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Morning stiffness could be an early warning sign of arthritis

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KATHMANDU — A team of researchers, in a recent study, have found that morning stiffness that last for an hour could be an early sign of rheumatoid arthritis.

According to the research, morning stiffness is one of the more common complaints doctors hear about from patients with fibromyalgia, arthritis, rheumatism and those whose bodies no longer rebound after a day of activity.

Similarly, morning stiffness that lasts less than 30 minutes could be a sign of osteoarthritis, reports Daily Express.

“Stiffness is a classic arthritis symptom, especially when waking up in the morning or after sitting at a desk or riding in a car for a long time. Morning stiffness that lasts longer than an hour is a good reason to suspect arthritis,” the researchers said.

Stiffness can vary from slight stiffening of the fingers to near-complete immobility. Patients can be woken up early in the morning by the searing pain.

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The hands are mainly affected by morning stiffness, although the entire body could be at risk. Rheumatoid arthritis patients may also experience swollen hands in the early morning. The basic causes of morning stiffness are lack of daily physical activity, being overweight, having a poor diet or not sleeping properly.

Exercising on a daily basis (even walking while swinging your arms) is a great way to release those feel-good endorphins, gets the blood moving, and help clear nasty toxins from the body.

You’re most at risk of developing the condition if you’re a woman, a smoker or have a family history of rheumatoid arthritis.

There’s currently no cure for arthritis, but early diagnosis and some treatments could help to reduce the severity of symptoms.

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Red meat, white bread and sugar-laden drinks might increase risk of colon cancer

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Heavy diet like red meats, refined grains, white bread and sugar-laden drinks might increase long-term risk of colon cancer, a new study suggests.

These foods all increase inflammation in our body, and the inflammation they cause is associated with a higher chance of developing colon cancer, according to pooled data from two major health studies appeared in JAMA Oncology journal.

According to researchers, a diet high in foods with the potential to cause inflammation, including meats, refined grains and high-calorie beverages, was associated with increased risk of developing colorectal cancer for men and women.

Basically, what makes for a healthy diet overall also appears to promote a cancer-free colon, said senior researcher Dr. Edward Giovannucci. He is a professor of nutrition and epidemiology at Harvard TH Chan School of Public Health in Boston.

“It’s consistent with what we already recommend for a healthy diet in general,” Giovannucci said, adding “I see that as good news. We’re supporting the current evidence, and not telling people to do something completely different from what they’ve been told.”

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For the study, conducted by Fred K Tabung from the Harvard TH Chan School of Public Health in Boston, the team analysed 1,21,050 male and female health care professionals, who were followed for 26 years in long-term studies. The researchers completed the food questionnaires about what they ate, on the basis of which data analysis was done last year.

The scores were based on 18 food groups characterised for their inflammatory potential and were then calculated from the questionnaires given to participants every four years.

The results indicated that higher scores reflecting inflammation-causing diets were associated with a higher risk of developing colorectal cancer in men and women.

Previous studies have linked diet factors with colon cancer, but there’s been no clear explanation why that might be, he added.

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