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  1. Obesity, Knee Osteoarthritis Hurt Seniors’ Life Expectancy

    Feb. 14, 2011 -- Obesity and osteoarthritis of the knee substantially affect the quality of life and life expectancy for millions of older Americans, according to a new study. Researchers say obesity and osteoarthritis often overlap in older adults, with increasing body weight putting stress on agin

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  2. Arthritis Doctors Too Often Opt for Drugs, Surgery

    Jan. 7, 2011 -- Many doctors who treat people with osteoarthritis are prescribing medications or choosing surgical options instead of recommending more conservative treatments such as weight loss and exercise programs. That’s the main conclusion of a new analysis published in the January 2011 issue

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  3. Light Exercise May Prevent Osteoarthritis

    Nov.  29, 2010 (Chicago) -- Light exercises such as walking and bowling and avoidance of knee-bending activities such as climbing and squatting may protect against osteoarthritis of the knee in at-risk people, researchers report. On the flip side, high-impact sports such as running and skiing are as

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  4. Vitamin D Fails Osteoarthritis Test

    Nov. 9, 2010 (Atlanta) -- In a two-year study, vitamin D supplements failed to reduce pain or slow the progression of joint damage in people with osteoarthritis of the knee, researchers report. Based on previous research, "I was optimistic," says Timothy McAlindon, MD, MPH, associate professor of me

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  5. Alternative Treatments for Arthritis

    Alternative therapies for arthritis include everything from acupuncture, copper bracelets, and magnets to glucosamine and chondroitin supplements and yoga. But are any of these therapies really a match for your achy, creaky joints? Many people with arthritis look to these alternative therapies to he

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  6. Study: Glucosamine, Chondroitin No Help for Arthritis

    Sept 16, 2010 -- The popular supplements glucosamine and chondroitin don't do much to relieve the pain associated with hip or knee osteoarthritis (OA), according to a new analysis of 10 studies. This is not the first time that research has cast doubt on the effectiveness of these two supplements. Th

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  7. Acupuncture, Placebo Have Same Effect on Knee Arthritis

    Aug. 20, 2010 -- Traditional Chinese acupuncture proved no more effective for treating osteoarthritis of the knee than sham acupuncture, a new study says. People who got either form of therapy showed significant improvement in pain. The findings are published online and will appear in the September

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  8. Patients Lose Weight After Total Joint Replacement

    July 30, 2010 -- Osteoarthritis patients who were obese lost weight after undergoing total knee or hip replacement surgery, according to a recent study published in Orthopedics.  Among a study group of 196 patients, researchers at Mount Sinai School of Medicine found that nearly 20% lost at least 5%

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  9. Knee Injury? Surgery Won't Cut Arthritis Risk

    June 29, 2010 -- Having surgery to repair an anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) or meniscal cartilage knee injury does not reduce a person’s chance of later developing knee osteoarthritis, says a study published in the August print issue of the journal Radiology. The study followed up on 326 patients

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  10. Knee Braces Ease Osteoarthritis Pain

    April 13, 2010 -- Steve Peterson, 62, a home remodeler in Seattle, has rock-climbed in Tasmania, hiked in the high alpine regions of Washington, and trekked across the island of Manhattan -- all while sporting a knee brace due to painful knee osteoarthritis (OA), the wear-and-tear form of the diseas

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