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Weakened Knees a Big Cause of Falls for Older People: Study

February 11, 2016

THURSDAY, Feb. 11, 2016 (HealthDay News) — A new study supports what many American seniors may already know: that knee “instability” boosts their odds for a dangerous fall.
“Falls, injury from falls and poor balance confidence are extremely common and debilitating problems in older people,” said study author Michael Nevitt, a professor of epidemiology and biostatistics […]


Michelangelo Likely Had Arthritis, Medical Experts Say

February 3, 2016

WEDNESDAY, Feb. 3, 2016 (HealthDay News) — Michelangelo, the renowned painter and sculptor, suffered from arthritis in his hands, but it’s likely that his intense work helped him keep using his hands until he died, a team of doctors says.
Chiseling and hammering probably accelerated the arthritis, the experts said. But, that activity also prolonged his […]


X-Rays May Miss Hip Arthritis, Study Finds

December 10, 2015

THURSDAY, Dec. 10, 2015 (HealthDay News) — X-rays don’t detect hip arthritis in many patients, resulting in delayed diagnosis and treatment, researchers report.
The researchers looked at information from almost 4,500 Americans taking part in two arthritis studies. In one study, only 16 percent of patients with hip pain had X-ray evidence of osteoarthritis in the […]


MRI Can Spot Early Signs of Knee Arthritis: Study

December 2, 2015

WEDNESDAY, Dec. 2, 2015 (HealthDay News) — MRIs can spot the warning signs of knee osteoarthritis in people who have normal X-rays, researchers report.
They looked at 849 people, average age of 60, who showed no evidence of arthritis in either knee in X-rays. They were deemed at high risk due to factors such as […]


Weight Loss May Spare Knee Cartilage, Study Finds

November 30, 2015

MONDAY, Nov. 30, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Losing a large amount of weight slows the loss of knee cartilage in obese people, a new study shows.
Obesity is a major risk factor for knee osteoarthritis, a degenerative joint disease that often leads to joint replacement surgery.
The new study included just over 500 overweight and obese Americans […]


Obesity Won’t Affect Joint Surgery Safety, Study Finds

October 2, 2015

By Alan MozesHealthDay Reporter
FRIDAY, Oct. 2, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Obese and overweight people who have joint replacement surgeries are less likely to need blood transfusions and are no more likely to face complications than normal weight patients, a new analysis finds.
“It’s a very complex issue,” said study co-author Dr. Nolan Wessell, an orthopaedic surgery […]


The Surprising Benefits of Tai Chi for People With Chronic Health Problems

September 18, 2015

The slow, fluid movements of tai chi — an ancient Chinese exercise — appear to help older adults with chronic conditions improve their physical function, a new review suggests.


1 in 4 Senior Women in U.S. Has Osteoporosis: CDC

August 13, 2015

THURSDAY, Aug. 13, 2015 (HealthDay News) — The weakening bones of osteoporosis greatly raise a person’s odds for dangerous fractures, and a new report finds that one-quarter of all American women aged 65 or older suffer from the condition.
Close to 6 percent of men in this age group also have osteoporosis, according to the report […]


Better Sleep May Mean Less Chronic Pain

July 17, 2015

FRIDAY, July 17, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Improving sleep quality might help ease pain among those with osteoarthritis, a new study suggests.
That’s because disruptions in sleep are associated with changes in how the body processes and feels pain, the researchers said.
More than half of all people with osteoarthritis have pain during the night. This may […]


Considering Knee Surgery? Read This First

June 18, 2015

Arthroscopic surgery to relieve chronic knee pain in middle-aged and older patients is only temporarily effective and might be harmful, a new analysis suggests.



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