Weekly health news roundup: Arthritis treatment, diabetic kidney disease, numbness, and tingling in legs

arthritis-treatmentIn case you missed it, here is Bel Marra Health’s weekly health news roundup, featuring information on arthritis treatment, diabetic kidney disease, and numbness and tingling in the legs.

Researchers develop new arthritis treatment

Researchers from Washington University in St. Louis are developing a new treatment for arthritis that can ease symptoms and make existing medications more effective. Injuries such as a twisted ankle, broken hip, and torn knee cartilage can have long-term side effects including arthritis, joint degeneration, osteoarthritis, and inflammation that could result in chronic pain. The team, led by professor Lori Setton, have found that silk particles can aid in the delivery of existing medications to affected areas that are sometimes hard to reach. Continue reading…

diabetic-kidney-diseasePotential prevention method for worsening of diabetic kidney disease


Diabetic kidney disease is very difficult to treat, though a new study from Karolinska Institutet has shown promising results in preventing this disease from worsening.

The disease is also referred to as diabetic kidney failure, and is the biggest reason patients undergo dialysis—sometimes, they may even require kidney transplantation. It is often detected through the leakage of plasma proteins into the urine, as well as through issues in the filtration of waste from the blood and reduced urine production. Patients with diabetic kidney disease have a buildup of lipid droplets in the kidneys, though previous research had not been able to determine the reason for this or whether it accelerated the deterioration of the kidneys. Continue reading…

numbness-and-tingling-in-legsWhat causes numbness and tingling in legs?

Numbness and tingling can occur in one or both legs and comes with a variety of symptoms. Continue reading to learn why this sensation occurs, potential complications that may arise, and when you should notify your doctor, as well as some common remedies to treat your pain. Continue reading…

bone-health-aging8 ways your bones change as you age

As we age, bone health becomes a big concern. The older we get, the more susceptible we become to bone diseases like osteoporosis. The loss of bone density puts our bones at risk for fractures and breaks, which can negatively impact the quality of our life.

Developing a disability in old age as a result of broken bones can leave us bed-ridden, which has been linked to aggravation of existing health conditions or even contributing to the development of new problems. Old-age disability is also associated with a loss of autonomy, as we are no longer able to do things for ourselves and have to rely on the help of others. Breaking a bone is even linked to mental health issues, as a bed-ridden patient is more likely to become depressed or anxious. Continue reading…

How-long-does-menopause-lastHow long does menopause last?


Menopause is a natural part of aging for women, beginning on average at the age of 51. The period that is often referred to as menopause is actually called perimenopause, one of the three stages of menopause. Perimenopause is the time when a woman’s body begins to transition into menopause, and it is marked by hot flashes, night sweats, and vaginal dryness. This lasts until the last menstrual period, which is typically three to five years after perimenopause begins. Perimenopause often begins in the 40s, but some women can even enter it in their 30s, and it can last for up to 10 years.

There are a few reasons for early perimenopause, the biggest being smoking, having never been pregnant, and living at high altitudes. Also, if you have your ovaries removed, your menopause will appear suddenly. Continue reading…

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