Vidyya Medical News Service
Volume 5 Issue 299 Published - 14:00 UTC 08:00 EST 26-Oct-2003 Next Update - 14:00 UTC 08:00 EST 27-Oct-2003
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Blood tests may identify RA patients most at risk for joint damage
Two common blood tests show promise in helping identify patients with early rheumatoid arthritis (RA) who may benefit most from combination therapy with Remicade(R) (infliximab) plus methotrexate (MTX) compared to methotrexate alone to prevent the progression of joint destruction. These results were presented at the annual meeting of the American College of Rheumatology and were based on an abstract submission from a subset analysis of the ASPIRE (Active Controlled Study of Patients Receiving Infliximab for Treatment of Rheumatoid Arthritis of Early Onset) trial, which was unveiled in June.  more

Prescribing information: Remicade
Remicade is used with methotrexate when methotrexate alone hasn't worked well. To learn more about Remicade, or to get helpful information, Vidyya has provided the prescribing information for the drug.  more


Strawberries: Vitamin C, folate and potassium provide the edge for heart health
With most Americans falling short of 5 A Day recommendations, new research gives people additional reasons to eat more strawberries. Two separate studies presented today at the American Dietetic Association Food and Nutrition Conference and Exhibition reveal that in addition to being low in fat and calories, strawberries are naturally high in fiber, Vitamin C, folate, potassium and antioxidants, making them a sweet alternative that advances heart health, reduces the risk of certain types of cancer, and gives a boost to total body wellness.  more

Information for patients: Cutting down on salt
Limiting sodium -- which we get through salt, baking powder, baking soda and other substances in foods we eat -- is one of the most important things that people with heart failure can do. Sodium makes the body hold onto fluid. To pump the added fluid, the heart has to work harder. People with heart failure can't afford to put this extra strain on their hearts.  more

Information for parents and children: The USDA food pyramid for children ages 2-6
Your patients can use this chart to get an idea of the foods their children eat over a week. They pencil in the foods eaten each day and pencil in the corresponding triangular shape. (For example, if a slice of toast is eaten at breakfast, they will write in “toast” and fill in one grain group pyramid.) The number of pyramids shown for each food group is the number of servings to be eaten each day. At the end of the week, if you see only a few blank pyramids then their children have had a successful eating week.  more

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