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New Blood Test Diagnoses OA in Early Stages

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

4. Choose Richly Colored Fruits

Eat a “Rainbow” for Maximum Nutrition
Much of what we said in the previous chapter about vegetables also applies to fruits, including the importance of eating a “rainbow” to get a variety of beneficial phytonutrients. According to the USDA’s MyPlate, women over age 50 should get one and a half

Bone Pain? Consider These Imaging and Screening Options

Bone Pain? Consider These Imaging and Screening Options

If you’ve been feeling bone pain, your doctor may take one look at that stiff, swollen joint or that loss of motion and suspect that what you’ve got is the inevitable onset of age-related osteoarthritis (OA) or the autoimmune disorder that leads to rheumatoid arthritis (RA).
But to refine that diagnosis,

Celecoxib Scores OK on Cardiac Safety

Osteoarthritis (OA) and rheumatoid arthritis (RA) affect the lives of millions of people worldwide. OA is known for progressive damage to joint cartilage, which causes changes in the surrounding tissues. RA is a chronic disease that causes pain, stiffness, swelling, and limits range of motion and function of many joints;

Arthritis Medications: Which Drugs Will Your Doctor Prescribe?

Arthritis Medications: Which Drugs Will Your Doctor Prescribe?

Doctors have at their disposal a broad array of arthritis medications: some fast-acting and widely used, some that run the risk of dependence. Your prescription will depend on the severity of your condition.

The first tier in the drug pharmacopeia available is called “the first line” of available arthritis medications. They’re

Finding Help: Fibromyalgia Pain and Treatment

Finding Help: Fibromyalgia Pain and Treatment

In the world of medicine, fibromyalgia is a relatively new disease. The first controlled study that validated the symptoms of fibromyalgia was published in 1981, and the American Pain Society issued the first treatment guidelines for fibromyalgia pain in 2005.

“Fibromyalgia is a generalized soft tissue pain syndrome characterized by widespread

Pain Behind Knee? Injury vs. Disease-Related Causes

Pain Behind Knee? Injury vs. Disease-Related Causes

Pain behind the knee can be caused by a variety of conditions, the vast majority of which are injury-related. Some systemic diseases, however, can cause pain-behind-knee symptoms, and some life-threatening diseases also can be a source.
Here, we take a closer look at injuries as well as diseases that might lead

Finding Help for Fibromyalgia

In the world of medicine, fibromyalgia is a relatively new disease; the first controlled study that validated the symptoms of fibromyalgia was published in 1981, and the American Pain Society issued the first treatment guidelines for fibromyalgia in 2005.

“Fibromyalgia is a generalized soft tissue pain syndrome characterized by widespread or

Lifestyle is Key in Preventing Damage from Rheumatoid Arthritis

An estimated 1.3 million Americans are afflicted with rheumatoid arthritis (RA), and women are more than twice as likely as men to have the disease. RA is characterized by inflammation in the lining of the joints, which can lead to joint damage, chronic pain, and disability.

“RA is an autoimmune disease,

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