ShowNotes for October 14, 2011

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In this week’s news:  We’ll Be Looking At –
•    Update to Show Notes
•    Arthritis and Aging Workforce
•    And Finally, a recap of the week in studies released about Dietary Supplements

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Welcome to HealthBeat Podcast #327, recorded October 14, 2011.

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RSS Info – In this edition of HealthBeat, we discuss Update to Show Notes, Arthritis and Aging Workforce, And Finally, a recap of the week in studies released about Dietary Supplements.

Update to Show Notes

Hi Everyone.

Just a quick update to our Show Notes pages.  We are now using Word Press to present our Weekly Show Notes.  Please continue to surf to and click on the Show Notes links to access these notes.  They can also be accessed on your iPad in a friendly design.

Arthritis and Aging Workforce

A study recently reviewed on the web site, looked at how the working poor sometimes delay retirement to survive.

However, their higher risk of disease and disability threatens both their financial survival and their ability to work through the retirement years. We used the burden of disease attributable to arthritis by occupational class to illustrate the challenges faced by the older poor.

The Authors merged data from the National Health Interview Survey, Medical Expenditure Panel Survey, and the National Death Index into a single database. We then calculated and compared age- and occupational class–specific quality-adjusted life years (QALYs) between workers with and without arthritis by using unabridged life tables.

In the United States, people aged 65 years and older are the fastest growing demographic group. The percentage of people aged 65 years and older is projected to almost double between the present day and 2050, rising from 6% to 11%, and about 1 in 5 of these elderly are poor.[

The study concluded that to meet the needs of the aging workforce, more extensive health and disability insurance will be needed.

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Bad Week for Dietary Supplements

The week of October 10th has not been a good one for studies related to usage Nutritional Supplements.

The OrthoSupersite web site released an article titled – “Herbal supplements may cause dangerous drug interactions in orthopedic surgery patients”.

The study, published in the October, 2011 issue of the Journal of the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons stated – The use of complementary and alternative medicine is widespread and popular with the lay public.

Although prevalence of use varies among specific patient populations, complementary and alternative medicine, in particular herbal remedies, are widely marketed and used by orthopedic patients. Herbal supplements can have a negative impact on the perioperative period and may interact with conventional medicines used to manage chronic conditions.

Physician-patient communication often does not include the subject of alternative medicines, leading to underreporting of use. Orthopaedic surgeons should adopt methods to routinely elicit from their patients the use of complementary and alternative medicine and should monitor and counsel patients on potential side effects and drug-herb interactions. Preoperative instructions should include cessation of the use of herbal supplements.

Earlier in the week, the Journal for the American Medical Association, JAMA, released a study related to Vitamin E and the Risk of Prostate Cancer.

The initial report of the Selenium and Vitamin E Cancer Prevention Trial (SELECT) found no reduction in risk of prostate cancer with either selenium or vitamin E supplements but a statistically non-significant increase in prostate cancer risk with vitamin E.

Longer follow-up and more prostate cancer events provide further insight into the relationship of vitamin E and prostate cancer.  A total of 35 533 men from 427 study sites in the United States, Canada, and Puerto Rico were randomized between August 22, 2001, and June 24, 2004.

The study concluded that Dietary supplementation with vitamin E significantly increased the risk of prostate cancer among healthy men.

Finally, a study published in the Archives of Internal Medicine, looked at the relationship between Dietary Supplements and Mortality Rate in Older Women.

Although dietary supplements are commonly taken to prevent chronic disease, the long-term health consequences of many compounds are unknown.   The Authors of the study assessed the use of vitamin and mineral supplements in relation to total mortality in 38 772 older women in the Iowa Women’s Health Study.

The Study concluded that in older women, several commonly used
Dietary vitamin and mineral supplements may be associated with increased total mortality risk; this association is strongest with supplemental iron. In contrast to the findings of many studies, calcium is associated with decreased risk.

With the confusion generated by these studies, COT’s HealthBeat again recommends discussing all Nutritionally related questions with your Qualified Health Care Provider.

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For Chiropractic OnLine Today’s HealthBeat, This is Dr. Todd Eglow.


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