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Osteoarthritis Research

Osteoarthritis research leads to better understanding of the disease. Researchers continue to search for a cure for osteoarthritis and strive to develop better treatment options. Learn more about osteoarthritis research advancements.
  1. Osteoarthritis Basics
  2. Osteoarthritis Medications
  3. Osteoarthritis Symptoms
  4. Osteoarthritis Treatment

Joint Load and Osteoarthritis
Researchers, especially those who study knee osteoarthritis, look at the effect of joint load on the disease. What is joint load?

Osteoarthritis Research - What's Being Done?
It is not uncommon to hear more about research related to other types of arthritis compared to osteoarthritis research. Does that mean none is being done? Let's look at what is being worked on in osteoarthritis research.

Protein Loss Causes Cartilage Degeneration in Osteoarthritis
Researchers have long tried to determine what causes cartilage degeneration associated with osteoarthritis. A breakthrough by scientists points to the loss of a specific protein from the surface layer of cartilage in joints.

Is Cartilage Regeneration an Option for Osteoarthritis?
Cartilage regeneration attempts to restore damaged articular (joint) cartilage. Several techniques have been used for cartilage regeneration. While it has been performed in Europe, cartilage regeneration is, for the most part, experimental in the United States.

Can Diacerein Act as a Disease-Modifier for Osteoarthritis?
Diacerein is an anti-inflammatory medication that works differently from the typical NSAIDS.

Smoking and Osteoarthritis
Smoking has been associated with an increased risk of osteoarthritis as well as having a negative impact on health in general. Interestingly, some studies found smoking to have a protective effect against osteoarthritis.

Overweight and Hand Osteoarthritis: Understanding the Association
Weightbearing joints affected by osteoarthritis can be burdened even more by overweight or obesity. Researchers have studied if overweight affects non-weightbearing joints, like the hands.

Calcitonin May Act as Disease-Modifying Drug for Osteoarthritis
Calcitonin may act as a disease-modifying drug and be able to decrease bone deterioration and increase bone density. Calcitonin is an amino acid hormone produced by the thyroid gland.

National Databank for Rheumatic Diseases: Osteoarthritis
The National Databank for Rheumatic Diseases is a research databank for the study of arthritis and rheumatic conditions. If you have been diagnosed with osteoarthritis, you are eligible to participate in NDB research.

Osteoarthritis Linked to Gene Variant
Researchers in Japan have identified a gene variant which may cause osteoarthritis.

Cartilage: Researchers Reveal Information About Structure
Cartilage which covers the ends of bones allowing for the smooth, gliding movement at the joints is known as articular cartilage. In osteoarthritis, the cartilage wears away and causes pain and limited range of motion.

DNA Characteristics Associated With Aging and Osteoarthritis
Specific DNA characteristics have shown that osteoarthritis may be a result of faster biological aging.

Gene Therapy for Osteoarthritis
A handful of research teams have trials planned to test gene therapy for osteoarthritis.

Clinical Trials: Osteoarthritis
Clinical trials for osteoarthritis, from ClinicalTrials.gov.

Clinical Trials: Knee Osteoarthritis
Clinical trials for osteoarthritis of the knee, from ClinicalTrials.gov.

Clinical Trials: Hip Osteoarthritis
Clinical trials for osteoarthritis of the hip, from ClinicalTrials.gov.

Clinical Trials: Hand Osteoarthritis
Clinical trials for osteoarthritis of the hand, from ClinicalTrials.gov.

Clinical Trials: Osteoarthritis
Clinical trials for osteoarthritis, from CenterWatch.

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