Brightsurf Science News & Current Events

November 10, 2012
Rheumatoid arthritis patients can get gout too, Mayo Clinic Study finds
Refuting a belief long held by many physicians, a Mayo Clinic study found that rheumatoid arthritis patients also can get gout.

Hospital-based exercise programs benefit people with osteoarthritis
A low-cost exercise program run by Hospital for Special Surgery in New York City has significantly improved pain, function and quality of life in participants with osteoarthritis, according to new research.

Expensive arthritis treatment no better than steroid therapy
A randomized, double-blind clinical trial by researchers at Hospital for Special Surgery has revealed that corticosteroids are more effective than the more expensive treatment, hylan G-F 20, in providing pain relief to patients with thumb arthritis.

Autoimmune disease linked to pregnancy loss, stroke more often than you'd expect
A new study provides the first estimates of the prevalence of antiphospholipid antibodies in patients suffering from pregnancy loss, stroke, myocardial infarction, and deep vein thrombosis.

Lower-income patients fare better than wealthier after knee replacement, mayo finds
Patients who make $35,000 a year or less report better outcomes after knee replacement surgery than people who earn more, research by Mayo Clinic and the University of Alabama at Birmingham shows.

Statins have potential to treat an autoimmune clotting disorder called antiphospholipid syndrome
New research suggests that statins, traditionally used for cholesterol lowering, could be used in the management of individuals who are at risk for developing clotting because they have autoimmune antiphospholipid antibodies.

Researchers identify impact of rheumatoid arthritis and lupus on joint replacement surgery outcomes
Two new studies by researchers at Hospital for Special Surgery have overturned common beliefs about joint replacement in patients with lupus and rheumatoid arthritis.

Study overturns common assumption about knee replacements in morbidly obese individuals
After total knee replacement surgery, patients who are morbidly obese have similar pain and function outcomes as patients who do not fall into this weight category, according to a new study by researchers at Hospital for Special Surgery.
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