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  • The healing power of art

    The healing power of art

    Creative activities can relieve stress, aid communication, and help arrest cognitive decline. Image: © Katherine A. Gallagher Integrative Therapies Art Therapy Program at the Mass. General Cancer Center The title of a recent documentary film, I Remember Better When I Paint, sums up the findings of a growing body of research into the cognitive effects […]

  • Antibiotic use linked to increased risk of precancerous colon polyps

    Antibiotic use linked to increased risk of precancerous colon polyps

    Research we’re watching Recent evidence suggests that antibiotics, which affect the makeup of intestinal bacteria, might be associated with an increased risk of colorectal cancer. A team led by researchers from Harvard Medical School wanted to see if antibiotic use is also associated with adenomatous polyps, precursors of colon cancer that significantly increase the risk […]

  • Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis: Deciding About Total Joint Replacement-Related Information

    Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis

  • Flexibility and Strengthening Exercises for Ankylosing Spondylitis

    Flexibility and Strengthening Exercises for Ankylosing Spondylitis Exercises for ankylosing spondylitis should be gentle and frequent. The exercises shown here are good to do twice each day. Don’t do them first thing in the morning, when you may feel more stiff. In the morning, take a walk to get loosened up for the day. Then […]

  • Bev’s Story: Coping With Arthritis-Bev’s story

    Bev isn’t letting the pain of arthritis in her hands and back keep her from doing her favorite activity-gardening. Nor does she let it keep her from doing anything else in her life. She has found ways to help reduce the pain that allow her to still enjoy the simple pleasures in life, like seeing […]

  • Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis Symptoms-References

    Citations Nistala K, et al. (2009). Juvenile idiopathic arthritis. In GS Firestein et al., eds., Kelley’s Textbook of Rheumatology, 8th ed., vol. 2, pp. 1657-1675. Philadelphia: Saunders Elsevier. Warren RW, et al. (2005). Juvenile idiopathic arthritis (Juvenile rheumatoid arthritis). In WJ Koopman, LW Moreland, eds., Arthritis and Allied Conditions, 15th ed., vol. 1, pp. 1277-1300. […]

  • Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis: Growth Problems-Topic Overview

    Juvenile idiopathic arthritis (JIA) may either speed or slow the natural growth process of the bones on either side of the affected joint, causing uneven bone growth. Children who have JIA may not grow as tall as they would have if they did not have the condition. The growth differences depend on the child’s age […]

  • Ankylosing Spondylitis-Exams and Tests

    Your doctor will use a medical history, physical exam, and X-ray to diagnose ankylosing spondylitis. By asking questions about your medical history, your doctor can evaluate your symptoms. Most people with ankylosing spondylitis have back pain with four or five of the following characteristics: Begins before the age of about 35 Starts and gets worse […]

  • Gouty Big Toe

    Gouty Big Toe Gout is caused by too much uric acid in the blood (hyperuricemia). Hyperuricemia usually does no harm. But sometimes when uric acid levels in the blood are too high, uric acid forms crystals that build up in the joints. The crystals can cause a gout attack. A gout attack typically causes pain, […]

  • Glucosamine and Chondroitin-Topic Overview

    What are glucosamine and chondroitin? Glucosamine and chondroitin are part of normal cartilage. Cartilage acts as a cushion between the bones in a joint. Glucosamine, also called chitosamine, is a natural substance that is found in the covering of shellfish. It is available in different forms, including glucosamine hydrochloride, N-acetyl-glucosamine (NAG), and glucosamine sulfate, which […]

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