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Does Talcum Powder Cause Ovarian Cancer?

The Link Between Talcum Powder and Ovarian Cancer

Recently, there have been several lawsuits in the news in favor of women whose alleged use of talcum powder over decades contributed to their getting ovarian cancer. The lawsuits, however, do not necessary prove talcum powder causes ovarian cancer; that conclusion is left to science.

But science is yet to find any real and solid evidence linking the use of talcum powder and ovarian cancer. Some research suggests perineal (genital) use of talcum powder may contribute to ovarian cancer risk, but the evidence isn’t clear or consistent.

It is also unclear how actually talcum powder would cause ovarian cancer — one theory is that particles travel from the pelvic area to the ovaries and cause inflammation. Inflammation may eventually cause cancer development and lead to the formation of cancerous tumors.

One 2013 report that analyzed several ovarian cancer/talc studies, published in the journal Cancer Prevention Research, finds a possible 20 to 30 percent increased risk for ovarian cancer associated with perineal-powder use.

Here is what you need know about any connection between ovarian cancer and talcum powder use, based on the limited research.

Talc May Contain Asbestos

Talc is a fine, powder-like mineral used in various consumer products, including cosmetics and other personal care products, some foods — such as rice and gum — and even in some medicines.

Talc may be contaminated with asbestos. Asbestos, like talc, is a naturally occurring mineral, and the two are generally found in close proximity to one another in the ground. But asbestos is a carcinogen (a cancer-causing substance).

In the United States, all talcum powder products manufactured domestically have been asbestos-free since the 1970s. But there are talcum-based products that make it into the country from overseas companies and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) cannot assure their safety.

Studies conducted by the FDA in response to recent lawsuits of talc-containing productions, including eye shadow, blush, foundation, face powder, and body powder, did not find any evidence of asbestos fibers in the samples used. The FDA researchers did note the shortcomings of the research, including the small sample size.

The FDA cautioned that the results of the study were informative and not evidence that most or all talc containing products in the United States were asbestos-free.

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Find a Creative Outlet for Your Pain With Art Therapy

Art Therapy for Osteoarthritis Pain Management

Art therapy is gaining credibility as a therapeutic treatment for pain conditions, including osteoarthritis (OA). It is currently being used in hospitals, wellness centers, schools, senior centers, and in the clinical practices of mental health professionals.

What Is Art Therapy?

Art therapy is considered a type of behavioral therapy in which you use the creative process to create artwork to manage emotions, reduce stress and direct pain. The general goals of art therapy for OA would be to improve both your physical and emotional functioning and also overall wellbeing.

Art therapy comes from a theory that being a creative promotes healing through emotional and mental processes.

Your osteoarthritis pain doesn’t just have physical characteristics; it also has psychological aspects. So it makes sense your doctor my include art therapy as part of your treatment plan.

Creative Outlet for Pain

An art therapist can teach you how to intentionally and creatively communicate your pain. Research studies have been in favor of art therapy as a creative outlet for pain management.

One 2003 study of 14 chronic pain patients in New Zealand who participated in art therapy found a strong association between partaking in a valued activity and maintaining and redefining identity, experiencing oneself as able, and being optimistic about the future.

Another study, reported in the Canadian Journal of Counseling and Psychotherapy, described a 79-year-old woman with severe arthritis who got pain relief by creating a painting depicting her pain as an actual monster.

She painted her way to defeating this monster — it is very possible being able to express her frustrations may have helped her to better cope and manage her pain.

Role of the Art Therapist

There is more to art therapy than simply drawing and painting as a method of depicting on your feelings on a piece of paper. An art therapist can walk you through the creative process in ways that promote healing.

The American Art Therapy Association (AATA) requires art therapists to have master’s degrees in art therapy and extensive clinical practice experience. And because of the exclusivity of the study and practice of art therapy, art therapists must have been trained by an AATA-approved and recognized program.

Your art therapist offers an art-based theory tailored to you and your health needs. But the choice to engage and participate is up to you.

The types of art you may make will depend on your interests and what benefit your art therapist thinks those may offer. One day your therapist might think working with clay benefits you, another day it may be painting or creating a collage or working in a visual journal (art diary of words and sketches).

The Focus of Art Therapy

The focus of art therapy is on the creative process rather a finished piece of art. No one has to see your work and your art therapist won’t show it to anyone without your permission.

The art materials themselves also have healing qualities. Your art therapist has extensive expertise in assessing which materials to use based on the struggles you are dealing with, your mindset during the sessions, and a whole bunch of other factors.

Much like other mental health professionals, art therapists use different approaches to managing your care. However, your art therapist will not attempt to analyze your art, as their role is to assist you in in exploring how best express your OA pain and emotions in a creative way.

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Arthritis mutilans: Symptoms, causes, and treatment

Arthritis mutilans is a rare form of inflammatory arthritis that causes severe inflammation. This leads to the wearing down of joints and bone tissues in the hands and feet.

This article will look at the causes of arthritis mutilans (AM), its symptoms, how it is diagnosed, and what treatment options are available.

Contents of this article:

  1. Causes
  2. Symptoms and diagnosis
  3. Treatment

Causes

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Arthritis is an autoimmune disease that causes inflammation, particularly in the joints.

Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) and psoriatic arthritis (PsA) are two conditions that can progress to AM.

RA is a long-term, progressive autoimmune disease that causes inflammation throughout the body, especially in the joints.

Also an autoimmune disease, PsA causes joint pain, swelling, and inflammation to the skin. If not controlled, both conditions can lead to joint damage.

As a severe form of RA or PsA, AM destroys bone and cartilage of joints and causes bone resorption. Bone resorption is part of the bone modeling process involving the breakdown and absorption of old bone tissue.

In people with AM, bone tissue rebuilding does not take place. Instead, the soft tissues of the bones collapse.

Arthritis mutilans in PsA and RA

AM is uncommon, affecting about 5 percent of people with PsA and 4.4 percent of people with RA. It mainly affects the smaller joints.

Arthritis mutilans is one of the most severe forms of PsA. It is marked by clear and severe damage to the bone tissue in the joints.

One study found that people with PsA who eventually develop severe joint damage and deformity have higher disease activity when symptoms begin.

In 2003, The New England Journal of Medicine reported on a 94 year old woman who had RA since childhood. When she first sought treatment in her 60s, she presented with AM and severe joint deformity. Imaging showed severe bone resorption in her hands and wrists and collapse of the bone tissue.

This created a condition called “telescoping fingers.” Telescoping fingers occurs when the bones dissolve and soft tissues cannot hold the fingers up and they end up pulling together in a heap-like fashion.

In RA, severe AM deformities are most visible in the hands and wrists. They tend to occur when RA is not properly treated.

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Lyrica, Cymbalta and Savella: Do They Work?

If you have fibromyalgia, chances are your doctor has prescribed one or more of the three drugs approved for fibromyalgia by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA).   It is also likely you have been disappointed when they didn’t work and by the side effects they caused.

I have tried Lyrica (pregabalin), Cymbalta (duloxetine) and Savella (milnacipran). My experience is they don’t work well and clinical research doesn’t offer up enough credible evidence that they do.

Patient feedback on these medications is actually more telling than recent studies.  Just check any fibromyalgia online forum and you will find your unpleasant experiences with these medications aren’t unique and shared by many.

Lyrica

Lyrica was developed by Pfizer as a treatment for epilepsy, but it is now widely prescribed for many different types of pain. Lyrica was approved by the FDA in 2007 as the first drug specifically for the treatment of fibromyalgia. Pfizer notes on its website that Lyrica “significantly relieves fibromyalgia pain and improves physical function” in fibromyalgia patients.  But does it really?

An initial study from 2005, with results published in Arthritis & Rheumatology, found Lyrica to be effective at relieving pain in only 29% of the 529 fibromyalgia patients in the study group.

A major shortcoming of the study was that weight gain affected 10% of the study participants.

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Managing Symptoms of Liver Cancer Naturally

Managing Symptoms of Liver Cancer Naturally

Natural Remedies for Liver Cancer Symptoms

Liver cancer will cause you to have symptoms of nausea, vomiting, fatigue, constipation, and pain. Sometimes, cancer treatment used to destroy cancer cells also causes unpleasant side effects.

Your doctor will prescribe medications to treat some of your side effects and symptoms, but considering all the aggressive treatments you are already taking, you may want to consider natural alternatives.

Nausea and Vomiting

If you are undergoing chemotherapy or radiation treatments, your doctor may prescribe medication to prevent and treat nausea and vomiting. You can also try over the counter (OTC) anti-nausea medications, but be sure to check with your doctor if you plan on taking these.

But if you do not want to take medication, you can try natural routes to manage nausea.

Be sure you are drinking plenty of water to prevent dehydration and dizziness. Eat small meals instead of heavier meals, and avoid foods that may make you sick, such as fried, spicy, and salty foods.

Sucking on peppermint candies and drinking ginger ale or ginger tea can help minimize nausea. Acupressure bands used for motion sickness may also help.

If you are vomiting, get plenty of rest and drink lots of clear liquids. Avoid juice, milk products, alcohol and soda. Once you are able to eat again, start with clear soups and mild foods, such as gelatin, toast and crackers.

Try to stay away from things that make nausea worse, such as bright lights and odors. You should report vomiting lasting more the 24 hours to your doctor, and other symptoms such as chest pain, confusion, restlessness, and severe stomach pain.

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A Holistic Approach to RA Treatment Could Bring Better Relief

Natural Treatment for Rheumatoid Arthritis

Natural Treatment for Rheumatoid ArthritisThe best way to manage and treat rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is with disease-modifying anti-rheumatic drugs (DMARDs). While there are no non-medicinal substitutes for DMARDs, some complementary therapies can give you relief from joint stiffness, swelling and pain.

Keep in mind, however, that these therapies do not stop inflammation, joint damage and long-term complications of RA.

Complementary Therapies Defined

Complementary therapies are therapeutic practices used together with conventional medicine. Examples of complementary therapies include acupuncture, chiropractic medicine, meditation, and nutrition.

Research has shown complementary therapies are highly effective for RA and researchers are continually looking for ways to incorporate these with medicinal treatments.

Here is what you need to know about specific complementary therapies to help you manage your RA symptoms.

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Places to Avoid With COPD: Steer Clear of These Cities!

Places to Avoid With COPD: Steer Clear of These Cities!

The Worst Places to Visit With COPD

According to the World Health Organization (WHO), as of 2004, 64 million people worldwide have chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), and that number is growing. These numbers mean a huge impact on patients, doctors and society.

Common COPD Triggers

Exposure to certain lung irritants can make it difficult to breathe, and traveling with COPD can present breathing challenges. This can make you reluctant to travel with COPD.

Here are COPD triggers to consider when travelling to specific cities:

Air Pollution

City air pollution can trigger COPD symptoms, and in particular, automobile exhaust. These small particles cannot be seen with the human eye, but when they get into the airways, they can cause inflammation.

Weather Extremes

Your COPD symptoms probably get worse when it’s humid or bitterly cold. While you cannot control the weather, you can control how often and when you leave your home during weather extremes.

Air conditioning during hot conditions can help you to manage symptoms and covering your face and breathing through your nose can help when you are out in cold weather.

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What Are the Best Foods for IBS?

Diet Changes May Improve IBS Symptoms

Best Foods for IBSIrritable bowel syndrome (IBS) is a gastrointestinal disorder affecting between 25 and 45 million Americans.

The cause of IBS is unknown and there is no cure, but symptoms can be managed. One way to manage IBS symptoms is by making healthy diet choices.

IBS’s Link to Diet

You may notice your IBS symptoms get worse after a meal. Researchers believe stomach muscles and nerves are over-responsive in IBS patients and this may cause your bowel to overact after eating.

There is no direct evidence that certain foods affect some people differently, and diet is not the cause of IBS. But at least 50 percent of IBS sufferers report worsening IBS symptoms after eating and as much as 54 percent find relief when they avoid and limit certain foods from their diet, according to a 2014 report.

Therefore, it is possible that avoiding certain foods may help you to manage IBS symptoms.

Modifying Your Diet to Manage IBS

A healthy diet alone may not improve IBS so you will need to more specific when it comes to modifying your diet. Eliminating certain drinks and foods is a start.

Here are some diet changes that may help you manage symptoms:

Reduce the Intake of Certain Drinks

Caffeine is a stimulant and gets the colon moving, which may promote and worsen pain and diarrhea symptoms. Limit your caffeine, especially coffee, to no more than two cups per day.

Except for water, there are no healthy or safe ingredients in soda. Most are sweetened with fructose (fruit sugar) and fructose has been linked to abdominal distress, including cramping, bloating, spasms, and diarrhea — and not just in people with IBS.

Even diet sodas are bad options because they contain artificial sweeteners, which are known for causing gastrointestinal troubles. And sodas may contain caffeine and are also carbonated, which means more gas, bloating and other intestinal symptoms.

Alcohol in moderation may not trigger your IBS symptoms, but heavy drinking might.

A 2013 study found when women with IBS drank more than four alcoholic drinks daily, they were more likely to experience nausea, stomach pain and indigestion, compared to their counterparts who didn’t have IBS.

Limit your alcohol intake to no more than one glass per day and aim to have at least two to three alcohol-free days per week.

If possible, axe the caffeine, sodas and alcohol out all together and consider healthier options. Fruit juices without corn syrup, vegetable juices, decaffeinated coffees and teas, herbal teas, ginger drinks, and dairy-free milk (rice, soy, almond, or lactose-free) are all healthier alternatives.

Drink at least eight to 10 cups of water a day. Drinking plenty of water will help you replace lost fluids from diarrhea symptoms and also improve constipation.

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Rheumatoid Arthritis and Vitamin D

Research finds a majority of people with rheumatoid arthritis (RA) are also vitamin D deficient and deficiency may worsen RA symptom severity. The most common causes of vitamin D deficiency in rheumatoid arthritis patients are insufficient intake of vitamin D from food sources, limited exposure to sunlight, and having a disorder that limits the body’s ability to absorb vitamin D in the body.

Vitamin D Benefits RA Patients

Vitamin D deficiency has been strongly associated with disabling symptoms among those with rheumatoid arthritis, this according to a 2012 Greek study reported in Therapeutic Advances in Endocrinology and Metabolism. This is may be due to the fact that RA can affect the body’s ability to absorb vitamin D from the foods we take in, and when vitamin D levels are low, RA symptoms and pain may worsen.

Taking in more vitamin D – thrugh supplements and increased exposure to sunlight – can help to reduce inflammation, strengthen bone cartilage, and minimize pain and risk for disability. Vitamin D supplements can also help to alleviate other symptoms of arthritic conditions.

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Osteoarthritis Medications and Their Side Effects

Treating Osteoarthritis With Medication: What You Need to Know

Osteoarthritis MedicationsThe goal of osteoarthritis (OA) treatment is to manage symptoms, prevent joint damage, and to help patients retain and regain function, mobility and independence. In addition to lifestyle changes and surgical intervention, there are many different medicinal options for treating OA symptoms and pain.

Here is some information on the types of medication choices you have, including the side effects. Learning about your options will help you to start conversations with your doctor about how you can better manage OA and minimize its impact on your life.

Analgesics

Analgesic medications block pain by interfering with the brain’s pain signals. There are three different types of analgesics for treating osteoarthritis: acetaminophen, topical analgesics, and opioid analgesics.

Acetaminophen

Acetaminophen is available over-the-counter (OTC) for treating mild to moderate osteoarthritis pain. Acetaminophen has no effect on inflammation but it is a better choice if you have Aspirin or NSAID sensitivity, have a history of gastrointestinal tract disease, and or take anticoagulants (medications for preventing blood clots).

You should stop taking acetaminophen if you experience nausea, vomiting, stomach pain, lightheadedness, sweating, fainting, weakness, unusual bruising and bleeding, and yellowing of skin or eyes and call your doctor.

Topical Analgesics

Topical analgesics are used for osteoarthritis pain in joints located just below the skin, such as the knees and fingers. They are not effective for joints that are deeper, i.e. the hips.

Capsaicin, a commonly used topic analgesic, is the active material derived from hot chili pepper. It comes in a variety of OTC creams and works to reduce the pain in endings and lessens osteoarthritis pain in about 33 percent of people.

It could take at least two weeks before you see results with capsaicin. Side effects include burning, stinging, and redness.

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