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    1. Hip and Knee Replacements on the Rise

      Thinking about getting a new knee or a new hip next year? You're not alone. For baby boomers, it seems that joint replacements are as prevalent as iPods are for teenagers. About 500,000 knee replacements and more than 175,000 hip replacements are performed annually, and those numbers are on the rise

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    2. Understanding Arthritis Painkillers

      When you have arthritis pain, you need relief. But with so many warnings in the news about painkillers, it's hard to know the best choice. Many medications that ease arthritis pain have the potential for health risks, including increased risk for heart attack, stomach problems, or infections. You ha

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    3. When Aches & Pain Disrupt Sleep

      Aches and pains give everyone a sleepless night now and then. It doesn't take much -- a pulled muscle from an overenthusiastic workout or an afternoon spent helping a friend move furniture. Next thing you know, you're lying in bed at 3 a.m., staring at the ceiling above your bed, aching, and praying

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    4. All About Osteoarthritis and Women

      If you've just been diagnosed with osteoarthritis (OA), you're not alone. Many women past age 50 discover OA is the reason for their creaking knees, aching backs, and sore fingers. Suddenly life is all about osteoarthritis -- but luckily, arthritis doesn't have to take control. Arthritis is "the mos

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    5. Osteoarthritis Treatment Now

      While there's no cure for osteoarthritis , you can still do much to relieve pain and stay active. Your osteoarthritis treatment will depend on several factors, including the severity of your pain -- and how much it affects your everyday activities. Osteoarthritis often progresses slowly, with period

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    6. How to Handle High-Tech Hand Injuries

      In a recent New Yorker cartoon, two dogs sit discussing the strangeness of humans. "It's just a theory," says one, "but perhaps it's their opposable thumbs that make them crazy." That's not a bad theory. Thumb problems are indeed making some people crazy these days, especially people who spend hours

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    7. Are Anti-Inflammatory Pain Relievers Safe for You?

      At age 62, April Dawson lives every day with chronic pain from wrist arthritis. "There are a lot of everyday things I just can't do now," she says. "I can't open packages or jars or even lift a half-gallon of milk. Some days I can barely turn the ignition in my car." But despite the pain and inconve

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    8. Living With Fibromyalgia

      Before my fibromyalgia got as bad as it is now, I used to be an outdoorsy person. Now, even though I'm only 37, there are many days when I can't walk without a cane and times when migraines hit me so badly that I can't get out of bed. I've always had a very low pain threshold and problems sleeping.

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    9. Are Anti-Inflammatory Pain Relievers Safe for You?

      At age 62, April Dawson lives every day with chronic pain from wrist arthritis. "There are a lot of everyday things I just can't do now," she says. "I can't open packages or jars or even lift a half-gallon of milk. Some days I can barely turn the ignition in my car." But despite the pain and inconve

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    10. Tour de France Champ Faces Hip Surgery

      When 30-year-old San Diego cyclist Floyd Landis entered the winner's circle of this year's Tour de France, he didn't shout the traditional "I'm going to Disney World" cheer. Instead, he told the press he is heading for the hospital where he hopes to get relief from the constant pain caused by an inj

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