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Think You Know What Will Help Your Achy Knees? Think Again

NSAIDs like ibuprofen, naproxen may actually exacerbate osteoarthritis inflammation: scientists

(Newser) - When those achy joints start acting up, it seems to be popular wisdom to pop an Advil, Motrin, or Aleve. Now, however, scientists say ibuprofen and naproxen, sold under these brand names and others, may actually exacerbate things for patients suffering from osteoarthritis, worsening their inflammation instead of tamping it...

1.2M Watched Her Give Birth. Now, a Farewell to April

Giraffe at upstate NY zoo is euthanized due to advancing arthritis

(Newser) - April, the giraffe that became a sensation when a rural New York zoo livestreamed her 2017 pregnancy and delivery, was euthanized Friday because of advancing arthritis, the zoo said. "She is a precious member of our family, and while we knew this day would eventually come, our hearts are...

Reason for Your Achy Knee May Be a 'Little Bean'
This 'Pointless' Bone Vanished
From Humans. Now It's Back
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This 'Pointless' Bone Vanished From Humans. Now It's Back

Scientists thought evolution had taken its toll on knee's fabella, but it's making a comeback

(Newser) - One hundred years ago, just 11% of humans had a fabella, a tiny bone embedded in the tendon behind the knee. Last year, the percentage of people worldwide with that bone spiked to 39%, and scientists are trying to figure out why a bone that doctors generally think is "...

Arthritis Is the Byproduct of Adapting to Cold Climates
Humans Developed Arthritis
as They Moved Out of Africa
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Humans Developed Arthritis as They Moved Out of Africa

Joint pain is the price we paid for evolution

(Newser) - Arthritis causes pain and suffering for millions of people around the world, but it's also the byproduct of an evolutionary mutation that allowed early humans to make the move from Africa to colder climates tens of thousands of years ago. Researchers at Stanford University have discovered that a genetic...

Surprise: Running May Actually Make Knees Healthier

Study finds running lessens risk factors associated with knee inflammation

(Newser) - "It flies in the face of intuition," Matt Seeley tells UPI . Seeley is the co-author of a study published in the European Journal of Applied Physiology that may upend what we thought we knew about running's effect on knees. Conventional wisdom says running is hard on the...

Paintings of Michelangelo Reveal His Malady

Researchers say he had osteoarthritis

(Newser) - For centuries it has been thought that Michelangelo suffered from gout in later life, which was at the time used as a catch-all phrase to include all forms of arthritis. Researchers are reporting in the Journal of the Royal Society of Medicine that the famous artist instead had osteoarthritis. It'...

Yoga 3 Times a Week Pays Big Dividends
 Yoga 3 Times 
 a Week Pays 
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Yoga 3 Times a Week Pays Big Dividends

Arthritis sufferers saw substantial improvement

(Newser) - "There's kind of a myth that says if you have arthritis, the good thing to do is to rest your joints," says a John Hopkins professor who co-authored a study that might bust the myth wide open. In the study of 75 sedentary adults with rheumatoid arthritis...

Celebrex Fraud Docs Reveal Deception at Pfizer

Arthritis drug-maker was 'cherry-picking' data, says employee

(Newser) - A federal judge has unsealed documents in a long-running fraud case against Pfizer, maker of the arthritis drug Celebrex—and selected quotes are none too pretty. "They swallowed our story, hook, line and sinker," wrote a research director at Pfizer, which had said Celebrex was safer for the...

Lack of Sunshine Linked to MS, Arthritis

Vitamin D affects 229 disease-linked genes

(Newser) - A lack of sunshine makes people more likely to contract diseases including arthritis, multiple sclerosis, Type 1 diabetes, and some cancers, according to scientists exploring the genetic link between disease and low levels of vitamin D. Genetic researchers found that the vitamin—which the body makes when the skin is...

Arthritis Trips Up Middle-Age Fitness Buffs

Study finds that most ardent runners most likely to suffer knee damage

(Newser) - A new study shows that lots of exercise isn’t always good for you—at least not if you want to avoid arthritis. Following more than 200 people aged 45 to 55, the study found that the most ardent exercisers—those who worked out several hours a week—were the...

Running May Be Good for Knees

Runners' 'motion groove' can prevents arthritis in old age

(Newser) - Conventional wisdom holds that running will eventually trash your knees by wearing down their cartilage, ultimately leading to arthritis. But that may have to be revised: Recent studies suggest that runners may have healthier knees in old age than their sedentary peers, reports Gretchen Reynolds for the New York Times....

Leading Supplements Don't Slow Arthritis: Study

Glucosamine, chondroitin sulfate are top sellers in US

(Newser) - Popular nutritional supplements glucosamine and chondroitin sulfate don’t slow the progression of arthritis, a 2-year study finds. Though a combination of the two is the nation's sixth-highest-selling dietary supplement, they didn’t cut cartilage loss any better than sugar pills in osteoarthritis patients, reports USA Today, confirming the findings...

Popular Surgery 'Useless' For Knee Arthritis

Arthroscopy no more effective than meds, physical therapy: study

(Newser) - Arthroscopic surgery, performed on almost a million Americans every year, is a useless treatment for arthritis of the knee, a new study reports. Researchers found that 178 arthritic patients who had surgery, physical therapy, and medication fared no better than patients who had medication and therapy alone. The procedure, which...

Swimmer Torres Set for Shoulder Surgery

41-year-old won three silvers in pain during Beijing Olympics

(Newser) - Dara Torres will finally get some relief after swimming to three silver medals with a damaged shoulder, CNN reports. The 41-year-old is scheduled today for a surgery she put off before the Olympics. Torres went to Beijing armed with anti-inflammatories, but started having intense pain while there. She plans to...

Wear and Tear Could Mean Early Arthritis for Tiger

Doctors call his US Open win despite injury remarkable

(Newser) - Doctors were impressed by Tiger Woods’ US Open win despite recent surgery and obvious pain—but they say the damage could lead to early arthritis that will eventually push him off the green, the AP reports. Next year, “he should be able to get back and compete at the...

Bourbon a Day Keeps the Arthritis Away

Regular drinkers are half as likely to develop joint disease

(Newser) - Swedish scientists have found another perk for regular drinkers, the BBC reports, with imbibers up to 50% less likely to develop rheumatoid arthritis. In two studies involving several thousand participants, those who downed 5 glasses of wine a week saw their risk cut in half. The study reiterated that smoking...

US Braces for Explosion in Knee and Hip Surgeries

$65B cost will be born largely by public

(Newser) - The number of hip and knee replacements performed in the US will explode in the next several decades—knee operations surging fivefold and hips doubling—as aging baby boomers opt to stay out of wheelchairs, the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons estimates. The pricetag will reach $65 billion in less...

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