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1 in 4 U.S. Adults Disabled by Arthritis: CDC

Posted 20 days ago by

TUESDAY, March 7, 2017 – Arthritis is expanding its grip on Americans, with 24 million adults limited in their everyday activities because of the debilitating joint disease, U.S. health officials say. Overall, 54 million adults – or one in four – report an arthritis diagnosis. And the number of people disabled by it has jumped 20 percent since 2002, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported Tuesday. "Arthritis symptoms keep millions of Americans from going about their daily routines," CDC acting director Dr. Anne Schuchat said in an agency news release. The joint aches, stiffness and swelling of arthritis can make holding a glass, carrying a grocery bag, or walking a short distance difficult or even impossible, the agency said. Why so many Americans have arthritis isn't clear, and can't be attributed solely to an aging population. Almost two of five adults with ... Read more

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For Elderly Needing Home Medical Care, Are Nurse Practitioners the Answer?

Posted 6 Feb 2017 by

MONDAY, Feb. 6, 2017 – Nurse practitioners could meet the growing need for house calls to frail, elderly Americans, but restrictions in some states may get in the way, researchers say. An analysis of Medicare data showed that in 2013, nurse practitioners made more than 1 million home visits nationwide, compared with 925,000 visits a year earlier. Doctors made 1 million home visits both years, the new study finds. The total number of home visits made by all types of health care providers increased from 4.9 million in 2012 to 5.2 million in 2013, the researchers found. The findings have "implications for both house-call providers and nursing education," said lead researcher Nengliang Yao. "If we want to take care of our geriatric population, we really need more providers to do so," added Yao, an assistant professor in the University of Virginia Medical School's department of public ... Read more

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Sticking With One Doctor May Help Keep Seniors Out of the Hospital

Posted 2 Feb 2017 by

THURSDAY, Feb. 2, 2017 – Seeing the same doctor for a long time may help keep older people out of the hospital, a new British study suggests. Researchers from the Health Foundation in London analyzed about two years' worth of medical records for more than 230,000 patients, aged 62 to 82, in England. They looked at how often the patients saw the same general practitioner (continuity of care) and how that affected their risk of hospitalization. Compared to those with low continuity of care, rates of hospital admissions were 9 percent lower among those with medium continuity of care. Admission rates were 12 percent lower in those with high continuity of care, wrote study author Creina Lilburne and colleagues. While no firm conclusions about cause and effect can be made from the study, "strategies to improve the continuity of care in general practice may reduce secondary care costs, ... Read more

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Even a Little Exercise Can Help With Arthritis, Study Says

Posted 31 Jan 2017 by

TUESDAY, Jan. 31, 2017 – Just a little physical activity seems to go a long way toward helping older adults with arthritis remain able to do daily tasks, a new study finds. Older adults with arthritis-related joint pain and stiffness need to keep moving to remain functionally independent. But only 10 percent of older Americans with arthritis in their knees meet federal guidelines of at least 150 minutes of moderate activity a week, the researchers said. However, this Northwestern University study found that doing even about one-third of that amount is still beneficial. The study involved more than 1,600 adults 49 or older who had arthritic pain or stiffness in their hips, knees or feet. Those who did a minimum of 45 minutes of moderate activity – such as brisk walking – a week were 80 percent more likely to improve or sustain physical function and gait speed over two years, compared ... Read more

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High Health Care Deductibles Take Toll on Family Finances

Posted 10 Jan 2017 by

TUESDAY, Jan. 10, 2017 – High-deductible health plans have multiplied in recent years. But they may pose a significant financial burden on Americans with chronic conditions, two new studies suggest. One study finds a greater likelihood that out-of-pocket spending for health care will consume 10 percent or more of family income for someone with a long-term condition such as arthritis, high blood pressure or a mood disorder and a high-deductible insurance plan. The other shows that seriously ill and low-income people in high-deductible plans delay care for diabetes complications. A high deductible means you pay more before insurance kicks in. People who study health policy say high deductibles may have the unintended consequence of deterring ill and financially vulnerable Americans from getting needed medical tests and treatments. "We need to give [health] plans flexibility to be able to ... Read more

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Joints Achy? Don't Blame Mother Nature

Posted 10 Jan 2017 by

TUESDAY, Jan. 10, 2017 – You might want to think twice the next time you're ready to blame the weather for your aches and pains, researchers say. Some people swear that changes in humidity, temperature, air pressure and the like trigger back pain and arthritis. But a team at the George Institute for Global Health in Newtown, Australia said it found no evidence to support that theory. "The belief that pain and inclement weather are linked dates back to Roman times. But our research suggests this belief may be based on the fact that people recall events that confirm their pre-existing views," said Chris Maher, director of the institute's musculoskeletal division. The study included nearly 1,350 Australians with either lower back pain or osteoarthritis of the knee. The study participants' pain flare-ups were compared with weather data. There was no association between back pain/knee ... Read more

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Is Running Bad Or Good for Your Knees?

Posted 5 Jan 2017 by

THURSDAY, Jan. 5, 2017 – Everybody believes running can leave you sore and swollen, right? Well, a new study suggests running might actually reduce inflammation in joints. "It flies in the face of intuition," said study co-author Matt Seeley, an associate professor of exercise sciences at Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah. "This idea that long-distance running is bad for your knees might be a myth." Seeley and his colleagues reached their surprising conclusion after analyzing the knee joint fluid of several healthy men and women between the ages of 18 and 35. The researchers looked for signs of inflammation in chemical markers before and after a 30-minute run and found little difference. "What we now know is that for young, healthy individuals, exercise creates an anti-inflammatory environment that may be beneficial in terms of long-term joint health," lead author Robert Hyldahl ... Read more

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Health Tip: When Your Neck Aches

Posted 2 Dec 2016 by

-- An aching, throbbing or shooting pain in your neck could spell trouble. Here are possible causes, courtesy of the Mayo Clinic: Straining the neck muscles by stooping over your computer or phone, or by reading in bed. Osteoarthritis of the neck. A compressed nerve. Sustaining an injury, such as from a car accident. Conditions such as meningitis, cancer or rheumatoid arthritis. Read more

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Health Tip: Exercising With Arthritis

Posted 1 Dec 2016 by

-- Exercise usually is good for those with arthritis, but there are many potential obstacles to keep you inactive. Here are strategies to keep you moving, courtesy of the Arthritis Foundation: No time? Exercise in short bursts, even just 10 minutes at a time. Find a fitness partner to help keep it fun. If you're having pain, try a low-impact exercise, such as swimming. Exercise even when you're tired, as regular exercise helps boost energy. Don't look at exercise as just a way to lose weight. It also helps manage pain, increase flexibility and makes it easier to do daily tasks. Look for a new gym if you feel self-conscious at the current one. If money is a concern, just go for a walk or buy inexpensive home workout equipment. Try interval training, a few minutes of vigorous exercise followed by a recovery period, if you're not seeing changes. Visit a personal trainer. Schedule workouts ... Read more

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Many Women With Chronic Ills Don't Use Online Tools

Posted 28 Nov 2016 by

MONDAY, Nov. 28, 2016 – Chronically ill women who don't use the internet may struggle with worse health, a new study finds. "A significantly larger proportion of non-internet users reported needing help learning what to do to manage their health conditions and needing help learning how to care for their health conditions," said researcher Carolyn Mendez-Luck. She's an assistant professor in the School of Social and Behavioral Health Sciences at Oregon State University. She and her colleagues analyzed information provided by hundreds of American women aged 44 and older with at least one chronic condition. These included heart disease, cancer, stroke, diabetes, arthritis, asthma, emphysema and anxiety. More than one-third didn't use the internet. And fewer than half of those who did have access used the web to learn from others with a chronic disease, the researchers found. Also, fewer ... Read more

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Health Tip: Why Arthritis and Fatigue Often Go Together

Posted 25 Nov 2016 by

-- Fatigue is a popular complaint among people with arthritis, and it can make daily tasks even more challenging. The Arthritis Foundation explains why arthritis and fatigue often go together: Pain can make it difficult to get enough quality sleep. People with depression, which is more common among people with arthritis, are more likely to be tired. Some arthritis medications can cause fatigue as a side effect. Inflammation flares can lead to fatigue. Read more

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Health Tip: Need Pain Relief?

Posted 13 Oct 2016 by

-- Over-the-counter pain relievers are an easy way to manage common aches and pains. The American Academy of Family Physicians says OTC pain relievers can help with: Stiff, sprained or sore muscles. Headaches or menstrual cramps. Swelling (if an anti-inflammatory medication). Arthritis pain, back pain or pain after surgery. Ear pain or sinusitis. Flu, the common cold or a sore throat. Read more

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Nanoparticles Ease Aching Joints in Mice

Posted 27 Sep 2016 by

TUESDAY, Sept. 27, 2016 – New research in mice suggests that tiny nanoparticles might one day be a better way to deliver medicine to inflamed joints in humans. The therapy may reduce the risk of osteoarthritis in people who have suffered joint injuries, the study authors said. About 12 percent of osteoarthritis cases stem from previous joint injuries. The experimental treatment may also benefit people who already have osteoarthritis, according to the study team from Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis. While nonprescription painkillers – such as acetaminophen (Tylenol) and ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin) – help reduce the pain of joint injuries, they don't stop cartilage destruction caused by inflammation. "I see a lot of patients with osteoarthritis, and there's really no treatment," study senior author Dr. Christine Pham, an associate professor of medicine, said in a ... Read more

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Health Tip: Traveling With Arthritis

Posted 9 Sep 2016 by

-- Arthritis doesn't have to ruin your vacation. Here are relief suggestions from the Arthritis Foundation: Book a plane seat with extra room to stretch. Fly in the middle of the week when it's less busy. Ask for a hotel room that's on the first floor or near an elevator. Pack a cane or an extra pillow to help you stay comfortable. Pack a stash of healthier snacks. Pack medications in your carry-on baggage. Make sure meds are packed properly, especially if they need refrigeration. Pack a heating pad or wrap, an ice pack and topical creams. Opt for a hotel with a hot tub or steam room. Request assistance at the airport to prevent long walks or long periods standing. Ask another passenger for help storing carry-on luggage. Move around the plane's cabin as frequently as possible. Read more

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Review Suggests Safe, Effective Ways to Relieve Pain Without Meds

Posted 1 Sep 2016 by

THURSDAY, Sept. 1, 2016 – Popular drug-free methods of managing pain from such common conditions as headaches and arthritis appear to be effective, according to a new review. Millions of Americans seek pain relief through such alternatives as acupuncture, tai chi and yoga. But there has been little information to help doctors make recommendations about these approaches. "For many Americans who suffer from chronic pain, medications may not completely relieve pain and can produce unwanted side effects. As a result, many people may turn to nondrug approaches to help manage their pain," study lead author Richard Nahin said in a U.S. government news release. "Our goal for this study was to provide relevant, high-quality information for primary care providers and for patients who suffer from chronic pain," Nahin added. He is lead epidemiologist at the U.S. National Center for Complementary ... Read more

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