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Risks of Calcium Supplements Highlighted by New Study & Govt Recommendation

A large new study conducted by Swedish researchers has found that older women who consumed more than 1,400 milligrams (mg) of calcium per day (from food and calcium supplements combined) were more than twice as likely to die from . . . → Read More: Risks of Calcium Supplements Highlighted by New Study & Govt Recommendation

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New Web Resource to Help Evaluate Medical Tests & Treatments - Their Benefits, Harms & Costs - Launched by American College of Physicians

The American College of Physicians (ACP), the largest specialist physicians organization in the U.S., announced on January 16 that it has launched a new “High Value Care website” “to help physicians and other health care professionals, medical students, and . . . → Read More: New Web Resource to Help Evaluate Medical Tests & Treatments – Their Benefits, Harms & Costs – Launched by American College of Physicians

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Two Exercises to Help Prevent Knee Injuries

Many doctors and physical trainers recommend strengthening all the muscles around the knee, such as quadriceps, hamstrings, and the calf, as a way of helping to prevent knee injuries. Before embarking on any exercise program, consult your doctor first. . . . → Read More: Two Exercises to Help Prevent Knee Injuries

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Rub-On Relief for Arthritis Pain Featured in Harvard Men's Health Watch

Harvard Men’s Health Watch, a newsletter published by Harvard Medical School, has released a special January 2013 issue focusing on rub-on relief for arthritis pain. The authors advise that “Anti-inflammatory medications applied to the skin as creams, gels, sprays, . . . → Read More: Rub-On Relief for Arthritis Pain Featured in Harvard Men’s Health Watch

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Meningitis Outbreak Expands to 284 Cases; 23 Deaths

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) are investigating a deadly multistate outbreak of fungal meningitis, which has been linked to steroid injections given for back and joint pain — . . . → Read More: Meningitis Outbreak Expands to 284 Cases; 23 Deaths

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Experts Advocate Dancing for Health

UPDATED July 23, 2012: A new Health Tip published by MedlinePlus, a service of the National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health advocates that seniors “make exercise a social activity.” “Participate in a group dance class or a . . . → Read More: Experts Advocate Dancing for Health

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Harvard Health Publishes New Joint Pain Relief Workout

Harvard Health Publications has published a new Special Health Report entitled, “The Joint Pain Relief Workout: Healing exercises for your shoulders, hips, knees, and ankles.” The Report provides exercises designed by doctors at Harvard Medical School, along with Master . . . → Read More: Harvard Health Publishes New Joint Pain Relief Workout

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U.S. Preventive Services Task Force Recommends Against Vitamin D & Calcium Supplements

The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force issued a draft recommendation on June 12, 2012, in which, based on its review of the scientific literature, it declined to recommend Vitamin D and Calcium supplements for prevention of cancer or bone . . . → Read More: U.S. Preventive Services Task Force Recommends Against Vitamin D & Calcium Supplements

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New Studies Focus on Preventing Muscle Loss, as Key to Healthy Aging

The National Institutes of Health last week awarded a $5.2 million grant to the University of Florida’s Institute on Aging, for continued studies of what causes age-related muscle loss (Sarcopenia) and how to prevent it. According to a recent . . . → Read More: New Studies Focus on Preventing Muscle Loss, as Key to Healthy Aging

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National Osteoporosis Awareness & Prevention Month Spotlights Bone Health

The National Osteoporosis Foundation (NOF) announced this month that in connection with National Osteoporosis Awareness and Prevention Month, which is observed each year in May, it is launching a new campaign, called Generations of Strength®. “NOF’s Generations of Strength . . . → Read More: National Osteoporosis Awareness & Prevention Month Spotlights Bone Health

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National Arthritis Action Month Focuses on What You Can Do to Prevent or Manage this Common Condition

In a news release issued May 1, the Arthritis Foundation, a non-profit organization, declared May as National Arthritis Action Month, and “challeng[ed] Americans to begin taking steps to reduce the burden of arthritis, the nation’s leading cause of disability.” . . . → Read More: National Arthritis Action Month Focuses on What You Can Do to Prevent or Manage this Common Condition

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NIH Features New Report on Good Nutrition for Healthy Bones

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) announced on Monday that it has posted a new report on Good Nutrition for Healthy Bones issued by the International Osteoporosis Foundation, on the NIH’s medical resource site. The report is posted and . . . → Read More: NIH Features New Report on Good Nutrition for Healthy Bones

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Preventing Osteoporosis

Here are some tips on preventing osteoporosis by Cleveland Clinic’s Kristin Kirkpatrick, wellness manager for the Lifestyle 180 program. Watch ShareWik.com »

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Vitamin E Supplements May Weaken Bones, New Mouse Study Suggests

A new study by researchers at Keio University in Tokyo, Japan, has found that mice fed Vitamin E supplement in a quantity similar to that consumed by many people taking Vitamin E supplements lost bone mass, while those bred . . . → Read More: Vitamin E Supplements May Weaken Bones, New Mouse Study Suggests

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Harvard Issues Updated Report on Low Back Pain: Healing Your Aching Back

Harvard Health Publications has issued a revised and updated version of its Special Health Report on “Low Back Pain: Healing Your Aching Back,” written by experts at Harvard Medical School. According to Harvard Health Publications, “Back pain is one . . . → Read More: Harvard Issues Updated Report on Low Back Pain: Healing Your Aching Back

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New Patient Guides & Treatment Decision Aids Provided by AHRQ

The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), part of the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services (HHS) is providing a new series of Guides for Patients and Consumers. These new Guides for Patients and Consumers include Consumer . . . → Read More: New Patient Guides & Treatment Decision Aids Provided by AHRQ

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Obesity Alert: Scientists Warn of Alarming Health Costs, Discuss Cures

In a series of four scientific papers published today in The Lancet medical journal, noted scientists from several countries have examined in detail the worldwide obesity epidemic, its present and projected impact in the U.S. and the UK, and . . . → Read More: Obesity Alert: Scientists Warn of Alarming Health Costs, Discuss Cures

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2011 Johns Hopkins Arthritis Whitepaper Released

Johns Hopkins has released its 2011 Arthritis Whitepaper, with in-depth consumer information on the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of various different conditions that fall under the heading of “arthritis.” The paper features several diet, exercise and other wellness strategies, . . . → Read More: 2011 Johns Hopkins Arthritis Whitepaper Released

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FDA Warns: Osteoporosis Drugs Under Review For Potential Increased Risk of Cancer of Esophagus

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued a Drug Safety Communication today, notifying healthcare professionals and patients that the FDA is conducting “an ongoing review of data from published studies” to evaluate whether taking oral osteoporosis drugs (generically . . . → Read More: FDA Warns: Osteoporosis Drugs Under Review For Potential Increased Risk of Cancer of Esophagus

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Osteoporosis Concerns: What's New? Re-focus on Proper Movement and Posture

Recent reports of new statistics on osteoporosis have not been substantiated, but new concerns about safety of osteoporosis drugs and calcium supplements have recently re-focused attention on proper posture and movement techniques to avoid bone fractures, as well as . . . → Read More: Osteoporosis Concerns: What’s New? Re-focus on Proper Movement and Posture

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Arthritis Tutorial

Arthritis is a common condition that affects one in six Americans. To learn basic facts about arthritis, click the link below to take a tutorial provided by the Patient Education Institute of the U.S. Library of Medicine, National Institutes . . . → Read More: Arthritis Tutorial

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Arthritis: The Nation’s Leading Cause of Disability

by MedicineNet.com. Arthritis affects more than 43 million Americans, is the leading cause of disability, and is expected to increase dramatically as the baby boomers age. It is expected to affect 60 million Americans, or 20% of the population, . . . → Read More: Arthritis: The Nation’s Leading Cause of Disability

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Arthritis Overview

by Cleveland Clinic »View Info

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Arthritis Basics; Arthritis Types

Overview, by CDC, National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion »View Info

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Arthritis

Information from Medline Plus, U.S. National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health. »View Info

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Information on Arthritis

by MedicineNet.com, including multiple types of arthritis and arthritis topics. »View Info

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Arthritis: Keeping your joints healthy

Harvard Health Publications, Harvard Medical School. Book covering in detail medical information on the different types of arthritis, and their diagnosis, treatments, and remedies. »View Info

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Osteoporosis

by MayoClinic.com. Discussion of definition, causes, risk factors, when to seek medical advice, tests and diagnosis, complications, treatments, prevention, and lifestyle. »View Info

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Data and Statistics on the Prevalence of Arthritis, State by State

from the CDC, National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion »View Info

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Targeting Arthritis

Reducing Disability for Nearly 19 Million Americans 2007, by CDC, Department of Health & Human Resources. Paper discussing the nature and prevalence of arthritis, and providing statistics for its occurrence in relationship to other diseases. View info…Targeting Arthritis

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Arthritis Learning Center

Basic information from HealthLine, including symptoms, diagnosis, causes, treatments, alternative therapies, and prevention. »View Info

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Arthritis Symptoms and Diagnosis

from WebMD.com. Search results linking to several WebMD articles on symptoms and diagnosis for different types of arthritis. »View Info

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Assess Your Symptoms, Arthritis Foundation

Seven question quiz to help you assess your symptoms of possible arthritis. »View Info

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Rheumatoid Arthritis

Booklet by National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases, National Institutes of Health, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, describing characteristics, causes, symptoms, diagnosis and treatments of Rheumatoid Arthritis. See…Rheumatoid Arthritis

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Do I Have Arthritis? ¿Tengo Artritis?

Pamphlet by the National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases, NIH, Public Health Service, U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, with introductory information in both English and Spanish on what is arthritis, its types, symptoms, diagnosis, . . . → Read More: Do I Have Arthritis? ¿Tengo Artritis?

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Osteoarthritis: How is it diagnosed?

By Arthritis Foundation. Discussion of diagnosis of this most common form or arthritis, estimated to affect 27 million Americans. »View Info

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10 Ways You Can Protect Your Joints

and help prevent Osteoarthritis (the most common form of arthritis). By the Arthritis Foundation. »View Info

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Regular Walking Nearly Halves Disability Risk

Research Alert from the Arthritis Foundation, July 17, 2008. Older adults can decrease their risk of disability and increase their likelihood of maintaining independence by 41 percent by participating in a walking exercise program, according to a new University . . . → Read More: Regular Walking Nearly Halves Disability Risk

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National Arthritis Action Plan: A Public Health Strategy

Prepared Under The Leadership Of Arthritis Foundation, Association of State and Territorial Health Officials, and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Sixty page document, focusing on plan to foster national education and prevention of arthritis. View info…National Arthritis Action . . . → Read More: National Arthritis Action Plan: A Public Health Strategy

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Diet and Your Arthritis

by the Arthritis Foundation. Includes a guide to a healthy diet, discussion of research on the relationship of nutrition and arthritis, and links to a study on the relationship of obesity and arthritis. »View Info

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Osteoporosis

by American Geriatrics Society, Foundation for Health in Aging. Discusses causes, assessment, prevention and treatment of osteoporosis, including the importance of exercise, calcium and vitamin D. »View Info

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The Low-Down on Osteoporosis

by the National Institute of Health, U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, including “a word to the wise: what you can do to prevent osteoporosis.” View info…The Low-Down on Osteoporosis

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Arthritis: Timely Treatments for an Ageless Disease

by Carol Lewis, Federal Citizen Information Center. Discussion of the several different types of arthritis, and treatments for each. »View Info

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Arthritis Treatments

by Healthline.com. Review and discussion of a comprehensive list of potential treatments for arthritis. »View Info

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Caregiving and Arthritis – Information on Care Needs for Caregivers

About.com: Arthritis. Links to articles and resources for caregivers. »View Info

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Osteoporosis: Lesson 4: So, You Are A Caregiver

by Virginia Mann, Suite101.com. »View Info

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Joint Pain & Arthritis Overview – Strength for Caring

from strengthforcaring.com »View Info

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Fosamax Lawsuits Question Wide Use of Osteoporosis Drugs

As reported in the New York Times, several lawsuits are now being pursued against drug companies, alleging that continued use of bone-loss drugs, such as Fosamax and others, caused jawbone disintegration, thigh fractures, and other serious problems. An Advisory . . . → Read More: Fosamax Lawsuits Question Wide Use of Osteoporosis Drugs

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Multiple Types of Arthritis

Information on Arthritis, by MedicineNet.com, including multiple types of arthritis and arthritis topics. »View Info

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Arthritis: The Nation’s Leading Cause of Disability

Arthritis affects more than 43 million Americans, is the leading cause of disability, and is expected to increase dramatically as the baby boomers age. It is expected to affect 60 million Americans, or 20% of the population, by 2020. . . . → Read More: Arthritis: The Nation’s Leading Cause of Disability

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Arthritis Overview by Cleveland Clinic

Arthritis Overview by Cleveland Clinic »View Info

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Learn About Arthritis Types From The CDC, National Center For Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion

Arthritis Basics; Arthritis Types – Overview, by CDC, National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion »View Info

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Arthritis: What Is It?

Arthritis, Information from Medline Plus, U.S. National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health. »View Info

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Arthritis Discussed By American College of Rheumatology

Some of the most common forms of Arthritis and Related Conditions, patient Information by the American College of Rheumatology, including an overview of the nature, causes, statistics, symptoms, diagnosis, and treatment, of: »Osteoarthritis »Rheumatoid Arthritis »Polymyalgia Rheumatica »Reactive Arthritis . . . → Read More: Arthritis Discussed By American College of Rheumatology

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Arthritis: Keeping Your Joints Healthy

Harvard Health Publications, Harvard Medical School. Book covering in detail medical information on the different types of arthritis, and their diagnosis, treatments, and remedies. »View Info

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Mayo Clinic on Osteoporosis

Osteoporosis, by MayoClinic.com. Discussion of definition, causes, risk factors, when to seek medical advice, tests and diagnosis, complications, treatments, prevention, and lifestyle. View Info…

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Role of Heredity in Causing Arthritis

Heredity and Arthritis, by American College of Rheumatology. The roles of heredity and environment in causing rheumatic diseases. Read More….

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Statistics on Arthritis from the CDC

Data and Statistics on the Prevalence of Arthritis, State by State, from the CDC, National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion »View Info

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Research Challenges Long-Held Ideas on Calcium & Fat

New research challenges long-held ideas on calcium, fat.   American have commonly accepted as ”fundamental “truths:”  (1) that calcium builds strong bones and (2) that saturated fat clogs coronary arteries.    As a result, millions of women have been told to swallow a . . . → Read More: Research Challenges Long-Held Ideas on Calcium & Fat

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