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The Osteo Report | Jan / Feb ‘19


According to the latest research, almost 10 million people in the UK now live with osteoarthritis. A quite staggering figure.

Given its prevalence, it’s perhaps unsurprising that it’s regularly the focus of news articles, blog posts and videos, many of which touch on the latest scientific research.

Each month, the Flexiseq team scours the web for the osteoarthritis-related stories that have caught our eye.

Here’s our latest roundup…

Pharmatimes reports that the results of an extensive study of 77,000 people with osteoarthritis and 370,000 healthy people, conducted in part by scientists at the University of Sheffield, could help scientists identify starting points for new medicines. The condition has been revealed to be far more complex than previously thought.

Digital Health Age reports on a new study looking at how more osteoarthritis-services and information could be relayed to the public using the internet to promote self-management. As the population ages and more people begin to be affected, there’s an eagerness to take the strain off the NHS using digital services.

The more you believe in your ability to do things, the less likely you are to be in pain - that's according to a joint study between Hertfordshire and East Anglia universities which focused on the benefits of positive thinking for those suffering from musculoskeletal shoulder pain over a six-month period. Check out the details in this piece by Arthritis Digest.

Could 3D printing play a role in relieving the pain and discomfort of osteoarthritis? A Journal of Orthopaedic Research study reveals scientists used the method to create implants for the knees of six mini-pigs who went on to show signs of significant repair.

Nutritionist Jo Travers has covered the importance of a balanced diet on this very blog, but our head was turned by her new video in which she breaks down the basics of a healthy balanced diet and how you can make it work for you. “Stop worrying about carbs,” was music to our ears.

If you’re looking for a bit more on the relationship between your diet and osteoarthritis, this informative post by Healthline covers six foods known to cause flare up. Unfortunately, it’s bad news if you’re a big fan of chips, beer and doughnuts. But you probably knew that already.

Finally, are you wondering how you make it to 100-years-old? Taking a look at five places in the world where residents are famed for their longevity, this BBC article reports that the physical, mental, social and dietary benefits of gardening could play a part.

The articles and opinions expressed above are in no way affiliated to Flexiseq, nor do Flexiseq condone any findings in these reports.