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Concordance With the ACR RA Treatment Recommendations Concordance With the ACR RA Treatment Recommendations
Which factors may influence the use of DMARDs in rheumatoid arthritis? Are treatment patterns consistent with the published recommendations? Arthritis Research & Therapy (Source: Medscape Today Headlines)
Source: Medscape Today Headlines - July 26, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Rheumatology Journal Article Source Type: news

NHS too slow helping people with inflammatory arthritis
The  NHS is failing to assess people with rheumatoid and early inflammatory arthritis quickly enough, a clinical audit has shown. Rheumatoid arthritis (and other forms of  early or inflammatory arthritis, or EIA)  are conditions in which the immune system attacks the joints, making them inflamed   & ndash; hot, red, painful and swollen. These conditions can lead to long term joint damage causing pain and disability. Urgent, intensive treatment is needed when these conditions occur to stop inflammation and prevent long-term damage. Published on 25 July 2016, the audit is now in its ...
Source: Arthritis Research UK - July 24, 2016 Category: Rheumatology Source Type: news

Experts criticise arthritis patient referral delays
Just a fifth of patients are referred by GPs quickly enough Related items from OnMedica 40% of European patients unlikely to access RA drugs Arthritis patients wait too long for referral RA risk lower after urinary and gut infections Drug for rheumatoid arthritis appears to have effect on severe eczema (Source: OnMedica Latest News)
Source: OnMedica Latest News - July 24, 2016 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

"It's A Scandal" -Daryl Hall on Doctors Denying Chronic Lyme
Growing up a musically-obsessed child in the 80's, Daryl Hall was one of my biggest inspirations. A masterful, inventive songwriter with an ocean of soul, he set me on the path to being an artist, to never waste a word, and to sing because I mean it. With six number ones and five additional top ten hits throughout the 70's and 80's Daryl Hall and John Oates are the number one duo in music history. Still at the top of his game at 69 years old, Daryl has won legions of new fans with his hit MTV Live show Live From Daryl's House. In February of 2015, at my very sickest from chronic Lyme and Bartonella, after it was missed b...
Source: Science - The Huffington Post - July 22, 2016 Category: Science Source Type: news

A more powerful way to develop therapeutics?
Scientists have developed a new method for identifying the raw ingredients necessary to build'biologics,' a powerful class of medications that has revolutionized treatment of diseases like rheumatoid arthritis and some cancers. (Source: ScienceDaily Headlines)
Source: ScienceDaily Headlines - July 21, 2016 Category: Science Source Type: news

A more powerful way to develop therapeutics?
( University of Toronto ) A University of Toronto scientist has developed a new method for identifying the raw ingredients necessary to build 'biologics,' a powerful class of medications that has revolutionized treatment of diseases like rheumatoid arthritis and some cancers. (Source: EurekAlert! - Cancer)
Source: EurekAlert! - Cancer - July 21, 2016 Category: Cancer & Oncology Source Type: news

Bristol-Myers Squibb launches Orencia ClickJect drug-device combo for rheumatoid arthritis
Bristol-Myers Squibb said today it launched the Orencia ClickJect autoinjector designed for the self-administration of Orencia to treat moderate to severe rheumatoid arthritis. The Orencia ClickJect is designed to deliver 125 mg of subcutaneous Orencia through a push button operation with injection confirmation to reduce the possibility of user errors, the company said. “Today’s launch of the Orencia ClickJect is an example of our continued commitment to offering patients with moderate to severe rheumatoid arthritis a treatment option that may be appropriate for them, now available as an autoinjector....
Source: Mass Device - July 20, 2016 Category: Medical Equipment Authors: Fink Densford Tags: Drug-Device Combinations Bristol-Myers Squibb Co. Source Type: news

Rheumatoid Arthritis vs. Osteoarthritis
Title: Rheumatoid Arthritis vs. OsteoarthritisCategory: Doctor's & Expert's views on SymptomsCreated: 7/19/2016 12:00:00 AMLast Editorial Review: 7/19/2016 12:00:00 AM (Source: MedicineNet Arthritis General)
Source: MedicineNet Arthritis General - July 19, 2016 Category: Rheumatology Source Type: news

15 Early Symptoms and Signs of Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA)
Title: 15 Early Symptoms and Signs of Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA)Category: Diseases and ConditionsCreated: 6/24/2013 12:00:00 AMLast Editorial Review: 7/19/2016 12:00:00 AM (Source: MedicineNet Arthritis General)
Source: MedicineNet Arthritis General - July 19, 2016 Category: Rheumatology Source Type: news

Samsung Bioepis seeks Europe approval for its Humira copy
SEOUL (Reuters) - Biosimilars maker Samsung Bioepis, part of South Korea's top family-run conglomerate Samsung Group [SAGR.UL], said on Monday it is seeking regulatory approval in Europe to sell its copy of AbbVie Inc's rheumatoid arthritis drug Humira. (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - July 18, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: healthNews Source Type: news

Understanding Rheumatoid Arthritis Medications
Rheumatoid Arthritis Medications (Source: eMedicineHealth.com)
Source: eMedicineHealth.com - July 14, 2016 Category: Journals (General) Source Type: news

Severe rheumatoid arthritis therapy receives provisional UK recommendation
A potentially beneficial new treatment for severe rheumatoid arthritis has been recommended for NHS use in draft guidance from the UK's leading healthcare regulator.The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) has issued provisional guidelines that, if finalised, will mean thousands of people with severe forms rheumatoid arthritis will have a wider range of therapy options from which to choose.The new guidance The drug, certolizumab pegol, is also known under the brand name Cimzia and is already recommended by NICE for treating cases of severe rheumatoid arthritis that has not responded to intensive the...
Source: Arthritis Research UK - July 13, 2016 Category: Rheumatology Source Type: news

Summary of Evidence: Musculoskeletal Inflammation and Natural Products
Learn what the science says about musculoskeletal inflammation and natural products in the current issue of NCCIH Clinical Digest. Read more about the evidence base of tumeric, bromelain, willow bark, Omega-3 fatty acids, devil’s claw, ginger and thunder god vine in the treatment of conditions like osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, and tendinitis. /da (Source: MCR News)
Source: MCR News - July 13, 2016 Category: Databases & Libraries Authors: liaison Tags: All Members Source Type: news

Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA)
Title: Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA)Category: Diseases and ConditionsCreated: 12/31/1997 12:00:00 AMLast Editorial Review: 7/13/2016 12:00:00 AM (Source: MedicineNet Arthritis General)
Source: MedicineNet Arthritis General - July 13, 2016 Category: Rheumatology Source Type: news

FDA: Novartis Arthritis Drug 'Highly Similar' to Amgen's Enbrel
The injection is used to treat five chronic inflammatory conditions, including rheumatoid arthritis and plaque psoriasis. (Source: PharmaManufacturing.com)
Source: PharmaManufacturing.com - July 12, 2016 Category: Pharmaceuticals Source Type: news

Nerve zap eased rheumatoid arthritis in small study
Amy Norton, HealthDay News Electronic stimulation of a nerve running from the brain to the gut may help ease stubborn symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis, preliminary research suggests. (Source: Health News - UPI.com)
Source: Health News - UPI.com - July 12, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Nerve Zap May Ease Rheumatoid Arthritis
Treatment worked some for patients who weren't responding to drugs (Source: WebMD Health)
Source: WebMD Health - July 12, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Nerve Zap Eased Rheumatoid Arthritis in Small Study
Treatment worked some for patients who weren't responding to drugs Source: HealthDay Related MedlinePlus Page: Rheumatoid Arthritis (Source: MedlinePlus Health News)
Source: MedlinePlus Health News - July 12, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Abatacept Monotherapy vs Abatacept Plus DMARDs in RAAbatacept Monotherapy vs Abatacept Plus DMARDs in RA
What benefits do the addition of DMARDs to abatacept therapy offer patients with rheumatoid arthritis? Arthritis Research & Therapy (Source: Medscape Today Headlines)
Source: Medscape Today Headlines - July 12, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Rheumatology Journal Article Source Type: news

Nerve Zap Eased Rheumatoid Arthritis in Small Study
TUESDAY, July 12, 2016 -- Electronic stimulation of a nerve running from the brain to the gut may help ease stubborn symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis, preliminary research suggests. The study, of 17 adults with the painful autoimmune disease,... (Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews)
Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews - July 12, 2016 Category: Journals (General) Source Type: news

Nerve Zap Eased Rheumatoid Arthritis in Small Study
Title: Nerve Zap Eased Rheumatoid Arthritis in Small StudyCategory: Health NewsCreated: 7/12/2016 12:00:00 AMLast Editorial Review: 7/12/2016 12:00:00 AM (Source: MedicineNet Arthritis General)
Source: MedicineNet Arthritis General - July 12, 2016 Category: Rheumatology Source Type: news

Gut bacteria can cause, predict and prevent rheumatoid arthritis
The bacteria in your gut do more than break down your food. They also can predict susceptibility to rheumatoid arthritis, suggests a new report. (Source: ScienceDaily Headlines)
Source: ScienceDaily Headlines - July 11, 2016 Category: Science Source Type: news

Make the Diagnosis: Mysterious Skin Patches
(MedPage Today) -- Case Findings: A 70-year-old man went to urgent care after becoming concerned about brown hyperpigmented patches on his legs and arms. He also thought that some of his teeth were turning gray, but it had been happening so slowly he wasn't sure. He had been in good health recently, especially after starting on antibiotics last year to treat his rheumatoid arthritis. What is your diagnosis? (Source: MedPage Today Dermatology)
Source: MedPage Today Dermatology - July 11, 2016 Category: Dermatology Source Type: news

Nerve stimulation 'eases symptoms' of chronic condition rheumatoid arthritis
NERVE stimulation can reduce the symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis and could help people suffering from other inflammatory diseases, such as Crohns, Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s (Source: Daily Express - Health)
Source: Daily Express - Health - July 11, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Study: Gut bacteria can cause, predict and prevent rheumatoid arthritis
(Mayo Clinic) The bacteria in your gut do more than break down your food. They also can predict susceptibility to rheumatoid arthritis, suggests Veena Taneja, Ph.D., an immunologist at Mayo Clinic's Center for Individualized Medicine. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - July 11, 2016 Category: Global & Universal Source Type: news

Study: Gut Bacteria can Cause, Predict and Prevent Rheumatoid Arthritis
ROCHESTER, Minn. — The bacteria in your gut do more than break down your food. They also can predict susceptibility to rheumatoid arthritis, suggests Veena Taneja, Ph.D., an immunologist at Mayo Clinic’s Center for Individualized Medicine. Dr. Taneja recently published two studies ─ one in Genome Medicine and one in Arthritis and Rheumatology ─ connecting the [...] (Source: Mayo Clinic Minnesota News)
Source: Mayo Clinic Minnesota News - July 10, 2016 Category: Hospital Management Source Type: news

Immunotherapy reduces cardiovascular risk in rheumatoid arthritis
Immunotherapy reduces cardiovascular risk in patients with rheumatoid arthritis, according to new research. The combination of two extra-low dose anticytokine drugs reduced rheumatoid arthritis disease activity and cardiovascular events. (Source: ScienceDaily Headlines)
Source: ScienceDaily Headlines - July 10, 2016 Category: Science Source Type: news

Immunotherapy reduces cardiovascular risk in rheumatoid arthritis
(European Society of Cardiology) Weight loss from bariatric surgery appears to reverse the premature aging associated with obesity, according to research presented today at Frontiers in CardioVascular Biology (FCVB) 2016.1 Patients had longer telomeres and less inflammation two years later. (Source: EurekAlert! - Social and Behavioral Science)
Source: EurekAlert! - Social and Behavioral Science - July 9, 2016 Category: Global & Universal Source Type: news

Blockbuster Hopes Grow for Ablynx Arthritis Drug Backed by AbbvieBlockbuster Hopes Grow for Ablynx Arthritis Drug Backed by Abbvie
Ablynx's hopes for a potential multibillion-dollar drug were boosted on Thursday by strong clinical trial results in rheumatoid arthritis, vindicating a $175 million bet placed on the product by U.S. pharma group AbbVie in 2013. Reuters Health Information (Source: Medscape Orthopaedics Headlines)
Source: Medscape Orthopaedics Headlines - July 8, 2016 Category: Orthopaedics Tags: Rheumatology News Source Type: news

Rheumatoid arthritis pain 'linked with higher chance of fatigue'
This study is interesting as it indicates that younger people with rheumatoid arthritis and those with more pain also experience greater fatigue. It emphasises the need for better treatments and management techniques to deal with fatigue for those living with rheumatoid arthritis on a daily basis." (Source: Arthritis Research UK)
Source: Arthritis Research UK - July 7, 2016 Category: Rheumatology Source Type: news

Effect of cholesterol medicine on inflammatory diseases mapped
The cholesterol medicine simvastatin, which is one of the most commonly used pharmaceuticals in the world, also has a beneficial effect on the immune defense system with regard to diseases such as type 1 diabetes, multiple sclerosis and rheumatoid arthritis. Researchers have now explored why this is so, and their findings may result in improved treatment. (Source: ScienceDaily Headlines)
Source: ScienceDaily Headlines - July 7, 2016 Category: Science Source Type: news

Musculoskeletal Inflammation and Natural Products
Many natural products have purported anti-inflammatory properties, and some have a long history of use for treating inflammation and the pain that is associated with musculoskeletal inflammatory conditions such as osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, and tendinitis. Although there is some limited evidence that a few natural products may provide modest benefits, in general, there is insufficient evidence to support the use of many of these natural products for inflammatory conditions. (Source: NCCAM Featured Content)
Source: NCCAM Featured Content - July 7, 2016 Category: Complementary Medicine Authors: NCCIH Source Type: news

Effect of cholesterol medicine on inflammatory diseases mapped
(Aarhus University) The cholesterol medicine simvastatin, which is one of the most commonly used pharmaceuticals in the world, also has a beneficial effect on the immune defence system with regard to diseases such as type 1 diabetes, multiple sclerosis and rheumatoid arthritis. Danish researchers have now explored why this is so, and their findings may result in improved treatment. (Source: EurekAlert! - Biology)
Source: EurekAlert! - Biology - July 7, 2016 Category: Biology Source Type: news

Musculoskeletal Inflammation and Natural Products
Many natural products have purported anti-inflammatory properties, and some have a long history of use for treating inflammation and the pain that is associated with musculoskeletal inflammatory conditions such as osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, and tendonitis. Although there is some limited evidence that a few natural products may provide modest benefits, in general, there is insufficient evidence to support the use of many of these natural products for inflammatory conditions. (Source: NCCAM Featured Content)
Source: NCCAM Featured Content - July 6, 2016 Category: Complementary Medicine Authors: NCCIH Source Type: news

Pfizer, Brigham and Women's test remote monitoring app for arthritis in clinical trial
Pfizer is working with Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston to test an app for rheumatoid arthritis in a small clinical trial, according to a ClinicalTrials.gov posting. One hundred and ninety patients will be enrolled in the trial, which is set to conclude in September 2018. (Source: mobihealthnews)
Source: mobihealthnews - July 6, 2016 Category: Information Technology Source Type: news

Could our gut bacteria hold the key to new treatments for inflammatory arthritis?
As regular readers of Arthritis Today will know we’ve committed to investing £5 million into the exciting field of microbiome research. The latest groundbreaking studies in this area, funded by Arthritis Research UK, will investigate crucial differences between the microbiome found in people with psoriatic arthritis or rheumatoid arthritis and people without these conditions. This research could provide vital answers needed to improve treatment and early diagnosis of inflammatory arthritis. What is the microbiome? The microbiome is the collective term used to describe all of the many different microbes o...
Source: Arthritis Research UK - July 5, 2016 Category: Rheumatology Source Type: news

Opening our eyes to the links between sleep and living well
We all know a good night’s sleep can make us feel ready to face the day, while a bout of insomnia can leave us feeling exhausted and miserable. That’s because sleep plays a vital role in maintaining our good health and wellbeing, with poor sleep linked to physical problems such as a weakened immune system and mental health conditions including anxiety and depression. And because disrupted sleep is a common symptom of arthritis, researchers at the Arthritis Research UK Centre for Epidemiology at the University of Manchester are embarking on an innovative study to investigate the sleep patterns of people with rhe...
Source: Arthritis Research UK - July 5, 2016 Category: Rheumatology Source Type: news

Vagus nerve stimulation may help reduce rheumatoid arthritis symptoms
Stephen FellerWASHINGTON, July 5 (UPI) -- Implanting a device to stimulate the vagus nerve helped rheumatoid arthritis patients improve significantly, according to a recent study. (Source: Health News - UPI.com)
Source: Health News - UPI.com - July 5, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Scientists use small electric-shock to help arthritis patients go into complete remission
Dutch scientists have used a small electric-shock generating device to activate a nerve involved in controlling the immune system, significantly reduced the symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - July 5, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Nerve stimulation device 'can offer relief from rheumatoid arthritis symptoms'
This study is interesting and shows promising results that explore the link between the nervous system and inflammation in rheumatoid arthritis. This link is significant, as it could indicate the potential for alternative treatments for inflammatory conditions. However, the sample size is small, so more research is needed into the long-term effects of this intervention."Rheumatoid arthritis is a painful and debilitating condition that has a huge impact on more than 400,000 people within the UK. We now understand far more about the process of inflammation, and this understanding has led to new and better forms of treat...
Source: Arthritis Research UK - July 4, 2016 Category: Rheumatology Source Type: news

Study shows vagus nerve stimulation significantly reduces rheumatoid arthritis symptoms
(Northwell Health) Clinical trial data published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS) demonstrates stimulating the vagus nerve with an implantable bioelectronic device significantly improved measures of disease activity in patients with rheumatoid arthritis (RA). (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - July 4, 2016 Category: Global & Universal Source Type: news

DEA blocked marijuana research for 40 years, generating massive profits from the 'drug war' while committing heinous acts against growers
(NaturalNews) The medicinal value of cannabis cannot be ignored. This healing plant has successfully been used for treatment of pain, insomnia, rheumatoid arthritis, Parkinson's, multiple sclerosis, seizure disorders, and even cancer.Despite its long history of medicinal use throughout... (Source: NaturalNews.com)
Source: NaturalNews.com - July 1, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Biosimilar drugs are priced too high and do little to improve accessibility: Doctors
Biosimilar drugs are follow-on biologics that have nearly the same efficacy as the original drug and used to treat cancer or autoimmune diseases like rheumatoid arthritis. (Source: The Economic Times Healthcare and Biotech News)
Source: The Economic Times Healthcare and Biotech News - June 30, 2016 Category: Pharmaceuticals Source Type: news

Phyzit of Little Rock Announces Partnership With CareSync
Transitional Care Management software vendor Phyzit of Little Rock and chronic care management vendor CareSync of Tampa, Florida, announced Thursday a partnership they said will bring providers tools to make it easier to meet requirements for Medicare reimbursement. The Phyzit TCM app helps doctors and health care systems with transitional care management — the process of monitoring patients for 30 days following their discharge from a hospital. "Basically, they don't have what we do and so they're using what we have," Stephen Canon, Phyzit’s chief medical officer, told Arkansas Business. "And, f...
Source: Arkansas Business - Health Care - June 30, 2016 Category: American Health Source Type: news

Burden on patients: Insurance benefit design’s impact on patient access to medicines
Last week, we looked at access to medicines in health insurance exchanges for HIV/AIDS, oncology, cystic fibrosis, mental health and multiple sclerosis. The analysis by Avalere Health presents data on access to medications for chronic conditions in exchange plans. (Source: The Catalyst)
Source: The Catalyst - June 30, 2016 Category: Pharmaceuticals Tags: Access diabetes health insurance Burden on Patients Asthma Rheumatoid Arthritis exchanges Access Better Coverage ABCs of Coverage high cholesterol Policy Solutions Empower Consumers Source Type: news

Burden on patients: Insurance benefit design ’s impact on patient access to medicines
Last week, we looked at access to medicines in health insurance exchanges for HIV/AIDS , oncology , cystic fibrosis , mental health and multiple sclerosis . The analysis by Avalere Health presents data on access to medications for chronic conditions in exchange plans. (Source: The Catalyst)
Source: The Catalyst - June 30, 2016 Category: Pharmaceuticals Tags: Access diabetes health insurance Burden on Patients Asthma Rheumatoid Arthritis exchanges Access Better Coverage ABCs of Coverage high cholesterol Policy Solutions Empower Consumers Source Type: news

12 Early Symptoms and Signs of Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA)
Title: 12 Early Symptoms and Signs of Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA)Category: Diseases and ConditionsCreated: 6/24/2013 12:00:00 AMLast Editorial Review: 6/28/2016 12:00:00 AM (Source: MedicineNet Arthritis General)
Source: MedicineNet Arthritis General - June 28, 2016 Category: Rheumatology Source Type: news

Fatigue in rheumatoid arthritis 'may need to be treated separately'
This study highlights the need for better treatments for fatigue, which can be used alongside existing medication. We need to ensure fatigue has recognition from medical professionals so people can get the care they require."Along with pain, fatigue is one of the things that people with arthritis tell us has the biggest impact on their lives, which is why Arthritis Research UK is funding research into coping with the effects of fatigue on a day-to-day basis." (Source: Arthritis Research UK)
Source: Arthritis Research UK - June 23, 2016 Category: Rheumatology Source Type: news

The American Drug Crisis -- It's Not What You Think
While we all love to hate the man with the most punchable face in America, Martin Shkreli, his despicable actions shed light on a situation all Americans will face at some time in our lives. The cost of prescription drugs is skyrocketing, and even with insurance picking up most of the tab, seniors are struggling to pay for life-saving new medicines. Unless something changes, prices will continue to go up. Photo Source In 2015, the FDA approved a slew of new drugs to treat everything from hepatitis C to MS. What those emotional commercials touting turnaround miracle drugs don't tell you is how much the miracle treatments ...
Source: Healthy Living - The Huffington Post - June 22, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Rheumatoid arthritis mechanisms may vary by joint
An epigenomic analysis of rheumatoid arthritis in knee and hip joints revealed differences that may open the door to the development of more effective, personalized therapies. (Source: NIH Research Matters from the National Institutes of Health (NIH))
Source: NIH Research Matters from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) - June 20, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news