More insights into rheumatic diseases from genetics: How viral epidemics may influence the development of lupus, and a role for an enzyme that maintains cartilage in osteoarthritis.

One observational study links quite modest regular physical activity with striking reductions in the risk of disability from knee osteoarthritis. Another suggests three simple, effective tests for physical function.

(OARSI 2014) A version of diclofenac designed to allow smaller dosing shows significant effects on osteoarthritis pain, in patient-reported outcomes.

Records from an administrative database in Canada reveal that men face a 20% to 40% higher risk of complications after joint replacement surgery compared to women.

(OARSI 2014) Analysis of data from the Osteoarthritis Initiative show that the year after knee surgery or injury is a high-risk window for development of radiographic OA.

(OARSI 2014) A systematic review of controlled studies judging the value of a valgus knee brace has tantalizing results. Bracing appears to help, but the best way to use it remains a mystery.

(OARSI2014) A new study supports a role for psychological factors in the onset of knee osteoarthritis (OA) pain, and reveals coping mechanisms that reduce it.


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