Arthritis

Arthritis
Arthritis is a form of joint disorder that involves inflammation of one or more joints. There are over 100 different forms of arthritis. The most common form, osteoarthritis, is a result of trauma to the joint, infection of the joint, or age. The major complaint by individuals who have arthritis is joint pain.
  • There are several reasons why one might suffer from a weak joint or from joint pain, and which could stem from an incorrect posture while sitting to even lifting or carrying heavy loads.
  • The U.S. Food and Drug Administration today announced that an orthopedic device used in the knee should not have been cleared for marketing in the United States. The announcement follows a re-evaluation of the scientific evidence that was undertaken after a September 2009 agency report identified problems in the agency’s review of the device.
  • The U.S. Food and Drug Administration, or FDA, said on Thursday its 2008 decision of approving the sales of the device called the Menaflex Collagen Scaffold shouldn’t have been approved. FDA admitted its mistake of wrongly approving the device ignoring the advice of its own scientific advisors.
  • America has nearly 50 million people who are diagnosed with arthritis; the condition is found to be more common among the obese. According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, 21 million people say the disease limits their physical activities.
  • Scientists from University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Medicine and Interleukin Genetics, Inc. announced today findings from a large clinical study to evaluate the role played by genetic factors in the worsening of osteoarthritis.
  • Millions of people take supplements with glucosamine and chondroitin to ease the pain from osteoarthritis in their knees and hips. However, the a new study has found that there is no clear evidence that these supplements are helping mitigating these symptoms.
  • Two popular supplements taken by millions of people around the world to combat joint pain, do not work, finds research published on bmj.com.
  • Scientists at the University of East Anglia (UEA) are launching a groundbreaking new project to investigate the benefits of broccoli in the fight against osteoarthritis.
  • A research team from the University of California, Davis and Peking University, China, has discovered a novel mechanism as to why the long-term, high-dosage use of the well-known arthritis pain medication, Vioxx, led to heart attacks and strokes. Their groundbreaking research may pave the way for a safer drug for millions of arthritis patients who suffer acute and chronic pain.
  • The American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS) recently approved and released an evidence-based clinical practice guideline on the diagnosis of periprosthetic joint infections of the hip and knee. Clinical practice guidelines are one avenue the Academy uses to ensure that patients receive high quality care. A periprosthetic joint infection occurs when bacteria or other foreign organisms enter the wound during or at any point following joint replacement surgery, sometimes even years after surgery. An infection can cause the joint to be painful or cause the implant to loosen, often times resulting in the need for revision surgery.
  • Researchers at New York University have developed an innovative way to look at the development of osteoarthritis in the knee joint - one that relies on the examination of sodium ions in cartilage. Their work, which appears in the Journal of Magnetic Resonance, may provide a non-invasive method to diagnose osteoarthritis in its very early stages.
  • On receiving an honour, the American entertainer Jack Benny once said, "I don't deserve this award but I have arthritis and I don't deserve that either." Unfortunately, Benny was not alone in suffering from arthritis as he grew older.
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