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Making arthritis a public health priority in England
We have great news! After years of partnership working between Arthritis Research UK and Public Health England (PHE), musculoskeletal (MSK) conditions will be one of its new priority programmes. We believe this commitment will help many people across England living with arthritis.How did this all start?We know that arthritis can affect every aspect of a person’s life, but many people are never given information on activities which could reduce the risk of developing certain kinds of arthritis, or how to reduce the pain it can cause once they have it. They only discover more once they’re in pain and going throug...
Source: Arthritis Research UK - April 10, 2018 Category: Rheumatology Source Type: news

Low back pain sufferers 'often receiving inappropriate care'
More and more people are suffering from lowback pain worldwide - an issue that is being made worse by the widespread prevalence of inappropriate treatment methods. This is the conclusion of a series of new scientific papers published by The Lancet, which have reviewed evidence from high and low-income countries, finding that this is a global problem that can only be solved through better adherence to best practice treatment guidelines. A global problem exacerbated by ineffective care The first of these new reviews revealed that low backpain is now the leading cause of disability on a global basis, with the issue becoming m...
Source: Arthritis Research UK - April 5, 2018 Category: Rheumatology Source Type: news

Thank you for your support
Today we publish theannual reports and accounts for Arthritis Research UK for 2016/17, it presents our continued focus on working towards the 2020 goal to improve the quality of life for people with arthritis.It also provides information about our finances, how we raise and spend our money, as well as the processes that we go through to ensure that we are operating in an ethical and responsible way. In November 2017 Arthritis Research UK and Arthritis Care merged so that we can do more to help people with arthritis to live full and active lives. The annual reports and accounts for Arthritis Care for 2016-17 will be pu...
Source: Arthritis Research UK - April 4, 2018 Category: Rheumatology Source Type: news

New formulation of ibuprofen shows benefits in treating joint pain
A newpain relief medication that is available over the counter has been shown in a study to offer verifiable benefits in the management of joint pain.  The new lipid-ibuprofen soft capsules, which are now being sold in the UK under the name Flarin, have the potential to offer a new first-line option for the self-management of flaring joint pain, according to research. Clinically proven benefits Conducted among 462 patients across 27 primary care centres in the UK and the Netherlands, the study assessed the benefits of this new version of ibuprofen in reducing episodic knee pain flares among primary care patients....
Source: Arthritis Research UK - March 26, 2018 Category: Rheumatology Source Type: news

Study shows potential of imaging methods for systemic sclerosis-related Raynaud's phenomenon
Current methods of measuring changes in blood flow or skin temperature in the hands of people with systemic sclerosis are subjective and not always sensitive to change. Testing and developing new means of treating systemic sclerosis-related Raynaud's phenomenon in future clinical trials could now be made easier thanks to two imaging methods that have been validated by new research. Arthritis Research UK has funded a study led by the University of Manchester showing how laser speckle contrast imaging (LSCI), which measures blood flow, and thermography techniques, which measure skin temperature, could both play an i...
Source: Arthritis Research UK - March 22, 2018 Category: Rheumatology Source Type: news

MPs find out how to support constituents with arthritis
On Tuesday 20th March, Arthritis Research UK hosted its first parliamentary event of the year, sponsored by Andrew Bowie MP. The drop-in event attracted almost 50 MPs, alongside MP researchers, who came to find out how they can support constituents affected by arthritis.Thank you to everyone who took our e-action in advance of the event, and asked their MP to attend. It certainly made a difference, with some MPs saying they only knew about the event because their constituent had raised it with them. If you’d like to support our work in this way, you canjoin our campaigner network.MPs from across the UK spoke to peopl...
Source: Arthritis Research UK - March 21, 2018 Category: Rheumatology Source Type: news

Whatever the question, we ’ll help you find the answer
Thanks to everything you’ve told us we know that getting the right information and advice is essential to managing your arthritis– from knowing the right questions to ask your GP to finding the latest information on medications or the safest ways to exercise for your type of arthritis.We've been working on a new range of information and advice services for people with arthritis. You can talk to us, email, write a letter or post a question on social media and our dedicated team of advisors will help you find the answer.Our website is packed full of useful information on different types of arthritis. We've also b...
Source: Arthritis Research UK - March 15, 2018 Category: Rheumatology Source Type: news

New NHS funding for alternative treatment could prevent knee osteoarthritis
An innovative treatment for repairing damaged knee cartilage using cell transplantation will now be funded by the NHS, following approval from the National Institute for Clinical Excellence (NICE). The Autologous Chondrocyte Implantation treatment, more commonly known as ACI, has been developed and trialled during two decades of groundbreaking research supported by Arthritis Research UK.ACI treatment could be life-changing for the estimated 500 people each year who develop a specific type of cartilage damage, usually following a sports injury in their 20s or 30s, which leads to painfulknee osteoarthritis.Until now the only...
Source: Arthritis Research UK - March 15, 2018 Category: Rheumatology Source Type: news

Giving people with arthritis 'Access to Work'
With over 30 million working days lost every year in the UK due to arthritis, we know finding and staying in work can be a challenge for people with arthritis. But there’s plenty of evidence that shows working in the right job is good for us, financially, socially and in giving us a sense of purpose and achievement.At Arthritis Research UK we want to make sure everyone with arthritis is aware of, and has fair access to, services to support them to be in work. We’re also campaigning for increased investment in these services and for changes to be made to ensure they work for everyone who needs them.Access to Wor...
Source: Arthritis Research UK - March 15, 2018 Category: Rheumatology Source Type: news

Does our body clock hold the key to developing new treatments for arthritis?
Most of us will have felt the temporary effects of a disrupted body clock, whether it’s caused by a long flight, a changing shift pattern or even just a few late nights. Butscientists all over the world now recognise the importance of our biological clocks to lifelong health and well-being.In 2014 Arthritis Research UK invested more than a million pounds into two five-year studies at the University of Manchester investigating how disruption to our daily circadian rhythms is linked to osteoarthritis and inflammatory arthritis. In this edition we’re reporting on how this exciting new research is building our unde...
Source: Arthritis Research UK - March 15, 2018 Category: Rheumatology Source Type: news

Can community walking programmes help people with arthritis to Walk with Ease?
The benefits of moving more for our physical and mental health are undisputed. Staying active is even more important for people with arthritis, as regular exercise keeps the joints moving and muscles and bones strong, easing stiffness and helping us maintain a healthy weight.But when you're dealing with daily pain and fatigue, are fearful of doing further damage to your joints and are lacking in confidence about how to exercise safely, understandably keeping active can feel like a real challenge.That’s why researchers at the University of Aberdeen are exploring if a successful US community walking programme designed ...
Source: Arthritis Research UK - March 15, 2018 Category: Rheumatology Source Type: news

Are too many people with arthritis having to wait for surgery?
Every year tens of thousands of people with osteoarthritis find joint replacement surgery offers them a new lease of life, enabling them to be more independent. But as the growing pressures on NHS resources hit the headlines again this winter, and stories of surgery rationing become increasingly common, are more and more people with arthritis having to wait too long for the treatment they need?Growing numbers of people are getting in touch to tell us about their operations being delayed or restricted. Sometimes this is due to lifestyle factors, such as their weight or whether they smoke, but it can also be because of winte...
Source: Arthritis Research UK - March 15, 2018 Category: Rheumatology Source Type: news

Does our body clock hold the key to developing new treatments for arthritis?
Most of us will have felt the temporary effects of a disrupted body clock, whether it’s caused by a long flight, a changing shift pattern or even just a few late nights. Butscientists all over the world now recognise the importance of our biological clocks to lifelong health and well-being.In 2014 Arthritis Research UK invested more than a million pounds into two five-year studies at the University of Manchester investigating how disruption to our daily circadian rhythms is linked to osteoarthritis and inflammatory arthritis. In this edition we’re reporting on how this exciting new research is building our unde...
Source: Arthritis Research UK - March 15, 2018 Category: Rheumatology Source Type: news

Whatever the question, we ’ll help you find the answer
Thanks to everything you’ve told us we know that getting the right information and advice is essential to managing your arthritis– from knowing the right questions to ask your GP to finding the latest information on medications or the safest ways to exercise for your type of arthritis.We've been working on a new range of information and advice services for people with arthritis. You can talk to us, email, write a letter or post a question on social media and our dedicated team of advisors will help you find the answer.Our website is packed full of useful information on different types of arthritis. We've also b...
Source: Arthritis Research UK - March 15, 2018 Category: Rheumatology Source Type: news

New NHS funding for alternative treatment could prevent knee osteoarthritis
An innovative treatment for repairing damaged knee cartilage using cell transplantation will now be funded by the NHS, following approval from the National Institute for Clinical Excellence (NICE). The Autologous Chondrocyte Implantation treatment, more commonly known as ACI, has been developed and trialled during two decades of groundbreaking research supported by Arthritis Research UK.ACI treatment could be life-changing for the estimated 500 people each year who develop a specific type of cartilage damage, usually following a sports injury in their 20s or 30s, which leads to painfulknee osteoarthritis.Until now the only...
Source: Arthritis Research UK - March 15, 2018 Category: Rheumatology Source Type: news

Giving people with arthritis 'Access to Work'
With over 30 million working days lost every year in the UK due to arthritis, we know finding and staying in work can be a challenge for people with arthritis. But there’s plenty of evidence that shows working in the right job is good for us, financially, socially and in giving us a sense of purpose and achievement.At Arthritis Research UK we want to make sure everyone with arthritis is aware of, and has fair access to, services to support them to be in work. We’re also campaigning for increased investment in these services and for changes to be made to ensure they work for everyone who needs them.Access to Wor...
Source: Arthritis Research UK - March 15, 2018 Category: Rheumatology Source Type: news

Does our body clock hold the key to developing new treatments?
Most of us will have felt the temporary effects of a disrupted body clock, whether it’s caused by a long flight, a changing shift pattern or even just a few late nights. Butscientists all over the world now recognise the importance of our biological clocks to lifelong health and well-being.In 2014 Arthritis Research UK invested more than a million pounds into two five-year studies at the University of Manchester investigating how disruption to our daily circadian rhythms is linked to osteoarthritis and inflammatory arthritis. In this edition we’re reporting on how this exciting new research is building our unde...
Source: Arthritis Research UK - March 15, 2018 Category: Rheumatology Source Type: news

Can community walking programmes help people with arthritis to Walk with Ease?
The benefits of moving more for our physical and mental health are undisputed. Staying active is even more important for people with arthritis, as regular exercise keeps the joints moving and muscles and bones strong, easing stiffness and helping us maintain a healthy weight.But when you're dealing with daily pain and fatigue, are fearful of doing further damage to your joints and are lacking in confidence about how to exercise safely, understandably keeping active can feel like a real challenge.That’s why researchers at the University of Aberdeen are exploring if a successful US community walking programme designed ...
Source: Arthritis Research UK - March 15, 2018 Category: Rheumatology Source Type: news

Are too many people with arthritis having to wait for surgery?
Every year tens of thousands of people with osteoarthritis find joint replacement surgery offers them a new lease of life, enabling them to be more independent. But as the growing pressures on NHS resources hit the headlines again this winter, and stories of surgery rationing become increasingly common, are more and more people with arthritis having to wait too long for the treatment they need?Growing numbers of people are getting in touch to tell us about their operations being delayed or restricted. Sometimes this is due to lifestyle factors, such as their weight or whether they smoke, but it can also be because of winte...
Source: Arthritis Research UK - March 15, 2018 Category: Rheumatology Source Type: news

New funding for specialist arthritis research centres
Arthritis Research UK has announced new funding for three of its flagship research centres. Since launching in 2012, the centres, which specialise in adolescent rheumatology and osteoarthritis, have already laid the foundation for clinical advances. The new funding will run for five years and will help the researchers continue to explore how arthritis develops and potential ways to treat and prevent the condition.Arthritis Research UK supports exceptional research that aims to prevent the onset of arthritis, develop a cure for arthritis and transform the lives people living with the condition. As part of this, the charity ...
Source: Arthritis Research UK - March 8, 2018 Category: Rheumatology Source Type: news

Ask your MP to attend our next parliamentary event
We are excited to be holding our first parliamentary event of the year, and we need your help to make it a success! We’ll be hosting a drop-in session on 20th March for MPs to find out what they can do to support their constituents who are living with arthritis.Act now: ask your MP to attend our drop-in event in parliament.The event is being sponsored by Andrew Bowie MP, who is anArthritis Champion. He said,“I’ve always been a big supporter of Arthritis Research UK, having seen family and friends live with the condition. So I am pleased to be sponsoring a drop-in event in Parliament which I hope will help...
Source: Arthritis Research UK - March 6, 2018 Category: Rheumatology Source Type: news

New study demonstrates no benefit to off-label hand osteoarthritis therapy
A drug that is sometimes used as an off-label treatment forosteoarthritis of the hand may not actually provide the presumed benefits, according to new research. Arthritis Research UK has funded a study from the University of Leeds that calls into question the current practice of offering the drughydroxychloroquine off-label as a means ofpain relief when conventional medication has failed, as the evidence suggests it is likely to be ineffective. No benefit from off-label therapy Currently, the common first-line treatment for hand osteoarthritis is paracetamol, non-steroidal anti-inflammatorydrugs or opioids, but doctors oft...
Source: Arthritis Research UK - February 22, 2018 Category: Rheumatology Source Type: news

Cartilage cell transplantation procedure for arthritis approved by NHS
Patients with a certain form ofarthritis have a new preventative treatment option available to them, following the recent NHS approval of a cutting-edge cartilage cell transplantation procedure. Autologous chondrocyte implantation (ACI) has won approval to be funded across the NHS thanks to a growing body of clinical evidence - supported by Arthritis Research UK and others - that has conclusively demonstrated the considerable benefits the technique offers. How the procedure works ACI is designed to help patients who have small areas of cartilage damage or earlyosteoarthritis of the knee. These conditions can often affect y...
Source: Arthritis Research UK - February 19, 2018 Category: Rheumatology Source Type: news

MPs call for improvement to benefit assessments
On 14 February 2018, an influential group of MPs published a new report evaluating the assessment process for two forms of financial support, Personal Independence Payment (PIP) and Employment and Support Allowance (ESA), and making strong recommendations for improvements.PIP is a source of financial support designed to help people with disabilities and long-term conditions to manage the extra costs of their condition. ESA offers financial support for those unable to work, as well as personalised help with getting back into work if people are able to take steps towards employment.PIP and ESA are two benefits that many peop...
Source: Arthritis Research UK - February 16, 2018 Category: Rheumatology Source Type: news

Local MPs and MSP visit prestigious Glasgow research centre
Alison Thewliss MP, Bill Kidd MSP and Carol Monaghan MP all visited theArthritis Research UK Rheumatoid Arthritis Pathogenesis Centre of Excellence (RACE), at the University of Glasgow on Friday (9 February), to learn about the impact of arthritis on their local constituents and the current investment in arthritis research across Scotland.The centre, which is funded by Arthritis Research UK, investigates the causes of and potential treatments forrheumatoid arthritis, a painful autoimmune disease which affects over 400,000 people in the UK. Data analysed by the charity reveals that nearly 37,000 people in Scotland...
Source: Arthritis Research UK - February 12, 2018 Category: Rheumatology Source Type: news

Local MPs and MSP visit prestigious Glasgow research centre
Alison Thewliss MP, Bill Kidd MSP and Carol Monaghan MP all visited theArthritis Research UK Rheumatoid Arthritis Pathogenesis Centre of Excellence (RACE), at the University of Glasgow on Friday (9 February), to learn about the impact of arthritis on their local constituents and the current investment in arthritis research across Scotland.The centre, which is funded by Arthritis Research UK, investigates the causes of and potential treatments forrheumatoid arthritis, a painful autoimmune disease which affects over 400,000 people in the UK. Data analysed by the charity reveals that nearly 37,000 people in Scotland...
Source: Arthritis Research UK - February 12, 2018 Category: Rheumatology Source Type: news

Share your experience of care and support
What do you think when you of social care? If your mind jumps to care homes, then you’re not alone. But social care is so much more than this, especially for people with arthritis and musculoskeletal (MSK) conditions, it can be a key factor in helping people to stay independent.If you have experience of the system - whether you’ve successfully or unsuccessfully tried to access support, use aids around the home, or have funded your own care - please spare a few minutes and fill in theCare and Support Alliance’s survey on social care.If social care doesn’t just mean care homes, what does it mean?Socia...
Source: Arthritis Research UK - January 25, 2018 Category: Rheumatology Source Type: news

Fibre-rich foods 'may help protect against joint diseases and improve bone health'
People eating adiet featuring plenty of fibre-rich foods such as muesli may experience better bone health and a lower risk of autoimmune diseases. This is according to a new study from Germany's Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg, which has shed light on how a healthy diet rich in fibre can alter the behaviour of intestinal bacteria in a way that has a positive impact on chronic inflammatory joint diseases. How does fibre-rich food improve bone health? Published in the journal Nature Communications, the study looked at mice to examine the effect that diet has on the composition of intestinal ba...
Source: Arthritis Research UK - January 22, 2018 Category: Rheumatology Source Type: news

Osteoarthritis 'could be re-categorised as two distinct groups of disease'
Osteoarthritis could be treated more effectively in the future by dividing patients into two distinct disease groups, according to new research. TheArthritis Research UK-funded study, carried out by the University of Manchester, has discovered that the current definition of osteoarthritis may actually encompass two separate groups with different disease activity patterns, and that developing new treatments for both versions may be more effective than the current one-size-fits-all approach. Two different patterns of disease activity Published in the Annals of the Rheumatic Diseases, the research involved a mathematical anal...
Source: Arthritis Research UK - January 17, 2018 Category: Rheumatology Source Type: news

Screening for osteoporosis 'can be effective in preventing hip fractures'
Providing women with opportunities to attend community screening forosteoporosis could significantly reduce the number of hip fractures they suffer.This is the conclusion of a new study led by the University of East Anglia, with funding by the Medical Research Council and Arthritis Research UK, which has suggested that screening could catch as many as one-quarter of all hip fractures before they happen.How the screening worksThe study brought together researchers from universities across the country, with a total of 12,483 women aged 70 to 85 recruited from 100 GP practices in seven regions - Birmingham, Bristol, Mancheste...
Source: Arthritis Research UK - January 11, 2018 Category: Rheumatology Source Type: news

Screening for osteoporosis 'can be effective in preventing hip fractures'
Providing women with opportunities to attend community screening forosteoporosis could significantly reduce the number of hip fractures they suffer. This is the conclusion of a new study led by the University of East Anglia, with funding by the Medical Research Council andArthritis Research UK, which has suggested that screening could catch as many as one-quarter of all hip fractures before they happen. How the screening works The study brought together researchers from universities across the country, with a total of 12,483 women aged 70 to 85 recruited from 100 GP practices in seven regions - Birmingham, Bristol, Manches...
Source: Arthritis Research UK - January 11, 2018 Category: Rheumatology Source Type: news

Every £1 invested in medical research delivers a return equivalent to 25p every year, forever
This study shows that funding research into these conditions not only delivers direct health benefits to patients, it is also hugely beneficial to the UK economy, helping to lay the foundations for a healthier, wealthier future.“This report supports previous findings that investing in biomedical research delivers an annual return of about 25 pence per pound in perpetuity, offering an indisputable economic benefit. This new figure ably illustrates why scientific research has earnt its place at the heart of a modern industrial strategy.”Dr Louise Wood, Director of Science, Research and Evidence, Department of Hea...
Source: Arthritis Research UK - January 10, 2018 Category: Rheumatology Source Type: news

Every £1 invested in medical research delivers a return equivalent to 25p every year, forever
This study shows that funding research into these conditions not only delivers direct health benefits to patients, it is also hugely beneficial to the UK economy, helping to lay the foundations for a healthier, wealthier future.“This report supports previous findings that investing in biomedical research delivers an annual return of about 25 pence per pound in perpetuity, offering an indisputable economic benefit. This new figure ably illustrates why scientific research has earnt its place at the heart of a modern industrial strategy.”Dr Louise Wood, Director of Science, Research and Evidence, Department of Hea...
Source: Arthritis Research UK - January 10, 2018 Category: Rheumatology Source Type: news

Influencing for people with arthritis in 2017
We know that arthritis can impact on all parts of a person’s life, and as a result our policy, campaigns and public affairs team have had a busy year. Working across health, work, benefits, social care, and many more areas, there have been lots of positive developments to reflect on in 2017, but there are also some big challenges ahead.A huge thanks to everyone who has supported our work across 2017. Your emails to decision makers, survey responses, petition signatures and the stories you’ve shared with us, have made our work hugely powerful and helped us create an impact.Here’s a rundown of our top 5 hig...
Source: Arthritis Research UK - December 21, 2017 Category: Rheumatology Source Type: news

Overweight rheumatoid arthritis patients 'less likely to achieve remission'
This study may point to other factors such as weight, also playing a role in the effectiveness of early treatment. "We advise that people with arthritis speak to their GP about theirdiet and we have lots of information on our website about diet andexercise to help people maintain a healthy weight." (Source: Arthritis Research UK)
Source: Arthritis Research UK - December 21, 2017 Category: Rheumatology Source Type: news

Influencing for people with arthritis in 2017
We know that arthritis can impact on all parts of a person’s life, and as a result our policy, campaigns and public affairs team have had a busy year. Working across health, work, benefits, social care, and many more areas, there have been lots of positive developments to reflect on in 2017, but there are also some big challenges ahead.A huge thanks to everyone who has supported our work across 2017. Your emails to decision makers, survey responses, petition signatures and the stories you’ve shared with us, have made our work hugely powerful and helped us create an impact.Here’s a rundown of our top 5 hig...
Source: Arthritis Research UK - December 21, 2017 Category: Rheumatology Source Type: news

Raising awareness of arthritis in Scotland
On Tuesday 5th December, Arthritis Research UK held our first Scottish parliamentary reception in Holyrood as a newly merged charity to highlight the prevalence and impact of arthritis in Scotland. Kindly sponsored by Rona MacKay MSP, the event was attended by 8 of Members of Scottish Parliament (MSPs) who came to find out about how arthritis can affect people with musculoskeletal conditions.MSPs spoke to people living with arthritis, tried our gloves which simulate the mobility restrictions arthritis can cause, as well as received exclusive data on how many people in their local area may have certain forms of arthritis.Ca...
Source: Arthritis Research UK - December 7, 2017 Category: Rheumatology Source Type: news

Government announces response on the Work, Health and Disability Green Paper
On 30 November 2017 the Government announced its plans to support people with disability and long term health conditions to be in work. It pledged to see 1 million more disabled people in work over the next ten years. Proposals for change focused on three key areas: the welfare system; workplaces and the healthcare system.We know that work matters to many people with arthritis, helping them remain independent, giving a sense of control, and improving quality of life.This time last year, the Government acknowledged that things needed to improve. To start this process they said they wanted to hear opinions on how people with...
Source: Arthritis Research UK - November 30, 2017 Category: Rheumatology Source Type: news