Bones & Joints

Bones & Joints

New Blood Test Diagnoses OA in Early Stages

· · Bones & Joints

Researchers at the Warwick Medical School’s Clinical Sciences Research Institute, UK, have developed a blood test that can diagnose osteoarthritis (OA) in its early stages, potentially leading to earlier treatment for the debilitating disease and enhanced quality of life for arthritis patients. The test also can differentiate between OA and  … Read More

Optimize the Results of Your Knee Replacement

· · Bones & Joints

As the U.S. population ages, the need for total knee replacements (TKR) will rise. Currently, more than 600,000 TKRs are performed annually, and projections estimate that, by the year 2030, the number of TKRs will increase by almost 700 percent.

Pain and stiffness resulting from osteoarthritis (OA) is the most common  … Read More

Studies Challenge Bone Benefits of Extra Calcium

· · Bones & Joints

Older adults who’ve been loading up on calcium—either in their diets or in supplement form—to protect their bones recently got a shock on the nightly news: Extra calcium, according to two new headline-making reviews published in BMJ, was not associated with meaningful benefits for improving bone density or reducing fracture  … Read More

Dietary Relief for Aching Joints

· · Bones & Joints

Whether your knees ache when you climb stairs or it hurts to bend down to tie your shoes, arthritis can be a real pain. There is no easy fix for osteoarthritis, the most common type of arthritis and the focus of this article. In this condition, cartilage (the covering on  … Read More

Knee Pain from Arthritis? Try Tai Chi

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Could an ancient Chinese mind-body practice help with knee pain from osteoarthritis? A new Tufts study reports that tai chi produces benefits similar to physical therapy for osteoarthritis patients.

The study, led by Chenchen Wang, MD, a professor at Tufts’ School of Medicine, focused on osteoarthritis patients who reported significant pain.  … Read More

Low Vitamin D Linked to Arthritis Risk

· · Bones & Joints

Here’s another reason to make sure you’re getting enough vitamin D: A recent Tufts study suggests that vitamin D deficiency may be associated with greater risk of osteoarthritis (OA) of the knee. Compared to those with adequate blood levels of vitamin D, participants low in the “sunshine vitamin” were twice  … Read More

Higher Vitamin D Fails to Boost Bone Health

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Vitamin D, which some reports have credited with near-magical powers against everything from cardiovascular disease to dementia, increasingly seems to be just another nutrient—important to get enough, but offering little advantage from extra. Now a new study suggests that even where vitamin D’s benefits are clearly established—as a partner to  … Read More



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