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Bones & joints

Keeping your bones strong and your joints supple can help prevent falls and fractures, pain, stiffness, and disability. Here’s how to prevent—or manage—osteoarthritis, osteoporosis, osteopenia, and gout.

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An expert's take

How to keep your skeleton strong

We talked to Bess Dawson-Hughesa leading bone researcher at Tufts Universityabout bone basics, the latest vitamin D recommendations, calcium, acid-producing diets, oxalates, exercise, and more.

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More than 30 million Americans have osteoarthritis, which occurs when the tissues in a joint break down. Gout is a painful inflammation of the joints that strikes eight million U.S. adults. Can exercise, supplements, or diets help with either?



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