Video-assisted hand therapy equal to in-person sessions after thumb arthritis surgery
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by Iona Walton
2d ago
Hand therapy is often recommended after surgery for arthritis. But for many of us, travelling to clinics is difficult in terms of logistics and finances. New research in the Journal of Bone & Joint Surgery suggests videos of exercises can be as helpful as in-person sessions. A total of 58 people who had carpometacarpal arthroplasty (a common surgical procedure for people with osteoarthritis of the thumb) were split into groups. One group had video-only therapy, consisting of online videos of hand therapy exercises to be performed at home. The other group had five in-person visits with a h ..read more
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Natural material – hydroxyapatite – transforms into new bone tissue
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by Iona Walton
1w ago
An injection of bone substitute around orthopaedic implants strengthens and stabilises bones. When people are also given an injection of bisphosphonate, new bone tissue is formed. The bone substitute is a natural component called hydroxyapatite. “Our material solidifies within minutes, and immediately improves the strength of the bone anchorache,” explains Dr Deepak Raina who is involved in the work. “In a second step, the patient is given an injection of a drug, a bisphosphonate, that finds its way via the bloodstream to the bone mineral, where it binds and activates new bone formation arou ..read more
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Early-onset osteoarthritis cases have almost doubled since 1990
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by Iona Walton
2w ago
Early-onset osteoarthritis – defined as occurring in people aged 30–54 years old – nearly doubled between 1990 and 2019 says new data. Why? Because of the rise in overweight and obesity, the team behind the findings suggests. Data from covering 204 countries and territories was analysed and the findings revealed in Annals of the Rheumatic Diseases. “Previous studies of early-onset osteoarthritis have focused mainly on sports or traffic-related injuries and occupational activities,” says Dr Qianlin Weng who is involved in the work. “However, overweight and obesity merits more attention since i ..read more
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Coffee bean compound – chlorogenic acid – may reduce bone loss highlights new research
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by Iona Walton
2w ago
Chlorogenic acid is a promising candidate for the management of osteoporosis experts advise in the light of new research. A natural compound found in a variety of plants, chlorogenic acid belongs to a group of compounds called polyphenols, which have antioxidant properties. Abundant in various fruits and vegetables such as apples, pears, tomatoes and blueberries, coffee beans are a particularly well-known source of chlorogenic acid. Previous work shows chlorogenic acid may be important in blood sugar regulation, weight management, heart health and have neuroprotective effects. Now research us ..read more
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Hand care for people with arthritis
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by Iona Walton
1M ago
This certified organic hand lotion leaves skin feeling beautifully soft and moisturised. Enriched with skin-conditioning sunflower oil, protective beeswax to help lock in moisture, and a purifying blend of organic essential oils, it’s the perfect treat for aching hand joints. Organic Defence Hand Cream 50ml is available for £6.50 (50ml) from www.nealsyardremedies.com or tel 0800 0832 111.   Nail saviour Good Housekeeping recently asked 770 women to test 42 brands of nail strengtheners over one month. Winning product Orly Nail Defense Strengthening Treatment is enriched with proteins to s ..read more
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Target calcium crystal deposits to relieve osteoarthritis knee pain
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by Iona Walton
1M ago
Calcium crystal deposits in the knee contribute to joint damage and could represent a successful area of treatment, says new research in Arthritis & Rheumatology. Knee osteoarthritis is the most common form of arthritis, affecting around 600 million people worldwide. There are no treatments available that prevent its progression. Previously, calcium crystal deposits in the joint were thought to be of no clinical importance. But now a team from the US has used new imaging techniques and found that calcium crystal deposits in the knee can actually contribute to worsening of joint damage. “T ..read more
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Gut microbiota imbalances may influence fibromyalgia
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by Iona Walton
1M ago
Imbalances in the intestinal microbiota could lead to development of fibromyalgia. People with fibromyalgia seem to have higher levels of Clostridium, Bacteroides, Coprococcus and Ruminococcus, but lower levels of Bifidobacterium, Lactobacillus, Eubacterium, Lachnospiraceae and Firmicutes. Microbiota changes were linked to the availability of neurotransmitters that influence pain levels. Another effect of the imbalances could be increased permeability of the lining of the intestines, stimulating the gut-brain axis immune pathway, the researchers stated. Small intestinal bacterial overgrowth ..read more
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The iconic actor and writer Sheila Hancock reveals stress induces rheumatoid arthritis flares
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by Iona Walton
1M ago
Sheila Hancock’s successes extend way beyond her phenomenal award-winning acting career. A celebrated author, she is interested in world events, tragedies, politics, and helps where she can, working tirelessly for charities and in schools. Personal sadness comes to us all and Sheila has had her fair share, so she was well-equipped to take on a rheumatoid arthritis diagnosis in her eighties, seeing it as another challenge to be faced. “My first encounter with rheumatoid arthritis was excruciating pain in my hand four years ago,” she remembers. “At the time I was dealing with a build-up of extr ..read more
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High temperatures and low humidity may double risk of gout flare
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by Iona Walton
2M ago
Weather conditions may double the risk of a gout flare says new research from Australia. But no clear link was found between weather and common muscle and joint symptoms. There is a longstanding belief that changes in weather can trigger muscle and joint pain. Although the study in Seminars in Arthritis and Rheumatism finds no clear pattern between the two, it did reveal that warm weather could lead to dehydration and increased uric acid concentration in people with gout. Researchers pooled data from existing international studies on weather and musculoskeletal pain that involved over 15,000 ..read more
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Acupuncture may reduce the risk of stroke linked to rheumatoid arthritis
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by Iona Walton
2M ago
A course of acupuncture could curb the heightened risk of stroke associated with rheumatoid arthritis, reveals a large study published in BMJ Open. Heart disease is the leading cause of death in people with rheumatoid arthritis. And they are more likely to have a stroke than the general population, note the researchers. Acupuncture is already used to control pain and dampen down inflammation, and the researchers (who analysed data from over 23,000 people) wanted to find out if it might also lower the risk of ischaemic stroke – caused by a blood clot in the brain – that is associated with syst ..read more
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