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More cases of osteoarthritis; narcotic pain relievers risk falls

More common as age increases, osteoarthritis will affect even more people if current trends persist. As announced at the recent scientific meeting of the American College of Rheumatology, nearly 6.5 million Americans between the ages of 35-84 will be diagnosed with symptomatic knee osteoarthritis in the next 10 years, with people ages 45-64 expected to account for more than half of newly-diagnosed cases.

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