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This exploratory study is to compares mechanisms of mind-body exercise with wellness education program on gut microbiota for osteoarthritis as a basis for a future large-scale trial.


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This exploratory study is to determine the effect of mind-body exercise on gut microbiota in patients with osteoarthritis. We will randomize 80 eligible individuals who meet the American College of Rheumatology criteria for osteoarthritis into Tai Chi or wellness education interventions for 12 weeks. Using 16S rRNA amplicon sequencing of fecal DNA samples we will compare the changes in gut microbiota profiles using 16S rRNA gene amplicon sequencing, and quantity of Streptococcus species using quantitative PCR, as well as their association with clinical outcomes. This exploratory study will guide the development of theoretically informed, effective treatment for a high-risk population further enlighten us about the pathogenesis of metabolic osteoarthritis pain.This proposal will provide crucial preliminary knowledge of the mechanism underlying Tai Chi mind-body therapy for metabolic osteoarthritis. ;


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NCT number NCT05186714
Study type Interventional
Source Tufts Medical Center
Contact Chenchen Wang, MD. MSc
Phone 617-636-3251
Email [email protected]
Status Not yet recruiting
Phase N/A
Start date June 1, 2022
Completion date June 1, 2024

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