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    1. Artificial Hips: Newer Might Not Be Better

      Nov. 29, 2011 -- Traditional hip implants might be safer and last longer than some new ones, an FDA-funded study finds. It’s among the first studies to compare outcomes in people who got different kinds of artificial hip implants with different materials. When researchers evaluated total hip-replace

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    2. Exercise May Improve Memory in Fibromyalgia Patients

      Nov. 17, 2011 -- Exercise improved pain and memory in women with fibromyalgia, even without medication, suggests a new study. Researchers found that regular aerobic exercise decreased activity in memory and pain control areas of the brain. "The decreased brain activity ... suggests that the brain is

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    3. High Uric Acid Linked to Both Gout and Diabetes

      Nov. 11, 2011 (Chicago) -- People with gout should make sure their uric acid levels are under control -- even if they're not experiencing symptoms of the painful arthritic disorder. "Many people are walking around with uncontrolled uric acid levels and we used to not worry about it -- if they're not

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    4. Women Under 50 With RA at Higher Fracture Risk

      Nov. 11, 2011 (Chicago) -- Women under 50 with rheumatoid arthritis (RA) are more than twice as likely to break a bone as those without the condition, a large study shows. While it’s known that rheumatoid arthritis is associated with a higher rate of fractures in older men and women, "there is an in

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    5. Pill for Rheumatoid Arthritis Works as Well as Shot

      Nov. 11, 2011 (Chicago) -- An experimental pill called tofacitinib appears to reduce the pain and swelling of rheumatoid arthritis just as well as Humira injections, researchers say. Biologic drugs have markedly improved RA treatment in recent years. But one of their main disadvantages is that they

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    6. Most Sports Don't Raise Risk of Knee Osteoarthritis

      Nov. 7, 2011 (Chicago) -- While most sports don't seem to raise the risk of knee arthritis, some sports do seem to be particularly hard on the knees. Overall, athletes don't have a greater risk for knee osteoarthritis, says researcher Jeffrey Driban, PhD, assistant professor of rheumatology at Tufts

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    7. Wrong Shoes Make Gout Pain Worse

      Oct. 3, 2011 -- Sandals may look comfortable, but they can actually worsen the pain of people with gout. Researchers in New Zealand say people with gout commonly wear the wrong type of shoes, leading to increased pain, impairment, and disability. A group of scientists led by Keith Rome, PhD, of the

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    8. Muscle Relaxant May Ease Fibromyalgia Pain

      Sept. 14, 2011 -- Low doses of the muscle relaxant cyclobenzaprine, taken at bedtime, help people with fibromyalgia sleep better and feel less pain, according to a small study. "Bedtime treatment of fibromyalgia patients with low-dose cyclobenzaprine was safe and appears to be effective," says Seth

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    9. Rheumatoid Arthritis Drugs May Have Small Skin Cancer Risk

      Sept. 7, 2011 -- A popular class of rheumatoid arthritis drugs may slightly increase skin cancer risk but not the risk of other cancers, a "reassuring" study finds. Cimzia, Enbrel, Humira, Remicade, and Simponi all inhibit a natural protein called tumor necrosis factor alpha (TNFa). TNFa plays a maj

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    10. Supplement May Ease Pain of Hand Osteoarthritis

      Sept. 6, 2011 -- A new study from Switzerland finds the supplement chondroitin sulfate to be effective for relieving joint pain in patients with osteoarthritis of the hand. Researchers reported that chondroitin both decreased hand pain and improved stiffness. But an osteoarthritis specialist who spo

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