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What Is New in Osteoarthritis

Presented By
Prof. Francis Berenbaum, Sorbonne Université, France
EULAR 2019
Phase 2, ADIPOA-2

In the WIN session on osteoarthritis (OA), Prof. Francis Berenbaum (Sorbonne Université, France) presented striking messages about OA, its prevalence, disease burden, severity, and (non)pharmacological interventions [1].

“The prevalence of OA is dramatically increasing,” said Prof. Berenbaum. Lieberman et al. looked at skeletons during different time periods [2]. The prevalence of knee OA was found to be 16% among the post-industrial sample but only 6% and 8% among the early industrial and prehistoric samples. Increases in longevity and BMI (obesity) do not fully explain the increased prevalence [2]. “Unknown environmental factors play a role,” Prof. Berenbaum added. Also, a recent paper by Sebbag et al. found that the burden of musculoskeletal diseases -including OA- has increased significantly between 2000 and 2015, with these being the second cause of ‘years lived with disability’ worldwide [3]. Prof. Berenbaum referred to steep disability-adjusted life...

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