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  1. 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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  2. 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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  3. 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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  4. Acupuncture May Help Knee Arthritis

    July 7, 2005 -- Acupuncture may offer some relief from osteoarthritis in the knee - at least in the short run. Researchers report the finding in The Lancet. They studied nearly 300 people with knee osteoarthritis. Acupuncture's long-term effects on knee osteoarthritis now need to be tested, write th

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  5. When Aches & Pain Disrupt Sleep

    Aches and pains give everyone a sleepless night now and then. It doesn't take much -- a pulled muscle from an overenthusiastic workout or an afternoon spent helping a friend move furniture. Next thing you know, you're lying in bed at 3 a.m., staring at the ceiling above your bed, aching, and praying

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  6. Osteoarthritis Treatment Now

    While there's no cure for osteoarthritis , you can still do much to relieve pain and stay active. Your osteoarthritis treatment will depend on several factors, including the severity of your pain -- and how much it affects your everyday activities. Osteoarthritis often progresses slowly, with period

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  7. All About Osteoarthritis and Women

    If you've just been diagnosed with osteoarthritis (OA), you're not alone. Many women past age 50 discover OA is the reason for their creaking knees, aching backs, and sore fingers. Suddenly life is all about osteoarthritis -- but luckily, arthritis doesn't have to take control. Arthritis is "the mos

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  8. Exercise Before Joint Replacement?

    Sept. 29, 2006 -- Getting a total knee or hip replacement? A sensible exercise plan before surgery may help you recover after it. That news appears in Arthritis & Rheumatism. Researchers included Daniel Rooks, ScD, of Harvard Medical School, Boston's New England Baptist Hospital, and Beth Israel Dea

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  9. Are Anti-Inflammatory Pain Relievers Safe for You?

    At age 62, April Dawson lives every day with chronic pain from wrist arthritis. "There are a lot of everyday things I just can't do now," she says. "I can't open packages or jars or even lift a half-gallon of milk. Some days I can barely turn the ignition in my car." But despite the pain and inconve

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  10. Arthritis and Knee Surgery: New Twist

    May 12, 2006 -- People with severely arthritis -damaged knees may still be candidates for a certain type of knee surgery called meniscus transplantation. So says a study in Arthroscopy: The Journal of Arthroscopic and Related Surgery. The researchers who worked on the study included Kevin Stone, MD,

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