Drinking Milk May Slow Knee Arthritis in Women


Same effect was not seen in men, other dairy products tied to poorer knee health.

Women who frequently drink low-fat or fat-free milk may reduce the progression of osteoarthritis.

Women who frequently drink low-fat or fat-free milk may reduce the progression of osteoarthritis.


By Robert Preidt of HealthDay News:


Milk may be a useful weapon against arthritis of the knee for women, but the same can’t be said for yogurt or cheese, a new study says.

The more low-fat or fat-free milk women drank, the slower the progression of osteoarthritis of the knee, according to the study funded by the U.S. National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute. Milk consumption did not show the same benefit for men, however.

Researchers led by Dr. Bing Lu of Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston also found that eating higher amounts of cheese had the opposite effect, speeding the progression of knee arthritis in women.

Taking in higher amounts of yogurt had no effect on knee arthritis in either women or men, the study found.

Osteoarthritis is the leading form of arthritis and affects nearly 27 million Americans aged 25 and older, the researchers noted, and knee arthritis tends to be more common and severe in women.


(Read More: courtesy of Everyday Health)




Stem Cells Being Used To Treat Knee, Joint Pain

(Photo Credit: KDKA)

Photo Credit: KDKA.com

With so many new treatments for joint and knee pain available these days, it’s not surprising that stem cells have become yet another option.

Stem cell treatment is so cutting edge, very few medical facilities offer the procedure to their patients, but has been effective on patients who would otherwise rely on medications, physical therapy, or even joint replacement surgery to cope with their pain. The stem cells derive from blood, bone marrow, fat and placentas, and some doctors have seen considerable inflammation decreases in patients who received the injections.

Procedure for stem cell treatments:

Bone marrow from the crest of the hip bone, sent to a lab, where it is spun down to get at the layer of stem cells. They are combined with platelets from the patients (a type of cell involved in healing) and returned to the patient. The goal is having stem cells evolve into new tissue to improve mobility function while decreasing pain.


Patients notice significant improvements within three months, and full benefits within one year.

Stem cell injections are usually done for wear-and-tear knee arthritis of the knees, but can also be used for hip, shoulder, ankle, and spinal pain.


While approved by the FDA for safety, like most new treatments, additional studies are needed as to the effect stem cell treatment works on everyone.

Stem cell treatment is not cheap; injections can cost anywhere between a couple hundred and thousands of dollars. The cost is usually out-of-pocket since this procedure will not usually be covered by insurance.

Want to learn more about stem cell treatment for joint pain? Click here.

Juvenile Rheumatoid Arthritis Awareness



“This disease is most commonly associated with ‘older people’ and if you only gain one thing by seeing this, please understand that it affects young people too.”

Morgan has lived with the debilitating pain of arthritis for 10 years  and created the above video help fight back, inspire others, raise awareness, and contribute to research that will lead to a cure for arthritis. Let’s all give kudos to Morgan for her efforts!

This entry was posted on January 10, 2014, in Easy Living.

25 Treatments for Arthritis Hip & Knee Pain


When it comes to treating osteoarthritis in your knees and hips, you may have more options than you realize. In February 2008, the Osteoarthritis Research Society International (OARSI), a nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting osteoarthritis research and treatment, published its first evidence-based recommendations for treatment of osteoarthritis of the hip and knee. The goal was to eliminate inconsistent treatment approaches by creating simple guidelines that would enable health care providers to determine which therapies would be most useful for an individual patient.

Read more (courtesy Arthritis Foundation)

This entry was posted on December 14, 2013, in Pain Relief.

Health Care Information & Resources


The Arthritis Foundation is helping consumers with arthritis understand the new Marketplace health care options and what they need to consider as a person living with arthritis. A special toolkit was created and launched today for people with the disease, which includes a detailed checklist of questions and considerations that an individual with arthritis should ask when selecting a plan in the Marketplace.

To learn more, visit the Arthritis Foundation’s Health Care and Resources Page at this link.

Book Profile: ‘Enemy Within’ by Karen Ager

An inspirational story of a battle with one’s personal battle with RA, Enemy Within: A memoir of strength, determination & acceptance ( New Holland Publishing Australia Pty Ltd, 2010) by Karen Ager offers a look behind her story of dealing with rheumatoid arthritis from age 17.

Enemy Within is not a “woe is me” story, but one of determination, strength and courage.Readers don’t have to have RA to appreciate this book and its no-sugar-coated, well-written content. Karen Ager’s story is told from the heart.

Dealing with any form of arthritis at a young age is never easy, but Enemy Within is just another fine example of life is only what you make it. We can either sit and feel sorry for ourselves, or we can stand up, tell our story with intentions of motivating others around us while living our own lives to the fullest.

This entry was posted on June 4, 2012, in Reviews.

Arthritis Personality Profile: Karen Ager

Imagine you are an everyday teenager who is enjoying all life has to offer at that stage, and suddenly, it changes forever with a diagnosis of rheumatoid arthritis. Could you cope with such a diagnosis at age 17? Karen Ager has – and still retains her focus forward attitude to this day.


Karen Ager is a first-time author and tenured teacher at the United Nations International School in New York. Diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis (RA) at 17, Karen has worked relentlessly to raise public awareness of the disease. Karen has been featured in Arthritis Today (cover and story Jan/Feb 2011), Reader’s Digest Health Smart magazine (October 2010), New Idea (August 2010), Graziamagazine (June 2010), Remedy MD and Healthy Living magazines (Spring 2008), Shape magazine (February 2006), the New York Daily News (February 2005), Sydney Morning Herald (September 2002) and Time magazine Australia (July 2002).
Television appearances have included the U.S. Today Show (October 2007), and WPIX-TV Channel 11 Unsung Hero story (May 2003). She is currently booked to appear on the Australian national television show The Circle which is Australia’s version of The View.

U.S. Radio interviews have recently included NPR – WTBQ-AM, WYYZ-AM, WRPN-AM, WYYZ- AM , 89.9 FM, 88.7 FM, 91.7 FM – Troy University Public Radio, 96.9 FM Boston Talks – It’s Your Health Radio, WOCA-FM, WDIS-FM, Cable Radio Networks – A Touch of Grey.

Karen has also been interviewed on many Australian Radio programs including 2GB, 4GR, ABC Classic FM – Margaret Throsby Show, ABC Tasmania Statewide, ABC Canberra, ABC– Darwin, ABC– Cairns, 2ST, 2GB – Chris Smith Show. Numerous regional newspapers across Australia have also featured stories on Karen.

Karen serves on the Board of Governors for the New York Chapter of the Arthritis Foundation, has consulted on the Arthritis Foundation’s Women of Distinction Committee in New York, and often speaks at fundraisers and advocacy events. She is founder of the Karen and Arthritis Support group and website. She is an active blogger about positively managing the challenges of arthritis. Karen is a proud ‘Dream Board’ member of the Jeffrey Gottfurcht Children’s Arthritis Foundation.

Read an excerpt from Karen’s memoir Enemy Within, released June 2010. 
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Web Site: www.karenandarthritis.com

Facebook: Enemy Within by Karen Ager

Twitter: @KarenAger

Everyday Health: Beating the Rheumatoid Arthritis Odds: Karen’s Success Story