Most people have a few tricks to remove tight jar lids—tapping the lid on a counter, running it under hot water, and smacking the bottom of the jar are common strategies. Sometimes these age-old tricks work quite well. Other times, people struggle and try to twist and force the jar … Read More
Bones & Joints
Internal Medicine News Briefs: New Cartilage Treatment; Cystic Fibrosis & Celiac Disease; New Tool for Bacterial Infection
Technology Can Deliver Drugs to Cartilage
People with osteoarthritis may have a new way to slow or even reverse the cartilage breakdown that is a hallmark of the disease. Engineers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology have designed a material that can administer drugs directly to the chondrocyte cells in cartilage. … Read More
If you suffer from osteoarthritis (OA) of the knee and you’ve been avoiding exercise because you fear it may worsen your condition, think again. A study presented at the American College of Rheumatology’s annual meeting in October 2018 found that people with knee OA who regularly walk at a moderate-to-vigorous … Read More
For people with bunion—a deformity of the metatarsophalangeal joint that causes a bony bump off of the big toe—years may pass with little more trouble than a limited choice of shoes. For many people, though, bunions eventually become painful and can limit function.
A visit to the podiatrist usually yields conservative … Read More
Q: I have severe osteoarthritis in my right knee; the pain keeps me awake at night, and I can no longer walk up and down stairs. I am 79 years old; am I too old to get a knee replacement?
A: There’s no upper age limit for joint replacement surgery. When … Read More
Osteoporosis Drugs Work Best When Taken Consistently
Women with osteoporosis who consistently take medication that prevents further bone loss and/or strengthens bone have a lower risk for fractures than those who take the medication inconsistently, according to a study published in the November 2018 issue of Osteoporosis International. The researchers analyzed Medicare … Read More
Living with arthritis can be tough. It affects you physically and emotionally, and also can impact all of the practical aspects of your life. Moreover, when it comes to arthritis care, everyone is different: What works for one person may not work for you—so experiment, and come up with a … Read More
Alternative treatment options—also known as complementary therapies—can be a good adjunct to medication when it comes to managing arthritis symptoms. Some of the options address physical causes of pain, but don’t forget that chronic pain is complicated. In arthritis, tissue inflammation, bone erosion, and nerve impingement can combine to “rewire” … Read More