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The authors discuss how meta-inflammation plays an important role in the pathogenesis of OA and argue the benefits of lifestyle changes to achieve improvements in OA symptoms. 9 pages. Last reviewed August 2018.

The authors conducted a mini-review to focus on the pathophysiological aspects of osteoarthritis development and progression. This includes a review of the current concepts and a discussion of the future personalized medicine for OA. 7 pages. Last reviewed August 2018.

This publication overviews the personal-level risk factors and joint-level risk factors associated with osteoarthritis (OA). They also include a discussion on the prevalence, incidence and burden of OA. 5 pages. Last reviewed August 2018.

This article describes a systematic review aimed at evaluating the effectiveness of combined physical activity and dietary restriction programs on body weight, body mass index (BMI) and the musculoskeletal function of overweight and obese older adults with knee OA. 17 pages. Last reviewed August 2018.

This supplement to the AGS Clinical Practice Guidelines on the Management of Chronic Pain in Older Adults discusses the evidence that physical activity may play a preventative and restorative role in functional capacity in those with osteoarthritis (OA). 16 pages. Last reviewed August 2018.

This journal article describes a 12-week pilot study investigating the safety and feasibility of a specially designed exercise program as an intervention to improve hip function in OA participants. 8 pages. Last reviewed August 2018.

This article describes a study investigating the information sources older women with arthritis used to make decisions regarding the use of complementary and alternative therapies as well as factors which influence the dialog regarding these therapies with their health care providers. 6 pages. Last reviewed August 2018.

This publication gives a high level overview of findings regarding the efficacy of complimentary and alternative medicine for common geriatric conditions. 6 pages. Last reviewed August 2018.

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