Monthly Archives: September 2011

Michele Barrett

I’ve been involved with ARIA for 10 years in various capacities. I’m very excited about the difference I make in supporting this important research. I see many people who have resigned themselves to getting osteoarthritis, as if it’s a given. But I know first-hand that’s not the case. You see, I’m also a study participant. It shocked me to find out at age 40 that I already had signs of osteoarthritis, specifically, in my hands. But there

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Dr. Lissa Fahlman

I remember forty years ago when my grandmother would get gold shots in her knees to help with her rheumatism. Not only did she periodically get the gold shots, she was on such a high dosage of aspirin that she often had ringing in her ears. She also had large nodes on her fingers and trouble with her hands. Like many people of her age, she wasn’t a complainer, but she was not able to do many of the things she wanted to do because of her arthritis

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Paul E. Leaverton, PhD, Special Consultant

Paul E. Leaverton, PhD, Special Consultant Retired ARIA Director of Research My relationship with ARIA began in 1985, when I was Acting Director for Epidemiology and Biometry at the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute at of the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Maryland. I had just accepted a new position as founding chairman of the Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics in the new College of Public Health at the University of

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The Foot May Be The Root

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: The Foot May Be The Root Osteoarthritis in the foot may mean it will pop up in other sites Clearwater, Florida - The foot may be the root of osteoarthritis elsewhere in the body. A study of more than 3,400 men and women older than 40 found that those with osteoarthritis in their feet are three times more likely to also develop stiff, aching joints in their hands or knees. Even after considering the influence of age, gender

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Prescription for Exercise Dropouts

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Prescription for Exercise Dropouts Pain medications can cause some adults to drop out of exercise programs Clearwater, Florida - It’s tough to figure out why people drop exercise programs; burnout, injuries or boredom are possible causes. A study of 143 adults in an osteoarthritis exercise program in Clearwater, FL pointed to another cause:  relying on pain medications to ease the pain and stiffness of the disease. During

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Bigger Risks for Littler People

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Bigger Risks for Littler People Low Stature and the Risk of Osteoarthritis Are Related Clearwater, Florida - “Short people got no reason to live,” according to songwriter Randy Newman’s comic tune.  A study by a Clearwater, FL research organization suggests that “height-challenged” people should also worry more about creaky joints and aching knees as they age than their taller counterparts. Fifty percent of short

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Look at Your Shoes for the Clue

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Look at Your Shoes for the Clue Ankles that turn in or out linked to a higher risk for foot osteoarthritis Clearwater, Florida - Your shoes may be a sort of crystal ball to predict whether you’ll develop osteoarthritis in your feet. Excessive wear on the outside or inside of the soles may signal unstable ankles that have been associated with a higher risk of developing the pain and stiffness of foot osteoarthritis. Ankles

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Hand in Hand: Aching Fingers Improve with Exercise

Hand in Hand: Aching Fingers Improve with Exercise Adults with hand osteoarthritis saw modest gains with targeted exercises Squeezy, squishy hand stress balls may increase your grip strength and relieve pain in your hands while you’re taking out your frustrations about traffic and kids on them. A study of 76 adults with hand osteoarthritis (OA) found a modest increase in grip strength and pain relief over not using them or substituting the therapy

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Get a Grip: Exercise Improves Hand Strength

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Get a Grip: Exercise Improves Hand Strength In addition to its other benefits, strength training improves stiff, achy hands Clearwater, Florida - Strength training makes you look better at the beach and helps you rake more leaves in the fall, but there are unexpected benefits to using weight machines to buff up. Grip strength which eased the stiff, achy joints of hand osteoarthritis (OA) also improved in 55 subjects who were

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Rainy Weather Doesn’t Make Those Old Bones Ache

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Rainy Weather Doesn’t Make Those Old Bones Ache Debunking the old wives’ tale about joint pain and the weather Clearwater, Florida - Grandpa may have been convinced that bad weather made his old bones ache but—like other myths about swallowing bubble gum or waiting a half hour after lunch to jump in the pool—the connection between bad weather and an increase in osteoarthritis (OA) symptoms is mostly an old wives’

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