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This 'Pointless' Bone Vanished From Humans. Now It's Back

Scientists thought evolution had taken its toll on knee's fabella, but it's making a comeback

(Newser) - One hundred years ago, just 11% of humans had a fabella, a tiny bone embedded in the tendon behind the knee. Last year, the percentage of people worldwide with that bone spiked to 39%, and scientists are trying to figure out why a bone that doctors generally think is "... More »

Surprise: Running May Actually Make Knees Healthier

Study finds running lessens risk factors associated with knee inflammation

(Newser) - "It flies in the face of intuition," Matt Seeley tells UPI . Seeley is the co-author of a study published in the European Journal of Applied Physiology that may upend what we thought we knew about running's effect on knees. Conventional wisdom says running is hard on the... More »

Yoga 3 Times a Week Pays Big Dividends

Arthritis sufferers saw substantial improvement

(Newser) - "There's kind of a myth that says if you have arthritis, the good thing to do is to rest your joints," says a John Hopkins professor who co-authored a study that might bust the myth wide open. In the study of 75 sedentary adults with rheumatoid arthritis... More »

Most Popular Knee Surgery Is a Big Waste for Many

Study: arthroscopic surgery as good as fake surgery for some meniscus tears

(Newser) - If you're anticipating having arthroscopic surgery in the new year to fix your torn meniscus, bad news for you: A new study found the procedure is, for many, as effective as ... fake surgery. That could have big implications, considering the US spends an estimated $4 billion a year on... More »

New Body Part Discovered

Belgium surgeons confirm the existence of the knee's anterolateral ligament

(Newser) - Two Belgian surgeons have discovered a new body part—though there's potentially a 3% chance you don't actually have it. In a paper published in the Journal of Anatomy , they confirm the existence of the knee's anterolateral ligament. They were far from the first to speculate on... More »

The New Hot Body Part? Knees

And if yours aren't as nice as Kate Middleton's, well, get on it!

(Newser) - Just when you finally stopped feeling insecure about your not-as-sexy-as-Michelle-Obama arms, along comes Kate Middleton to make you feel bad about your … knees?! Yep, at least according to a Telegraph piece from last week, the Boston Globe reports. Middleton is constantly flaunting her excellent knees, and at least one... More »

Running May Be Good for Knees

Runners' 'motion groove' can prevents arthritis in old age

(Newser) - Conventional wisdom holds that running will eventually trash your knees by wearing down their cartilage, ultimately leading to arthritis. But that may have to be revised: Recent studies suggest that runners may have healthier knees in old age than their sedentary peers, reports Gretchen Reynolds for the New York Times.... More »

Those Shoes Are Just Killing Your Feet

Experts say barefoot would be better

(Newser) - Walk a mile in my shoes? No way, researchers say—even comfortable shoes warp how we walk and damage our bodies. "With one carelessly designed instrument, our shoes, we have warped the pure anatomical form of human gait," one expert wrote. So Brooklyn scribe Adam Sternbergh walks a... More »

Major Knee Injuries Soar for Child Athletes

Increasingly arduous world of kid sports taking toll

(Newser) - The number of serious knee injuries that doctors once saw only in adults is skyrocketing among children as kid sports become increasingly demanding, reports the New York Times. Injuries such as a torn ACL—the major ligament that stabilizes the knee—require surgery that poses particular risks to children who... More »

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