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Ask The Doctors: April 2018

How can I strengthen my core muscles? Any machines at the gym I should use? Ive had one cortisone shot in my arthritic knee. Its hurting again. How many of these can I safely get?
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In The News: April 2018

After declining every year from 2002 to 2012, the rate of hip fractures among women age 65 and older in the United States leveled off at rates higher than were expected, leading to a rise in the overall number of hip fractures. The findings, reported in the journal Osteoporosis International (December 2017), were based on an analysis of Medicare claims data from 2002 to 2015. The researchers found that the rate of hip fractures began to plateau in 2013.
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Understanding Opioid Addiction

With all the attention being paid to the problem of opioid abuse, you might hesitate to take these medications for any reason, fearing you might become addicted. While drug abuse is a serious problem, not everyone who takes opioids becomes addicted.
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Response to the Opioid Crisis

America is in the grips of an opioid addiction crisis. Theres no denying that this is a real problem with devastating consequences. In 2016, 63,000 people died from drug overdoses, a 21 percent rise over 2015. About two-thirds of those deaths involved opioids.
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Understanding NSAIDs

Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) are commonly-used medications. Even though they are easily obtained without a prescription in the forms of ibuprofen (Motrin, Advil), naproxen (Aleve) and aspirin, their pain-controlling benefits come with some risks.
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In The News: December 2017

Oral Contraceptive Use May Lower Risk for Rheumatoid Arthritis. Knee Osteoarthritis Twice as Common as in the past. Glucosamine Supplements Fail to Show Benefit. Even Small Increases in Physical Activity Improve Mobility.
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The temporomandibular joints (one on each side of your head) articulate the lower jaw to the temporal bone of the skull. These hinge-like joints, along with the jaw (masticatory) muscles, allow you to open and close your mouth and move your lower jaw from side to side. Thus you can talk, chew and yawn with ease.
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Sore Jaw? It May Be a TMJ Disorder

The temporomandibular joints (one on each side of your head) articulate the lower jaw to the temporal bone of the skull. These hinge-like joints, along with the jaw (masticatory) muscles, allow you to open and close your mouth and move your lower jaw from side to side. Thus you can talk, chew and yawn with ease.
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Vaccination Against Pneumonia

You may have seen television ads for the vaccines Prevnar 13 and Pneumovax 23 and wondered whether you should get vaccinated. These vaccines are for people who are at risk of getting infected by the bacteria Streptococcus pneumonia, commonly called pneumococcus.
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Ask the Doctors: October 2017

My wife takes a drug for osteoporosis. Shes encouraging me to get a bone density test. Im a 72-year-old man. Should I be concerned about osteoporosis? Can hyaluronic acid injections be used for joints other than the knee?
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Biologic Drugs: Benefits Outweigh Risks

Treatment for rheumatoid arthritis changed dramatically more than 20 years ago with the advent of the disease-modifying antirheumatic drug (DMARD) methotrexate. Over the past 15 years, new types of DMARDs, called biologics, have continued to revolutionize treatment. Even newer ones are under development.
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Time for a Flu Shot

People with inflammatory arthritis, such as rheumatoid or psoriatic arthritis, have a higher risk of developing flu-related complications. They have two strikes against them. First, inflammatory arthritis is an autoimmune disease, so the immune system is not functioning properly. Second, inflammatory arthritis is treated with drugs that suppress the immune system.
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