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    1. Less Lubrication Links Knee Injury to Arthritis

      June 8, 2005 -- A knee injury may increase the risk of osteoarthritis in later years by causing lasting lubrication problems. Based on animal tests, researchers found that knee injuries caused a progressive loss of joint lubrication that may contribute to premature wear of the joints and lead to ost

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    2. Joint Pain Not Inevitable With Age

      Creaky, achy joints. A twinge in the knee. A sharp shooting pain from the shoulder to the elbow. No big deal, right? Wrong. All too often, we assume joint pain is a normal part of aging that we just have to learn to live with. Nothing could be further from the truth, say experts, pointing to a wealt

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    3. Chili Pepper, Botox Injections Help Ease Pain

      April 5, 2005 (Boston) -- Injections of the active ingredient found in red-hot chili peppers may produce lasting pain relief in people with knee osteoarthritis. And injections of Botox, the popular wrinkle-smoothing drug, may treat many painful ailments, say experts who presented evidence at the ann

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    4. Skin Patch for Knee Osteoarthritis Pain?

      April 1, 2005 - A skin patch called Lidoderm may help ease pain caused by knee osteoarthritis, giving patients an alternative to the drug Celebrex. Celebrex is a Cox-2 inhibitor -- a class of drugs that has drawn attention for possible heart attack and stroke risks. In February, an FDA expert panel

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    5. Common Knee Injury Linked to Knee Arthritis

      Treating a common knee injury could help avoid knee osteoarthritis. A new study reports that nearly one in four knee osteoarthritis patients had a tear in a major knee ligament -- the ACL (anterior cruciate ligament). Yet in the study less than half of the participants remembered ever having a knee

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    6. New Support for Acupuncture in Knee Arthritis

      Nov. 18, 2004 -- Adding acupuncture to standard treatment for knee arthritis helps patients feel less pain, a new study shows. The findings come from a research team led by Jorge Vas, MD, chief medical officer at the pain treatment unit of Dos Hermanas Health Center in Dos Hermanas, Spain. Vas and c

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    7. Acupuncture Helps Knee Osteoarthritis

      Oct. 19, 2004 -- Traditional Chinese acupuncture helps people with knee osteoarthritis, new research shows. Acupuncture uses fine needles inserted at precise points on the body. It's been used for centuries in Chinese medicine to restore health for a variety of conditions. Traditional Chinese acupun

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    8. Common Pain Reliever May Not Treat Knee Pain

      Aug. 11, 2004 -- Pain relievers containing acetaminophen are widely recommended for the treatment of knee pain caused by osteoarthritis, but new research suggests that acetaminophen may be no more effective than sugar pills. The findings call into question recommendations by a number of large arthri

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    9. Siblings Often Share Knee Osteoarthritis

      Aug. 11, 2004 -- Brothers and sisters of people with osteoarthritis in their knees are twice as likely to develop the same condition, report British researchers. The first large sibling study on knee osteoarthritis shows that genetics may contribute to osteoarthritis. Osteoarthritis is the most comm

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    10. Thermal Scan Detects Early Arthritis

      July 13, 2004 -- A new device is showing promise for detecting arthritis in the hands before joint destruction occurs. A group of researchers at Duke University reports that a process called thermography is sensitive enough to identify minimal changes in the temperature of a joint, the first sign of

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