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Arthritis (refrences)

Leeches Take the Bite Out of Arthritis Pain

Fri Jun 14, 2002

By Richard Woodman

LONDON (Reuters Health) - A cheap, natural therapy for arthritis was recommended by scientists on Friday--hirudo medicinalis, or more simply, leeches.

As Western drugmakers waxed lyrical about their latest blockbusters at a meeting in Stockholm, the Russian team told how they had successfully used the blood-sucking creatures to treat both rheumatoid and osteoarthritis.

INS AND OUTS OF OSTEOARTHRITIS

By J.R. Rogers

The ins and outs of what Osteoarthritis is, how it forms, how to know if you have OA, and how to treat it, explained simply so you can understand.

The first sign of osteoarthritis is the deterioration of healthy cartilage. Therefore, understanding cartilage is crucial to understanding osteoarthritis and how you can effectively treat your OA. Cartilage is a watery substance that is made up of 65%-80% water. The remaining portion is made up of two other important compounds. These are collagen and proteoglycans.