Archive for July, 2010

Plant Chemical Berberine Lowers Blood Sugar

Berberine is a plant alkaloid found in plants such as Berberis, Coptis chinensis and goldenseal. Berberine has been used as a traditional dietary supplement because of it’s anti-fungal, anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory effects. Berberine promotes glucose uptake in pancreatic cells and also inhibits glucosidase activity, improving glucose metabolism. In a study from the Shanghai Jiao Tong [...]

New Study Finds Stem Cells Can Build Joints

Amplify’d from www.redorbit.com Scientists have successfully used stem cells to rebuild bones and cartilage in rabbits, providing hope that the procedure might someday be used to naturally rebuild damaged joints in humans. They found that just a single compound–a growth factor known as beta-3–was needed in order for the rabbits’ systems to rebuild joint tissue, [...]

Toenail Fungus Not More Common in Those with Psoriasis

Individuals with psoriasis can have pitted, white nails which can be mistaken for fungus. This study evaluates patients with psoriasis for nail fungus. Amplify’d from www.docguide.com Onychomycosis Not More Prevalent in Patients With Psoriasis Than General Population PARIS — July 7, 2010 — Researchers using culture tests showed that onychomycosis is not more prevalent in [...]

Diabetic Ulcers and Numbness Linked to Tooth and Gum Disease

Interesting link between periodontal disease and diabetic foot complications. Amplify’d from www.northcoastfootcareblog.com Diabetic Neuropathy Linked to Periodontal Disease Diabetic neuropathy is nerve damage caused by diabetes and results in the loss of sensation in the toes and feet. Diabetics with neuropathy are at risk of developing an ulceration, a slow healing sore on the bottom [...]

Diabetic Neuropathy Linked to Periodontal Disease

Diabetic neuropathy is nerve damage caused by diabetes and results in the loss of sensation in the toes and feet. Diabetics with neuropathy are at risk of developing an ulceration, a slow healing sore on the bottom of the foot which can lead to infection and/or amputation of part or all of the foot. Diabetic [...]

Botox May Help Improve Heel Pain

Those suffering with chronic heel pain, plantar fasciitis, may find some relief with botox injections. Critics say it’s not addressing the problem and more research needs to be done. Amplify’d from www.northcoastfootcareblog.com Botox for Chronic Plantar Fasciitis Botox injections at the heel improve pain and function in patients with chronic plantar fasciitis, according to a [...]

Gout: New Drug & Old Favorites May Reduce Risk

Gout is a painful joint condition caused by high levels of uric acid in the blood resulting in deposition of fine crystals in the joints. The most common presentation of gout is the sudden onset of intense pain, redness and swelling of the great toe joint at night or during sleep. The prevalence of gout [...]

Cartilage Implants Help Damaged Joints

Chondrocytes are cartilage cells and when there is significant cartilage damage, the cells have difficulty regenerating. Autologous chondrocyte implantation means that cartilage cells are removed from your own joint and then grown in a lab and implanted into the damaged area of the joint. This study shows promising results over the long term. More on [...]

Ball of Foot Pain Causes

An easier to understand description of a common cause of ball of foot pain. Amplify’d from www.northcoastfootcareblog.com Metatarsalgia (MET – tuh   tar – SAL – juh) is a catch-all term used to describe a number of conditions which cause pain in the ball of the foot. “Metatarsal” is the name for the long bones [...]

Wound Healing Phases

Once a wound has been injured, the body goes through the process of repairing the wound. This process is very complex, but can be broken down into three overlapping phases, inflammatory, proliferative and maturation. The inflammatory phase starts immediately after tissue injury and lasts for 3-4 days. The phase is characterized by migration of inflammatory [...]

Bone Mineral Density in RA

Researchers in the Netherlands examined the bone mineral density in patients who were recently diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis after 1 year of treatment with DMARDS, anti-TNF or corticosteroids. The results were part of the BeSt study which compared four different treatments in patients with rheumatoid arthritis. Three hundred and forty two patients were evaluated and [...]

New Website for Northcoast Footcare

Products are easier to find, accounts are easy to set up and ordering is safe, easy and secure. You can find a variety of doctor recommended foot care products and up to date foot health information. Checkout the NEW Northcoast Footcare! Social Bookmarking OptionsBlinklistBloglinesBlogmarksDiggdel.icio.usFacebookFurlMa.gnoliaNewsVineRedditStumbleUponTechnorati