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Steroid Injections for Arthritic Hips: More Trouble Than They're Worth?

Posted 15 days ago by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, Nov. 29, 2017 – They may temporarily ease pain, but new research suggests that steroid injections to arthritic hips may exacerbate bone trouble over the longer term. These injections have long been used "for diagnostic and therapeutic purposes for various joint conditions," noted Dr. Crispin Ong, an orthopedic surgeon who was not involved with the study but reviewed the new findings. However, "this study brings to light concern over the safety of hip steroid injections for osteoarthritis," said Ong, who practices at Northwell Health's Plainview Hospital in Plainview, N.Y. The new study was led by Dr. Connie Chang, a radiologist at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston. Her team tracked outcomes for three groups: 102 patients, ages 19 to 92, who received hip steroid injections; another group of 102 patients with hip arthritis who did not receive such injections; and a ... Read more

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Sniffing Out the Best Allergy Treatment

Posted 16 days ago by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Nov. 28, 2017 – Seasonal allergies make life miserable for millions of Americans. So, in a bid to ease some of that discomfort, experts from two leading groups of allergists created a task force that has just issued new practice guidelines on the best ways to quell those bothersome symptoms. The consensus? For most people, nasal steroid sprays are the way to go, according to the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology (AAAAI) and the American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology (ACAAI). The sprays are easy to get – many are available over-the-counter. And, they're relatively inexpensive. For the OTC versions, a month of treatment is about $15 to $20. OTC brand names include Nasacort, Nasonex, Flonase and Rhinocort, while prescription brands include Beconase, Qnasl and Veramyst, according to the AAAAI. But the biggest reason the experts are recommending nasal ... Read more

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Swimming Lessons: For Starters, Watch Out for Germs in the Water

Posted 5 Jul 2017 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, July 5, 2017 – A dip in a pool, stream or lake on a hot summer day is refreshing, but take some precautions to avoid bacteria and parasites that might lurk in the water. "One of the worst offenders is the kiddie wading pool," said Dr. Christopher Ohl, a professor of infectious diseases at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center in Winston-Salem, N.C. "Warm, shallow water and kids in swim diapers – which don't do a good job of containing feces – can create a perfect breeding ground for water-borne infections even though the water is chlorinated," he said. "The best way to prevent young children from getting sick is to keep them from swallowing that water." Ohl offered some other tips: For starters, keep children who have had any type of gastrointestinal illness away from pools or water parks for several days to prevent contamination of the water. Don't swallow the water when ... Read more

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Forget Steroid Shots for Long-Term Relief of Arthritic Knees

Posted 16 May 2017 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, May 16, 2017 – Steroid shots are a common treatment for arthritic knees. But, a new study says their long-term use is ineffective and may even reduce cartilage. Knee osteoarthritis patients who got steroid injections every three months for two years had no less pain than those taking a placebo treatment. And they had greater loss of cartilage, the rubbery tissue that acts as a cushion between the bones of joints, researchers found. "This research will change how I talk to patients," said Dr. Seth Leopold, a professor of orthopedics and sports medicine at the University of Washington School of Medicine. "I will tell patients that the best information we now have suggests that these injections may not help, and extended use may thin your cartilage," said Leopold, who wasn't involved in the study. "We should only try them in someone who doesn't have alternatives, and we should ... Read more

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Steroid Shots Offer No Long-Term Relief for Low-Back Pain

Posted 20 Mar 2017 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, March 20, 2017 – Chronic lower back pain affects millions of Americans. Many try steroid injections to ease their discomfort, but researchers now say this remedy provides only short-term relief. In their study, investigators from France focused on 135 patients with back pain seemingly caused by inflammation between the discs and bones (vertebrae) in the lower spine. The researchers found that a single steroid injection eased pain for one month. After that, however, effectiveness waned. Virtually no difference was seen one year after treatment between patients who did or didn't get the injection. "Our results do not support the wide use of an injection of glucocorticoid in alleviating symptoms in the long term in this condition," said lead researcher Dr. Christelle Nguyen. The findings are consistent with earlier studies, said Nguyen, an assistant professor of physical medicine ... Read more

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How to Ease the Pain of Infant Vaccinations

Posted 12 Dec 2016 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, Dec. 12, 2016 – Infant vaccinations are no fun. But anesthetic cream can take away some of the sting, new research suggests. After testing several techniques, researchers determined the best recipe for minimizing babies' discomfort includes lidocaine cream at the site of the injection, a little sugar by mouth and parental soothing. "Vaccinations cause acute distress for both infants and their parents, contributing to vaccination avoidance. However, there are gaps in knowledge about what is the best way to alleviate pain during vaccination," said study co-author Dr. Anna Taddio. She is a pharmacist and senior associate scientist at the Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto. The study included 352 healthy infants who received scheduled vaccinations during their first year. The babies were randomly assigned to one of four groups. In one group, parents received video instruction on ... Read more

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Steroid Shot for Hip Pain May Carry Infection Risk If Too Close to Surgery

Posted 2 Mar 2016 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, March 2, 2016 – Patients who've received a steroid injection for hip pain should wait at least three months before having hip replacement surgery, a new study suggests. "The risk of developing an infection after surgery increased significantly in patients who had a hip replacement within three months of receiving a steroid injection," study author Dr. William Schairer, from the Hospital for Special Surgery in New York City, said in a hospital news release. "However, in patients who had a steroid injection and then waited three months or longer to have the surgery, there was no increased risk at all." Steroid injections are widely used to ease pain and inflammation associated with arthritis. These injections can weaken the immune system, which could increase infection risk, the researchers explained. "Hip replacement is a common and safe procedure that relieves pain and ... Read more

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