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Welcome to the Osteoarthritis (OA) Action Alliance news room, a resource for Alliance members and others seeking information on OA Action Alliance announcements, news and events. The findings and conclusions in these news articles are those of the authors and do not necessarily represent the official position of the OA Action Alliance.

January 13, 2014
Chemical signaling simulates exercise in cartilage cells

 

Cartilage is notoriously difficult to repair or grow, but researchers at Duke Medicine have taken a step toward understanding how to regenerate the connective tissue. By adding a chemical to cartilage cells, the chemical signals spurred new cartilage growth, mimicking the effects of physical activity.

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January 6, 2014
For Young Athletes, Injuries Need Special Care

 

Children's hospitals are expanding programs to care for a fast-growing category of young patients: injured athletes. More than 3.5 million children a year receive treatment for sports injury, according to Stop Sports Injuries, a campaign whose backers include the American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine.

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January 1, 2014
One in six over-50s suffers painful form of foot arthritis which tends to affect more women than men

 

A painful form of arthritis affects one in six people over 50 – more than previously thought, research has shown. Scientists from Keele University had to revise previous statistics after studying more than 5,000 people with foot osteoarthritis.

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December 26, 2013
Common Arthroscopic Knee Surgery No Better than “Sham” version, Researchers Say

 

About 700,000 people may be getting a knee surgery each year that doesn’t work as well as they had hoped, new research suggests. In fact, it may be no better than a "sham" procedure.

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December 23, 2013
Osteoarthritis May Raise Heart Disease Risk

 

Adults with hip or knee osteoarthritis (OA) may be at increased risk of cardiovascular disease (CVD), according to a new Canadian study.

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December 19, 2013
Osteoarthritis patients can carry out progressive exercise to maintain bone health

 

The postmenopausal women who may be at risk of osteoporosis (bone loss), as well as at risk of osteoarthritis, can safely carry out progressive high-impact training to maintain bone health and physical function. This was found out in a study conducted in the Department of Sport and Health Sciences at the University of Jyväskylä, Finland.

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December 18, 2013
High BP pill can treat arthritis

 

An inexpensive pill that treats high blood pressure and failure could also help ease pain in people with arthritis without causing any side-effects, scientists say.

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December 17, 2013
AAOS Approves Appropriate Use Criteria (AUC) for Non-Arthroplasty Treatment of Osteoarthritis of the Knee

 

The American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS) Board of Directors recently approved an AUC to help physicians treat patients with osteoarthritis (OA) of the knee. OA is a slowly progressing and degenerative disease that causes the joint cartilage to wear away. New AUC offers clinical expertise across medical specialties to help optimize patient care.

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December 16, 2013
Massage Envy Spa Helps Arthritis Foundation

 

Improving the lives of people living with arthritis is a goal that motivates those at Massage Envy Spa. Massage Envy Spa’s 900 franchise locations recently raised more than $898,000 for the Arthritis Foundation during the third annual Healing Hands for Arthritis fundraiser.

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December 15, 2013
UCLA Stem Cell Scientists New Study Could Provide a Biological Roadmap to Repair Cartilage Defects and Damage From Osteoarthritis

 

Stem cell researchers from UCLA have published the first study to identify the origin cells and track the early development of human articular cartilage, providing what could be a new cell source and biological roadmap for therapies to repair cartilage defects and damage from osteoarthritis.

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December 12, 2013
Arthritis pain not discussed with GPs

 

The lives of arthritis patients are significantly impaired by pain, a survey reveals, but the majority of patients don’t mention their distress to their GP. 

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December 2, 2013
MoM Hip Resurfacing: A Reprieve in Mortality Advantage?

 

Patients with hip osteoarthritis (OA) undergoing metal-on-metal (MoM) hip resurfacing had half the 10-year all-cause mortality of those undergoing cemented or uncemented total hip replacement, in a retrospective cohort study using propensity score matching.

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December 2, 2013
The seven dimensions of osteoarthritis pain

 

Analysis of interviews with osteoarthritis sufferers about their experience of pain has shown that osteoarthritis pain can be divided into seven dimensions. The authors of the study intend to use their results to construct a specific questionnaire on osteoarthritis pain quality, which they hope will “facilitate the development of more accurate and effective pain management.”

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November 26, 2013
Yoga regimens and poses pushed too far can lead to hip injuries, even osteoarthritis, sports MDs say

 

It seems somewhat ironic, but the exercise regime often recommended by doctors and therapists as a rehabilitation tool to overcome a range of sports injuries can itself be a cause of harm.

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November 25, 2013
Comparing Fibromyalgia & Osteoarthritis in the Brain

 

New research suggests that fibromyalgia and osteoarthritis may be more similar than has been thought. The similarity, however, is not in the joints, but in the brain.

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November 22, 2013
Hyaluronic Acid Injections On Par With NSAIDs in Knee OA

 

Intra-articular hyaluronic acid (IAHA) may be a good alternative to oral non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) for treating knee osteoarthritis, especially for older patients who are at a greater risk for NSAID-related adverse events, according to a meta-analysis.

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November 20, 2013
Younger Veterans Develop Arthritis at Higher Rates and Younger Age

 

Study finds members of the military developed arthritis at higher rates and younger ages compared to the civilian population.

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November 19, 2013
Student Engineers Cartilage Tissues to Combat Osteoarthritis

 

In a biomedical engineering lab at the University of Saskatchewan, a 3D printer drips a mixture of living cells and biodegradable plastic into a grid design about the size of a shirt button. These miniature support structures called "scaffolds" could hold the key to combatting osteoarthritis. PhD student Zohreh Izadifar carefully designs the scaffolds, enabling cartilage cells to grow into natural three-dimensional shapes in the lab.

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November 15, 2013
Physical Signs of Meniscal Tear: Red Herrings in All But the Young

 

Popping, clicking, catching, locking, giving way: You may have been taught that these are useful signs to diagnose meniscal tear. Not true for patients over age 45 who tend also to have osteoarthritis, patellofemoral disease, or both, says Jeffrey Katz MD of Brigham & Women's Hospital and Harvard University.

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November 15, 2013
Arthritis Patients Listen When Doc Tells Them to Exercise

 

Recommendations from health care providers are linked with adherence to guidelines for physical activity in adults with arthritis, according to research published online Nov. 7 in the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's Preventing Chronic Disease.

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November 14, 2013
Supporting patients to manage osteoarthritis in the hand

 

Joint protection education provided by occupational therapists (OTs) is an effective way of supporting older adults with hand osteoarthritis to manage their condition, and provides an effective treatment in the medium term, new research has shown.

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November 8, 2013
MMWR: Prevalence of Doctor-Diagnosed Arthritis and Arthritis-Attributable Activity Limitation — United States, 2010–2012

 

On November 8th, The CDC published a Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR) on the new arthritis prevalence estimates. This report shows that 52.5 million (22.7%) of adults aged ≥18 years had self-reported doctor-diagnosed arthritis, and 22.7 million (9.8%, or 43.2% of those with arthritis) reported AAAL, matching and exceeding previous projected increases, respectively.

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November 8, 2013
Fat stem cells cure osteoarthritis in clinical trials, doctors report

 

Vietnam is among the few countries doing clinical trials to treat knee osteoarthritis (OA) using stem cells taken from a patient’s fat tissue, and two of the hospitals in the country doing them say the procedure has proved effective so far.

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November 7, 2013
Knee osteoarthritis often overlooked in the obese

 

Knee osteoarthritis is too frequently underdiagnosed and undertreated by primary care physicians and bariatric surgeons in obese patients considering weight loss surgery.

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November 6, 2013
Gel May Deliver Osteoarthritis Drug on Demand

 

Scientists are reporting development of a squishy gel that when compressed — like at a painful knee joint — releases anti-inflammatory medicine. The new material could someday deliver medications when and where osteoarthritis patients need it most.

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November 5, 2013
New Osteoarthritis Treatment: Chemotherapy Drug Reduces Joint Pain By 40%

 

After a successful pilot study, methotrexate — a chemotherapy drug used to treat rheumatoid arthritis (RA) — will now be used in a larger cohort study trial to hopefully alleviate joint pain in OA patients.

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October 31, 2013
Obesity Behind Knee Replacements In Younger Adults

 

It's not just the elderly who are getting knee replacements -- new research shows that obesity may be a driving force for why more and more younger adults are requiring the joint replacement surgery.

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October 30, 2013
The relation between total joint arthroplasty and risk for serious cardiovascular events in patients with moderate-severe osteoarthritis: propensity score matched landmark analysis

 

The objective of this study was to examine whether total joint arthroplasty of the hip and knee reduces the risk for serious cardiovascular events in patients with moderate-severe osteoarthritis.

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October 29, 2013
Increasing exercise in patients with osteoarthritis leads to longer, higher quality of life

 

Patients with knee osteoarthritis who meet the Department of Health and Human Services established guidelines for exercise each week are more likely to have better quality-adjusted life-years than patients who do not meet the guidelines, according to a presentation at the American College of Rheumatology Annual Meeting.

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October 28, 2013
Potential, low-cost approach to improve exercise adherence in knee osteoarthritis patients

 

New research presented at the American College of Rheumatology Annual Meeting in San Diego describes an exciting novel tool utilizing telephone linked technology that shows potential as a low cost approach to improving exercise adherence in patients with knee osteoarthritis.

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October 28, 2013
Arthritis Foundation Joins Get Moving America Campaign for Osteoarthritis

 

AstraZeneca today announced that the Arthritis Foundation has joined the Get Moving America campaign, a national initiative that encourages men and women to do daily simple movements to help reduce chronic stiffness and pain associated with osteoarthritis (OA).

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October 26, 2013
Knee Braces for Osteoarthritis Treatment

 

Knee braces found to reduce pain and amount of bone marrow damage in osteoarthritis treatment based on a study will be presented during the American College of Rheumatology Annual Meeting.

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October 14, 2013
How Your Knees Can Predict the Weather

 

Granny was right: Scientists find link between achy joints and the forecast.

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October 14, 2013
Exercise May Help Knees More Than Glucosamine And Chondroitin

 

If you're among the estimated 27 million Americans who suffer from osteoarthritis of the knee or hip, then perhaps you've tried the nutritional supplements glucosamine and chondroitin. They've been marketed for joint health for about 20 years, and sales are still brisk. But do they help?

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October 10, 2013
‘Mobility Shoes’ Take a Load Off for Knee Osteoarthritis Sufferers

 

The results of a new study by bone and joint experts at Rush University Medical Center suggest that patients with knee osteoarthritis (OA) who wear flat, flexible footwear, which allows natural foot mobility and provide sufficient support for the foot, had significant reduction in knee loading—the force placed upon the joint during daily activities.

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October 1, 2013
Study Could Revolutionize Treatment for Osteoarthritis

 

The Arthritis Foundation awarded a $1 million, multi-institutional grant to study anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) tears in the knee, a major risk factor for developing OA, and to discover tools and treatments to detect and reverse OA before symptoms appear.

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September 30, 2013
New treatment cuts crippling arthritis pain by 40 per cent

 

Millions of arthritis patients in the UK have been offered new hope as a pill that cuts pain by up to 40 per cent for rheumatoid arthritis sufferers is planned for wider use. After a successful pilot trial, scientists are launching a nationwide trial on how effectively the drug methotrexate relieves the agony of osteoarthritis in the knees.

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September 30, 2013
Predictors of pain in osteoarthritis ‘vary with disease severity’

 

An evaluation of inflammation and lower-limb alignment in patients with knee osteoarthritis has found that the factors that predict pain vary according to the severity of disease.

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September 26, 2013
NSAIDs may help reduce depression for osteoarthritis sufferers

 

For people with a painful cartilage condition, common pain relievers may have small benefits for depression symptoms as well, a new study hints.

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September 25, 2013
Researchers at Johns Hopkins University Have Reported New Data on Osteoarthritis

 

Inflammation and tissue degeneration play key roles in numerous rheumatic diseases, including osteoarthritis (OA). Efforts to reduce and effectively repair articular cartilage damage in an osteoarthritic environment are limited in their success due to the diseased environment. Treatment strategies focused on both reducing inflammation and increasing tissue production are necessary to effectively treat OA from a tissue-engineering perspective.

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September 24, 2013
Weight loss can help reduce knee pain from arthritis

 

Heavy adults with knee osteoarthritis who lose 10% of their starting weight can significantly reduce their knee pain, walk faster and improve their mobility, a new study shows.

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September 23, 2013
Most OA Patients Take Pain Meds—But Tend to Switch Drugs

 

Most people with osteoarthritis (OA) pain take analgesics – prescription and over-the-counter (OTC) drugs or nutraceuticals like glucosamine (Drug information on glucosamine) – regularly, but they tend to switch choices over time, according to a 3-year longitudinal study of pain medication use.

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September 23, 2013
Arthritis Foundation Names President and CEO

 

The Arthritis Foundation announces the appointment of Ann M. Palmer as president and CEO of the national organization, headquartered in Atlanta. Effective today, Palmer will lead the Foundation in its commitment to finding a cure and ending arthritis, the nation’s leading cause of disability. Palmer succeeds Dr. John H. Klippel, who retired in August.

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September 20, 2013
Exercise for lower limb osteoarthritis: systematic review incorporating trial sequential analysis and network meta-analysis

 

The objective of this study was to determine whether there is sufficient evidence to conclude that exercise interventions are more effective than no exercise control and to compare the effectiveness of different exercise interventions in relieving pain and improving function in patients with lower limb osteoarthritis.

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September 20, 2013
Comprehensive Arthroscopic Management - CAM Procedure - Successfully Delays Shoulder Replacement for Young, Active Patients with Shoulder Osteoarthritis

 

The comprehensive arthroscopic management (CAM) procedure, developed by Dr. Peter Millett, Director of Shoulder Surgery at The Steadman Clinic in Vail, Colorado, has been proven as an effective alternative to delay shoulder replacement in young, active patients.

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September 18, 2013
Intra-articular hyaluronic acid injections safe, effective for patients with knee osteoarthritis

 

New meta-analysis findings challenge conclusions of recent reviews, confirms evidence that FDA-approved hyaluronic acid injections can help improve function and pain in mild to moderate knee osteoarthritis.

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September 17, 2013
Osteoarthritis and the (not so) painful step toward a cure

 

JoVE, the Journal of Visualized Experiments, has published a novel technique for imaging muscle function while in motion. Research in this area could uncover the root of musculoskeletal disorders, such as the development of osteoarthritis following ACL surgery.

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September 12, 2013
Study Finds Capping Copays on Biologics Bring Scant Hike in Premiums

 

A study commissioned by the Coalition for Accessible Treatments, a partnership of voluntary health organizations including the ACR and the Arthritis Foundation, found that spreading the expense of high-cost biologics across an entire insured population would not add much to any individual's premium, according to supporters of proposed legislation that would limit patient copays for expensive medications for rheumatoid arthritis and other inflammatory diseases.

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September 6, 2013
Osteoporosis drug could provide effective pain relief to patients with osteoarthritis

 

St George's, University of London research has found that a drug normally given to osteoporosis sufferers could provide effective pain relief to patients with knee and hip osteoarthritis.

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August 29, 2013
Moderate physical activity does not increase risk of knee osteoarthritis

 

Adults age 45 and older who engaged in moderate physical activity up to two and a half hours a week did not increase their risk of developing knee osteoarthritis over a 6-year follow-up period, a new study finds.

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August 29, 2013
Arthritis Foundation Awards $1 Million Grant to Stop Arthritis After ACL Tears, Sports Injuries

 

By studying anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) tears in the knee, a major risk factor for developing OA, researchers could potentially discover tools and treatments to detect and reverse OA before symptoms ever appear.

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August 28, 2013
Broccoli may prevent osteoarthritis, study suggests

 

Doctors may have found another reason to eat your broccoli: A compound in the green vegetable may be able to prevent or slow down osteoarthritis.

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August 27, 2013
Free from Pain

 

Joint trauma, such as meniscus and ligament tears, ruptures and sprains are among the most common injuries sustained by members of the United States military during training and service. A University of Delaware professor with a grant from the Department of Defense is studying post-traumatic osteoarthritis treatment.

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August 21, 2013
Insoles no help for knee osteoarthritis

 

Nearly a third of Americans will develop osteoarthritis of the knee before age 70. With no “cure” beside knee replacement on the horizon for this painful joint condition, relief often has to come from pain pills. Assistive devices such as wedge insoles are often prescribed as a less drastic, side effect-free treatment option. But do they really work? A research review indicates that these shoe inserts do little—if anything—to relieve arthritis pain.

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August 21, 2013
Knee Replacement Surgery a Bargain, Study Finds

 

Even though knee replacement surgery costs more than $20,000, the benefits could save you double that in the long run, according to a new study.

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August 18, 2013
Exercise classes help sufferers ease arthritis pain

 

Betty Sue Bailey, 77, has lost a few inches since her diagnosis about 10 years ago with osteoarthritis, a degenerative joint disease. But she and others standing up to the disease with help from the Arthritis Foundation exercise program at the Southwest Medical Associates Lifestyle Centers.

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August 14, 2013
Osteoarthritis: Has Oversimplification Led to Confusion?

 

The tendency to view osteoarthritis (OA) as a single disease may be at the root of the medical profession's inability to solve the problem. OA is actually a complex of different disorders arising from numerous causes, observe the authors of this editorial in Rheumatology.

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August 12, 2013
Runners are not giving themselves arthritis

 

The notion that running causes wear and tear on the joints that could spur arthritis makes some intuitive sense. But is it true? Experts in the field of osteoarthritis weigh-in on this myth in this article.

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August 8, 2013
$5.6 million NIH grant funds new UNC osteoarthritis research center

 

A new multidisciplinary clinical research center (MCRC) at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, funded by a $5.6 million grant from the National Institutes of Health, seeks better ways to address the costly public health issue of osteoarthritis (OA).

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July 26, 2013
Queen Mary scientists discover promising protein to treat osteoarthritis

 

New research from Queen Mary, University of London suggests that a protein found predominantly in healthy cartilage, a type of tissue that allows the smooth movement of joints, could hold the key to treating osteoarthritis.

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July 24, 2013
BMI, occupational activity, and leisure-time physical activity: an exploration of risk factors and modifiers for knee osteoarthritis

 

Knee osteoarthritis (kOA) risk is increased by obesity and physical activities (PA) which mechanically stress the joint. We examined the associations of midlife kOA with body mass index (BMI) and activity exposure across adult life and their interaction.

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July 22, 2013
When Not to Fix: Thoughts of an Orthopaedic Surgeon

 

Patients with knee or shoulder pain often take it for granted that their damaged joint needs fixing, says this author. Preventing unnecessary surgery may begin with doctors who recognize and correct this misconception. Whose job is this: The primary care physicians, yours, or is it up to the surgeon to dissuade the overeager candidate? Consider adding your thoughts to this surgeon’s observations.

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July 3, 2013
Arthritis Research UK awards grant to develop new treatments for severe arthritis pain

 

Medical research charity Arthritis Research UK has awarded researchers at University College London (UCL) and the University of Nottingham a grant of £800,000 to develop new treatments for severe arthritis pain.

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June 18, 2013
Model recreates wear and tear of osteoarthritis

 

There’s a reason osteoarthritis is often called wear-and-tear arthritis: Repeated stress on joints over time results in degeneration of the soft cartilage that normally distributes loads to the joints. Recreating how joints bear stress could lead to a better understanding of the mechanical and physiological processes involved in the development of osteoarthritis.

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April 30, 2013
Call to Action on Walking

 

On April 30th the Arthritis Foundation submitted a letter to the Surgeon General in support of her Call to Action on Walking. With the support of 26 partner organizations of the OA Action Alliance we were able to show the Surgeon General that the Alliance supports this call to action. Collectively we were able to bring to her attention the importance of arthritis and the tools available to assist people in becoming more active.

Thank you to all of our member organizations that signed onto our letter to the Surgeon General.

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April 3, 2013
KU medical scientist patents method for better osteoarthritis treatment

 

A medical scientist at the University of Kansas Medical Center has identified a link between a protein and osteoarthritis. The protein forms the basis of a patent for a potential new method of preventing and treating the disease.

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April 1, 2013
Racial and ethnic differences in physical activity guidelines attainment among people at high risk of or having knee osteoarthritis

 

This cross-sectional study examined racial/ethnic differences in meeting the 2008 United States Department of Health and Human Services Physical Activity Guidelines aerobic component (≥150 moderate-to-vigorous minutes/week in bouts of ≥10 minutes) among persons with or at risk of radiographic knee osteoarthritis (RKOA).

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April 1, 2013
Tackling obesity in knee osteoarthritis

 

Weight loss reduces the risk of incident knee OA, and, in established disease, reduces symptoms, improves function and is likely to reduce disease progression. This article reviews the strategies to facilitate weight loss, with particular reference to their application in people with knee OA.

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April 1, 2013
Walking to meet physical activity guidelines in knee osteoarthritis; is 10,000 steps enough?

 

This study was conducted to determine if step goals (eg, walking 10,000 steps a day) approximate meeting the 2008 Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans for people with or at high risk of knee OA.

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March 15, 2013
Modeling the indirect economic implications of musculoskeletal disorders and treatment

 

Musculoskeletal disorders impose a substantial economic burden on American society; this study examines the economic benefits associated with treating such disorders.

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March 1, 2013
Longitudinal impact of joint pain comorbidity on quality of life and activity levels in Knee Osteoarthritis; data from the Osteoarthritis Initiative

 

Joint pain comorbidity (JPC) is common in individuals with knee OA. This study investigates the longitudinal association between JPC and health-related quality of life (HRQoL) and physical activity levels in individuals with knee OA.

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January 1, 2013
Excess body weight and four-year function outcomes; comparison of African American and whites in a prospective study of osteoarthritis

 

In this study African Americans in the Osteoarthritis Initiatives (OAI) were evaluated to determine if they have a greater risk (versus whites) of poor 4-year function outcome within strata defined by sex, body mass index (BMI), and waist circumference.

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September 6, 2012
Study Shows Short Course of Oral Prednisolone Ineffective in OA Pain Management

 

In the first randomized, controlled trial of the use of low-dose corticosteroid alone for the management of painful hand osteoarthritis, researchers determined that a short-term course of low-dose oral prednisolone does not effectively manage the pain of hand OA.

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August 29, 2012
MRI Shows Evidence of Knee OA, Even When X-Rays Don't

 

A study of 710 people over the age of 50 determined that magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) shows evidence of knee osteoarthritis among most of this population, even when their X-rays show no evidence knee OA.

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August 29, 2012
Perceived and Actual Functional Ability Similar in People with OA in One or Both Knees

 

A study examined the perceived and actual functional abilities of people who had osteoarthritis in both knees compared to those with OA in just one knee. Researchers determined that perceived functional abilities of the group with bilateral knee OA were similar to those of the group with unilateral OA. In addition, there were no significant differences between the groups in their actual functional abilities.

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August 28, 2012
Pharmacist-Delivered Intervention Successful in Improving Quality of Life in People with OA

 

A pharmacist-delivered intervention, which included: a knee OA screening questionnaire; education, pain medication management; guided exercise; and communication with a primary care physician was successful in improving the Arthritis Foundation’s Quality Measurements for OA among participants.

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August 27, 2012
Positive Attitude Associated with Increased Physical Activity in People with Knee OA

 

Depression has been associated with reduced daily walking among people with painful knee osteoarthritis, compared to those with knee OA who are not depressed. A recent study showed that high positive affect is associated with increased daily walking among adults with painful knee osteoarthritis.

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August 15, 2012
Study Shows BMI Affects Amount of Daily Walking More than Pain Does

 

A recent study examined the relationship between body mass index (BMI), knee osteoarthritis, and knee pain. Individuals with severe obesity (BMI of 35 or greater) took significantly fewer walking steps per day than individuals of normal or below normal BMI. However, knee pain accounted for only a small percentage of the difference in these populations’ walking habits, indicating that BMI is associated with amount of walking per day, independent of knee pain.

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August 15, 2012
Study Shows BMI is Independent of Self-Reported Functional Improvement after Total Knee Replacement

 

A study recently determined that self-reported improvements in knee function and general health following total knee replacement were equivalent among patients with obesity and patients with a lower body mass index. The study authors assert that patients with obesity should therefore not be barred from receiving knee replacements.

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August 7, 2012
More People Walk to Better Health
Source: CDC Vital Signs

 

The CDC's August 7, 2012 edition of Vital Signs reports that more than 145 million adults now include walking as part of a physically active lifestyle. More adults with arthritis are now walking, according to the report. The percentage of all people who report walking at least once for 10 minutes or more in the previous week rose from 56% (2005) to 62% (2010).

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July 17, 2012
High Levels of Lifetime Occupational and Household Knee Trauma Associated with Increased Risk of Knee OA

 

Using a newly-developed measure of force on the knees over a lifetime, researchers determined that high levels of total lifetime occupational and household-related forces endured by the knees are associated with an increased risk of developing knee osteoarthritis.

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May 16, 2012
Capitol Hill Briefing

 

In cooperation with the Congressional Arthritis Caucus, co-chaired by Rep. Anna Eshoo and Rep. Sue Myrick, please join the Arthritis Foundation at the release of the report – Environmental and Policy Strategies to Increase Physical Activity Among Adults with Arthritis – a resource to help make physical activity convenient and accessible for adults with arthritis.

 


February 21, 2012
A Public Health Approach to Addressing Arthritis in Older Adults: The Most Common Cause of Disability
Source: American Journal of Public Health

 

Decreasing mortality rates combined with the entry of the large baby boomer generation into age groups at higher risk means that there will be many more older adults living more years with chronic conditions than ever before.

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February 10, 2012
Baby Boomers' Demand, Expectations for New Knees Soar
Source: USA Today

 

A soaring demand for new knees from aging Baby Boomers wanting to dance through Zumba workouts or zip down ski slopes is likely to lead to additional, more costly surgeries, according to a new report. 

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February 6, 2012

The Institute of Medicine released a ground breaking report, Living Well with Chronic Illness: A Call for Public Action, that was commissioned by the CDC and Arthritis Foundation. The report calls attention to the profound impact of chronic illness on the overall health of our nation and outlines a new vision and plan of action to reduce the crisis proportions of chronic illness that threaten the nation’s health and economic welfare. A news release announcing this important report was issued by the Arthritis Foundation.  

 


December 19, 2011
Knee Pain Plagues Many Women Over 50
Source: HealthDay

 

Overweight, previous injury, arthritis predicted persistent discomfort, researchers found.

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November 6, 2011

New Stanford study: Arthritis results from inflammation, not just wear and tear
Source: Mercury news

 

Arthritis is driven by more than just simple wear and tear of joints, it is also prompted by a destructive process of inflammation, Stanford investigators found.

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