These cells spike before rheumatoid arthritis flare-ups

Newly discovered cells in the blood seem to indicate impending flare-ups of rheumatoid arthritis. Could they one day be a gauge of pain to come?

Katherine Fenz-Rockefeller • futurity
July 20, 2020 ~7 min

Tags: rheumatoid-arthritis cells health-and-medicine immune-systems joints blood-tests

Space station motors take prosthetic legs to a new level

Motors first designed for the International Space Station can help people using prosthetic legs to walk with a more natural gait, researchers say.

Nicole Casal Moore-Michigan • futurity
July 17, 2020 ~5 min

Tags: walking batteries featured health-and-medicine motors joints prostheses

Strong hydrogel could replace busted knee cartilage

The new hydrogel is strong enough to stand up to stretching and squishing like real knee cartilage. A quarter-sized disc can handle a 100-pound kettlebell.

Robin Smith-Duke • futurity
June 26, 2020 ~6 min

Tags: surgery cartilage hydrogels health-and-medicine joints knees

Sensor could warn of gout attacks

"We wanted to create a technology that is reliable and user-friendly so that patients can easily self-monitor their blood urate levels."

Vandana Suresh-Texas A&M • futurity
May 12, 2020 ~7 min

Tags: sensors medical-devices health-and-medicine feet joints

6 questions can say if your cat has arthritis

Does your cat have arthritis? It's surpsingly common. Take this quick quiz to see whether your feline friend has the joint disease.

Tracey Peake-NC State • futurity
May 7, 2020 ~5 min

Tags: pets cats veterinary-medicine arthritis health-and-medicine joints

‘Swiss cheese bones’ could cause mystery low back pain

The vast majority of low back pain emerges without injury, especially in old age. A new study sheds light on what may be going on.

Rachel Butch-JHU • futurity
Jan. 15, 2020 ~5 min

Tags: spine pain health-and-medicine joints

Obesity in mice boosts arthritis risk for generations

New research suggests the link between obesity and arthritis isn't just about wear and tear on joints.

Jim Dryden-WUSTL • futurity
Oct. 25, 2019 ~5 min

Tags: obesity inflammation arthritis health-and-medicine joints

Slinky-like patch may boost physical therapy after joint injury

A new, cheap sensor patch could keep patients recovering from joint injuries honest in their physical therapy and improve assessment of their recovery.

Kate McAlpine-Michigan • futurity
Oct. 16, 2019 ~6 min

Tags: sensors featured health-and-medicine injuries joints

We have ‘inner salamander capacity’ to fix cartilage

Greater understanding of the "'salamander-like' regenerative capacity" in human cartilage could lead to better treatments for osteoarthritis.

Sarah Avery-Duke • futurity
Oct. 9, 2019 ~4 min

Tags: cartilage salamander regeneration featured health-and-medicine joints

Are repeat low-level stresses to blame for ACL tears?

While conventional wisdom says ACL tears are the result of a single wrong move, smaller stresses may be the real cause.

Jim Lynch-Michigan • futurity
July 31, 2019 ~5 min

Tags: exercise athletes sports health-and-medicine injuries joints knees

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