Glucosamine and chondroitin dont slow arthritis | Health | Reuters

Glucosamine and chondroitin dont slow arthritis | Health | Reuters.

Strange that this study while not conclusive has made the headlines.  What does it say about all the previous studies? How did these supplements get so popular with the aged globally if it does not really work the way it is supposed to? So does one continue to take it or not?

Problems With Age / Wear


WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Two hugely popular supplements used to fight arthritis and joint pain, glucosamine and chondroitin sulfate, do not seem to work any better than placebo to slow the loss of knee cartilage in osteoarthritis, researchers reported on Monday.

But the researchers said some of their findings were confusing and said more study was needed.

“At two years, no treatment showed what we determined to be a clinically important reduction in joint space width loss,” said Dr. Allen Sawitzke of the University of Utah School of Medicine, who helped lead the study.

The study, funded by the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine at the National Institutes of Health, confirms other findings showing the supplements have few or no effects.

The trial is called glucosamine/chondroitin arthritis intervention trial or GAIT. Writing in the October issue of Arthritis & Rheumatism, Sawitzke and colleagues said they had trouble interpreting their results because patients who took placebos had a smaller loss of cartilage than they should have.

The original GAIT study results in 2006 found the supplements did not reduce the pain of knee arthritis, except among a small group of patients with moderate to severe pain.

The GAIT researchers continued to watch 572 volunteers for another 18 months and found the supplements did not appear to slow the loss of cartilage, taken either alone or together.

They said arthritis worsened in 24 percent of participants taking both, similar to those taking placebo.

“Research continues to reveal that osteoarthritis, the most common form of arthritis, appears to be the result of an array of factors including age, gender, genetics, obesity, and joint injuries,” said Dr. Stephen Katz, director of the NIH’s National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases.

“Because osteoarthritis affects nearly 21 million Americans, we are seeking ways to not only treat pain, but also address the structural effects of the condition,” he said.

(Reporting by Maggie Fox, editing by Vicki Allen)

Singapore Grand Prix – Formula One Night Race Finals

The first ever night race held in Singapore was filled with thrills and spills on a beautiful lighted track, certainly that is the way I will remember it.  I must admit, I was never an F1 fan till now! 

Let’s see what has happened so far….

  • Unfortunate for Nelson Piquet, he was the first to crash and though he escaped with minor injuries his Renault car did not.
  • Felipe Massa who was leading the race has dropped to 18 position due to an incident at the pit where his fuel line was still tightly attached when he sped off because of the green light.
  • Rosberg and Kubica were given stop and go penalties.
  • Both Massa and Hamilton who started as leaders are trailing behind, with F. Massa much further back at 16 position due to a penalty for the fuel line incident I believe.
  • Lap 46/61 Fernando Alonso for Renault is still in the lead, followed by Nico Roseberg
  • With 10 laps to go, A.Sutil crashes into the safety barrier, hence the safety car comes out once again. A very exciting finish is expected as a result!
  • With 4 laps to go, Kimi Raikkonen crashes – No points for Ferrari
Updates were live….

2nd Nico Roseberg
3rd Lewis Hamilton

Quirky Things One Does To Bring On A Smile….

Some small, simple things I do to enjoy life a little…..

  • Eat a really savory meal ( especially one that has not been eaten in a long while )
  • Drink a refreshing drink ( depends on the mood of the day…beer can be refreshing too )
  • Track down a long forgotten song and listen to it over and over….( Just managed to find ‘Ribbons Of Blue’ by Boney M, an extra wonderful feeling because no one else I know seems to remember this one)
  • Placed the Grey’s Anatomy Theme Song as a mobile ringtone *grins* ( And change the ringtone every few months)
  • Watch a nice DVD like ‘The Game Plan’
  • Try something new…( like a fish spa? and Nope haven’t tried it yet ) *update 19Nov08* Tried it Yay!
  • Floating faceup in a swimming pool
  • Enjoying the breeze at the seaside.
  • Spend a morning at the zoo or the birdpark. 
  • Purchased a fleur-de-lis puzzle ring

UnBlinded Eyes

There is an old saying which states that “If ignorance be bliss, tis folly to be wise.”  But how then can one be made aware of the poverty and suffering that exists around the world?  In Singapore, the majority of the people are doing fine, they have at least all the basic necessities if not more. We have not yet experienced any natural disasters, so does that make us safe from such tragedies?  People often forget that we also have limited natural resources, hence insufficient to sustain the population should some form of tragedy occur.

We live in a world that if you are free from poverty, you tend to become oblivious to it. We choose the television programmes or movies we want to watch to entertain and keep us happy and would often skip those that would remind us of the injustices,poverty and violence that goes on in the rest of the world.

Some people feel they do their part when they just contribute say 50 cents into one of those donation cans on weekends and though a little goes a long way, is it really enough?  They are clueless of just how much suffering actually goes on.  Some may even think that enough is enough and they should stop their contributions! Afterall there are so many donation drives going on that they probably have more than enough already, besides did they think everyone were printing money?  Who or what can be said to convince these people that every little bit counts, and if they can afford a little more then please by all means it would really help.

For instance, children of Thoung Xuan in vietnam have to walk barefoot for miles on hot, burning grounds, or muddy and wet roads.  Their tiny feet are subject to cuts and scarring and it has caused diseases such as hookworms or other parasites that eat into the soles of their feet. Can you imagine the joy and happiness that a simple contribution of 10,000 pairs of Crocs shoes brought them? Some were just so happy that they could make their way back to school without suffering pain!

What about the food shortages worldwide? Apart from droughts and natural disasters which contributes to famine, what about soil compaction and degradation through man’s carelessness? But whatever the causes, families around the world are suffering.  

In Zambia a three year old orphan has been surviving on just liquids made from musika fruit for the past three months. Others such as a woman and her eleven children are suffereing a fate that is even more destitute.  Their food source for the past few months is “rafu” weeds which they boil and drink as soup, to them it is better than not eating at all.  As a result a four year old suffers from marasmus, a severe protein-energy malnutrition that leads to extensive tissue and and muscle wasting, reducing one’s body weight by 80% of it’s normal weight.

In other parts of the world, due to gender inequality and as a result of food shortage, young girls are even sold off to ease the family debts and to pay for food and household expenses.  Both young boys and girls are at risk of being put to work in order to suupport the family.

In the wake of Cyclone Nargis in Myanmar the world food crisis had worsened as experts estimate that some 2000 square miles of prime farmland is now under water devastating rice production.  Apart from that, what broke my heart further was to hear some of the stories of personal tragedies that some of the victims experienced.  One man put his pregnant wife and his brother on his fishing boat to push them to safety only to see the boat smashed against a tree, split into two and sink to the bottom a few seconds later.  The frantic search for loved ones around the time, with many trying to revive those found dead, unwilling to accept that they were lost for ever.  Or the mother who had lost her three children aged ten, nine and her one year old baby.  She buried her face in her hands as she told of how as one big wave hit her and she dropped her baby from her arms. “It took just a split second,” she said. “I tried immediately to search in the waters around me but my baby was gone.”

There are many unsung heroes in the world whose humanitarian efforts have brought much relief and comfort to those suffering around the world. If we cannot be one of these heroes, then let us at least try to contribute what we can, so that these heroes can continue to be the light at the end of a dark tunnel.

Movie – Mama Mia



Starring: Meryl Streep, Amanda Seyfried, Pierce Brosnan, Stellan Skarsgård ,Colin Firth, Julie Walters, Christine Baranski

Director: Phyllida Lloyd

Oh My! I didn’t catch the Broadway Musical version so I had no clue what the storyline was about, all I knew was that it was filled with songs from one of my favourite groups Abba when I was growing up. So today with no expectations whatsoever, I caught this wonderfully written stage-to-film adaptation.  The writer/s did a brilliant job!

The casts were once again stellar! I have always found Meryl Streep to be an incredible actress, I remember her distinctly for her win for best actress in ‘The French Lieutenant’s Woman’ and thereafter I started watching all her movies, even those before that win.  She always gives her best performance in whatever role she plays and this one was no different.  

Amanda Seyfried was also a wonderful choice and her vocals was definitely the best of the lot!  The hilarious pairing of Julie Walters and Christine Baranski was a real treat not forgetting the three ‘giants’ Pierce, Stellan and Colin.  I thoroughly enjoyed every bit of the movie!

Yes I understand that not everyone likes musicals, but if you do then you’re in for a real treat!  

Oh and a last note…..Critics who do not appreciate musicals for what they are should keep their critique to themselves!

Random Pics Taken At The Zoo

DVD – Dexter Season 2

Just when you thought you’ve seen it all, they come up with entirely fresh epsiodes which beckons you to finish it off one after the other. Dexter’s character evolves dramatically in this one, so when his complex inner psyche is once again probed and prodded it begins to metamorphosize.  The student becomes the master!  And what I loved particularly about the last episode in Season 2 is that it does not leave you hanging…in fact it could even have been the season’s finale.  Still I can hardly wait now for season 3.   

If you want a rating which I haven’t really been giving all the movies/Dvds I have reviewed…..this want would have a rating of Five Stars out of five.