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  • Possible link between shoulder problems and heart disease risk

    Possible link between shoulder problems and heart disease risk

    In the Journals A study published online Dec. 20, 2016, by the Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine found a connection between heart disease risk factors (such as high cholesterol, high blood pressure, and diabetes) and shoulder problems (such as joint pain or rotator cuff tendinitis or tear). Researchers examined 1,226 laborers like cabinetmakers and […]

  • Getting the best of bothersome bunions

    Proper care and footwear can prevent these bumps from causing pain and hampering your mobility. Image: © ogiana/Thinkstock Your big toe deserves some sympathy. Its position and length set it up for stubbing and other injuries. Shoes press in on the toe from the side and down on it from the top. Moreover, the toe […]

  • Will a knee replacement really make life better?

    News briefs Image: © Wavebreakmedia/Thinkstock Many older adults have pain from knee osteoarthritis, a condition in which cartilage in the joints wears away. But when is it time for joint replacement? An observational study published March 28, 2017, in The BMJ suggests that a new knee improves quality of life only in certain cases. The […]

  • The finer points of acupuncture

    This ancient practice can be used alone or with conventional therapy to help ease your pain. Image: © zilli/Thinkstock Men looking for an easy and effective means to manage pain should consider acupuncture. “There are many different types of pain — neuropathic, muscular, degenerative joint — all of which can make management complex,” says Hugo […]

  • Could that joint pain be rheumatoid arthritis?

    How to distinguish the symptoms from other conditions, and what to do about treatment. Image: © PositiveFocus/Thinkstock When your joints ache, you may chalk it up to an old injury or to osteoarthritis — the wearing away of cartilage that’s common in older age. But for two million people in the United States, aching joints […]

  • How should I treat canker sores?

    How should I treat canker sores?

    Ask the doctor Q. I suffer from recurrent canker sores. What is the best way to treat and prevent these mouth ulcers? A. Canker sores, also known as aphthous ulcers, are small ulcers that appear on the inside of your cheeks and lips and sometimes on or under your tongue. They should not be confused […]

  • Age-proof your knees

    Improving range of motion, muscle strength, and weight control can help reduce pain and make your knees feel younger. Image: © jacoblund/Thinkstock Knee pain is common in older age, often caused by osteoarthritis (the wearing away of knee cartilage). Fortunately, there are ways to fool Father Time and postpone knee problems or even prevent them […]

  • What to do for a sprained ankle

    It takes less force to sprain an ankle as we age. A few precautions can help to reduce the severity of these injuries or avoid them altogether. Few of us have gone through life without spraining an ankle. Sprains are among the most common musculoskeletal injuries in people of all ages, and ankles are particularly […]

  • Avoid this medication combo, warn researchers

    News briefs Image: © BackyardProduction/Thinkstock In March, we reported that long-term use of a class of prescription painkillers known as opioids, such as oxycodone (Oxycontin), comes with the risk of dependence, addiction, falls, and even death. Now, a study published March 14, 2017, in The BMJ finds that opioid users who also take a benzodiazepine […]

  • Pain relief: Taking NSAIDs safely

    Pain relief: Taking NSAIDs safely

    Before you use these popular pain pills, weigh the heart risks and other side effects carefully. When your joints ache or your head throbs, you might turn to aspirin, ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin), or naproxen (Aleve) for pain relief. Millions of Americans rely on these and other nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) every day. NSAIDs are so […]

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