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Whatever is causing this woman’s hip pain, her x-ray film looks quite severe. The diagnosis was correct 40 years ago, but it couldn’t be treated effectively then. What’s the problem?

Bullous pemphigoid

Bullous pemphigoid, varicose veins, dermatomyositis, myasthenia gravis, coma bullae, xerosis, atrophie blanche, Grover disease—a review of age-related clinical concerns and how to recognize them.

Biologics have added a decade to the lifespan of rheumatoid arthritis patients since only the start of this century. The impact of age on that treatment has been a subject of intense study.

Are your patients with knee osteoarthritis quietly avoiding exercise, fearing it will worsen their pain? A new randomized trial shows they are mistaken: It eases pain. Another trial shows how much walking helps -- literally how much.

Exercise

A structured fitness program can prevent or delay loss of mobility in elderly individuals, according to the first study to test the question.

Even moderate amounts of exercise can lower the risk of death in older men with high blood pressure, a new study shows.

Among women with osteoporosis randomized to discontinue bisphosphonates, results of bone mass testing in subsequent years were unrelated to future fracture risk. This undercuts guidelines and even a law.

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