Ankylose This! Living with Ankylosing Spondylitis

Tuesday, July 12, 2005

Ian Woosnam and ankylosing spondylitis

The Scotsman has an article on pro golfer and AS sufferer Ian Woosnam that talks as much about the disease as about the man, which is impressive for a sports profile. Usually the disease is summed up in a paragraph or two, and the rest is quotes from the athlete explaining how he handles it; in this case, we actually get a pretty good summary of the disease, its symptoms, its suspected origins and treatment. Articles like these may well be the first time readers hear of AS, so this can only be good.

Thursday, July 07, 2005

Advisory panel votes against Bextra, ibuprofen

Health Canada's advisory panel (see previous entry) made its recommendations today: they voted unanimously to keep Celebrex on sale, 12-1 in favour of returning Vioxx to the market, and 8-5 against allowing sales of Bextra. But the real shocker is that they want to move ibuprofen behind the counter: "Ibuprofen carries as much risk of heart attacks and strokes as Vioxx and should therefore be moved behind the counter in pharmacies where patients would need to ask for it, panellists said." The panel's recommendations for ibuprofen are non-binding; it's up to provincial governments to decide whether to make it less accessible. The mind boggles; you can get naproxen over the counter in the States!