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  1. Cartilage May Give Early Warning of Arthritis

    By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter TUESDAY, April 2 (HealthDay News) -- 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 im

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  2. Caring for Your Joints at Home

    Just as the tread on your tires wears away over time, the cartilage that cushions your joints can wear away, too, in a condition known as osteoarthritis. And without enough cushioning, the bones of a joint will hurt when they rub against each other. Frayed cartilage can't heal or grow back. "There's

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  3. Joint Replacement: Risks vs. Benefits

    After a skiing injury 30 years ago, Bert Pepper, MD, got osteoarthritis in his left knee. "I stopped skiing and gave up tennis, running, and other sports that are tough on the knee," he says. "I turned to speed-walking to stay fit, but the knee kept me from walking at a good pace." As his pain got w

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  4. Joint Replacement May Reinvigorate Sex Life

    By Barbara Bronson Gray HealthDay Reporter TUESDAY, March 19 (HealthDay News) -- Although most people get a total hip or knee replacement to decrease pain and move around more easily, a team of orthopedic surgeons has discovered an unexpected benefit: people enjoy sex more after surgery. A new study

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  5. Rheumatoid Arthritis: Treatments

    Controlling inflammation is key to controlling rheumatoid arthritis (RA). “Inflammation is at the root of all problems in RA, including most of the joint pain and all of the swelling and stiffness,” says rheumatologist Douglas Conaway, MD, of Carolina Health Specialists in Myrtle Beach, S.C. “Above

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  6. Combination Therapy for Rheumatoid Arthritis

    Rheumatoid arthritis is no longer as disabling a condition as it was in the past, thanks in large part to combination therapy – taking more than one RA medicine at a time. Doing so can lessen symptoms such as joint pain and slow joint damage. That can make a big difference in quality of life.   "You

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  7. 5 Steps to Make Physical Therapy Work for Your RA

    Doing physical therapy exercises can help your RA by making you stronger and more flexible. That can help you feel better. "When you get up and move, you'll actually have less pain and more energy," says Brett Cook, a physical therapist at Independence Rehab in Sandy, Utah. Cook knows what he's talk

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  8. Newer RA Drugs Don't Seem to Raise Shingles Risk

    By Serena Gordon HealthDay Reporter TUESDAY, March 5 (HealthDay News) -- The newest medications used to treat autoimmune diseases such as rheumatoid arthritis don't appear to raise the risk of developing shingles, new research indicates. There has been concern that these medications, called anti-tum

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  9. Women May Have Higher Risk for Hip Implant Failure

    By Mary Elizabeth Dallas HealthDay Reporter MONDAY, Feb. 18 (HealthDay News) -- Overall, the vast majority of total hip replacement surgeries are successful, but according to the results of a new study, women are at greater risk than men for implant failure after this procedure. Researchers noted th

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  10. Need a New Hip? Finding the Cost May Not Be Easy

    Feb. 11, 2013 -- If you're searching for a new car, a new house, or a new TV, you'll likely compare prices. If you're in the market for a new hip, though, that might not be easy, according to a study published online in JAMA Internal Medicine. Even when pricing is available, it can vary widely from

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