September 30, 2008
TUESDAY, Sept. 30 (HealthDay News) -- Adding occupational therapy to a structured exercise program increases physical activity for most people who have hip and knee osteoarthritis, say researchers. Osteoarthritis is a degenerative disease that leads to the breakdown of the cartilage in joints. In people with osteoarthritis, exercise helps maintain good joint health, manage symptoms and prevent functional decline. But studies have shown that the benefits of a structured exercise program are short-lived.
September 29, 2008
MONDAY, Sept. 29 (HealthDay News) -- The pain caused by osteoarthritis may be as damaging as the disease itself, according to a new study. According to a University of Rochester study published Monday in the journalArthritis & Rheumatism, the nerve pathways carrying pain signals between the arthritic joints and the spinal cord transfer inflammation to the spine and surrounding cells and back again. "Until relatively recently, osteoarthritis was believed to be due solely to wear and tear, and inevitable part of aging," Stephanos Kyrkanides, associate professor of dentistry at the school's Medical Center, said in a university news release.
September 10, 2008 |
WEDNESDAY, Sept. 10 (HealthDay News) -- Arthroscopic surgery to relieve osteoarthritis of the knee, a widely practiced procedure, proves no better than medicine and physical therapy alone, new research shows. This is the second major study to call into question the benefits of the surgery, and it may well influence how patients are treated. "There's going to be a swing in practice," said Dr. Brian Feagan, co-author of a study in the Sept. 11 issue of theNew England Journal of Medicine (NEJM)
September 5, 2008
FRIDAY, Sept. 5 (HealthDay News) -- Almost half of all American adults will develop osteoarthritis of the knee by age 85, and their odds increase if they are obese in middle age, a new study says. A person's risk of having the painful condition increased as his or her body-mass index (BMI) rose, according to the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill study. People who were of normal weight at age 18 but were overweight or obese by 45 or older had the greatest risk. "These results show how important weight management is for people throughout their lives," senior study author Joanne Jordan, principal investigator of the Johnston County Osteoarthritis Project, said in a university news release.
September 4, 2008
THURSDAY, Sept. 4 (HealthDay News) -- The first direct proof of how osteoarthritis destroys cartilage has been discovered by University of Rochester Medical Center researchers. They said their finding could lead to preventive treatments for a disease that affects almost 21 million aging Americans and is the leading cause of disability in the United States. Until now, little was known about the cellular and molecular mechanisms that cause the break down of the cartilage in joints.
September 2, 2008
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August 20, 2008
WEDNESDAY, Aug. 20 (HealthDay News) -- A modified form of MRI may help diagnosis osteoarthritis at an early stage when it may be possible to prevent or reduce permanent joint damage, say U.S. researchers. Current diagnostic methods don't detect osteoarthritis until it's in advanced stages. In this new approach, MRI is used to determine the concentration of a polymer called glycosaminogycan (GAG), a recognized biomarker for both osteoarthritis and degenerative disc disease. It's known that a low concentration of GAG is associated with the onset of osteoarthritis and other cartilage disorders.
July 30, 2008
WEDNESDAY, July 30 (HealthDay News) -- Frankincense may help reduce the symptoms of osteoarthritis, according to a study of 70 patients. An enriched extract of the "Indian Frankincense" herbBoswellia serratawas used in the randomized, double-blinded, placebo-controlled study. Patients who took the herbal remedy showed significant improvement in as little as seven days. The compound caused no major adverse effects and is safe for human consumption and long-term use, according to the study authors.
July 15, 2008
TUESDAY, July 15 (HealthDay News) -- Undergoing hip or joint replacement surgery may well be worth the trouble for older adults with severe osteoarthritis, researchers say. In a new study, symptoms improved markedly more in patients who had undergone this type of surgery a year previously, relative to patients who had not had the procedure. The findings, by researchers at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston, were published in the July 14 issue ofArchives of Internal Medicine.