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IANS London, March 9: Arthritis sufferers have 40 percent higher risk of developing erratic heartbeat which can trigger heart attacks and death, warn researchers. The researchers believe the inflammation of joints in arthritis may cause irregular heartbeat, known as atrial fibrillation, besides formation of blood clots and stroke. Rheumatoid arthritis tends to strike between the ages of 40 and 70 years and is more common amongst women than men. It is the result of the immune system attacking cells lining the joints, making them swollen, stiff and very painful, reported online journal BMJ.com.
The Indian Orthopaedic Research Group (IORG) is dedicated to promoting evidence based clinical orthopaedic research in India. IORG advocates for garnering more resources for research, and increasing awareness in the Indian orthopaedic community of the impact of orthopaedic research. The specialty of Orthopaedic Surgery has developed in the recent past in leaps and bounds because of new challenges and avenues opened by active research. India in particular and Indian sub-continent as a whole has lagged behind in this field of basic and evidence based clinical orthopaedic research. IORG is a humble atempt to further the cause and promote orthopaedic research inour country.
Total joint replacement is the most technologically advanced solution for arthritic pain, however a search for a better functional and durable prosthesis still continues. The original Total Condylar design was very successful in terms of pain relief and durability but the average post op flexion achieved was only around 900 to 950 [1-7]. Even though this may be enough for most of the daily activities in the western world [8], Asians and particularly Indians require higher flexion for most of their daily social habits and customs [9]. In the recent times a number of additional design modifications have been introduced to achieve this goal [10, 11]. However how much impact this increase in the flexion has on patient satisfaction is yet to be determined.