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  1. Antibiotic May Slow Osteoarthritis

    June 29, 2005 -- A common antibiotic may slow the progression of osteoarthritis. A new study shows that treatment with the antibiotic doxycycline slowed the deterioration of joint tissue in women with osteoarthritis of the knee. Doxycycline is used to treat a variety of bacterial infections. Previou

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  2. Small Weight Loss Takes Big Pressure Off Knee

    June 29, 2005 -- The benefits of weight loss may be multiplied fourfold for people who suffer from osteoarthritis of the knee. A new study shows that for each pound of body weight lost, there is a 4-pound reduction in knee joint stress among overweight and obese people with osteoarthritis of the kne

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  3. 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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  4. 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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  5. 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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  6. 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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  7. 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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  8. 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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  9. 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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  10. 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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