with a less than 1 percent risk among people who did not take aspirin.
When the researchers looked specifically at late age-related macular degeneration, they found aspirin users had a 1.4 percent increased risk of developing the condition, compared with a 0.6 percent risk among those who did not take aspirin.
These findings show an association between age-related macular degeneration and aspirin use, and not a cause-and-effect relationship.
Klein noted that the biological mechanism for this association isn’t known. If it turns out that there is one, then it might lead to new ways to protect people from heart attacks and strokes, she said.
One expert cautioned that it is too soon to change clinical practice.
“While this observational study suggests there may be an association of long-term aspirin use with age-related macular degeneration, the potential risk was small in absolute terms, [and] the association may not be causal,” said Dr. Gregg Fonarow, a professor of cardiology at the University of California, Los Angeles.
Moreover, randomized controlled trials of aspirin use with follow-up as long as 10 years have not shown any increase in the risk of age-related macular degeneration, he said. A randomized, controlled study is one in which people are randomly assigned to different groups: one group receives the treatment and the other does not receive the treatment (the “control” group).
“For most patients, the benefits of regular low-dose aspirin use outweigh the potential risks,” Fonarow said. “Individuals prescribed aspirin for primary or secondary cardiovascular prevention should not be concerned or discontinue this beneficial therapy.”

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Type 2 Diabetes Linked to Hearing Loss

Posted on December 20, 2012 by Jodi Knapp

A recent mega-study involving more than 11,000 people found that hearing loss is one complication needing to be added to the long list for diabetics.

Not that diabetics actually needed another reason to find a natural solution to reversing their type 2 diabetes, but this one is as critical as the vision issue.

What researchers discovered was that one specific group of people suffering type 2 diabetes was at risk of severe hearing loss.

What you normally see with many diseases is that the symptoms and complications are more severe the older you are when the disease happens to you.

Not true with hearing loss and type 2 diabetes, according to research out of Japan’s Niigata University Faculty of Medicine. They found that the younger a person is when they develop the disease, the more severe the hearing loss.

Diabetes complications are primarily due to the damage done to blood vessels. The damage isn’t limited to those infusing the eyes, kidneys, heart, and extremities, which were already known areas for debilitating and degenerative damage.

Any tissues can be damaged, and thus all 5 senses and every system in the body are at risk for impairment if the disease isn’t well managed or reversed.

Months after tainted meds recalled, new infections appear

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By  Published December 06, 2012 FoxNews.com

New cases of illness associated with injectable pain medication from the New England Compounding Center continue to appear, more than two months after physicians pulled the steroid from their shelves over reports of contamination.

Although the period of highest risk for death and stroke has long passed, some patients who received doses of methylprednisolone acetate, produced by NECC prior to the product’s recall on Sept. 26., are developing localized fungal infections around the site where they were injected, according to state health officials in Tennessee. That state has one of the highest case counts in the nation.

Since Thanksgiving, the Tennessee Department of Health has identified 23 new cases of illness related to the medication, bringing their state’s total case count to 107.

Nationally, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports more than 500 cases of illness, ranging from mild peripheral joint infections to debilitating fungal meningitis, which is blamed for causing at least 36 deaths.

The new cases involve secondary infections in patients already treated for meningitis, as well as new patients who previously showed no symptoms.

Although the localized infections tend to be less severe, experts say it’s important to identify them early because some of those infections could turn into meningitis if left untreated.

Patients who received the suspect medication should contact a doctor if they develop increasing pain around the injection site. Less common symptoms include bowel or bladder control problems and numbness.

Nationally, the longest incubation period reported between last injection and onset of symptoms in a patient is 120 days, according to Dr. John Dreyzehner, commissioner of the Tennessee Department of Health. But he added that experts can’t say with certainty when the period of risk is over entirely.

“Imagine yourself having to live with this where this has happened, you weren’t expecting it and the medical community can’t tell you with precision when your period of risk ends,” Dreyzehner said. “That’s something that we feel very sad about for the people who are affected.”

 

Resolution of Breech Presentation after Application of Webster Technique in a 35 Year Old Female: A Case Study

 

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Karen Ferguson, D.C., F.I.C.P.A. Bio  & Greg Kulesza, D.C. Bio

Journal of Pediatric, Maternal & Family Health – Chiropractic ~ Volume 2012 ~ Issue 4 ~ Pages 113-117

Abstract

Objective: The chiropractic care of a woman with a breech pregnancy using the WebsterTechnique is described.

Clinical Features:  A 35 year old woman presented to the office during the 30th week of her second pregnancy after her doula determined that the fetus was in breech position.

Intervention and Outcome: The patient was evaluated via Webster Technique which revealed a sacral subluxation and trigger points along the round ligament.  She was adjusted using a drop mechanism table followed by effleurage trigger point therapy and home exercises.  After four adjustments the fetus was determined to have turned from transverse breech to vertex position. She reported a successful vaginal birth.

Conclusion: Chiropractic care was administered to a pregnant patient with a breech presentation using the Webster Technique.  Post ultrasound confirmed the vertex position and cesarean section was avoided.

Key Words:  Chiropractic, Webster Technique, pregnancy, breech presentation, intrauterine constraint, sacral subluxation

 

High Blood Pressure Caused by This Simple-To-Fix Deficiency

 

Posted on December 5, 2012 by Christian Goodman

A lot of physical conditions can cause stress on the body that leads to high blood pressure, and one of the easiest stressors to eliminate is that which is related to vitamin and mineral deficiency.

Many people don’t take mineral deficiency seriously, though, and could consequently be making a deadly but preventable mistake.

One of the most common minerals people are deficient in is featured today.

The Journal of Hypertension recently published the results of an Indian study that looked specifically at magnesium intake and the effects of magnesium deficiency on health markers such as hypertension.

Magnesium is one of those nutrients like vitamin D that is critically needed in almost every tissue and system in the entire body. Deficiencies in it have caused muscle weakness and atrophy, brittle bones, unnecessarily high heart rates, poor blood sugar metabolism, and a host of other problems, all that can themselves lead to high blood pressure.

But, like the Indian study showed, magnesium deficiencies can also lead to poor arterial health, which directly causes high blood pressure.

Not only did the study find that people with the lowest levels of urinary magnesium secretion had the highest blood pressure overall, but they also found that those with the lowest magnesium levels were also metabolically the unhealthiest groups.

High BMI (body mass index), obesity, insulin resistance and other markers linked to Metabolic Syndrome were all present in the low-magnesium group.

There were no statistically significant differences in blood sodium levels between the healthy, normal blood pressure groups and the unhealthy, high blood pressure group, lending more evidence to the notion that nutrition efforts focused on reducing salt intake for those with high blood pressure isn’t as helpful as increasing intake of other needed nutrients.

Eating foods rich in magnesium such as nuts (any kind), wheat bran, beans (any kind) and squash (any kind) is the most efficient way to get the needed amounts. Coincidentally, these same foods are the most highly recommended for those with metabolic disorders because of their abilities to lower cholesterol, blood sugar levels, and high blood pressure.