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NPR intern Poncie Rutsch takes a crack at making a big sound.
April 15, 2015 A little MRI video seems to settle the decades-old debate about that loud pop of the joints: It's all about bubbles. But imagine an air bag inflating, not the bursting of a balloon.
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You don't need a starting line to avoid arthritis pain, researchers say. Just put on that pedometer when you get up in the morning.
June 12, 2014 People are often told to walk 10,000 steps a day to be healthy. But if your goal is to avoid being crippled by knee arthritis, just 6,000 a day will to it, a study finds. And 3,000 is a good start.
With osteoarthritis, knees become swollen and stiff, and cartilage can degenerate.
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October 14, 2013 Glucosamine and chondroitin have been popular supplements for arthritis for years. But clinical trials in humans haven't shown that they're any better than sugar pills at reducing pain. Some doctors say that if placebos or supplements help people exercise and lose weight, then that's OK.
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Here's an evidence-based test with no dangerous side effects. But some common orthopedic treatments don't work.
September 11, 2013 Wondering if those glucosamine supplements will help your aching knee? Wonder no more. The nation's orthopedists list five treatments that don't do any good, and might do harm. It's part of an effort by medical societies to push for evidence-based treatments.
Rheumatoid arthritis is an autoimmune disease that can cause painful inflammation in the fingers and other joints.
June 25, 2012 A recent study by researchers at the Mayo Clinic found that obese individuals were 25 percent more likely to develop rheumatoid arthritis than people of normal weight. They say fat cells also make proteins and estrogen that inflame joints in people with rheumatoid arthritis.
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Swimming is one form of exercise that can help prevent arthritis from getting worse, doctors say.
November 28, 2011 Exercise keeps arthritis from getting worse, doctors say. But a new study suggests that many adults with joint pain aren't trading in their sedentary lifestyles for daily workouts.
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Walking can actually be good medicine for osteoarthritis.
August 11, 2011 People with osteoarthritis in their knees aren't getting much exercise, a new study finds, even though exercise actually helps reduce pain and stiffness and can prevent future disability. So how to get moving if you've got arthritis? Try walking and swimming, doctors say.
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