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Drinking Milk May Slow Knee Arthritis in Women, Study Finds

Posted 17 days ago by

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

-- 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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Sugar Injections for Knee Arthritis May Ease Pain: Study

Posted 20 May 2013 by

MONDAY, May 20 – Injections of a sugar solution appear to help relieve knee pain and stiffness related to osteoarthritis, a new study suggests. The technique – known as dextrose prolotherapy – has been around for 75 years but is still considered an "alternative" therapy. "Our study suggests very strongly that prolotherapy is a safe and appropriate therapy for people with mild to moderate knee osteoarthritis that hasn't responded optimally to other therapy," said lead researcher Dr. David Rabago, an assistant professor of family medicine at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health in Madison. "We don't know exactly what the mechanism of action is," Rabago said. "One theory is the injections trigger a healing response at the point of the injection." It's this lack of biological evidence that has kept prolotherapy from winning mainstream medical acceptance. "Like ... Read more

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'Mobility Shoes' May Help Those With Arthritic Knees: Study

Posted 15 Apr 2013 by

FRIDAY, April 12 – Special "mobility shoes" might ease the strain on the knees of people with knee arthritis, a small study has found. This type of flat, flexible footwear is designed to mimic the biomechanics of walking barefoot, researchers from Rush University Medical Center in Chicago explained. The study was funded by the Arthritis Foundation and included 16 people with knee osteoarthritis who wore specially made mobility shoes six hours per day, six days a week. The patients were evaluated after six weeks, three months and six months. According to the researchers, long-term use of mobility shoes helped the patients adapt their gait (how they walk), which led to a reduction in what's known as "knee loading" – the force placed on knees during daily activities. This reduction in knee loading continued even after the patients stopped wearing the mobility shoes, according to the ... Read more

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Cartilage Gives Early Warning of Arthritis, Study Finds

Posted 2 Apr 2013 by

TUESDAY, April 2 – Exercise-related damage in cartilage can help identify people with the earliest stages of osteoarthritis, a new study reveals. The findings could improve early detection of the painful joint disease and could also be used to improve methods of repairing damaged cartilage, said study senior author Alan Grodzinsky, of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and colleagues. For the study, the researchers developed a method that identifies osteoarthritis-related changes that occur in cartilage in response to high-load activities such as running and jumping. Cartilage is firm, rubbery tissue that cushions bones and keeps them from rubbing together. When osteoarthritis begins to develop, the ability of cartilage to resist physical-activity-related impact is reduced. This is now known to be due to the loss of molecules called glycosaminoglycans (GAGs). Using their new ... Read more

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Therapy as Good as Surgery for Some With Torn Knee Cartilage

Posted 19 Mar 2013 by

TUESDAY, March 19 – Physical therapy is comparable to surgery in improving movement and reducing pain for some patients with knee arthritis and torn knee cartilage, new research finds. Many middle-aged and older adults have severe knee pain due to a tear in the meniscus, a crucial support structure in the knee that is often damaged in people with knee osteoarthritis. Each year in the United States, more than 450,000 arthroscopic surgeries are performed to treat meniscal tears, but scant data exist to help doctors determine if physical therapy or surgery is the best treatment for a patient, according to the researchers at Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston. Their study of 351 patients – all over age 45 with knee pain, meniscal tear and knee osteoarthritis – suggests that physical therapy may be equal to surgery for some patients. Participants were randomly assigned to be treated ... Read more

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Gene Therapy Helped Mice Withstand Osteoarthritis: Study

Posted 14 Mar 2013 by

THURSDAY, March 14 – In a very early sign of medical progress on the osteoarthritis front, scientists report they've used injections of modified genes to reduce the risk that mice will develop the painful, debilitating condition. There's no way to know if the gene therapy treatment will help humans, and scientists are far from understanding the treatment's side effects and potential cost. But the findings are more than just good news for mice with creaky joints. "This work identifies an approach that can make a difference," explained study co-author Dr. Brendan Lee, director of the Rolanette and Berdon Lawrence Bone Disease Program of Texas. "There's a great need for treating and preventing osteoarthritis." The disease, the most common form of arthritis, appears as your joints deteriorate with aging. It often strikes the hands, knees, neck and hips, causing pain, stiffness and ... Read more

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Health Tip: Protect Your Hips From Arthritis Damage

Posted 11 Mar 2013 by

-- Osteoarthritis can strike the hip following years of wear and tear that causes damage to the joint. Protecting the hips from further stress can help reduce damage. The American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons lists these suggestions to help slow the progression of hip arthritis: Allow your hips to rest, and don't overuse the joints. Practice a physical-therapy regimen that includes gentle exercises such as swimming, cycling and water aerobics to maintain joint function and motion. Try taking nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs. Make sure you get plenty of sleep every night. If you are overweight, lose weight. Consider using a cane to ease strain on the joint if your arthritis worsens. Read more

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