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Briefs: Study finds glucosamine ineffective against early arthritis

Glucosamine ineffective for pain, study says

A two-year trial has found that glucosamine sulfate was no better than an inert substitute in controlling hip pain and the progression of hip osteoarthritis. Glucosamine is a natural substance found in healthy joint cartilage. The study, in the Annals of Internal Medicine, followed 222 adults with "early'' arthritis; people with more advanced forms might have different reactions, the journal's editors noted.

To lose weight? Yup, portions

Lynn Grieger, registered dietitian and certified diabetes educator, says that, by one estimate, we now consume 500 more calories per day than 30 years ago — helping explain the nation's battle of the bulge. Grieger, contributor to, offers these tips to lose weight: Measure portions before preparing or eating — a woman's fist or a baseball equals about a one-cup serving, the palm of your hand is about the size of a 3-ounce serving of meat, fish or poultry. And measure your plates too: The diameter of a standard dinner plate has grown from 10 inches to 12.

Information on longevity clinics

A column in LifeTimes Feb. 26 about Dr. Pamela Smith's anti-aging tips mentioned her longevity clinics but did not provide contact information. Her Web site,, lists the locations as well as anti-aging medical specialists Smith recommends; those in Florida are in the Miami area. The main clinic phone number is (313) 884-3288.

New seal signals folic acid in food

Too few women understand that consuming the B vitamin folic acid every day can help prevent serious birth defects, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. To promote its increased consumption, the March of Dimes and the Grain Foods Foundation have created a Folic Acid for a Healthy Pregnancy seal to help women quickly identify foods such as white bread that are enriched with folic acid. In the 10 years since the FDA mandated that flour be fortified with folic acid, certain birth defects have declined by 26 percent.

On the calendar

Colorectal cancer: Saturday, 8:30 a.m.-2 p.m., a free seminar titled Conversations About Colorectal Cancer, for cancer patients, survivors, family and friends. Presented by the national Colon Cancer Alliance and H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center & Research Institute. Register toll-free at 1-877-422-2030 or complete the form at Stabile Research Building, 12902 Magnolia Drive, Tampa.

Heart disease and women: Saturday , 11 a.m.-2 p.m., free lectures and Q&A sessions about heart disease and women, at the Mease Countryside Hospital Conference room, first floor; 3231 McMullen-Booth Road, Clearwater. Make reservations before Thursday with Barbara Garavuso of the Palm Harbor Junior Women's Club, at or (813) 732-9194.

Compiled from Times staff, wires

Briefs: Study finds glucosamine ineffective against early arthritis 03/03/08 [Last modified: Thursday, October 28, 2010 9:24am]
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