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Knee Replacement May Be Overrated and Under-Resear...

In the United States, people undergo more than 600,000 knee replacement surgeries per year. But according to an article just published in The Lancet medical journal, there’s not enough long-term data on knee replacement outcomes, such as residual pain and disability, to know how well these surgeries really work. Researchers found that patients are selected […]

Kiwi Mussels? Arthritis-Healing Super-Shellfish

The green-lipped mussel (GLM) is a shellfish that both lives naturally and is farmed around the shores of New Zealand. It contains a combination of fatty acids long believed to help repair damaged joints, to prevent inflammation, and to promote gastrointestinal (GI) health. A new study slated for publication in the April 2012 issue of […]

Being Sedentary: A Vicious Cycle

According to a recent article in the journal Arthritis Care and Research, 42 percent of people with rheumatoid arthritis do little or no exercise. Researchers suspect this happens for two reasons. First, many doctors don’t encourage exercise among their patients with arthritis; in fact, in the past, doctors often advised arthritis sufferers to avoid physical […]

Eye on Hydroxychloroquine

Hydroxychloroquine is a drug often prescribed to people who have rheumatoid arthritis when other drugs have not improved their symptoms. The drug is also known by the brand names Plaquenil and Quineprox. But according to participants at the World Opthalmology Congress, this drug should be handled with care. It can cause severe and irreversible eye […]

More Weight = More Pain

A study recently published in the journal Obesity shows that the more extra weight you’re carrying, the worse your daily pain is likely to be. Researchers studied data from phone interviews with one million people. They found that compared with people who have a low or normal body mass index (BMI), overweight people (BMI 20–30) […]