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    1. Exercise, Talk Therapy by Phone May Help Relieve Fibromyalgia Pain

      Jan. 12, 2012 -- Exercise and/or talking with a therapist on the phone once a week may significantly reduce chronic pain, a new study shows. About 20% to 40% of adults report experiencing chronic pain, Seth Berkowitz, MD, and Mitchell Katz, MD, of the Los Angeles County Department of Health Services

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    2. Drug Already on Market May Be a Boon to Gout Patients

      Jan. 5, 2012 -- A drug already on the market for some rare conditions may be able to help many people with the far more common condition of gout. More than 6 million Americans have experienced gout, an excruciatingly painful form of arthritis that comes on suddenly, leaving sufferers miserable and o

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    3. Knee Arthritis: Very Low-Calorie Diet May Help

      Dec. 21, 2011 -- Obesity is a major risk factor for knee osteoarthritis, and although weight loss is often recommended to reduce painful pressure on joints, not all patients succeed in shedding extra pounds. Osteoarthritis -- sometimes called "wear and tear" arthritis -- is frequently related to age

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    4. Study: Bone Drugs May Increase Longevity of Replaced Joints

      Dec. 6, 2011 -- New research may help hip and knee replacements last longer in patients who take commonly prescribed bone-loss drugs. Joint replacement surgeries help millions live with less pain, but many people who have them eventually need repeat procedures when the implants loosen over time. Now

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    5. 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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    6. 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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    7. 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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    8. 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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    9. 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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    10. 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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