HOME >> MEDICINE >> NEWS
Smokers risk more painful and progressive osteoarthritis

Smokers risk more painful and progressive osteoarthritis than non-smokers, suggests research published ahead of print in the Annals of the Rheumatic Diseases.

Osteoarthritis is a degenerative joint condition, which commonly affects the knees and fingers. Knee osteoarthritis is one of the leading causes of disability among elderly people.

The findings are based on 159 men who had osteoarthritis of the knees, and who were monitored for up to 30 months. The affected knees were scanned and the severity of pain scored. The men were monitored and again at 15 and 30 months.

Of the total, 12% (19) were active smokers at the start of the study. They smoked an average of 20 cigarettes a day and had done so for around 40 years.

Smokers tended to be younger and thinner, both factors that normally protect against osteoarthritis.

But the smokers were more than twice as likely to have a significant degree of cartilage loss compared with the non-smokers. Cartilage is the rubbery tissue that cushions bones at the joint.

Smokers were also significantly more likely to report greater pain severity.

The authors suggest that smoking may alter the pain threshold. It also increases the levels of toxic substances in the blood and starves tissues of oxygen, which may hasten the loss of cartilage.


'"/>

Contact: Emma Dickinson
edickinson@bmj.com
44-020-738-36529
BMJ Specialty Journals
6-Dec-2006


Page: 1

Related medicine news :

1. Smokers given more help to quit since GP performance pay introduced
2. Smokers may be at greater risk of HIV infection
3. Smokers with chronic pain smoke more, but show desire to quit
4. Smokers with heavily lined faces run five times the risk of progressive lung disease (COPD)
5. Smokers invite to test vaccine against nicotine addiction
6. Smokers seven times more likely to receive jolt from heart devices
7. Smokers, drinkers and men appear to develop colorectal cancer at earlier ages
8. Smokers misinformed about smokings link to cancer
9. New prevention, treatment methods for patients with painful bowel inflammation
10. New, less painful wound treatment for pediatric patients
11. Why losing money may be more painful than you think

Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:


(Date:8/5/2020)... ... August 05, 2020 , ... Emotional ABCs , America’s ... to the inaugural list of Best Digital Tools for Teaching & Learning by ... resources that provide enhanced learning and curriculum development for school librarians and their ...
(Date:8/5/2020)... (PRWEB) , ... August 05, 2020 , ... ... healthcare system has repeatedly risen to unprecedented challenges. Regardless of the obstacle - ... as personal protective equipment (PPE) and the cancellation or postponement of all nonessential ...
(Date:8/5/2020)... ... August 05, 2020 , ... The Veterinary Cooperative ... of the largest veterinarian-owned purchasing Cooperative in the United States. , Hamele has ... she gained extensive knowledge and experience in the animal health industry. In her ...
(Date:8/5/2020)... ... August 04, 2020 , ... ... children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) in Wisconsin, is delighted to announce the ... With the opening of their newest center, Total Spectrum now proudly serves ten ...
(Date:8/3/2020)... ... August 03, 2020 , ... Evolution Labs announced ... and Prevention program district-wide, developed to help students navigate a range of issues ... schools and districts must provide their students with preventative lessons after recent studies ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:8/5/2020)... ... August 04, 2020 , ... The Pulmonary Wellness Foundation (PWF), a New ... patients for nearly three decades, today announced the launch of the nation’s first online ... program kicked off Sunday, August 2 and meets on Wednesday and Sunday evenings at ...
(Date:8/3/2020)... ... August 03, 2020 , ... ... is pleased to welcome Michelle Kopronica as their new Vice President of Client ... of practice management knowledge in leading and developing teams and delivering client-focused solutions. ...
(Date:8/3/2020)... BOSTON and NEW YORK (PRWEB) , ... August 03, 2020 , ... ... focused on advancing health and science innovations, today announced that Donna L. LaVoie, President, ... Inspiring People in the life-sciences industry. , Since 2005, the PharmaVOICE 100 ...
Breaking Medicine Technology:
Cached News: