Articles on Arthritis and Gout

Arthritis is a group of conditions involving damage to the joints of the body.  There are different types of arthritis, each having a different cause. The most common form is osteoarthritis, a degenerative joint disease that is a result of trauma to the joint, infection of the joint or age.  Another type of arthritis is where the body attacks itself (autoimmune diseases).  Examples of this kind are rheumatoid arthritis and psoriatic arthritis.  Septic arthritis is caused by an infection of the joint.  Gouty arthritis is caused by deposition of uric acid crystals in the joint, which causes inflammation. There is also an uncommon form of gout called pseudogout that is caused by the formation of rhomboid crystals of calcium pyrophosphate.

 

05/13/2011 - Articles
Broken Hip

Broken Hip: How to Survive a Broken Hip?

A broken hip is a complete or partial break in the proximal end of the femur (also called thighbone), near the hip joint..About 300,000 Americans are hospitalized for a broken hip every year. Falls leading to a broken hip are fairly common in older folk. The outcome after surgery seems to depend a lot on the risk of postoperative complications, which themselves are influenced by the general health of the patient before their injury. Read more

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05/12/2010 - Articles

Gene variant linked to osteoarthritis

Osteoarthritis is the most common of the degenerative joint diseases and it is a significant cause of disability among older people. We know that age, overweight and obesity, as well as a history of injury, are risk factors for osteoarthritis. But genetic factors are involved as well. Researchers in Germany have now uncovered a variant in a gene known as COX-2. We know that this gene is involved in the inflammatory process which appears to be involved in end-stage hip and knee osteoarthritis. The variant involves a change in the DNA of this gene from coding letter G to C. Note that the genetic code of DNA is ‘written’ in chemicals called four bases known as G, C, A and T for short and in gene variants, these letters are swapped and substituted in various places on the genome.  Also, each person bears two copies – known as alleles – of each gene. One is inherited from the mother, one from the father. Read more

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04/28/2010 - Articles

Glucosamine alternative may help with arthritis

There has been a great deal of interest in the use of dietary supplements, such as glucosamine, to help maintain joint health and mobility. Recent news reports suggest that too many people are going to see their GP with minor problems - costing the health service across the UK nearly £2bn a year. Although there is currently no cure for osteoarthritis or rheumatoid arthritis, treatment could focus more on self-management and lifestyle changes to alleviate pain – and glucosamine and other natural supplements could perhaps play a role in this. Read more

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12/23/2009 - Articles

Exercise and Weight Loss Help Osteoarthritis

Given the recent anxiety about using pain-killing drugs, osteoarthritis sufferers are looking for other ways to get some relief. Read more

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12/23/2009 - Articles

Knee Osteoarthritis: Is Arthroscopy Any Help?

A lot of people with osteoarthritis of the knee joint undergo an operative procedure called arthroscopy, with or without scraping away of rough and loose tissue in the joint cavity (called debridem Read more

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12/22/2009 - Articles

Choosing the best surgical treatment of hip fractures

Is hip replacement (arthroplasty) the most cost-effective and beneficial treatment for hip fractures? It depends. Read more

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12/17/2009 - Articles
Eat Right to Fight BPH

Eat Right to Fight BPH

Benign prostatic hypertrophy (BPH) has been reported to be more common in men who eat a lot of dairy foods. A new study from Italy, however, suggests that cereals, bread, and eggs may be bad, while soup, vegetables, and pulses may be good, if you want to avoid BPH. Read more

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10/13/2009 - Articles
The Negative Effects of Smoking on Bones, Joints and Healing

The Negative Effects of Smoking on Bones, Joints and Healing

Can smoking affect surgery, bone health and healing? Results of 44 studies say "yes" . . . . . Read more

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09/14/2009 - Articles

"Oh - My Aching Back!" -- Part 1

It's said that 2/3 of adults suffer from low back pain at some time in their lives. Maybe you've had your attack already. Read more

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09/14/2009 - Articles
Hip Replacement: Questions and Answers about Hip Replacement

Hip Replacement: Questions and Answers about Hip Replacement

Hip replacement, or arthroplasty, is a surgical procedure in which the diseased parts of the hip joint are removed and replaced with new, artificial parts. These artificial parts are called the prosthesis. The goals of hip replacement surgery are to improve mobility by relieving pain and improve function of the hip joint. Read more

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