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Arthritis:
Exercise key
to slowing common painful condition

With more options today, surgery not the only recourse

Best remedy for osteoarthritis? Get up and go

Q & A

A closer look

Signs and Symptoms

• Pain during or after joint movement

• Limited range of motion or flexibility

• Cracking noise during joint movement

• Stiffness, especially after long periods of inactivity
• Swelling or tenderness in afflicted joints

• Bone spurs — extra pieces of bone that form around affected joint

• Muscle weakness

• Joint deformity

Signs and Symptoms

Risk Factors

A lifeline

The umbilical cord is the baby’s lifeline, but once clamped and cut after the baby is born, it can be the lifeline for someone else. Cord blood — once considered medical waste — is rich in stem cells, which can be used in transplants. But time is limited. You have to complete enrollment to donate cord blood by the end of the 32nd or 34th week of pregnancy depending on the blood bank used.

• Call the Be The Match Registry at 800-507-5427 to find out which hospitals in your state participate.

In Massachusetts, Brigham and Women’s Hospital and University of Massachusetts Memorial Medical Center take part.

• If your hospital is not listed you can still donate. Contact the Carolinas Cord Blood Bank at 919-668-2071 or Lifeforce Cryobanks at 800-869-8608

There is no cost to you and no harm to you or the baby.
If you don’t donate, the blood is thrown away.
A closer look

KNEES are commonly afflicted by osteoarthritis causing pain, stiffness and difficulty in walking and performing normal day-to-day activities. The cartilage, a smooth tissue covering the surface of joints, begins to wear away, which can lead to bone rubbing against bone, muscle weakness and malalignment of the knee.


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THE HAND is another common site of osteoarthritis. Bony prominences called Heberden’s nodes may develop near the joint closest to the nail, while Bouchard’s nodes are bony enlargements of the middle joints. Heberden’s nodes are more common in women and may have a genetic link.

A weighty situation

Relief from pain

DANA-FARBER/HARVARD CANCER CENTER
Initiative to Eliminate Cancer Disparities
2011 National Minority Cancer Awareness


April 17 - April 23

Boston Public Library Cancer
Awareness Display


• Codman Square Branch Library
690 Washington Street

• Mattapan Branch Library
1350 Blue Hill Avenue

• Brighton Branch Library
40 Academy Hill Road

April 28: 12 - 1 p.m.

Secondhand Smoke Exposure
Harvard Street Neighborhood
Health Center
632 Blue Hill Avenue


May 16: 11 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Skin Cancer Prevention
Roxbury YMCA
285 Martin Luther King Boulevard


April 21:
9 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Reducing Cancer Disparities & Promoting Health Equity Among Socioeconomically Disadvantaged Populations
Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center
Riesman Lecture Hall, 330 Brookline Avenue

Registration is required: http://sesrcdbostonapril2011.eventbrite.com

All events are open to the public
For any additional information contact
Athene Wilson Glover at 617-632-4860

Another good reason to visit the dentist


“All you have to do is open your mouth.”

— The Head and Neck Cancer Alliance


The oral cancer examination is painless and quick … and life-saving. When cancers of the head and neck are found early, the cure rate is high. Annual screenings by a doctor or dentist should be a part of your regular physical or dental checkup. The provider:

• Inspects your face, neck, lips and mouth.

• Feels the area under your jaw and the sides of your neck, checking for unusual lumps.

• Asks you to stick out your tongue to check for swelling, color and texture.

• Using gauze, lifts your tongue and pulls it from one side, then the other.

• Checks the roof and floor of your mouth and the back of your throat.

• Feels and examines the insides of your lips and cheeks for red or white patches.

• Places one finger on the floor of your mouth and, with the other hand under your chin, presses down to check for unusual lumps or sensitivity.

Source: National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research

Oral, Head and Neck Cancer
Awareness Week is May 8 – 14.


Photo by Vannessa Carrington/Mass. Eye and Ear

Get screened for head and neck
cancer. It’s free, quick and painless.

Boston Medical Center
Moakley Building Lobby
830 Harrison Avenue
Date: April 2
Time: 8 a.m. - noon
617-638-8260

Tufts Medical Center
860 Washington Street
Date: May 12
Time: 2:30 – 4:30 p.m.
617-636-1664
Mass Eye and Ear
243 Charles Street
Date: May 13
Time: TBA
617-573-3340
Dedham Family Dental
Dr. Helaine Smith
30 Milton Street, Dedham
Date: May 11
Time: 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.
781-326-4600

Mass General Hospital
Voice Center

One Bowdoin Square,
11th Floor
Date: May 13
Time: 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.
617-726-0218
Remember to call ahead to confirm
time and date
of screenings.

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Risk Factors

• Age — the incidence increases with age

• Gender — women are afflicted more than men after age 45

• Continued overuse of or trauma to joints

• Overweight and obesity

• Fractures and other joint injuries or infections

• Congenital defect or weakness in a joint

• Occupations that include tasks that place repetitive stress on a particular joint

• Other types of arthritis, such as gout and rheumatoid arthritis

• A genetic defect in joint cartilage

May is Arthritis Awareness Month

Knees are commonly afflicted by osteoarthritis causing pain, stiffness and difficulty in walking and performing normal day-to-day activities. More


Relief from pain

Over-the-counter (OTC) drugs are often the first remedy patients use for relief from the pain of osteoarthritis. But improper use of these drugs can result in another problem altogether. More


Several options for treatment

A landmark study funded by the National Institutes of Health found that acupuncture can provide pain relief and improve function for some people with OA of the knee. More

Arthritis: Exercise key to slowing common painful condition

Say this about Valerie Bertrand — she is determined to get in shape and lose weight. She can be found five days a week working out at Body By Brandy Fitness Studio.

Her goals are clear and her reasons are even clearer. If she doesn’t, she knows the pain in her knees will only get worse. And that is something she is trying to prevent. More

 

With more options today, surgery not the only recourse

Alveta Haynes is living proof that osteoarthritis doesn’t trouble only the old.

Back in the early seventies, Haynes was in her teens, ripping and running on the courts until she seriously injured her left knee playing basketball. She needed an operation, but arthroscopic surgery, then in its infancy, was a far cry from what it is now. More



Best remedy for osteoarthritis?
Get up and go

More than one in five American adults has a form of arthritis, a condition that causes painful joints. Once called rheumatism, this collection of ailments includes osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis and gout. It is the most common cause of disability in the United States. More


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