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Iroko Pharmaceuticals Gains FDA Approval of Zorvolex for Management of Osteoarthritis Pain

Posted 25 Aug 2014 by Drugs.com

PHILADELPHIA, August 25, 2014 — Iroko Pharmaceuticals, LLC, a global specialty pharmaceutical company dedicated to advancing the science of analgesia, announced today the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved Zorvolex (diclofenac) capsules, a nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID), for the management of osteoarthritis pain. This marks the second indication for Zorvolex, approved by FDA in October 2013 for the treatment of mild to moderate acute pain in adults1. “Given the dose-related adverse events associated with NSAIDs as a class and the widespread use of NSAIDs for osteoarthritis, we are delighted to gain approval for our first SoluMatrix® NSAID for the management of osteoarthritis pain,” said Dr. Clarence Young, Chief Medical Officer of Iroko Pharmaceuticals. “Iroko has already made great strides to help fill the need for low dose NSAID options in patie ... Read more

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Health Tip: Losing Weight May Help Against Osteoarthritis

Posted 15 Aug 2014 by Drugs.com

-- Losing any extra weight can help prevent or alleviate symptoms of osteoarthritis, experts say. The Weight-loss Information Network explains how osteoarthritis and overweight are related, and what you can do to reduce your risk: Excess weight can cause greater strain on the joints, resulting in wear on the joints and increased risk of osteoarthritis. The more body fat you have, the more likely you are to have inflammation. Losing 5 percent or more of your body weight can help to reduce strain on your joints. Regular exercise can help curb both weight gain and osteoarthritis. Read more

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Can 6,000 Steps a Day Keep Knee Arthritis at Bay?

Posted 12 Jun 2014 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, June 12, 2014 – Walking the equivalent of an hour a day may help improve knee arthritis and prevent disability, new research suggests. Because of knee arthritis, many older adults find walking, climbing stairs or even getting up from a chair difficult. But these study findings equate walking more with better everyday functioning. "People with or at risk for knee arthritis should be walking around 6,000 steps per day, and the more walking one does the less risk of developing functioning difficulties," said the study's lead author, Daniel White, a research assistant professor in the department of physical therapy and athletic training at Boston University. Every step taken throughout the day counts toward the total, he said. The key is to wear a pedometer and take up to 6,000 steps daily, he said. "People usually average 100 steps per minute while they walk, so (6,000 steps) is ... Read more

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Physical Therapy May Not Improve Hip Arthritis, Study Finds

Posted 21 May 2014 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, May 21, 2014 – Physical therapy for people with arthritis of the hip doesn't help relieve pain or improve function more than receiving a sham treatment, a new study by Australian researchers suggests. "Receiving physical therapy did not add any greater benefit over simply seeing a caring physical therapist and having positive expectations about treatment," said lead author Kim Bennell, a research physiotherapist at the University of Melbourne. However, other experts contend that physical therapy will benefit some patients, particularly those who are overweight and inactive. The type of arthritis the researchers looked at is known as osteoarthritis. This is the most common form of arthritis, affecting 27 million people in the United States, according to the Arthritis Foundation. Osteoarthritis occurs when the cartilage between bones wears down, causing the bones to rub ... Read more

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Health Tip: Managing Arthritis-Related Fatigue

Posted 9 May 2014 by Drugs.com

-- Fatigue can be a significant problem for people with arthritis, but there are things you can do to help manage your symptoms. The Arthritis Foundation offers these suggestions: Adjust your schedule to accommodate symptoms, such as starting chores after morning fatigue, pain and stiffness have eased. Eat lighter and more frequent meals. Get regular, moderate exercise and make time to get plenty of rest. Learn to prioritize, and do the important things first. Put off what you don't have the energy to do. Don't be shy about asking others to help when necessary. Read more

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FDA Medwatch Alert: Super Arthgold by Nano Well-being Health: Recall - Undeclared Drug Ingredients

Posted 25 Apr 2014 by Drugs.com

ISSUE: Nano Well-being Health Inc. issued a voluntary recall of Super Arthgold, 500 mg capsules to the consumer level. FDA laboratory analysis has found the product to contain chlorzoxazone, diclofenac and indomethacin, making it an unapproved new drug. Use of this product containing the undeclared drug ingredients has a reasonable probability of resulting in fatal adverse events in consumers and patients with underlying illnesses, including known allergy to the hidden ingredients, cardiac, gastrointestinal, hepatic, and renal conditions as well as patients who recently undergone cardiac bypass graft surgery. Consumers would be unaware that the product contains Non-Steroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drugs (NSAIDs) (and other ingredients) and may inadvertently overdose by taking another NSAID concurrently, thus increasing the risk for NSAID associated adverse events, which include but are not ... Read more

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Drinking Milk May Slow Knee Arthritis in Women, Study Finds

Posted 7 Apr 2014 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, April 7, 2014 – Milk may be a useful weapon against arthritis of the knee for women, but the same can't be said for yogurt or cheese, a new study says. The more low-fat or fat-free milk women drank, the slower the progression of osteoarthritis of the knee, according to the study funded by the U.S. National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute. Milk consumption did not show the same benefit for men, however. Researchers led by Dr. Bing Lu of Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston also found that eating higher amounts of cheese had the opposite effect, speeding the progression of knee arthritis in women. Taking in higher amounts of yogurt had no effect on knee arthritis in either women or men, the study found. Osteoarthritis is the leading form of arthritis and affects nearly 27 million Americans aged 25 and older, the researchers noted, and knee arthritis tends to be more common and ... Read more

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Parents' Addiction May Be Linked to Arthritis in Offspring

Posted 1 Apr 2014 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, April 1, 2014 – Adults whose parents were addicted to alcohol or drugs are at increased risk for arthritis, a new Canadian study contends. Researchers looked at more than 13,000 adults and found about 20 percent had been diagnosed with arthritis. More than 14 percent had at least one parent with a drug or alcohol problem. After adjusting for age, sex and race, the University of Toronto researchers concluded that adults whose parents were addicted to alcohol or drugs had a 58 percent greater risk of arthritis. The findings were published online recently in the International Journal of Population Research. The study found an apparent connection between substance abuse by parents and risk of arthritis in their children, but it did not prove cause-and-effect. "We had anticipated that the adult offspring's health behaviors such as smoking, obesity and alcohol consumption might ... Read more

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Knee Pain May Not Be Helped by Glucosamine

Posted 11 Mar 2014 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, March 11, 2014 – The dietary supplement glucosamine does not slow cartilage damage in people with chronic knee pain, according to a new study. Millions of Americans take glucosamine in an effort to treat osteoarthritis of the knee and other joints. The most common form of arthritis, osteoarthritis is related to normal wear and tear of the joints. The new study, published online March 11 in the journal Arthritis & Rheumatology, included about 200 people with mild to moderate pain in one or both knees. They were randomly selected to drink 1,500 milligrams a day of glucosamine or a placebo added to a 16-ounce bottle of diet lemonade for 24 weeks. MRI scans were used to assess cartilage damage in the patients' knees. Reductions in cartilage damage were no greater in the glucosamine group than in the placebo group, and taking glucosamine did not reduce knee pain, according to a ... Read more

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Will You Need Knee Replacement? Maybe Your Hand Can Tell You

Posted 7 Mar 2014 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, March 7, 2014 – The closer in length your ring and index fingers are, the greater your risk of developing severe knee osteoarthritis that requires total knee replacement, a new study claims. Researchers examined the hands of more than 14,500 middle-aged and older people in Australia, and followed them for an average of more than 10 years. During that time, 580 people had total knee replacements and about 500 had total hip replacements. Having ring and index fingers that were closer in length was associated with a higher risk of requiring total knee replacement due to osteoarthritis, according to the study, which was published online March 4 in the journal Rheumatology. The association was stronger with fingers on the right hand. Osteoarthritis, which is related to normal wear and tear of joints, is the most common type of arthritis. The study did not find any evidence of a link ... Read more

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FDA Approves Monovisc, a New Single Injection Treatment for Pain Due to Osteoarthritis of the Knee

Posted 6 Mar 2014 by Drugs.com

BEDFORD, Mass., Feb. 25, 2014 --(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Anika Therapeutics, Inc. today announced it has received marketing approval for Monovisc from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Monovisc is a single injection supplement to synovial fluid of the osteoarthritic joint, used to treat pain and improve joint mobility in patients suffering from osteoarthritis (OA) of the knee. Monovisc is the first FDA approved single injection product with HA from a non-animal source. It is comprised of a sterile, clear, biocompatible, resorbable, viscoelastic fluid composed of partially cross-linked sodium hyaluronate (NaHA) in phosphate buffered saline. Monovisc will be marketed in the U.S. by DePuy Synthes, Mitek Sports Medicine (Mitek), a leading orthopedic sports medicine company. Under the license agreement with Mitek, Anika will receive a milestone payment of $5 million upon first ... Read more

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For Many College Athletes, the Payoff Is Lifelong Disabilities: Study

Posted 5 Mar 2014 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, March 5, 2014 – Many elite college athletes are inactive later in life and it's often due to the lingering effects of injuries they suffered during their brief college sports career, a new study contends. The Indiana University researchers looked at 232 men and women who were former Division I athletes and 225 men and women who didn't play high-level sports in college. The participants were between 40 and 65 years old at the time of the study. Former Division I athletes were more than twice as likely to have physical problems that limited their daily activities and exercise. Sixty-seven percent of these former athletes said they had suffered a major injury and 50 percent said they had chronic injuries during college, compared with 28 percent and 26 percent, respectively, among non-athletes. The study also found that 70 percent of athletes said they had practiced or played ... Read more

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10 Percent of U.S. Adults Physically Limited by Arthritis: CDC

Posted 7 Nov 2013 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, Nov. 7 – More than 50 million Americans have arthritis, and almost half of them can't perform normal daily activities because of the disease, U.S. health officials said Thursday. Aging and obesity are the chief culprits behind this growing health problem, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. "The increase in arthritis definitely has to do with the aging of our population, but it's also potentially linked to the obesity epidemic," said the study's lead author, CDC epidemiologist Kamil Barbour. The report, published in the Nov. 8 issue of the CDC's Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report, is based on data from the 2010-2012 National Health Interview Survey. The researchers found that almost one-quarter of U.S. adults – or 52.5 million – have some form of arthritis. And the disease limits mobility for almost 10 percent of adults – 22.7 million. ... Read more

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10 Percent Weight Loss May Relieve Arthritic Knee Pain

Posted 24 Sep 2013 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Sept. 24 – Older people with a weight problem can relieve knee pain from osteoarthritis if they lose just 10 percent of their body weight through diet and exercise, a new study finds. Overweight and obese people 55 or older who participated in a diet and exercise program reported less pain, better knee function, improved mobility and enhanced quality of life when they dropped one-tenth of their weight, according to the study in the Sept. 25 Journal of the American Medical Association. "We've had a 162 percent increase in knee replacements over the last 20 years in people 65 and over, at a cost of $5 billion a year," said lead author Stephen Messier. "From our standpoint, we think this would be at least a good way to delay knee replacements and possibly prevent some knee replacements." The 18-month study followed up on earlier findings that showed a 5 percent weight loss ... Read more

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Health Tip: Manage Your Arthritis

Posted 30 May 2013 by Drugs.com

-- Taking care of your joints and managing arthritis can help reduce symptoms, improve joint function and lower your healthcare costs. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention suggests these management techniques: Get regular physical activity of at least 30 minutes daily, at least five days per week. Break the time into 10-minute increments, if necessary. Lose any extra pounds, which can take a toll on your joints. Schedule regular visits with your doctor. Protect your joints from injury, especially if you play sports or have a job that requires repetitive motion. Read more

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