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There also is a wealth of data in medical records and the research literature about the characteristics of individual patients and their experiences with different treatments. "When I'm in an exam room with a patient, it is difficult to reconcile the hundreds of data points in the records that influence how a patient will perceive their outcome and to render a truly informed decision for that patient," says Dr. Mroz. He believes the solution to this problem is artificial intelligence (AI).
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Biceps Tendon Injury

There are two biceps tendons at the shoulder, called the long head and short head. "The long head of the tendon is deep in the shoulder, and it passes out of the shoulder joint into a little groove at the top of the humerus bone," explains Dr. Schickendantz. This lengthy pathway makes the long head of the biceps tendon more prone to injury than the short head.
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Choose Healthy Snacks

To keep weight in check, healthy food choices matter. That includes all the food you eat. Your carefully planned diet can go astray with some unwise snacking. "I recommend a Mediterranean way of eating in general for both meals and snacks," says Cleveland Clinic dietitian Mira Ilic, RD, LD.
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JAK Inhibitors for Rheumatoid Arthritis

Drugs for rheumatoid arthritis work by blocking parts of the immune system from wreaking havoc. Most people with rheumatoid arthritis start with the disease-modifying antirheumatic drug (DMARD) methotrexate, usually taken as a pill (but is also available as an injection). It has a proven track record as an effective medication. There are other DMARDs as well. Methotrexate doesn't work well enough for everyone, and some people have side effects.
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Ask The Doctors: September 2019

If not enough uric acid is excreted (a function of the kidneys) it can build up in the bloodstream and cause hyperuricemia. Some people, but not all, who have hyperuricemia will develop gout. In people with gout, uric acid leaves the bloodstream and travels to joints. The deposits of uric acid can intermittently form needle-shaped crystals, which set off an inflammatory response by the body. The result is a red, hot and swollen joint of a gout attack.
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Who Treats Arthritis?

If the doctor suspects there might be some other cause of joint problems besides osteoarthritis, a rheumatologist will be consulted. If symptoms of osteoarthritis don't improve or get worse, your doctor may send you to an orthopaedist or a rheumatologist for more intense medical management or an orthopaedic surgeon for surgery.
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Brace Yourself Against Knee Osteoarthritis

"The goal with orthotics is to make sure your foot is moving in the best way it can so your knee isn't getting more force than it should," says Lorring. There are a wide variety of shoe inserts and heel wedges that you can buy in a drug store or online. You can also get them custom made or save some money and get semi-custom ones. Like with shoes, you need to get inserts and wedges that are specific to your needs.
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High-Intensity Workout

For the knee osteoarthritis study, the participants doing HIIT started with a seven-minute warm-up, during which they slowly increased the cycling intensity. This was followed by a high-intensity burst, during which they cycled at a cadence up to 110 revolutions per minute (RPM) for 45 seconds. Then they slowed down to about 70 RPMs for 90 seconds. They switched between high intensity and lower intensity a total of five times before a six- to seven-minute cool-down of light to moderate pedaling.
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Osteoporosis Drug Builds Bone

Evenity is different. The idea for it came from research on a group of people in South Africa with a rare disease that causes them to have extremely high bone density and bones that grow too much. They were found to have a gene mutation that blocks the production of a protein called sclerostin.
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In The News: August 2019

An estimated 54.4 million adults in the United States have doctor-diagnosed arthritis, according to a study by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The CDC analyzed data from the 2017 Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System, which is a telephone survey that included over 400,000 Americans. The study, published in MMWR (May 2019), found that about 23% of adults ages 18 and older have arthritis, with variation across the country, ranging from 15.7% in Washington, D.C. to 34.6% in West Virginia. Prevalence was generally highest in the Appalachian and Lower Mississippi Valley regions. Among adults with arthritis, about 31% reported severe joint pain and 34% said they were not physically active. People with severe joint pain were more likely to be physically inactive than those with moderate or no joint pain.
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Robot-Assisted Joint Replacement

With robot-assisted joint replacement surgery, the surgeon can accommodate for each person's unique anatomy. "During knee replacement surgery, we place markers in the thigh bone and the shin bone and then we map out the ends of the bones," says Dr. Molloy. The computer detects the markers and overlays a map of the knee joint over a computed tomography (CT) image that was taken before the surgery. The surgeon can then very accurately position the components of the implant.
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Joint replacement surgery is often recommended when osteoarthritis seriously limits the ability to function and can no longer be effectively managed with nonsurgical methods, such as exercise, physical therapy, pain medications and injections.
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