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Do Steroid Injections Worsen Arthritic Knees?

Corticosteroid injections to relieve pain in patients with knee osteoarthritis could actually be setting them back.

Two new studies have discovered that, despite the temporary relief of symptoms, the injections were associated with continued progression of the disease.

On the other hand, patients injected with another symptom reliever, hyaluronic acid, saw decreased progression of t...

Lots of Teen Boys Use Steroids, Often With Side Effects

Steroid users, especially teen boys and young men, seem indifferent to the serious side effects and dependency associated with use of the drugs, a new study finds.

“We're seeing more young adults and adolescent boys engaging in risk behaviors, such as the use of steroids, to achieve what many see as the ideal male body,” said lead author

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  • November 28, 2022
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  • Kids With Bell's Palsy Typically Recover Without Treatment

    While adults typically need steroid medication to treat Bell's palsy, most children can recover without treatment, a new study finds.

    Bell's palsy temporarily causes weakness and paraly...

    Widely Used Steroid Meds Could Alter the Brain

    Long-term steroid use can reshape the structure of the brain, causing some parts to shrink and others to grow, a major new study reports.

    People taking steroids -- even inhaled steroids -- appear to have less intact white matter structure in their brains compared with those not taking the drugs, brain scans reveal. White matter serves as the communication link between different regions of...

    Two-Drug Inhaler Could Reduce Asthma Attacks

    Two drugs are better than one when it comes to stopping asthma attacks in progress, a new clinical trial has found.

    The study, of more than 3,100 asthma patients, found that a two-drug "rescue" inhaler worked better than a standard inhaler in thwarting severe asthma exacerbations -- helping some patients avoid trips to the hospital.

    The inhaler, which is not yet approved, contains t...

    NSAIDS, Steroids for Back Pain: Is Too Much of Them a Bad Thing?

    Persistent use of steroids and non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) like ibuprofen to treat acute lower back pain may actually turn it into a chronic condition, a new study warns.

    However, some experts who expressed concerns about the study published in the journal Science Translational Medicine

    Could Asthma Treatment Raise Your Odds for Obesity?

    Adults who suffer from asthma often need to take corticosteroids to open up their airways, but the medications may have an unintended side effect: New research shows the treatment, particularly when taken in pill form, raised the risk of patients becoming obese.

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  • Prescription Steroids Can Pose Dangers for Sickle Cell Patients

    People with sickle cell disease who take corticosteroids to treat asthma or inflammation may suffer severe pain and even need to be hospitalized, researchers report.

    This reaction to corticosteroids can be particularly severe among older people, women and patients not taking the drug hydroxyurea to treat their sickle cell symptoms. These were the most likely to be hospitalized, the study ...

    No Sign Common Steroid Spironolactone Can Cause Cancer: Study

    The often-used steroid spironolactone is not linked to any increased risk of a range of common cancers, according to a new study.

    The synthetic steroid is routinely used to manage heart failure, high blood pressure and edema, and also used off-label to treat acne, hair loss and excessive hair growth (hirsutism).

    "Though the

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  • Rehab or Steroid Shots: What's Best for Arthritic Knees?

    Physical therapy for knee arthritis tends to cost patients more out-of-pocket and involves a lot more hassle than a quick steroid shot to soothe an aching joint.

    But in the long run, physical therapy is at least as cost-effective as steroid injections and is more likely to provide longer-term relief, a new study concludes.

    "Even though maybe the initial costs of physical therapy are...

    Are Cortisone Injections Good or Bad for Arthritic Knees?

    Cortisone injections have gotten a bad rap in recent years as a treatment for arthritis pain, because steroids are known to damage cartilage and could potentially cause the joint to further deteriorate.

    But a new study suggests that if used wisely, cortisone shots are as safe as another type of injection used to treat

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  • December 21, 2021
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  • Dexamethasone Can Help the Sickest COVID Patients Survive. So Why Are Too Few Getting It?

    There's strong evidence that the steroid drug dexamethasone can significantly lower hospitalized patients' risk of dying from COVID-19, but many who might benefit from it the most aren't getting it.

    "Dexamethasone is a steroid that is used for the treatment of arthritis, inflammation and allergic reactions," explained Hemalkumar Mehta, who studied its use in treating COVID-19 patients. He...

    Pharmacy Exec Behind Meningitis Outbreak Gets Longer Prison Sentence

    A longer prison sentence has been handed to the founder of a now-closed Massachusetts pharmaceutical facility responsible for the 2012 meningitis outbreak that killed 100 people and sickened hundreds of others.

    Barry Cadden, who was president and co-owner of the New England Compounding Center (NECC), received a 14-and-a-half year sentence from a federal judge Wednesday.

    Cadden was ...

    Many Americans Take Meds That Weaken COVID Vaccine Response

    A small but significant percentage of Americans take medications that can hamper their immune system and its response to COVID-19 vaccines, researchers say.

    Their analysis of data from more than 3 million adults under 65 with private insurance found that nearly 3% take immunosuppressive drugs. Those include chemotherapy medications and steroids such as prednisone.

    Two-thirds took an...

    You've Got Fungi in Your Lungs, and That's OK

    There's more than one kind of fungus living among lung tissue, but people can breathe easy knowing these species are for the most part harmless, scientists say.

    It's normal for people to have fungi in their lungs, and using drugs like inhaled steroids won't hurt them, a research team found.

    According to a team led by Einar Marius Hjellestad Martinsen, a doctoral candidate at th...

    Anabolic Steroids Could Do Long-Term Harm to Testicles: Study

    Men who use anabolic steroids may be doing serious damage to their testicular function, new research warns.

    And the damage may last long after they stop.

    Illegal use of the drugs is not uncommon among athletes seeking to increase muscle size and strength and look more muscular, according to study lead author Dr. Jon Rasmussen, a postdoctoral scientist at the University Hospital of C...

    Could Common Asthma Meds Weaken Bones?

    People who use common asthma controller medications are vulnerable to developing brittle bones and suffering fractures, a new study shows.

    The findings point the finger at anti-inflammatory corticosteroids -- whether taken by pill or inhaler.

    Corticosteroids are widely used to prevent asthma attacks, particularly in the form of inhalers. When asthma is more difficult to cont...

    Kids Who Need Steroids Face Risk of Diabetes, Other Ills

    Children who need to take oral steroids for chronic or life-threatening conditions can experience serious side effects, according to new research.

    Children with autoimmune disorders such as juvenile arthritis, psoriasis or inflammatory bowel disease are often prescribed a steroid to keep the illness under control.

    But the odds that a child might develop diabetes was nearly s...

    Multiple Studies Confirm Steroids Can Fight Severe COVID-19

    A slew of "gold standard" clinical trials offer new hope for patients battling severe COVID-19: cheap, common drugs known as corticosteroids appear to cut the death rate by a third.

    Publication of new data on treatment with corticosteroids such as hydrocortisone or dexamethasone "represents an important step forward in the treatment of patients with COVID-19," said Dr. Hallie Prescott...

    Steroids Other Than Dexamethasone May Also Help Battle COVID-19

    The steroid medication dexamethasone has been proven to help people severely ill with COVID-19. Now a new study hints that other drugs in the same class may also work -- in the right patients.

    The findings are from a review of one hospital's experience, not a clinical trial. So researchers said the results should be interpreted with some caution.

    But the study suggests that ...

    Started Early, Drug Combo Eases Fatigue of Rheumatoid Arthritis: Study

    Early and intensive treatment with methotrexate and prednisone can ease fatigue in people with rheumatoid arthritis (RA), according to a new study.

    RA causes chronically inflamed joints and that inflammation can lead to severe fatigue that isn't relieved by resting, according to the European League Against Rheumatism (EULAR).

    "In addition to pain, profound fatigue reduces th...

    Cheap Steroid Could Slash COVID-19 Death Risk

    With U.S. fatalities from COVID-19 nearing 117,000, British scientists delivered some welcome news on Tuesday: A drug that appears to cut the odds of death in ventilated patients by one-third.

    The drug is a low-cost steroid called dexamethasone, which has been in use for decades, noted a team at the University of Oxford.

    In a trial of more than 6,000 patients, use of dexamet...

    Are Steroids Really the Answer for Arthritic Knees?

    Folks with knee arthritis will get more out of physical therapy than a cortisone shot, a new clinical trial argues.

    People with osteoarthritis of the knee had less pain and disability after one year of physical therapy than others who received as many as three injections during that same period, according to study results.

    "We found that the steroid injection did not have an...

    Some Steroid Meds May Raise Coronavirus Risk

    People taking a certain class of steroids for inflammatory conditions such as asthma, allergies and arthritis may be at increased risk from the new coronavirus, experts say.

    Glucocorticoid medications suppress the immune system, so people taking them may not be able to fight off the coronavirus, according to an editorial published online March 31 in the Journal of Clinical Endocrin...

    Taking Steroids for Rheumatoid Arthritis, IBD? Your Odds for Hypertension May Rise

    People taking steroids to treat chronic inflammatory diseases are at high risk for developing high blood pressure, British investigators report.

    Inflammatory bowel disease and rheumatoid arthritis are often treated with steroids for an extended period, at high doses, and as many as a third of patients in the study became hypertensive, the scientists said.

    "Steroids are ver...

    What Works Best to Ease Flare-Ups of COPD?

    The best available drugs to treat sudden COPD flare-ups are the medications already widely in use, antibiotics and corticosteroids, a new evidence review has concluded.

    There's not enough evidence to recommend newer treatments for chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), said lead researcher Dr. Claudia Dobler, a visiting scholar at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn.

    S...

    Prescription-Strength Steroid Creams Sold Over-the-Counter Can Be Dangerous

    Rubbing cream into your skin to calm an itchy rash may seem harmless, but not all topical anti-itch formulas are created equal.

    "People don't understand the potential dangers of prescription-strength steroid creams," said Dr. Lawrence Green, clinical professor of dermatology at George Washington University in Washington, D.C.

    Hydrocortisone -- a topical steroid often used to...

    Steroid Shots for Painful Joints May Make Matters Worse

    Corticosteroid shots are often used to ease arthritis pain, but a new study suggests they may be riskier than thought.

    Researchers found that among patients who had the treatment at their center, 8% had complications. Most often, that meant a worsening in cartilage breakdown in the joint. But a small number of patients suffered bone loss or stress fractures.

    Traditionall...

    What Foods Are Most Likely to Cause Acne Breakouts?

    Certain eating habits, high levels of stress and exposure to pollution are among the greatest factors associated with acne, researchers say.

    They studied links to acne in more than 6,700 people from six countries in Europe and the Americas. The analysis showed that many more people with acne consume dairy products each day than those without acne -- 48.2% versus 38.8%.

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    Many Young Men Putting Health at Risk to Bulk Up

    Image is everything for most teens and young adults, and 22% of young men and 5% of young women turn to potentially dangerous methods to "bulk up," a new study says.

    These unhealthy methods -- dubbed "disordered eating behaviors" -- include eating to gain weight and using supplements or anabolic steroids to increase muscle or body size.

    "Parents and teens should be...

    For Many With Mild Asthma, Popular Rx May Not Work: Study

    A widely used type of asthma medication may not work in more than half of patients who are prescribed it, new research shows.

    Inhaled corticosteroids, which are designed to reduce airway inflammation, are recommended for all patients with persistent asthma.

    But this medication's effectiveness may be limited to a type of inflammation that occurs in far fewer patients than onc...

    Supplemental Steroids, Testosterone May Lower Men's Sperm Counts

    Men who abuse hormones such as testosterone or steroids for bodybuilding can have declines in sperm and testosterone production, researchers say.

    The good news: these changes seem to reverse once men stop hormone overuse.

    While the use of nonprescribed male hormones (androgens) has surged in many wealthy countries, there has been little research into their effect on men's r...