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HEALTH
December 17, 2001 | STEPHANIE OAKES
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.
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NEWS
October 6, 2000 | From Associated Press
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.
NEWS
October 18, 1989 | THOMAS H. MAUGH II, TIMES SCIENCE WRITER
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.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 24, 1995 | From Times staff and wire reports
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.
NEWS
September 14, 1992 | GARY LIBMAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
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.
HEALTH
April 26, 2004 | Jane E. Allen
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.
HEALTH
September 15, 1997 | THE WASHINGTON POST
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.
HEALTH
August 9, 2004 | Judy Foreman, Special to The Times
Americans spend $6 billion a year on the arthritis painkillers Vioxx and Celebrex, which are said to be as good as over-the-counter drugs -- but easier on the stomach. But the two have not lived up to their hype, according to published research and interviews with arthritis doctors and drug specialists. Vioxx, which may be better for the stomach, appears to have a far worse side effect than over-the-counter drugs: an increased risk of heart attack.
SCIENCE
September 11, 2008 | Denise Gellene, Times Staff Writer
Arthroscopic knee surgery for arthritis -- a procedure performed hundreds of thousands of times a year -- does not reduce joint pain or improve knee function, according to new research released Wednesday. The study of 178 adults with moderate to severe arthritis found that the surgery, in which damaged bone and cartilage are removed through tiny incisions, had no benefits beyond nonsurgical treatments, such as physical therapy. The report in the New England Journal of Medicine confirmed the results of a 2002 study that caused many orthopedic surgeons to discontinue the practice.
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