The Osteoarthritis Research Society International's World Congress on Osteoarthritis concluded on April 21, with a clear focus on finding new ways to recognize the disease early and identify and slow progression.
Conferences page on Musculoskeletal Network features reports on the latest in osteoarthritis research, including:
Women do most housework and are at most risk of knee osteoarthritis. A study that assesses housework as a physical occupation has documented its toll on the knees. Again, recreational sports are vindicated.
High-dose vitamin D supplementation was somewhat favorable in preventing hip fracture and any nonvertebral fracture in persons aged 65 years and older in a Swiss study that appeared recently in the New England Journal of Medicine.
In a newly developed self-reported fitness survey intended to estimate fitness in adults aged 40 years and older, survey items in 4 fitness domains are correlated with analogous Senior Fitness Test items, indicating that participants can use the survey to self-report physical fitness accurately.
Women aged 50 years and older who experience worsening pain with aging also are at higher risk for depression, obesity, and declining physical function, according to researchers from the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Center in Seattle.
The aging process is difficult, involving multisystem functional decline, and the pharmacokinetics of medications are altered in older persons, resulting in increased risks. Concerns are demonstrated in case reports.
Why are gout patients seeking treatment from their healthcare providers at three times the rate they were in the later 20th century? Researchers suggest that better disease awareness and an aging population may hold the answers. More »
OBJECTIVE To compare the cost effectiveness of the three most commonly chosen types of prosthesis for total hip replacement. DESIGN Lifetime cost effectiveness model with parameters estimated from individual patient data obtained from three large national databases. SETTING English National Health Service. PARTICIPANTS Adults aged 55 to 84 undergoing primary total hip replacement for osteoarthritis. INTERVENTIONS Total hip replacement using either cemented, cementless, or hybrid prostheses. MAIN OUTCOME M
Over two million anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) injuries occur worldwide annually, and the greater prevalence for ACL injury in young female athletes is one of the major problems in sports medicine. Optimal treatment of ACL injury requires individualised management. Patient selection is of utmost importance, and so is respect for the patient's functional demands and interests. All patients with an ACL tear may not need surgery, however athletes and persons with an active lifestyle with high knee fun
Purpose: The purpose of this study was to assess the degree of osteoarthritis, degree of laxity, and quality-of-life (QOL) scores in primary and revision anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) reconstruction.Methods: This was a cross-sectional study; 25 patients who had undergone revision ACL reconstruction with allografts were identified and compared with 27randomly selected primary ACL reconstruction patients operated on in the same hospital in the same period with the same technique. The main outcome mea
Treatment & Management: Parkinson Disease. Parkinson disease (PD) is one of the most common neurologic disorders, affecting approximately 1% of individuals older than 60 years and causing progressive disability that can be slowed, but not halted, by treatment.
How Physicians Can Manage Unexpected Free Time Jennifer Frank, MD, October 22, 2013 Whether you have an unexpected patient no-show, or two hours before bed, figuring out how to spend spurts of free time can be a work-life balance stressor.
(AUDIO) Wilmer L. Sibbitt, Jr, MD--one of the world's leading authorities on the subject--offers succinct answers to questions about ultrasound and arthrocentesis, as well as other applications of ultrasound in primary care.