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Raising the profile of long term conditions in Parliament
On Monday 11th September, our Policy and Public Affairs team attended a Parliamentary drop-in to help MPs understand more about the needs of people with long term conditions. The event was coordinated by the Richmond Group, a coalition of 14 leading health and social care organisations - including Arthritis Research UK - who work together to influence policy and practice.The organisations that make up the coalition represent 15 million people with long term conditions in the UK who regularly need to rely on health and care services. We work together to campaign for improvements, and ensure that everyone with a long term co...
Source: Arthritis Research UK - September 17, 2017 Category: Rheumatology Source Type: news

Get a grip on PIP
A new report released on 14 September 2017 by the Disability Benefits Consortium (DBC) - of which Arthritis Research UK is a member- demonstrates the huge problems which many people experience when trying to access Personal Independence Payments. A Personal Independence Payment (PIP) is a source of financial support designed to help disabled people and those with long-term conditions manage the extra costs of their condition.Debs is in her forties and has had arthritis since she was born. Her story is featured in the‘Supporting those who need it most?’ report:“When I wake up I am in pain instantly. My hu...
Source: Arthritis Research UK - September 13, 2017 Category: Rheumatology Source Type: news

Osteoporosis gene study reveals potential new treatment targets
Scientists have identified a number of new genetic variants that are implicated in the development ofosteoporosis following a major study. The research, led by the University of Queensland in Australia and McGill University in Canada, have carried out the largest ever genetic study of osteoporosis, with their findings potentially paving the way for new approaches to treating the bone disease. A broad-ranging study The study was published in the medical journal Nature Genetics and analysed data from more than 140,000 individuals from the UK Biobank, with bone mineral density assessments taken from ultrasounds of the heel. A...
Source: Arthritis Research UK - September 7, 2017 Category: Rheumatology Source Type: news

Campaigner Frances who lives with arthritis tells us why she is going to party conferences
I was 23 when I was diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis . I had trained to be a teacher but it became clear that it would no longer be possible for me to keep up with a class and spend long hours standing. It wasn’t the life I expected to live.You have to make a new life, and let go of what you thought was going to happen. Arthritis can affect every aspect of your existence, from your career to your relationships and social life. As well as the big changes, there are little things too, for example I can find it a struggle to take the cap off a bottle of water.I am joining Arthritis Research UK at party conferences to...
Source: Arthritis Research UK - September 3, 2017 Category: Rheumatology Source Type: news

New app helps adults to get more active
As a charity, we know how important remaining active is for the 10 million people living with arthritis. Which is why we have been working in partnership with Public Health England to encourage physical activity.As a part of this collaborative work, we are pleased to support the launch of Public Health England’s‘Active 10’ app as part of its‘One You’ health and wellbeing platform.The app encourages people to walk just ten minutes a day, an activity which is beneficial for people living with musculoskeletal conditions.This ten minutes can make a huge difference to your health, it gets the heart...
Source: Arthritis Research UK - August 23, 2017 Category: Rheumatology Source Type: news

The true impact of arthritis
You'll know all too well the impact arthritis has on your own life. Perhaps you also think about how your arthritis affects your loved ones or your employer, but the impact doesn’t stop there. With 10 million people in the UK living with arthritis, each with friends and family, many with work colleagues and employers and all supported by a team of healthcare professionals, the ripple effect of arthritis touches every person in our society, either directly or indirectly.To support our campaign, we've gathered evidence to reveal the extent of the hidden impact of arthritis on our society, published in a new report...
Source: Arthritis Research UK - August 21, 2017 Category: Rheumatology Source Type: news

The nation ’s joint problem – our CEO explains urgent need for new campaign
Arthritis affects over 10 million people living in the UK. And yet how often is it talked about or represented on our TV screens, in magazines or newspapers? Over the coming weeks that's set to change with the launch of our new high-profile campaign.Our research shows that over three quarters of people with arthritis think that society doesn’t understand what it’s like to live with arthritis and 78% said other people don’t understand the impact because they don’t look seriously affected. We want to change that.Developed with the help of people with arthritis, our campaign advert depicts the impact o...
Source: Arthritis Research UK - August 21, 2017 Category: Rheumatology Source Type: news

New research shines spotlight on mental health and arthritis
Around a third of the 400,000 people in the UK with rheumatoid arthritis also experience mental health issues. Statistics like these clearly show arthritis does not just affect people’s physical health. Without the right treatment and support the pain and fatigue of rheumatoid arthritis can take its toll on our minds, as well as our bodies.We want this to change and for the mental health issues associated with arthritis to be taken seriously, recognised early and treated effectively. We've forged a new partnership with mental health research charityMQ: Transforming Mental Health to support vital research in this...
Source: Arthritis Research UK - August 21, 2017 Category: Rheumatology Source Type: news

Preventing the pain of osteoarthritis – do molecules and proteins hold the answers?
This study also includes several collaborators, including members of the Arthritis Research UK Centre of Excellence for Pain (Professor Victoria Chapman and Dr. Federico Dajas-Bailador) and of the Arthritis Research UK Centre of Excellence for Osteoarthritis Pathogenesis (Professor Tonia Vincent).Nerve protein may protect against the onset and pain of arthritisMeanwhile, another three-year study will explore if a protein found on nerves in and around our joints could be used to reduce pain and inflammation associated with osteoarthritis.Susan Brain, Professor of Pharmacology at King’s College London, tells us more ab...
Source: Arthritis Research UK - August 21, 2017 Category: Rheumatology Source Type: news

Can we really work for longer? Study asks how feasible a higher retirement age is for people with arthritis
With retirement ages going up and the value of pensions and savings going down, more and more people with arthritis will need and want to work for longer. Arthritis can be a barrier to working at any age, with thousands losing out in the world of work every year because of their condition. That’s why we're funding health and work research to help people with arthritis find or stay in work, inspire changes in the workplace and influence and inform policy-makers and employers.The Health and Employment After 50 (HEAF) study at the Arthritis Research UK Centre for Musculoskeletal Health and Work has recruited more than 8...
Source: Arthritis Research UK - August 21, 2017 Category: Rheumatology Source Type: news

Anne's story – Let’s be honest about the hidden impact of arthritis
Anne Kearl, 55, was first diagnosed with osteoarthritis in her spine twenty years ago. Chronic back and neck pain affect every aspect of her life, contributing to her giving up work aged 52, but this impact is often hidden and rarely understood by others. This is something Anne believes needs to change."Pain is normal to me. It’s always there. I may paint a smile on my face, but I'll be hurting all over. You get used to it, but it does grind you down. It’s had a big impact on my mental health; pain and depression feed off each other and in my experience, it’s hard to separate them out a lot of the ti...
Source: Arthritis Research UK - August 21, 2017 Category: Rheumatology Source Type: news

Cost of arthritis
The Times today featured a letter to editor which reports that Arthritis Research UK is calling for arthritis to be recognised for what it is: a public health priority and a significant problem facing the UK. Our call to action has been signed by 16 notable people, including BBC journalist and broadcaster Julian Worricker, actress Sally Hawkins, Caroline Lucas MP, Paralympic athlete Pamela Relph and Professor Luke O’Neill from Trinity College, Dublin. Read the letter in full below:Dear Sir,Arthritis affects over 10 million people and is the number one cause of disability in the UK. Four in five of those who...
Source: Arthritis Research UK - August 21, 2017 Category: Rheumatology Source Type: news

Contraceptive pill 'may lower risk of rheumatoid arthritis in women'
Women who regularly use oral contraceptives may be at a lower risk of developing rheumatoidarthritis. This is according to a new study led by the Karolinska Institutet in Sweden and published in the British Medical Journal, which adds to the body of evidence suggesting that hormonal and reproductive factors may explain why women are generally at greater risk of developingrheumatoid arthritis than men. The study findings For this study, data was collated from the Swedish Epidemiological Investigation of Rheumatoid Arthritis on 2,809 women who had been diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis and 5,312 women without the disease. ...
Source: Arthritis Research UK - August 21, 2017 Category: Rheumatology Source Type: news

The nation's #jointproblem: Arthritis will cause 25.9 million lost working days costing £3.43 billion by 2030
Arthritis Research UK, the UK’s leading arthritis charity, is today launching a major nationwide campaign to reveal the true impact of arthritis across society. The campaign will highlight that, either directly or indirectly, arthritis impacts everyone in the UK. The campaign will also highlight that there are over 10 million people living with arthritis and the condition can cause high levels of daily pain and fatigue.As part of the launch, Arthritis Research UK is releasing The Nation’s Joint Problem report which reveals the current and future impact of two major forms of the condition, osteoarthritis (O...
Source: Arthritis Research UK - August 20, 2017 Category: Rheumatology Source Type: news

New study highlights key quality of life factors for ankylosing spondylitis
A new study has shed light on some of the most prevalent modifiable factors that predict a poor quality of life in people withankylosing spondylitis. Moreover, the University of Aberdeen research indicated that some of these factors - which include pain,fatigue and poor physical function - are currently better monitored than others, suggesting new approaches to treating this painful condition may be needed. The most important predictors for poor quality of life The study analysed data from 959 patients involved in the Scotland Registry for Ankylosing Spondylitis, which collected clinical and patient-reported data on ankylo...
Source: Arthritis Research UK - August 16, 2017 Category: Rheumatology Source Type: news

Rheumatoid arthritis risk 'may be elevated for people in certain jobs'
This study, published in the medical journal Arthritis Research& Care, assessed data from 3,522 Swedish individuals with rheumatoid arthritis and 5,580 control subjects, including information on environmental, genetic and immunological factors between 1996 and 2014. Male workers in the manufacturing sector were shown to have a higher risk of developing rheumatoid arthritis than those working in professional, administrative and technical roles, with electrical and electronics workers and material handling operators experiencing a twofold increased risk, while bricklayers and concrete workers were three times more likely...
Source: Arthritis Research UK - August 10, 2017 Category: Rheumatology Source Type: news

New nurse and allied health professional interns 2017
This year’s nurse and allied health professional (AHP) interns have begun their research placements.Over the course of three years, the internship scheme will support 18 newly qualified AHPs at the start of their professional career and bring them into rheumatology research teams.The governance of the£120,000 programme is being overseen by Professor Catherine Bowen at the University of Southampton, who is joined by colleagues from a network of universities including Leeds, Salford, Oxford and West of England, Bristol.This project is now in its second year, with six interns due to undertake research project...
Source: Arthritis Research UK - August 8, 2017 Category: Rheumatology Source Type: news

New study to assess whether painkillers make axial spondyloarthritis harder to detect
A new study is being launched in the UK to determine whether people with axial spondyloarthritis are being misdiagnosed because of thepainkillers they are using. The University of Aberdeen study, funded byArthritis Research UK, will examine how big a role patients' medication plays in slowing down the diagnosis of axial spondyloarthritis, and to establish whether new approaches to treating and diagnosing the disease are needed. How painkillers may mask the signs of axial spondyloarthritis Axial spondyloarthritis is an inflammatory arthritic condition affecting around 700,000 people in the UK. It afflicts the spine and ...
Source: Arthritis Research UK - August 7, 2017 Category: Rheumatology Source Type: news

Arthritis Care and Arthritis Research UK – joining together
Arthritis Care and Arthritis Research UK have a shared ambition– to help over 10 million people living with arthritis in the UK. At the beginning of 2017, the charities began discussions about how we could best serve their needs. After careful consideration, the decision was made by the boards of both organisations to merge Arthritis Care into Arthritis Research UK. Due diligence has been commissioned and the aim is for the two charities to come together into a single organisation in October this year.Standing together with one louder voiceDr Liam O’Toole, chief executive officer of Arthritis Research UK, and J...
Source: Arthritis Research UK - July 26, 2017 Category: Rheumatology Source Type: news

Launch of our new patient and public involvement handbook
Have you thought about involving people with arthritis in your research but aren’t sure how to go about it? Have you been looking for examples of good patient and public involvement (PPI)? We’re delighted to announce the publication of our new handbook,Patient and Public Involvement– a Researcher’s Guide (PDF 8.2 MB), which can answer all of these questions and more.In line withour strategy, our focus is to put people with arthritis at the heart of everything we do and ensure our decisions are guided by their perspective. Evidence has proven that meaningful patient involvement increases the quality ...
Source: Arthritis Research UK - July 25, 2017 Category: Rheumatology Source Type: news

Arthritis Research UK call for musculoskeletal conditions to be central to future multimorbidity plans
This report sets out why musculoskeletal conditions must be included in future plans to address multimorbidity and makes seven clear recommendations for change.Musculoskeletal conditions affect around 10 million people across the UK, and are often found in people with other long-term conditions. The report reveals that among people over 45 years with a major long-term condition, more than 30% also have arthritis. By age 65, almost half of people with a heart, lung or mental health problem also have arthritis. Conversely, 80% of people with osteoarthritis have at least one other long-term condition such as hypertension...
Source: Arthritis Research UK - July 19, 2017 Category: Rheumatology Source Type: news

Starter grants for clinical lecturers - call for applications
Applications are open for theAcademy of Medical Sciences starter grants for clinical lecturers scheme with a deadline of 23:00 on Friday 15 September 2017. We're pleased to support these awards as a partner funder.  The grants provide modest‘starter’ funds of up to£30,000 to enable research active clinical lecturers to pursue their research work. Clinical lecturer posts provide a salary but often do not come with the funding to support the costs of the research. This scheme was designed to help bridge this gap by providing clinical lecturers with access to modest research funds for up ...
Source: Arthritis Research UK - July 18, 2017 Category: Rheumatology Source Type: news

Starter grants for clinical lecturers
Applications are open for the Academy of Medical Sciences starter grants for clinical lecturers scheme with a deadline of 23:00 on Friday 15 September 2017. We're is pleased to support these awards as a partner funder.  The grants provide modest‘starter’ funds of up to£30,000 to enable research active clinical lecturers to pursue their research work. Clinical lecturer posts provide a salary but often do not come with the funding to support the costs of the research. This scheme was designed to help bridge this gap by providing clinical lecturers with access to modest research funds for...
Source: Arthritis Research UK - July 18, 2017 Category: Rheumatology Source Type: news

People in England 'set to live longer with ill health in future'
The number of people in England living for many years with problems such asarthritis andback pain is likely to increase in the coming years. This is according to a new report from Public Health England, which has called for action to be taken to make sure that people are not having the later years of their extended lifespans marred by ill health. Life expectancy rise outstripping people's ability to live healthily The Health Profile for England report has been compiled by Public Health England using a wide range of population health data, which has been analysed to give an overall picture of the long-term wellbeing of ...
Source: Arthritis Research UK - July 17, 2017 Category: Rheumatology Source Type: news

Research advisory group leads - call for applications
Since 2007, we've supported seven Clinical Studies Groups (CSGs) to:Generate nationally-agreed research strategies and priority questions for clinical studies and trials across the fields of musculoskeletal diseasesupport the design and development of specific studies aiming to address those priority areas.In 2017 we're evolving the CSG operations to work with our newly established Disease, Treatment and Health subcommittees.Six of our seven CSGs formally completed their activities as of 31 March 2017. Our Paediatric rheumatology CSG remains in operation embedded within the National Institute for Health Rese...
Source: Arthritis Research UK - July 16, 2017 Category: Rheumatology Source Type: news

Call for applications for research advisory group leads
Since 2007 Arthritis Research UK has supported seven Clinical Studies Groups (CSGs) to (i) generate nationally-agreed research strategies and priority questions for clinical studies and trials across the fields of musculoskeletal disease and (ii) to support the design and development of specific studies aiming to address those priority areas. In 2017 we're evolving the CSG operations to work with our newly established Disease, Treatment and Health subcommittees.Six of our seven CSGs formally completed their activities as of 31 March 2017.  Our Paediatric rheumatology CSG remains in operation embedded within ...
Source: Arthritis Research UK - July 16, 2017 Category: Rheumatology Source Type: news

Arthritis in Parliament
On Tuesday 5 July, Arthritis Research UK held a parliamentary reception sponsored by Fiona Bruce MP. The event attracted more than 60 MPs, who came to find out more about how arthritis can impact their constituents.MPs spoke to people living with arthritis, tried our interactive station which simulated the mobility restrictions arthritis can cause and learnt how many people in their local area may have the condition.Campaigners share their experiencesCampaigners Christine Walker and Cat Priddey both attended the reception to speak to MPs about the realities of living with arthritis. Cat was diagnosed with osteoarthrit...
Source: Arthritis Research UK - July 5, 2017 Category: Rheumatology Source Type: news

NHS funding squeeze 'making it harder to access hip and knee surgery'
People witharthritis and other joint health problems are finding it increasingly difficult to access surgical treatment due to the current squeeze on NHS funding. This is according to a new investigation by the British Medical Journal, which has indicated that hospitals are having to apply for exceptional funding for an increasingly wide range of treatments, as many procedures that were once considered to be routine are no longer being funded as standard. Growing limitations on routine surgical procedures Data collected for the report under a freedom of information request show that doctors had to make 73,900 individual fu...
Source: Arthritis Research UK - July 5, 2017 Category: Rheumatology Source Type: news

Senior research fellowship - call for applications
Applications are now open for our senior research fellowship with a deadline of 16:00, Wednesday 27 September 2017.Senior research fellowships are our most prestigious fellowship grants. They're awarded to outstanding medical, veterinary, nurse and allied health professional or science graduates committed to a research career in any discipline relevant to arthritis and related musculoskeletal diseases, who don't hold an established academic post.Senior research fellowships are open to postdoctoral basic scientists, vets, clinicians or nurse and allied health professionals, normally with 6–12 years' postdoctoral ...
Source: Arthritis Research UK - June 27, 2017 Category: Rheumatology Source Type: news

The annual microbiome award holders meeting
Investment in microbiome researchThe microbiome is increasingly recognised as influencing health and disease. To help clarify the role of the microbiome in musculoskeletal disease, we have funded several awards in this area; our portfolio of microbiome research awards is currently made up of one prestigious programme grant, five pathfinder awards and two strategic awards. Our total investment in this area is almost£5 million. Combined, the projects will provide short and long-term support to build expertise in this field of research, and progress our understanding of the role of the microbiome in arthritis. The ...
Source: Arthritis Research UK - June 22, 2017 Category: Rheumatology Source Type: news

Eating more fish 'can alleviate rheumatoid arthritis symptoms'
This study indicates that simple changes, such as increasing the amount of fish in their diets, could have a big impact on making the condition more manageable. Lead author Dr Sara Tedeschi, of the division of rheumatology, immunology and allergy at Brigham and Women's Hospital and Harvard Medical School, said:"If our finding holds up in other studies, it suggests that fish consumption may lower inflammation related to rheumatoid arthritis disease activity. "Fish consumption has been noted to have many beneficial health effects, and our findings may give patients with rheumatoid arthritis a strong reason to i...
Source: Arthritis Research UK - June 21, 2017 Category: Rheumatology Source Type: news

PhD scholarship scheme – call for applications
Applications are now open for our PhD scholarship scheme with a deadline of 16:00 on Wednesday 20 September.A limited number of our prestigious PhD scholarships are available to encourage the best graduates to embark on a research career in any discipline relevant to arthritis and related musculoskeletal diseases.These awards offer up to 4 years funding to successful applicants, which includes a generous tax-free incremental stipend, UK tuition fees and enhanced running costs.Scholarships are awarded annually, by open competition, for projects that have clear relevance to our aims, and provide training ...
Source: Arthritis Research UK - June 20, 2017 Category: Rheumatology Source Type: news

£3 million awarded to pain research
The pain challenge seeks to fund research that will increase our understanding of the fundamental biological mechanisms and pathways which underlie musculoskeletal pain and which may lead to the prevention, identification or development of new treatments for pain.The first call for applications for our pain challenge was launched in early 2016, and we invested a total of over£3 million in 13 projects as part of this round. We wanted to tell you about all the exciting projects that we funded as part of this first call:Dr Chantal Chenu (The Royal Veterinary College)The role of the nerve growth mediator semaphorin-3A in...
Source: Arthritis Research UK - June 18, 2017 Category: Rheumatology Source Type: news

New study highlights patient concerns about glucocorticoid side effects
This study has shown that weight gain, insomnia and moon face were the top three most important side effects to patients taking glucocorticoids. Despite this, they are not widely studied, with many unanswered questions. "Research should be informed by patients, and targeted to provide patients with better information about these side effects of high importance." Arthritis Research UK's view Devi Rani Sagar, research liaison manager at Arthritis Research UK, said:"We believe that people with arthritis should get the recognition and support they deserve, and that's why we invest in research to find the...
Source: Arthritis Research UK - June 13, 2017 Category: Rheumatology Source Type: news

Arthritis Research UK at EULAR 2017
This year'sAnnual European Congress of Rheumatology (EULAR 2017) is being held in Madrid 14-17 June.TheEuropean League Against Rheumatism (EULAR) is an organisation which represents the patient, health professional and scientific societies of rheumatology of all the European nations. EULAR endeavours to stimulate, promote, and support the research, prevention, treatment and rehabilitation of rheumatic diseases.The EULAR congress is a forum for interaction between medical doctors, scientists, people with arthritis, health professionals and representatives of the pharmaceutical industry worldwide.We will be attending the con...
Source: Arthritis Research UK - June 13, 2017 Category: Rheumatology Source Type: news

Priorities in clinical research – call for applications
Clinical research delivers healthcare science that develops and evaluates the safety, efficacy and effectiveness of medications, devices, diagnostic products and treatment regimens intended for human use. These may be used for prevention, treatment, diagnosis or for relieving symptoms of a disease.Call for applicationsWe are now inviting applications for clinical research funding in the areas highlighted in the clinical studies group strategies. We aim to fund innovative research that seeks to address key clinical research priorities that will change practice and impact on quality of life, utilising novel trial design...
Source: Arthritis Research UK - June 11, 2017 Category: Rheumatology Source Type: news

Pain challenge – call for applications
Applications are now open for our pain challenge with an outline application deadline of 16:00 on Thursday 31 August 2017, and a full application deadline of 16:00 on Thursday 4 January 2018.Call for applicationsWe invite applications for ambitious and innovative research that will have a significant impact on tackling the pain of musculoskeletal diseases. Funded research resulting from the call will be expected to make a significant leap forward in our understanding of musculoskeletal pain, how it is managed and how it may be prevented.We have adopted a flexible approach for this challenge and awards are av...
Source: Arthritis Research UK - June 6, 2017 Category: Rheumatology Source Type: news

Putting Disability Benefits on the Election agenda
Volunteers, campaigners and staff from Arthritis Research UK attended the National Disability Hustings this week hosted by a consortium of charities working to support people with disabilities.Over 150 disabled people gathered in Church House to hear from, and question, representatives from the political parties. The panel was made up of Penny Mordaunt, most recent Minister for Disabled People representing the Conservatives, Kate Green, former Shadow Minister for Disabled People for Labour, and Baroness Brinton, a Liberal Democrat Peer and former health spokesperson. Baroness Brinton was also the first wheelchair user to h...
Source: Arthritis Research UK - June 6, 2017 Category: Rheumatology Source Type: news

State of Musculoskeletal Health 2017 report
We are delighted to announce the launch of theState of Musculoskeletal Health 2017 report.The compendium report, to be updated annually, is a comprehensive one-stop data source of information and statistics on the prevalence, incidence, risk factors, comorbidities and impact of the most prevalent musculoskeletal conditions in the UK. What conditions are included?1. Inflammatory conditionsAxial Spondyloarthritis (including ankylosing spondylitis)GoutJuvenile idiopathic arthritisRheumatoid arthritis2. Musculoskeletal painOsteoarthritisBack pain3. Osteoporosis and fragility fracturesThe State of Musculoskeletal...
Source: Arthritis Research UK - May 31, 2017 Category: Rheumatology Source Type: news

State of Musculoskeletal Health 2017
We are delighted to announce the launch of theState of Musculoskeletal Health 2017.The compendium report, to be updated annually, is a comprehensive one-stop data source of information and statistics on the prevalence, incidence, risk factors, comorbidities and impact of the most prevalent musculoskeletal conditions in the UK. What conditions are included?1. Inflammatory conditionsAxial Spondyloarthritis (including ankylosing spondylitis)GoutJuvenile idiopathic arthritisRheumatoid arthritis2. Musculoskeletal painOsteoarthritisBack pain3. Osteoporosis and fragility fracturesThe State of Musculoskeletal Health 2017...
Source: Arthritis Research UK - May 31, 2017 Category: Rheumatology Source Type: news

Researchfish deadline extended until 7th June
Please note that due to technical issues which have prevented some grantholders from being able to submit theirResearchfish reports, we will be extending the reporting deadline until 7th June. The majority of our awards report through Researchfish in either May or December. If you're due to report in May, you should have received an email to let you know. We recognise that new awards may have little to report, but please complete your update as fully as you can.In particular we ask that you:Only report outputs arising from work funded by the specific grant that we have asked you to report onreview all sectio...
Source: Arthritis Research UK - May 30, 2017 Category: Rheumatology Source Type: news

New study identifies stem cells that can help repair knee joints
A new study has identified stem cells that could be used to help repair damage to the knee joints associated with conditions such asarthritis. The research - which was funded by Arthritis Research UK, the Medical Research Council, the Wellcome Trust and Tenovus Scotland - has opened the door for future treatments that can help to prevent the worst damage caused by arthritis before it occurs. How these cells affect the health of the knee joint A University of Aberdeen team were able to identify the stem cells in the synovium - the connective tissue that surrounds the joints - that have the capacity to reform and repair cart...
Source: Arthritis Research UK - May 21, 2017 Category: Rheumatology Source Type: news

Osteoarthritis 'can be prevented by improving diet and exercise'
Improving dietary intake and getting moreexercise can make a difference to a person's risk of developingosteoarthritis, according to new research. Scientists from the University of Surrey have conducted an expert review that has identified a crucial link between metabolism and osteoarthritis, suggesting that basic lifestyle changes can be effective in delaying or preventing the onset of the condition. The link between osteoarthritis and metabolism The study examined existing research evidence to assess the role that metabolic changes caused by a poordiet and a sedentary lifestyle have on triggering the genetic reprogra...
Source: Arthritis Research UK - May 16, 2017 Category: Rheumatology Source Type: news

Conference report: British Pain Society and British Society for Rheumatology
We recently attended the British Society for Rheumatology (BSR) and the British Pain Society (BPS) conferences in April and May 2017, respectively.British Society for Rheumatology Annual Conference       The BSR annual conference took place on the 25-27 April 2017. This three day conference was attended by our research, and strategic development (providing information and support for healthcare professionals and patients) directorates. This was extremely beneficial as it gave us the opportunity to tell the attendees about the important work being carried out across the charity, and n...
Source: Arthritis Research UK - May 15, 2017 Category: Rheumatology Source Type: news

New study highlights role of common gene variations in ankylosing spondylitis
New research has revealed an insight into the genetic underpinnings ofankylosing spondylitis that could aid the future treatment of the disease. Led by the University of Oxford and published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, the study has indicated that the specific genetic variants associated with the onset of the condition may be more common than previously thought. The true genetic origin of ankylosing spondylitis For this study, data on 213 ankylosing spondylitis patients and 46 people with rheumatoidarthritis was analysed in order to examine the common scientific assumption that ankylosing spondy...
Source: Arthritis Research UK - May 15, 2017 Category: Rheumatology Source Type: news

New study aims to improve analysis of physical activity in osteoarthritis patients
The scientific assessment of physical activity trends in people withosteoarthritis could be enhanced thanks to a new study funded byArthritis Research UK. Led by the Arthritis Research UK Centre for Sport,Exercise and Osteoarthritis at the University of Oxford, the study looked at reporting methods of physical activity across a number of international studies, before making a series of recommendations about how these methods could be made more consistent. Forming a clearer consensus Researchers are becoming increasingly aware that physical activity needs to be considered an important factor when studying osteoarthritis, bu...
Source: Arthritis Research UK - May 15, 2017 Category: Rheumatology Source Type: news

Knee surgery 'should not be used to treat degenerative knee disease'
Knee arthroscopy should not be considered a suitable treatment option for the vast majority of patients with degenerative knee disease, according to experts. An international panel, led by Reed Siemieniuk at McMaster University in Canada, has reviewed the available evidence and come to a firm conclusion that surgery does not offer any substantial benefits for these patients, despite most guidance suggesting otherwise. Why knee surgery may be unsuitable Part of the British Medical Journal's Rapid Recommendations initiative, which aims to quickly generate trustworthy guidance for doctors based on the latest evidence, the...
Source: Arthritis Research UK - May 10, 2017 Category: Rheumatology Source Type: news

Provost ’s Award for Public Engagement
Earlier this year, University College London announced the winners of the2017 Provost’s Awards for Public Engagement. The winner of the Early Career Researcher Award was Hema Chaplin, Research Facilitator at theArthritis Research UK Centre for Adolescent Rheumatology.In her first two years at the Centre for Adolescent Rheumatology, Hema and the team have transformed the way that patients and the public are actively involved in research activities. By working closely with the Centre researchers, as well as encouraging community activities, they ensure that research activities follow one rule: they do what young people...
Source: Arthritis Research UK - May 8, 2017 Category: Rheumatology Source Type: news

Noisy knee joints 'may be a sign of osteoarthritis'
This study suggests that if these people have noisy knees, they are at higher risk for developingpain within the next year, compared with the people who do not have noisy knees. "Future studies that target people who have X-ray signs of osteoarthritis, who do not complain of pain but do report noisy knees hold the promise of identifying interventions that can prevent knee pain." Arthritis Research UK's view Natalie Carter, head of research liaison and evaluation at Arthritis Research UK, said:"Osteoarthritis of the knee affects more than four million people in the UK and can cause daily pain and fatigue....
Source: Arthritis Research UK - May 7, 2017 Category: Rheumatology Source Type: news

Common rheumatoid arthritis risk factors 'also affect those of African descent'
Genetic and environmental factors associated with rheumatoidarthritis in people from European and Asian backgrounds also apply to people of African ancestry. This is according to a new Arthritis Research UK-funded study led by King's College London, which offers evidence of a shared genetic and environmental underpinning for the disease that is consistent across European, Asian and African ancestry populations. Assessing risk factors among a black British population The study, published in the medical journal Rheumatology, looked at data from 197 people withrheumatoid arthritis and 868 controls in south London, all of ...
Source: Arthritis Research UK - May 4, 2017 Category: Rheumatology Source Type: news