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Tuesday 21:00-21:30
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Dr Mark Porter gives listeners the low-down on what the medical profession does and doesn't know. Each week an expert in the studio tackles a particular topic and there are reports from around the UK on the health of the nation - and the NHS.
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Tuesday 13 June 2006
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Arthritis

Arthritis affects millions of people in the UK. Dr Mark Porter reports on the latest developments in the treatment of the many varieties of the condition.

His guest in the studio is David Isenberg, Professor of Rheumatology at University College London.

Listener's Questions

Professor Isenberg will be helping Mark to answer listeners' questions about arthritis, and the anti-inflammatory drugs prescribed to treat it.

Kirsty was diagnosed with arthritis three years ago, and the only anti-inflammatory that gives her effective pain relief is celebrex. However, her GP has taken her off this because of the risk of heart disease. She wants to know how doctors balance theoretical risks with a patient's day-to-day need for pain relief.

Judith has asked if some anti-inflammatories are safer than others, as she has heard that naproxen is less likely to cause a stroke.

Brian's colon has been damaged as a side-effect of the anti-inflammatory diclofenac. He questions how many doctors would be prepared to take an anti-inflammatory drug long-term, in view of such side effects.

Professor Isenberg will give his view on all these issues.

Noisy Knees

Many of us can hear clicks in our knees when we move around, and this can sometimes indicate that the joint is damaged.

Now a group of scientists at the University of Central Lancashire are employing techniques more commonly used in the engineering industry to find out what is happening in our knees when they click.

Knee joints emit high-frequency sounds which the human ear cannot detect, and it's thought that an arthritic knee sends out high-frequency wave patterns which differ from those of a healthy knee and that this can be picked up by acoustic emission.

Doctors can then analyse the sounds to discover what kind of damage is being done in the joint.

Juvenile Arthritis

Many of us think of arthritis as a condition which affects older people, but one in 1000 children can suffer from a form of the disease, known as juvenile arthritis.

Juvenile arthritis is a separate condition from rheumatoid arthritis, and while it often stops in late childhood, it can sometimes last into adulthood.

Mark visits Great Ormond Street Hospital to meet patients and staff helping to treat juvenile arthritis, and making sure that the children stay as active as possible.
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