ALLERGY, RESPIRATORY
Traffic, Dust Linked to Asthma in Kids
Combating Myths About Seasonal Allergies
Know Your Asthma Triggers
ALTERNATIVE MEDICINE
Tai Chi: An Ideal Exercise for Many People with Diabetes
Yoga May Bring Calm to Breast Cancer Treatment
Acupuncture Cuts Dry Mouth in Cancer Patients
ANIMAL CARE
Rest Easy. When It Comes to Swine Flu, Your Pet Is Safe
Beware of Dog Bites
Safe Toys for Dogs
BONES & JOINTS
Studies Struggle to Gauge Glucosamine's Worth
Soccer's a Winner for Building Bone Health in Girls
Majority of College Students Report Backpack-Related Pain
CANCER
Bitter Melon Extract May Slow, Stop Breast Cancer
Some Spices Cut Cancer Risk That Comes With Grilled Burgers
Yoga May Bring Calm to Breast Cancer Treatment
CAREGIVING
Preventing Shaken Baby Syndrome
Birthmark or Blood Vessel Problem?
Depression, PTSD Common Among Lung Transplant Patient Caregivers
CIRCULATORY SYSTEM
Bye, Bye Back Fat?
High Blood Fat Levels Common in Americans
Drink a Little Wine, Live a Little Longer
COSMETIC
New Genetic Links to Baldness Discovered
The Acne Drug Accutane More Than Doubles Depression Risk
What to Do If You Have Unsightly Veins
DENTAL, ORAL
Gummy Bears Join Cavity Fight
Toothbrushing May Stave Off Heart Woes
Scientists Find Gene for Tooth Enamel
DIABETES
Americans Consuming More Sugary Beverages
Vitamin K Slows Insulin Resistance in Older Men
'Standard' Glucose Test May Be Wrong One for Obese Children
DIET, NUTRITION
Go Healthy, Not Hungry for Holiday Eating
Fasting on Alternate Days May Make Dieting Easier
Folic Acid Might Offer Allergy Relief
DISABILITIES
Review Finds Marijuana May Help MS Patients
Could Your Cell Phone Help Shield You From Alzheimer's?
ENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH
'Safe' Ozone Levels May Not Be for Some
EPA Alerts Seniors to Carbon Monoxide Dangers
Gene Explains How High-Fructose Diets Lead to Insulin Resistance
EYE CARE, VISION
Certain Diabetes Drugs May Pose Eye Risk
Blood Sugar Control Helps Diabetics Preserve Sight
When Corks Fly, Watch the Eyes
FITNESS
Good Warm-Ups Could Halve Sports Injuries
Tai Chi and Qigong Offer Many Health Benefits: Review
Simple Exercise Precautions To Help Keep Baby Boomers Fit
GASTROINTESTINAL PROBLEMS
New Guidelines Issued for Management of IBS
HRT Use Raises Risk of Stomach Trouble
Bowel Prep Harder on Women Than Men
GENERAL HEALTH
Less Education May Mean Poorer Health
Treat symptoms (result of disease) or diagnose systems (cause of disease)?
Uncover Why Turmeric Helps You Heal
HEAD & NECK
Ski Helmets Encouraged for All
Many Children Will Outgrow Headaches
Zen May Thicken Brain, Thwart Pain
HEALTH & TECHNOLOGY
The Internet Is Becoming One-Stop Shopping for Health Help
Save Your Aging Brain, Try Surfing The Web
Combating Myths About Seasonal Allergies
HEARING
Summer Sounds Can Lead to Hearing Loss
Noise Hurts Men's Hearing More, Study Shows
HEART & CARDIOVASCULAR
Rheumatoid Arthritis a Threat to the Heart
Research Shows Genetic Activity of Antioxidants
Coffee Is Generally Heart-Friendly
INFECTIOUS DISEASE
Viral Infection Might Trigger High Blood Pressure
Swine Flu Is Now a Pandemic Says W.H.O.
The HPV Vaccine: Preventative Medicine or Human Sacrifice?
INFERTILITY
Obesity May Affect Fertility in Young Womene
KID'S HEALTH
Scary Toxins Make Halloween Face Paints Questionable
Babies Who Eat Fish Lower Eczema Risk
Traffic, Dust Linked to Asthma in Kids
MEN'S HEALTH
Varicose Veins May Mask Larger Problem
Low Vitamin D Levels May Boost Men's Heart Attack Risk
Sunlight May Help Protect Men From Kidney Cancer
MENTAL HEALTH
Optimism May Boost Immune System
The 3LS Wellness Program for Reversing Chronic Symptoms and Creating Lasting Health
17 Ways to Create the Perfect Workday
PAIN
Acupuncture, Real or Fake, Eases Back Pain
'Cell Phone Elbow' -- A New Ill for the Wired Age
Tai Chi May Help Ease Fibromyalgia
PHYSICAL THERAPY
PREGNANCY
Music of Mozart Soothes the Preemie Baby
Placebo Acupuncture Tied to Higher IVF Pregnancies
Prenatal Stress May Boost Baby's Asthma Risk
SENIORS
Tai Chi May Help Ease Fibromyalgia
Community Exercise Programs Boost Seniors' Strength
Want Better Health in the New Year, Add Exercise to Your Day
SEXUAL HEALTH
SLEEP DISORDERS
Sleeping Could Help Women Lose The Baby Fat
Better Sleep, Grades Seem to Go Up
Exercising Throat Muscles May Relieve Sleep Apnea
WOMEN'S HEALTH
Varicose Veins May Mask Larger Problem
Vitamin D Good for Breast Cancer Patients
Green Tea May Help Treat Uterine Fibroids
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Hip Replacement Boosts Mobility at Any Age

FRIDAY, June 27 (HealthDay News) -- Total hip replacements are beneficial and economical for seniors with osteoarthritis, regardless of their age, say researchers at Duke University Medical Center.

Their study, published in the June issue of the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society, found those who had the surgery were twice as likely as those who didn't to gain mobility and the ability to take care of one's self.

"We found that total hip arthroplasty improves everyday life for patients and is as beneficial to people in their 80s or 90s as it is for someone in their 60s," Linda George, associate director of the Duke Center for the Study of Aging, said in a prepared statement. "While the number of surgeries conducted in the U.S. has increased dramatically over the last decade, fewer than 25 percent of patients who could benefit from the procedure elect to receive it."

Also, the surgery saves the health-care system, because the average $4,000 to $6,000 reimbursement for the procedure costs far less than the long-term expenses of health care for the disabled. Health economists estimate a $50,000 a year savings associated with a disability-free life.

The study is based on data from 131 patients who received total hip replacement compared to data from 257 patients who did not even know they had osteoarthritis. The patients were interviewed three times each year for four years.

Osteoarthritis of the hip is a progressive type of arthritis that affects about 10 million Americans. Associated with aging and obesity, it causes pain, decreased mobility and increased risk of falls and fractures. Hip replacements are performed when medications and physical therapy fail.

As total hip replacement is an invasive treatment with a long rehabilitation period, some physicians don't like to offer the option to patients older than 85, George said, and that is also why some older patients are reluctant to choose it when it is presented.

More information

The Arthritis Foundation has more about osteoarthritis.



-- Kevin McKeever



SOURCE: Duke University, news release, June 16, 2008

Last Updated: June 27, 2008

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