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Entries in Arthritis (2)


Does Obesity in Patients with Fibromyalgia Modify Response to Tai Chi Therapy: Analysis of a Randomized Controlled Trial.

Arthritis and Rheumatism
An Official Journal of the American College of Rheumatology
Volume  62  Number 10 (Supplement)  October 2010

Chenchen Wang1, Christopher H. Schmid2, Yoojin Lee2 and Timothy
McAlindon1. 1Tufts Medical Center, Boston, MA, 2Tufts Medical

Purpose: Fibromyalgia (FM) is a chronic pain disorder of complex
etiology. Recent evidence about the association between obesity and
FM suggests that this might obfuscate therapy. We evaluated the
association of obesity and changes in FM severity, sleep quality and
health related quality of life in a randomized controlled trial of FM

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Evaluation of Tai Chi Course Effectiveness for People with Arthritis.

Evaluation of Tai Chi Course Effectiveness for People with Arthritis. Arthritis & Rheumatism. 2010(Oct);62(10 Suppl):S288, abstract 690 [conference abstracts PDF here].

Leigh F. Callahan1, Jack H. Shreffler3, Betsy S. Hackney3, Kathryn Remmes Martin2 and Brian Charnock3. 1Univ of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, NC, 2University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, Chapel Hill, NC, 3University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill

 Purpose: To evaluate the effectiveness of the Arthritis Foundation’s 6-week Tai Chi course in reducing symptoms, increasing function, and improving psychosocial status in participants with arthritis using a communitybased randomized control trial (RCT).

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