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2009-11-30 09:47:01

Gender and racial disparity observed in both country and city dwellers Southern Illinois University researchers determined Medicare beneficiaries living in rural areas were 27% more likely than urban recipients to have total knee or hip replacement surgeries. Researchers found women were more likely than men to undergo total joint replacement surgeries. Differences in elective joint surgeries between white individuals and minorities in both rural and urban areas were observed, but were less...

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2009-11-30 08:34:26

Out-of-pocket OA expenses nearly 100 percent higher for women than men Osteoarthritis (OA), a highly prevalent disease, raised aggregate annual medical care expenditures in the U.S. by $185.5 billion according to researchers from Stony Brook University. Insurers footed $149.4 billion of the total medical spend and out-of-pocket (OOP) expenditures were $36.1 billion (2007 dollars). Results of the cost analysis study are published in the December issue of Arthritis & Rheumatism, a journal...

2009-11-02 07:00:00

ATLANTA, Nov. 2 /PRNewswire/ -- Get moving this holiday season at the Arthritis Foundation's Jingle Bell Run/Walk for Arthritis®. Be one of the thousands of runners and walkers who hit the nation's pavements, pathways and parks this winter to fight arthritis, the nation's most common cause of disability. To view the Multimedia News Release, go to: http://multivu.prnewswire.com/mnr/arthritis/40897/ (Photo: http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20091102/NY02951 ) The...

2009-10-29 14:36:08

Increase in bone density and fewer new vertebral fractures noted in drug trial patients A recent study determined glucocorticoid-induced osteoporosis (OP) is now treatable with Teriparatide, a synthetic form of the human parathyroid hormone. Researchers found patients with glucocorticoid-induced OP who were treated with teriparatide for 36 months had a greater increase in bone mineral density (BMD) and fewer new vertebral fractures than those treated with alendronate. The findings of this...

2009-10-29 13:56:32

Despite recent advances in anti-inflammatory therapy, many rheumatoid arthritis (RA) patients continue to suffer from pain. Research published in BioMed Central's open access journal, Arthritis Research & Therapy found that inflammation is associated with heightened pain sensitivity at joint sites, whereas increased sleep problems are associated with heightened pain sensitivity at both joint and non-joint sites. Researchers from the Division of Rheumatology and Pain Management Center of...

2009-10-09 23:01:00

PHILADELPHIA, October 10 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- For U.S. Media Only - U.S. women living with rheumatoid arthritis demand more 'good days' - 68 percent of women living with rheumatoid arthritis look for new pain relief therapies to help them cope - Almost 60 percent of women in the U.S. living with rheumatoid arthritis find intimate relations painful - Rheumatoid arthritis played a role in 25 percent of divorces amongst women with the disease A new survey...

2009-09-29 17:01:00

BRUSSELS, September 29 /PRNewswire/ -- - New Study Reveals Musculoskeletal Disorders (MSDS) Responsible for More Sick Days Than any Other Health Condition A new study today finds that musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs) account for nearly half (49%) of all absences from work and 60% of permanent work incapacity in the European Union. These and other socio-economic consequences of suffering from poor health due to muscle and joint pain represent an estimated cost to society in...

2009-09-29 13:50:18

'Red flag' clinical features aid PCPs in screening patients for serious diseases A study by researchers at The George Institute for International Health in Australia found that it is rare for patients presenting to PCPs with acute lower back pain to have previously undiagnosed serious diseases. The most common serious disease cause documented was vertebral fracture, with half of the cases identified at the time of initial consultation. Full findings appear in the October issue of Arthritis...

2009-09-29 13:14:43

The link between obesity and osteoarthritis may be more than just the wear and tear on the skeleton caused by added weight. A Duke University study has found that the absence of the appetite hormone leptin can determine whether obese mice experience arthritis, no matter how heavy they are. "We were completely surprised to find that mice that became extremely obese had no arthritis if their bodies didn't have leptin," said Farshid Guilak, Ph.D., director of orthopaedic research in the Duke...

2009-09-08 07:30:00

INDIANAPOLIS, Sept. 8 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- For people living with painful conditions, September is a time for their true stories of triumph to emerge. Helping to foster support and communication, National Pain Awareness Month allows people with painful conditions to educate others about their experiences, build connections and together fight their pain. Fibromyalgia has been a commonly misunderstood chronic pain disorder that is estimated to affect approximately 5 million...


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mundungus
  • A stinking tobacco.
  • Offal; waste animal product; organic matter unfit for consumption.
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