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Asthma is not a disease, but just a name given to various symptoms, says The Lancet

Originally published August 28 2006 http://www.newstarget.com/020176.html

(NewsTarget) The medical journal The Lancet is appealing to the medical community to stop using the term “asthma” as it misleads people to believe it is a disease rather than a group of symptoms with various origins and characteristics.

Symptoms of asthma include wheezing, coughing and breathing difficulties, and […]

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Vitamin D deficiency and chronic low back pain in Saudi Arabia.

Spine. 2003 Jan 15;28(2):177-9.

Vitamin D deficiency and chronic low back pain in Saudi Arabia.

Al Faraj S, Al Mutairi K.

Department of Medicine, Riyadh Armed Forces Hospital, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. alfaraj@yahoo.com

STUDY DESIGN: Initial assessment involved 360 patients (90% women and 10% men) attending spinal and internal medicine clinics over a 6-year period who […]

Researchers in England discovered that patients with chronic pain have phenomenally low vitamin D levels

The authors added to the evidence that severe vitamin D deficiency is associated with chronic pain. They found that 88% of their patients with chronic pain had levels less than 10 ng/ml. If they treated their patients, they did not report it. However, Swiss researchers recently treated chronic pain patients with vitamin D […]

Vitamin D Deficiency Linked to Pain and Disability in Knee Osteoarthritis

Jane Salodof MacNeil

Medscape Medical News 2004. © 2004 Medscape

Oct. 19, 2004 (San Antonio) — Results from a 30-month study of 221 elderly patients with osteoarthritis of the knee suggest that remedying a vitamin D deficiency can reduce disability and possibly pain as well.

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Acute Neck Pain: Significant Relief, Satisfaction With Chiropractic Treatment

Neck pain, whether chronic or acute, is nearly as prevalent in the American adult population as back pain; estimates show that up to two-thirds of all American adults will suffer from neck pain at some point in their lives. While millions of chiropractic manipulations are performed in the United States each year for the treatment […]

Fish oil supplements ease arthritis pain

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Nutritional supplements can help ease arthritis pain, according to The Lancet medical journal, and patients with rheumatoid arthritis can especially benefit from adding fish oil supplements to their diets.

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Lifestyle lessens effect of obesity on heart risk

Fri Aug 4, 2006 10:35 AM ET

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) – For a given level of obesity, Inuit men and women living in Greenland are healthier than those who have migrated to Denmark, Danish researchers have found.

The stay-at-home Greenlanders are still living a relatively traditional lifestyle, and they had lower blood pressure, lower […]

Dietary changes may slow prostate cancer growth

Tue Aug 1, 2006 9:58 PM ET

By Anthony J. Brown, MD

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) – Increasing the ratio of omega-3 to omega-6 fatty acids in the diet appears to slow the progression of prostate cancer, according to the results of an animal study.

The so-called Western diet commonly consumed in the US contains […]