Credit: Michigan Technological University Adaptive aids are expensive. Additive manufacturing, using low-cost 3-D printers, can save upwards of 94 percent for simple household items. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that almost a quarter of the U.S. population lives with some form of arthritis. Daily tasks—like opening drawers, turning door handles—can be […]Continue Reading ...
(HealthDay)—Once low rheumatoid arthritis (RA) disease activity is achieved with tocilizumab (TCZ) plus methotrexate (MTX), patients can discontinue MTX without significant disease worsening, according to a study published in the August issue of Arthritis & Rheumatology. Joel M. Kremer, M.D., from Albany Medical College in New York, and colleagues randomized patients with RA who achieved […]Continue Reading ...
Credit: CC0 Public Domain In an analysis of global research, we recently found that children with the most frequent type of arthritis, juvenile idiopathic arthritis (JIA), have abnormally low vitamin D blood levels. We also found that those living in northern countries, such as Canada and northern European regions, are more likely to have low […]Continue Reading ...
Credit: CC0 Public Domain Chronic inflammatory rheumatic diseases such as rheumatoid arthritis (RA) and spondylo-arthritis (SpA) are chronic, disabling diseases with a poor outcome for loco-motoric function if left untreated. RA and SpA each affect about 1 percent of the population. The reason that certain joints are more affected than others has been a longstanding […]Continue Reading ...
(HealthDay)—Centralized pain pathways may coexist with more established peripheral inflammation-driven pathways in some patients with rheumatoid arthritis (RA), according to a study published in the July issue of Arthritis & Rheumatology. Neil Basu, M.D., Ph.D., from the University of Aberdeen in the United Kingdom, and colleagues performed an 11-minute functional connectivity magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) […]Continue Reading ...
Credit: Mary Ann Liebert, Inc., publishers In what researchers state is the first pilot clinical trial to assess the effects of resveratrol on pain severity and levels of inflammatory biomarkers in patients with mild to moderate knee osteoarthritis, the scientists compared treatment with a nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID) combined with either resveratrol or placebo over […]Continue Reading ...
(HealthDay)—Recommendations have been developed for pharmacovigilance in rheumatology, emphasizing the need for continued monitoring of new drugs, according to a position statement issued by the American College of Rheumatology (ACR). Researchers from the ACR developed a position statement relating to pharmacovigilance with respect to rheumatology treatment. According to the statement, the ACR supports robust pharmacovigilance […]Continue Reading ...
Credit: CC0 Public Domain Pain was the main driver of seeking medical care in an Arthritis Care & Research study of patients with osteoarthritis. In addition to pain, insomnia and depression increased health care use. In the study of 2976 patients, half of participants presented with at least one of the three symptoms (pain, insomnia, […]Continue Reading ...
Six days after treatment with IGF-1 carried by dendrimer nanoparticles (blue), the particles have penetrated through the cartilage of the knee joint. Credit: Brett Geiger and Jeff Wyckoff Osteoarthritis, a disease that causes severe joint pain, affects more than 20 million people in the United States. Some drug treatments can help alleviate the pain, but […]Continue Reading ...
(HealthDay)—Different from osteoarthritis, which is the wear-and-tear breakdown of joint cartilage experienced over time, rheumatoid arthritis, or RA, is an autoimmune disease that causes both pain and intense fatigue. When you’re in the throes of a flare, exercise may seem like mission impossible and you might be advised to rest until it passes. But exercise […]Continue Reading ...
Credit: CC0 Public Domain Arthritis is common in individuals with varying degrees of depression, according to a new International Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry study. In the analysis of National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey 2011-2014 data on US adults aged 50 years and older, the prevalence of arthritis was 55.0%, 62.9%, and 67.8% in participants […]Continue Reading ...
Credit: CC0 Public Domain Becoming more sensitive to pain, or pain sensitization, is an important risk factor for developing persistent knee pain in osteoarthritis, according to a new study by researchers at Université de Montréal and its affiliated Maisonneuve Rosemont Hospital Research Centre (CRHMR), in collaboration with researchers at Boston University. Their findings were published […]Continue Reading ...
Credit: CC0 Public Domain Could microbes in our guts be sending out the wrong message? Queen’s University Belfast researchers have, for the first time, found a specific microbe in the gut that pumps out protein molecules that mimic a human protein, causing the human defence system to turn on its own cells by mistake. The […]Continue Reading ...
(HealthDay)—High adherence to the Mediterranean diet score is tied to lower risk of rheumatoid arthritis (RA) in some populations, according to a study published online Aug. 9 in Arthritis Research & Therapy. Kari Johansson, Ph.D., from the Karolinska Institutet in Stockholm, and colleagues used data from the Swedish epidemiological investigation of RA to identify 1,721 […]Continue Reading ...
Gout in X-ray of left foot. Credit: Hellerhoff/Wikipedia. Dietary factors have a far smaller influence on urate levels (a precursor to gout) than previously envisaged, new University of Otago research reveals. The research, led by Post-Doctoral Fellow Dr. Tanya Major, found that a healthy diet can be linked to having lower levels of serum urate, […]Continue Reading ...
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