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Smoking linked to skin problems

Researchers have come up with another reason to stay away from cigarettes after linking smoking to skin problems in people with systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE).

Experts at the Research Institute of the McGill University Health Centre found that smokers with the long-term autoimmune disorder faced an increased risk for skin damage and rashes. The study’s lead author Christian A Pineau, Co-Director of the Lupus and Vasculitis clinic at the MUHC, said: “Up to 85 per cent of people with SLE develop skin involvement at some point.

Deadly combo for early death

People having obesity, high blood pressure and high blood sugar simultaneously are twice likely to have a heart attack and three times more likely to die earlier than the general population, according to a study.

Experts at the University of Warwick identified the three killer indicators as the most dangerous combination of health factors when developing metabolic syndrome, a combination of medical disorders that increase the risk of developing cardiovascular disease and diabetes.

Lead researcher  Oscar Franco, Assistant Clinical Professor of Public Health at Warwick Medical School, and colleagues sought to determine the prevalence and progress of Metabolic Syndrome as part of the Framingham Offspring Study.

Childhood abuse linked to arthritis

A new study has found a link between childhood physical abuse and osteoarthritis in adulthood. The study conducted by University of Toronto researchers showed that adults who had experienced physical abuse as children have 56 per cent higher odds of osteoarthritis compared to those who have not been abused.

The researchers looked for link between self-reported childhood physical abuse and a diagnosis of osteoarthritis in the data from the 2005 Canadian Community Health Survey. After thoroughly analyzing it, they concluded that there was significant association between childhood physical abuse and osteoarthritis in adulthood.

“We found that 10.2 per cent of those with osteoarthritis reported they had been physically abused as children in comparison to 6.5 per cent of those without osteoarthritis,” lead author Esme Fuller-Thomson of U of T’s Factor-Inwentash Faculty of Social Work and Department of Family and Community Medicine, said.

Use Aspirin selectively

People who don’t have obvious cardiovascular disease and are taking aspirin for prevention of heart attacks and strokes should abandon the practice, researchers have advised.

The Drugs and Therapeutics Bulletin (DTB) study said the drug can lead to serious internal bleeding and does not put off cardiovascular disease deaths.

“Current evidence for primary prevention suggests the benefits and harms of aspirin in this setting may be more finely balanced than previously thought, even in individuals estimated to be at high risk of experiencing cardiovascular events, including those with diabetes or elevated blood pressure,” the BBC quoted Ike Ikeanacho, editor of the DTB. Professor Steve Field, chairman of the Royal College of General Practitioners, added:

“Given the evidence, the DTB’s statement on aspirin prescription is a sensible one.”

“The Royal College of General Practitioners would support their call for existing guidelines on aspirin prescription to be amended.