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Arthritis may increase risk of falls

As background to a new analysis of data from the US 2012 Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System states, one risk factor for falls may be impairments in gait speed and balance, which are associated with arthritis. Respondents were asked if they had ever been diagnosed by a doctor or health professional with some form of arthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, gout, lupus or fibromyalgia, and if they had experienced an unintentional fall in the prior 12 months.

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