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Knee Pain and Weather: Is There Really a Link?

Posted by Ben on 9/21/2016 to Personal Care
Knee Pain and Weather: Is There Really a Link?

Research supports what many people have long suspected — weather may indeed have an influence on joint pain.

When weather forecasters at the different TV stations around Louisville, Ky., claim that they have the best weather-predicting technology, orthopedic surgeon Stephen Makk, MD, MBA, gets a laugh. "I always say, instead of super-duper Doppler 8000, they should just get a room full of people with arthritis and ask 'Is it going to snow tomorrow or not?'" says Dr. Makk, a spokesperson for the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons.

If you have chronic knee pain, you may be familiar with aches and pains that change with the weather. If you think the weather can influence your joints, it's not just your imagination: Some research does indeed support a connection.

What is Comfrey and Why Does Steuart's Use It?

Posted by Ben on 9/19/2016 to Personal Care
What is Comfrey and Why Does Steuart's Use It?

Comfrey is a medicinal shrub that has been used all over the world for centuries to aid in healing. It's roots and leaves can be harvested and used to treat bruises, muscle sprains, joint inflammation, arthritis, gout, and more.

How Comfrey Works As A Remedy

According to the roots of leaves of the comfrey plant contain chemical substances called allantoin and rosmarinic acid. Allantoin boosts the growth of new skin cells, while rosmarinic acid helps relieve pain and inflammation. Extracts are still made from the roots and leaves and turned into ointments, creams, or salves. These solutions typically have a comfrey content of 5 to 20 percent.

Pay Careful Attention to Aging Skin

Posted by Ben on 9/13/2016 to Personal Care
Pay Careful Attention to Aging Skin

Aging makes skin more susceptible to dryness. Dry skin in older adults can be simply a sign of age-related skin changes or signify underlying medical problems. Because dry skin can lead to other skin complications, it’s important to monitor carefully.

If older adults’ skin appears rough, scaly, flaky, or cracked, this can indicate xerosis, or dry skin. Although dry skin can affect anyone, it’s particularly common among older adults. Age-related dermal changes such as a thinner epidermal layer, a reduction in skin cell turnover, and the skin’s limited capacity to retain moisture contribute to xerosis.1 Over time, skin loses its suppleness, yet such physiological changes alone don’t determine whether a patient will develop dry skin. Other factors such as the environment, genetics, and ethnicity are also contributing factors.

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