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    1. Joint Replacement an Option for Elderly

      July 14, 2008 -- Knee or hip replacement surgery may be a viable option for relieving the pain and disability caused by osteoarthritis among the elderly. A new study shows older adults who have hip or knee replacement surgery for severe osteoarthritis may take several weeks to recover but have excel

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    2. FDA Warning: Cipro May Rupture Tendons

      July 8, 2008 -- Federal regulators are ordering new warnings on Cipro and similar antibiotics because of increased risk of tendinitis and tendon rupture. The new warnings apply to fluoroquinolones, a class of antibiotics that includes the popular drug Cipro. The FDA has told companies that the drugs

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    3. Can the New Wave of Watery Workouts Help Your Arthritis?

      Last one in the water is a ... Remember this challenge from your childhood? For today's fitness-conscious adults, it has new meaning. Don't be the last person to discover the new wave of water workouts -- for strength and cardio training, flexibility, relaxation, rehabilitation, and weight managemen

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    4. An Exercise Fix for Knee Osteoarthritis

      Jerry Wade used to love bird-watching with his wife, an avid birder. "I'm not a birder myself, but I like being active and getting out there with her," he says. "Bird-watching puts you into natural areas and some rough terrain -- it's not an easy physical activity." But in the fall of 2005, the 66-y

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    5. Osteoarthritis Risk: Handy Finding

      Jan. 3, 2008 -- Is your ring finger longer than your index finger? That may show a risk for knee osteoarthritis, especially in women, a British study shows. Osteoarthritis is the most common type of arthritis. In osteoarthritis, the protective cartilage that cushions the ends of bones within joints

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    6. Study: Hip Replacement Benefits Last

      Nov. 29, 2007 -- Hip replacement may have long-term benefits. That's according to new British and Dutch hip replacement studies. The British study included 282 adults aged 60 and older who got a hip replacement because of osteoarthritis. Before hip replacement, the patients rated how well their hip

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    7. Joint Replacements Cut Pain for Seniors

      Nov. 12, 2007 (Boston) -- Joint replacement surgeries are making a big dent in the pain and disability rates of senior citizens with arthritis, according to new research presented at the annual meeting of the American College of Rheumatology in Boston. Researchers conducted the new study to learn wh

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    8. Shock-Absorbing Shoes: Bad for Knees?

      Nov. 8, 2007 -- Those shock-absorbing athletic shoes and clogs designed to protect and cushion the feet may be bad for arthritic knees. When researchers examined the effects of different types of footwear on people with knee osteoarthritis, they found that going barefoot put less stress on knee join

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    9. FDA OKs Voltaren Gel for Osteoarthritis

      Oct. 23, 2007 -- The FDA has approved Voltaren Gel, the first prescription skin gel to treat osteoarthritis joint pain. Voltaren Gel contains diclofenac sodium, a nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID) that's also in oral Voltaren. The gel can be applied to joints that hurt because of osteoarth

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    10. Calcitonin May Fight Osteoarthritis

      July 30, 2007 -- A drug currently used to treat osteoporosis may also help protect the bone and slow or perhaps even halt the progression of osteoarthritis, according to early research. A new study shows treatment with calcitonin, a hormone, effectively prevented erosion of knee cartilage in rat mod

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