4/18/2013 7:32:41 AM
Engineers have found that in the earliest stages of arthritis, high-impact exercise may worsen cartilage damage. Osteoarthritis, which affects at least 20 percent of adults in the United States, leads to deterioration of cartilage, the rubbery tissue that prevents bones from rubbing together. By studying the molecular properties of cartilage, MIT engineers have now discovered how the earliest stages of arthritis make the tissue more susceptible to damage from physical activities such as running or jumping.
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