Cutting Sinus Patients'

Antibiotic Resistance

Patients with chronic sinus infections do not appear to develop resistance to antibiotics taken for the condition if the drugs are closely matched to attack the bacteria involved, a study said.

The finding is significant because sinus infections are the fifth-leading reason for which antibiotics are prescribed in the United States. As many as 20 million Americans develop chronic sinus infections at some point in their lives, the report from Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston said. Results of the study, which followed 90 patients for seven years, were published in the October Archives of Otolaryngology-Head & Neck Surgery.

The study found no statistically significant increase in levels of bacterial resistance among patients who were first checked to confirm that the infection was caused by bacteria. After the specific type of bacteria was identified, a targeted antibiotic was prescribed instead of a general one.

Acupuncture Helps Reduce Arthritis Pain

Acupuncture can help boost the power of drugs in reducing the pain suffered by patients with arthritis in their knees, researchers said.

Patients who received three months of regular acupuncture treatments along with their normal arthritis care reported less pain and better ability to move than patients who received anti-inflammatory drugs and analgesics alone or with a sham acupuncture treatment, in which needles were tapped on the skin but not inserted, the researchers said.

"These data show that traditional Chinese acupuncture provides clinically important relief of pain and improvement in function in patients with symptomatic knee osteoarthritis when added to background therapy," said Marc Hochberg, a rheumatologist at the University of Maryland School of Medicine who worked on the study of 570 patients. Results were presented to a meeting of the American College of Rheumatology in San Antonio.

-- Reuters