December 17, 2001 |
Question: I have arthritis in my toes and sometimes my hands and elbows, too. I try to walk for exercise, but when my toes get really sore, this isn't easy. Do you have any alternatives for exercise with arthritis? PATRICK WILTON Winter Park, Fla. Answer: Your walking routine is a great low-impact exercise for someone with arthritis, but when you have a flare-up in your toes, opt for a stationary bicycle.
October 6, 2000 |
The drug maker ESI Lederle announced Thursday that it is recalling 4.2 million capsules of the arthritis drug etodolac because they are contaminated with another drug that could cause life-threatening problems in some patients. The manufacturer said the recall covers one lot--No. 9991052--of 300-milligram capsules of the drug used in arthritis and pain management. The capsules were distributed nationwide.
October 18, 1989 |
Individuals who are calm and easygoing, unflappable in the face of a crisis, may be more susceptible to arthritis than those who are more excitable, according to a new study by researchers at the National Institutes of Health. The researchers have traced arthritis susceptibility in rats to a defect in the brain's regulation of the stress response, the first time the crippling disease has been linked to temperament or behavior.
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July 24, 1995 |
Adding the immunosuppressive drug cyclosporine to a regimen of the anti-arthritic drug methotrexate can significantly reduce the symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis, according to a study in the New England Journal of Medicine. A team at the University of Ottawa gave 74 arthritics methotrexate alone and 74 a combination of the two drugs.
September 14, 1992 |
Elgin Baylor's first appointment with Dr. Robert Kerlan ended before it started. Waiting in Kerlan's lobby in the early 1960s, Baylor peered through a doorway and saw the orthopedist hunched over, apparently in severe pain. "He seemed to have a problem and couldn't even help himself," says the former Laker star. "I told the receptionist I was there for a cold and had come to the wrong doctor. And I left." When other doctors could not free his knees of pain, Baylor returned.
April 26, 2004 |
Squatting puts tremendous stress on the knees, and doing it habitually appears to contribute to arthritis later in life. To determine the extent of that risk, Boston University medical researchers studied more than 1,800 men and women age 60 and older in China, where squatting is common.
May 11, 1998 |
The day of my father-in-law's funeral I was in agony, both emotionally and physically. My feet and ankles were so inflamed, they felt like someone had taken a hammer to them. Thinking it was just a bad case of runners' feet, I told myself that this too shall pass. But within the week, my wrists were about the same size as my forearms. And then my sciatica flared up. I couldn't walk, sit or stand up. Even lying down hurt.
September 15, 1997 |
Doctors know that people with osteoarthritis in their knees tend to have weak muscles around the affected joint, and exercising to strengthen those muscles has been shown to reduce pain and improve mobility. But they've generally assumed that the muscle weakness develops because pain prevents the arthritis sufferer from fully using the joint. Now a study of elderly people suggests that, at least for women, the muscle weakness may come first--or may at least develop very early in the disease.
January 6, 2004 |
Isis Pharmaceuticals Inc., which is developing drugs for cancer and autoimmune diseases, said Monday that an experimental medicine eased patients' rheumatoid arthritis symptoms in a study. The Carlsbad, Calif., company said 41% of patients who received the treatment had a measurable improvement. Rheumatoid arthritis is a crippling form of the joint disease, which primarily afflicts women. If approved, the medicine, known as Isis 104838, would compete against Amgen Inc.'