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According to the Arthritis Foundation, 66 million (nearly one in three adults) suffer from chronic joint pain and 21 million Americans suffer from osteoarthritis (OA), the most common form of arthritis, which is characterized by a breakdown of the cartilage and a deterioration of the fluid in a joint. The symptoms of osteoarthritis include pain, from moderate to severe, and stiffness. Most people who have osteoarthritis are older than age 45, and women are more commonly affected than men.
Chair yoga may be effective approach to reduce osteoarthritis pain in older adults, study shows

Chair yoga may be effective approach to reduce osteoarthritis pain in older adults, study shows

For the millions of older adults who suffer from osteoarthritis in their lower extremities (hip, knee, ankle or foot), chair yoga is proving to be an effective way to reduce pain and improve quality of life while avoiding pharmacologic treatment or adverse events. [More]
Weather conditions play no part in symptoms linked to back pain or osteoarthritis

Weather conditions play no part in symptoms linked to back pain or osteoarthritis

New research from The George Institute for Global Health has revealed the weather plays no part in the symptoms associated with either back pain or osteoarthritis. [More]
Older arthritis patients need 45 minutes of moderate activity per week to remain functional, study finds

Older arthritis patients need 45 minutes of moderate activity per week to remain functional, study finds

Older adults who suffer from arthritis need to keep moving to be functionally independent. [More]
Arthritis patients more likely to be health detail oriented than health detail avoidant, shows study

Arthritis patients more likely to be health detail oriented than health detail avoidant, shows study

Arthritis patients were more likely to be high monitors (health detail oriented) than high blunters (health detail avoidant) in a study led by the University of North Carolina Eshelman School of Pharmacy. [More]
New review explores approaches for prevention of hip fracture in very high risk patients

New review explores approaches for prevention of hip fracture in very high risk patients

Hip fractures are of great concern as they are the most severe type of fracture in osteoporotic patients, associated with premature death, and commonly leading to long-term physical disability, impaired capacity to perform daily activities and live independently, and reduced quality of life. [More]
Study estimates health benefits of UK soft drinks industry levy

Study estimates health benefits of UK soft drinks industry levy

The UK soft drinks industry levy, due to be introduced in April 2018, is estimated to have significant health benefits, especially among children, according to the first study to estimate its health impact, published in The Lancet Public Health. [More]
First-in-human study of cell bandage for common sporting knee injury shows promising results

First-in-human study of cell bandage for common sporting knee injury shows promising results

A 'living bandage' made from stem cells, which could revolutionise the treatment and prognosis of a common sporting knee injury, has been trialled in humans for the first time by scientists at the Universities of Liverpool and Bristol. [More]
New duo therapy offers hope for 'super blockage' of over-active immune system

New duo therapy offers hope for 'super blockage' of over-active immune system

A combination of two potential drugs gives hope of a 'super blockage' of an over-active immune system, Leiden researchers report in Nature. The breakthrough came from the crystallisation of a membrane protein. [More]
Initial rheumatoid arthritis symptoms often invisible to others, survey reveals

Initial rheumatoid arthritis symptoms often invisible to others, survey reveals

Rheumatoid Arthritis is a chronic disease characterized by joint swelling, pain, and stiffness that affects approximately 1.3 million individuals in the U.S. Unlike the more common osteoarthritis, RA is an autoimmune condition in which the body's immune system mistakenly attacks healthy tissue. [More]
Running can reduce joint inflammation, study finds

Running can reduce joint inflammation, study finds

We all know that running causes a bit of inflammation and soreness, and that's just the price you pay for cardiovascular health. You know; no pain, no gain. [More]
Research unlocks potential new therapies for inflammatory diseases

Research unlocks potential new therapies for inflammatory diseases

Macrophages are frontline cells in our immune system. They detect microbial invaders and also tissue injury and then mount an appropriate response needed to clear the infection and repair the damaged tissue. [More]
Active older population, better technology may be cause for more hip and knee replacement surgeries

Active older population, better technology may be cause for more hip and knee replacement surgeries

An active aging population is a good thing for society. It also keeps John Shields, M.D., very busy. [More]
Decision aid for OA helps increase rate of total knee replacement among black patients

Decision aid for OA helps increase rate of total knee replacement among black patients

A decision aid that consisted of a video that describes the risks and benefits of total knee replacement surgery significantly increased the rate of this surgery among black patients, according to a study published online by JAMA Surgery. [More]
Psoriatic arthritis patients experience multiple symptoms that can make diagnosis difficult, survey reveals

Psoriatic arthritis patients experience multiple symptoms that can make diagnosis difficult, survey reveals

Psoriatic arthritis (PsA) is an inflammatory condition closely related to and most often co-occurring with psoriasis. [More]
Children born to mothers with rheumatoid arthritis may have increased risk of developing epilepsy

Children born to mothers with rheumatoid arthritis may have increased risk of developing epilepsy

A new study shows a link between mothers with rheumatoid arthritis and children with epilepsy. [More]
HSS conducts survey to assess musculoskeletal health needs of surrounding communities

HSS conducts survey to assess musculoskeletal health needs of surrounding communities

Hospital for Special Surgery, which has an Outpatient Center in Stamford, plans to increase outreach and educational programs to meet the needs of surrounding communities. [More]
Scientists pinpoint the brain region responsible for ‘placebo effect’ in pain relief

Scientists pinpoint the brain region responsible for ‘placebo effect’ in pain relief

Scientists have identified for the first time the region in the brain responsible for the "placebo effect" in pain relief, when a fake treatment actually results in substantial reduction of pain, according to new research from Northwestern Medicine and the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago. [More]
Researchers develop new blood test for diagnosis of early-stage osteoarthritis

Researchers develop new blood test for diagnosis of early-stage osteoarthritis

Patients could soon be diagnosed with early-stage arthritis several years before the onset of physical and irreversible symptoms, thanks to a new test developed by researchers at the University of Warwick. [More]

Prolotherapy linked to improved knee-specific symptoms in patients with osteoarthritis

Prolotherapy, an injection-based complementary treatment for symptomatic knee osteoarthritis, was associated with improved knee-specific symptoms, quality of life, and ability to participate in daily activities among the majority of individuals who participated in several small clinical studies. [More]
Swiss specialists report success of new cell-based repair technology for articular cartilage defects

Swiss specialists report success of new cell-based repair technology for articular cartilage defects

Writing in The Lancet, Swiss doctors report that cartilage cells harvested from patients’ own noses have been used to successfully produce cartilage transplants for the treatment of the knees of 10 adults (aged 18-55 years) whose cartilage was damaged by injury. [More]
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