The Sore Shoulder

The English language bears a special romance for the shoulder. We all need a shoulder to cry on -especially when we shoulder life’s burdens. A shrug of the shoulders shows indifference – the cold shoulder, hostility. The broad shoulders of Atlas support the world, while the fortunes of the Dodgers rest on the $215 million dollar left shoulder of Clayton Kershaw.

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Osteoporosis

Throughout life, our bones are in a constant state of turnover -new bone replaces old. In growing children, more bone is added than removed. By age 20, the skeleton has matured and the rates of bone growth and removal are equal. At 40, bone loss begins to exceed our ability to replace it. If losses reach a critical level, bone may be seriously weakened. This is osteoporosis.

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All About Gout

Gout has been with us since antiquity. In the 4th Century BC, Hippocrates observed that gout was rarely seen in women before the menopause. The word gout comes from the Latin “gutta,” a medieval reference to a drop of evil humour in a painful, reddened great toe. Cartoons of the 17th century often depicted the gout sufferer as a prosperous, portly, wine swelling nobleman. Today, among the more than 100 varieties of arthritis, gout is perhaps the most treatable (and “curable”) of all.

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