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Study Questions Use of Arthroscopic Surgery for Knee Pain

Arthroscopic surgery is often used to treat people with knee pain and damaged cartilage (a sign of osteoarthritis), but a recent scientific review suggests that this procedure doesn’t offer significant long-term benefits. More...

Can Drug Help Relieve RA fatigue?

Up to 80 percent of individuals who have rheumatoid arthritis (RA) struggle with fatigue, with many reporting that exhaustion is as debilitating as joint pain, if not more so. Can TNF inhibitors help? More...

Lyme Disease Cases Grossly Underestimated

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that in 2014 nearly 35,000 Americans had probable or confirmed cases of this tick-borne condition, which can produce arthritis symptoms. However, public health officials have long believed that the number of people in this country who develop Lyme disease is far greater. More...

Does Gout Reduce Alzheimer's Risk?

After accounting for other potential influences on the risk for dementia, researchers found that gout sufferers had a 24 percent lower risk for developing AD. More...

Acetaminophen for Osteoarthritis: Is There Any Benefit?

Some guidelines recommend acetaminophen (Tylenol and others) as one of many options for osteoarthritis (OA) pain relief. However, findings from a recent study demonstrate that it provides only minimal benefit for hip or knee pain caused by OA. More...

Study: Maintaining Weight Loss Key to Keeping Osteoarthritis Symptoms at Bay

Participants in all three groups in the study reported a modest, but similarly significant, decrease in knee pain and improved quality of life. More...

Osteoporosis Common in Those with RA

Research has found that people with rheumatoid arthritis (RA) are 1.5 times more likely to experience an osteoporosis-related fracture than those who don't have RA. More...

Water-Based Exercise: A Great Workout Option If You Have Painful Joints

There's a kinder, gentler way to improve cardiovascular and muscular strength: Water-based workouts are among the best exercise programs for older adults. More...

RA or Osteoarthritis: How to Tell the Difference

Joint pain and stiffness are the primary symptoms of both osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis (RA), and many people confuse the two. But different processes are at work in each disease. More...

Managing RA fatigue

Although fatigue associated with rheumatoid arthritis is one of the most common symptoms of RA—as many as 80 percent of sufferers experience fatigue, according to some estimates—it also remains one of the most elusive to treat. More...

Methotrexate: Is There a Better First Drug for Rheumatoid Arthritis?

Methotrexate is the first drug most doctors prescribe for patients newly diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis (RA), but findings from a recent study published in The New England Journal of Medicine suggest another drug may be more effective. More...

The Danger of Ignoring Psoriatic Arthritis

The longer patients waited to see their doctors, the worse the damage. More...

Glucosamine for Joint Pain: Is There a Benefit?

Researchers have done dozens of studies on glucosamine, focusing primarily on its effect on knee pain, with conflicting results. But some recent evidence suggests that glucosamine/chondroitin may offer an alternative treatment for some patients. More...

A Look at Cognitive Therapy for Chronic Pain

If you have chronic pain, you may not be finding adequate relief with medications or surgery. This can affect your mood, your health and your overall quality of life. But pain is not simply a physical sensation; it also has psychological and emotional components, which are not always addressed in a treatment plan. More...

Infection After Joint Surgery: What You Need to Know

Most joint infections require two surgeries: one to remove the prosthetic joint and treat the infection and another to implant a new joint. More...

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