Scientists Identify Key Risk Factor for Canine Arthritis; Method May Eventually Give Humans Similar Warning
Sunday, January 14, 2001
PHILADELPHIA - Drawing upon an international database of some 16,000 dogs, researchers at the University of Pennsylvania have pinpointed what believed to be the first solid predictor, in any species, of future arthritis. The scientists have found that laxity in the hip joint - several millimetersworth of excessive play between the ball of the femur and the hip socket - correlates strongly with the advent of hip arthritis later in a dog life.
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