Can Achy Joints Really Predict the Weather?

My grandma swore by her arthritic knee. When it throbbed, she said it meant the weather was about to change. My husband, on the other hand, maintains he can predict rain because the incoming weather front gives him a headache. Is there any truth to these claims? Can the change in weather pressure really trigger physical pain? The Wall Street Journal recently tackled this subject by asking scientists if there was some factual evidence behind all the tales of weather-related …

Buying Arthritis Supplements Online? A Warning

Buying dietary supplements online is easy and popular, but using Reumofan, a Mexican product marketed online to relieve arthritis and joint pain, can cause dangerous side effects, including liver injury, internal bleeding, stroke and death, the government warns. The Food and Drug Administration has been issuing warnings since 2012 that this so-called “natural” supplement actually contains three powerful prescription drug ingredients, including a corticosteroid that can affect blood sugar levels and impair the body’s ability to fight off infection, and …

Ready To Run? Don’t Let Age Get In The Way

I love to run. I run to clear my head, burn calories, strengthen my lower body . . . and it just feels good. Sure, there are plenty of mornings when I’d rather hit the “snooze” button, or linger over another cup of coffee. But, I’m always glad when I’ve pushed myself to get up . . . and get out there. To be on the safe side, though, I’ve learned to become a ‘mindful runner’. I don’t “pound the …

Watch: Geriatric Sea Otter Stays Fit By Shooting Hoops

Meet Eddie, a 15-year-old sea otter at the Oregon Zoo. At 15 he’s considered a geriatric in otter years, but he isn’t letting his age – and his arthritis – get in the way of having lots of fun, as you can easily see from watching him shoot hoops in his aquatic basketball court. Eddie’s signature move? “The slam dunk,” says Jenny DeGroot, the zoo’s lead sea otter keeper. “Eddie almost never misses,” DeGroot adds. “And if he does miss, he …

Knee Replacement Surgery For Seniors Soars

The rate of older adults getting knee-replacement surgery has more than doubled in the past 20 years, a new study finds, but the surgery’s popularity has also led to increased rates of postsurgery infections and complications. The study, published last week in the Journal of the American Medical Association, looked at more than 3 million Medicare patients 65 or older who got artificial knees from 1991 through 2010. The annual rate of initial knee-replacement surgeries jumped from 31 per 10,000 Medicare …

Knee Replacements Booming, But Lack Oversight, Study Says

More Americans than ever are getting their knees replaced. The number of knee replacement surgeries has doubled in the last decade, with a rising number of surgeries being performed on people in their 50s and 60s, according to the first national estimate of the procedure by the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons. Additionally, a study of Medicare records found that older knee replacement patients become healthier and more active, the New York Times reports. Three years after being diagnosed with osteoarthritis …