Thursday, 6 November 2014

Preterm, low birth-weight babies may need new hips in adulthood

Researchers from Monash University have found that low birth weight and preterm birth are linked to increased risk for osteoarthritis-related hip replacements in adulthood.

However, the findings published in the American College of Rheumatology (ACR) journal, Arthritis Care & Research, also indicate that low birth weight and pre-term babies were not at greater risk of knee arthroplasty due to osteoarthritis as adults.

Lead investigator, Professor Flavia Cicuttini in the Department of Epidemiology and Preventive Medicine said: “Currently there are no disease-modifying medications available to treat osteoarthritis, which makes understanding the risk factors associated with osteoarthritis so important for improving prevention of this disabling disease.”

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