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New study suggests pain is a cause of arthritis

Findings of a new study suggest that pain is not merely a symptom of arthritis but rather a cause of the condition. The researchers, from the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry and the University of Torino, Italy, said new treatments may seek to interrupt ?crosstalk ? between joints and the spinal cord, according to a press release from the University of Rochester. More specifically, the study, which appears in the October issue of Arthritis & Rheumatism, suggested that pain signals originating in arthritic joints ? and the biochemical processing of those signals as they reach the spinal cord ? worsen and expand arthritis.

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Hip resurfacing best suited for younger patients

Hip resurfacing is often seen as a modern option to the more conventional total hip replacement, but new data from a study at Rush University Medical Center in Chicago suggest that a patient’s age and gender impact the success of the operation. In a review of more than 500 surgeries performed in the United States using a hip resurfacing device recently approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the researchers found that the majority of serious complications occurred in women of all ages and men older than 55 years.

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