For several decades I have played competitive tennis on the cement courts in Southern California. In hindsight, being slightly bowlegged exaggerated the pressure and forces on my knees, so it is not surprising that I developed knee arthritis and significant knee pain. I am a pharmaceutical chemist for those who don’t know me and have a master’s degree in clinical nutrition. Unfortunately, the pain developed close to 30 years ago before I became an expert on plant chemistry and its...Read More
Arthritis is a common condition that impacts more than 50 million adults in the United States. It is the most common cause of disability, accounting for more than 12 million lost workdays each year. If you or someone you love has been diagnosed with arthritis recently, these facts will help you better understand – and hopefully manage – this condition. Arthritis is among the oldest-known human conditions Arthritis isn’t deadly, and it doesn’t decrease the quality of life substantially, as...Read More
The hands are one of the most sophisticated features of the human body; they are capable of grabbing, pinching, picking up heavy objects, and performing complex, detailed work with outstanding precision. Most of the hands’ movements are controlled by a group of muscles in the forearm that connect to each finger via long tendons that pass through the wrist.Read More
Joints are the places on the body where two or more bones meet. Humans have three main types of joints: synovial, cartilaginous, and fibrous. Synovial joints are freely movable, meaning that they allow you to extend, rotate or pivot the bones to which they are connected. Some common examples of synovial joints are the knee, elbow, wrist, and knuckle joints. Cartilaginous and fibrous joints provide little to no range of motion; the fibers that connect the bones on your skull...Read More
Arthritis sufferers are 54% more likely to be obese than non-sufferers. Daily moderate exercise and cutting out fatty, sugary foods from the diet can benefit arthritis sufferers greatly. The number of states where 40% or more of arthritis sufferers were also obese, increased from ZERO in 2005, to 12 in 2009.Read More
Biological Drugs Used to Treat Rheumatoid Arthritis Increases Risk of Skin Cancer Do you suffer from rheumatoid arthritis? If you are taking a class of biological drugs referred to as TNF-inhibitors to treat you condition, you may be at a significantly increased risk of developing skin cancer. An analysis of multiple studies cumulatively following over 40,000 RA patients exposed to the drugs for almost 150,000 patient years found that these TNF-inhibitor drugs did not increase the risk of internal...Read More
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