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Research 'challenges assumption that arthritis patients take their medication regularly'
(University of Manchester) New UK research has challenged the assumption that people with rheumatoid arthritis always take their medication as prescribed. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - May 26, 2015 Category: Global & Universal Source Type: news

New national study finds autoimmune disease severely impacts patients
(Health Union) In a new national survey of rheumatoid arthritis patients, Health Union found a severe impact on quality of life, employment, and ability to afford treatment. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - May 26, 2015 Category: Global & Universal Source Type: news

The Degradative Soup of Injury and Arthritis
New studies have shown that when a meniscus tissue is torn in the knee, enzymes and factors are released, creating a degradative soup that affects healing and eventually leads to arthritis. Injury to joint tissues used to be thought of in primarily mechanical terms. Torn ligaments led to instability; a torn meniscus led to arthritis, both from the window wiper effect of the tissue in the joint and the force concentration from losing the shock absorber; impact injuries led to bone and cartilage death. [1] We now understand that this thinking was far too narrow. Papers presented at the 29th Meniscus Transplant Study Grou...
Source: Healthy Living - The Huffington Post - May 22, 2015 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

New compound found for treating rheumatoid arthritis
Stephen FellerBOZEMAN, Mont., May 21 (UPI) -- Researchers at Montana State University identified a compound which prevents the inflammation and destruction of cartilage and joints in rheumatoid arthritis. (Source: Health News - UPI.com)
Source: Health News - UPI.com - May 21, 2015 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Compound has potential for treating rheumatoid arthritis
A new study outlines a chemical compound with potential for treating rheumatoid arthritis. Rheumatoid arthritis is a chronic autoimmune disorder that affects an estimated 1.3 million people in the world. Characterized by stiff, swollen joints, it's a progressive disease that occurs when the body's immune system attacks its own cells. Inflammation in the lining of the joints leads to loss of bone and cartilage. People who have rheumatoid arthritis lose mobility and joint function without adequate treatment. (Source: ScienceDaily Headlines)
Source: ScienceDaily Headlines - May 21, 2015 Category: Science Source Type: news

Regeneron and Sanofi announce positive top line results from Phase III studies with sarilumab
Regeneron Pharmaceuticals, Inc. and Sanofi announced that a Phase III study of sarilumab, an investigational, fully human IL-6 receptor antibody, met its co-primary efficacy endpoints of a greater improvement in signs and symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis (RA) at 24 weeks and physical function at 12 weeks, compared to placebo. (Source: Pharmacy Europe)
Source: Pharmacy Europe - May 21, 2015 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Authors: Annabel De Coster Tags: *** Editor's Pick Practical therapeutics Industry News Drug development Rheumatology Patient care DMARD HAQ-DI human IL-6 receptor antibody Latest News rheumatoid arthritis sarilumab TNF-IR Source Type: news

Team publishes findings about compound with potential for treating rheumatoid arthritis
(Montana State University) The June issue of the Journal of Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics features a study on a chemical compound with potential for treating rheumatoid arthritis. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - May 21, 2015 Category: Global & Universal Source Type: news

Your Mysterious Nerve Pain Could Be Undiagnosed Celiac Disease, According To New Study
People with celiac disease are more than twice as likely to suffer from nerve damage than the general population, according to a recently published study in the medical journal JAMA Neurology. The association is so strong that the study authors suggest people with nerve damage should also be screened for celiac disorder in order to pinpoint potential treatment options, according to lead researcher Jonas Ludvigsson of the Swedish medical university Karolinska Institutet. "The current guidelines suggest that patients with neuropathy [nerve pain] should be screened for type 1 diabetes and certain vitamin deficiencies,...
Source: Science - The Huffington Post - May 15, 2015 Category: Science Source Type: news

The Unexpected Reason We Tend To Be Healthier In The Summer
By: Agata Blaszczak-Boxe Published: May 12, 2015 01:05pm ET on LiveScience. The activity of human genes changes with the seasons, and with it, immunity changes too, according to a new study. Seasonal changes in gene activity mean that the immune system revs up inflammation in the winter, researchers found. This may help explain why the symptoms of inflammation-related conditions — such as heart disease and rheumatoid arthritis — often worsen in winter, and why people tend to generally be healthier in the summer. "Our results indicate that, in the modern environment, the increase in the pro-inflammat...
Source: Science - The Huffington Post - May 13, 2015 Category: Science Source Type: news

Study finds seasons may affect immune system activity
ConclusionThis research found seasonal variations in gene expression in one type of white blood cell. Some genes became more active in the summer months, while others became more active in the winter. For example, one gene involved in the body's anti-inflammation response was increased during the summer, while some involved in inflammation were increased in the winter. The researchers also found seasonal variation in the numbers of each type of white cell. These patterns were different in samples taken from people in the UK, compared with people from The Gambia.Because of the observational nature of each study, it is not p...
Source: NHS News Feed - May 13, 2015 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Lifestyle/exercise Heart/lungs Medical practice Source Type: news

Biological Drugs for Rheumatoid Arthritis Associated with Infection Risk (FREE)
By Kelly Young Edited by Lorenzo Di Francesco, MD, FACP, FHM Both standard and high doses of biological drugs taken for rheumatoid arthritis are associated with increased risk for serious infection, compared with traditional disease-modifying antirheumatic drugs (DMARDs), … (Source: Physician's First Watch current issue)
Source: Physician's First Watch current issue - May 13, 2015 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

Seasons May Tweak Genes That Trigger Some Chronic Diseases
Genes linked to inflammation are more active in winter, a study hints. That might partly explain why some diseases, including Type 1 diabetes and rheumatoid arthritis, are more likely to start then.» E-Mail This (Source: NPR Health and Science)
Source: NPR Health and Science - May 12, 2015 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Rob Stein Source Type: news

Seasonal immunity: Activity of thousands of genes differs from winter to summer
Our immune systems vary with the seasons, according to a study that could help explain why certain conditions such as heart disease and rheumatoid arthritis are aggravated in winter whilst people tend to be healthier in the summer. The study shows that the activity of almost a quarter of our genes (5,136 out of 22,822 genes tested) differs according to the time of year, with some more active in winter and others more active in summer. This seasonality also affects our immune cells and the composition of our blood and adipose tissue (fat). (Source: ScienceDaily Headlines)
Source: ScienceDaily Headlines - May 12, 2015 Category: Science Source Type: news

9 Common Symptoms Of Fibromyalgia And What To Do If You're Diagnosed
Today is National Fibromyalgia Awareness Day, which raises awareness for a chronic disorder that impacts an estimated five million adults in the United States, and is characterized by widespread pain and tenderness, often accompanied by fatigue, impaired memory and other physical issues. The condition may occur with other chronic pain conditions, such as osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis and lupus. The exact cause of fibromyalgia is unknown, but researchers believe it could be the result of several factors, including genetics, illness and physical or emotional trauma, which lead to an abnormal processing of pain. In t...
Source: Science - The Huffington Post - May 12, 2015 Category: Science Source Type: news

Radiological Evaluation of Cervical Spine Involvement in RARadiological Evaluation of Cervical Spine Involvement in RA
Cervical spine involvement is common in patients with rheumatoid arthritis. What radiological method is best used to diagnose cervical instability? Neurosurgical Focus (Source: Medscape Today Headlines)
Source: Medscape Today Headlines - May 12, 2015 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Neurology & Neurosurgery Journal Article Source Type: news

An Early, Unique Feature of RA?An Early, Unique Feature of RA?
Dr. Kevin Deane reviews and comments on a study evaluating the clinical features of early rheumatoid arthritis. Medscape Rheumatology (Source: Medscape Today Headlines)
Source: Medscape Today Headlines - May 8, 2015 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Rheumatology Viewpoint Source Type: news

New recommendations aim to improve safety of pain-relieving spinal steroid injections
More and more people are seeking injections of anti-inflammatory steroid medications for back and neck pain. In 2011, the last year for which complete information is available, doctors pushed the plunger on 2.3 million steroid injections into the spine — and that’s just among people covered by Medicare. These injections deliver drugs that mimic the effects of two hormones, cortisone and hydrocortisone, to reduce inflammation and help relieve pain. When they work — they don’t always — such injections can bring profound relief. “If you are in severe pain with a ruptured spinal disc and you...
Source: New Harvard Health Information - May 7, 2015 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Daniel Pendick Tags: Back Pain Drugs and Supplements anti-inflammatory steroid medications spinal injections spine steroid injections Source Type: news

Joint Injections: The Next Generation
Joints sometimes hurt. Like well oiled machines, occasionally the oil runs thin, the surfaces become corroded, small particles become trapped, and the components get out of line. Pain happens when the surrounding nerve fibers become irritated. Swelling happens as the vessels in the lining of the joint bring new cells, to both remove the irritants and provide healing factors to the damaged tissues. The cascade of injury and repair goes on every day in every joint of the body. [6] To relieve the symptoms of injured joints, traditionally, physicians have recommended ice, compression, elevation, (ICE) plus massage and anti-in...
Source: Healthy Living - The Huffington Post - May 6, 2015 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Infection clue points to causes of rheumatoid arthritis
ConclusionThrough a series of laboratory experiments, this research pinpointed a protein called vinculin as an important autoimmune target in rheumatoid arthritis.Much of the media reporting focused on the idea that being exposed to bacteria with the same target sequence as vinculin might sensitise someone to develop the disease later. The research team did discuss how infection might lower the threshold at which the T cells are activated to self-attack and might prime the immune system for self-attack. While this is plausible, it was not proved to be the case in this study, so this is largely speculative.This research fur...
Source: NHS News Feed - May 6, 2015 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: QA articles Source Type: news

Crippling arthritis: Could infection be the cause?
A BREAKTHROUGH treatment for rheumatoid arthritis is a step closer after scientists discovered it could be triggered by a simple infection. (Source: Daily Express - Health)
Source: Daily Express - Health - May 5, 2015 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Heart risk for quarter of arthritis sufferers
ONE in four rheumatoid arthritis sufferers is likely to suffer a sudden heart attack, a study has warned. (Source: Daily Express - Health)
Source: Daily Express - Health - May 5, 2015 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Rheumatoid arthritis patients at increased risk of surprise heart attack
Patients with rheumatoid arthritis are at increased risk of a surprise heart attack, according to new research. Risk was increased even when patients had no symptoms and was independent of traditional cardiovascular risk factors such as smoking and diabetes, researchers report. (Source: ScienceDaily Headlines)
Source: ScienceDaily Headlines - May 4, 2015 Category: Science Source Type: news

Weight loss may increase risk of premature death in patients with rheumatoid arthritis
(Wiley) In contrast to the general population, low body mass index has been associated with premature death in patients with rheumatoid arthritis -- a situation known as the 'obesity paradox.' A new Arthritis & Rheumatology study shows that weight loss, as opposed to low body mass index per se, is a strong predictor of mortality in these patients. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - May 4, 2015 Category: Global & Universal Source Type: news

Gene variants show potential in predicting rheumatoid arthritis disease outcomes
Scientists have identified a new way in which genotyping can be used to predict disease outcomes among sufferers of rheumatoid arthritis. (Source: ScienceDaily Headlines)
Source: ScienceDaily Headlines - April 29, 2015 Category: Science Source Type: news

Arthritis IS linked to your genes, researchers find
Manchester University researchers found that genes are not only associated with the risk of developing rheumatoid arthritis, but may also predict the course of the disease. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - April 29, 2015 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Gene Discoveries Could Help Rheumatoid Arthritis Treatment
Title: Gene Discoveries Could Help Rheumatoid Arthritis TreatmentCategory: Health NewsCreated: 4/28/2015 12:00:00 AMLast Editorial Review: 4/29/2015 12:00:00 AM (Source: MedicineNet Arthritis General)
Source: MedicineNet Arthritis General - April 29, 2015 Category: Rheumatology Source Type: news

Gene Discoveries Could Help Rheumatoid Arthritis Treatment
New research reveals clues to disease severity, potential outcomes (Source: WebMD Health)
Source: WebMD Health - April 28, 2015 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

RA Treatment Response Influenced by HLA-DRB1 Haplotype RA Treatment Response Influenced by HLA-DRB1 Haplotype
Rheumatoid arthritis severity, mortality, and treatment response were associated with the HLA-DRB1 locus in a new study. Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)
Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines - April 28, 2015 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Rheumatology News Source Type: news

Gene Discoveries Could Help Rheumatoid Arthritis Treatment
New research reveals clues to disease severity, potential outcomes Source: HealthDay Related MedlinePlus Pages: Genes and Gene Therapy, Rheumatoid Arthritis (Source: MedlinePlus Health News)
Source: MedlinePlus Health News - April 28, 2015 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Outcomes in RA Patients Undergoing Total Joint ArthroplastyOutcomes in RA Patients Undergoing Total Joint Arthroplasty
This article compares arthroplasty outcomes in rheumatoid arthritis patients vs. osteoarthritis patients. International Journal of Clinical Rheumatology (Source: Medscape Today Headlines)
Source: Medscape Today Headlines - April 27, 2015 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Rheumatology Journal Article Source Type: news

Xeljanz Doesn't Increase Cancer Risk in RA Patients (CME/CE)
(MedPage Today) -- Rates were within expected range for moderate-to-severe rheumatoid arthritis. (Source: MedPage Today Geriatrics)
Source: MedPage Today Geriatrics - April 27, 2015 Category: Geriatrics Source Type: news

RA Commercials... Really?
photo courtesy of morguefile.com http://www.thediaryofanalzheimerscaregiver.com I am sure you have seen them... they are on every 20 minutes it seems, those commercials for a new RA miracle drug. They usually star a woman running around doing everything from building playgrounds to cooking a 10-course meal for her family. RA is hard enough to deal with, people just don't understand it. They hear "arthritis" and you get, "Oh, I have that in my knee," or "My grandma had that," etc. Arthritis is one thing, Rheumatoid Arthritis is a whole other ballgame. I don't understand how the word "a...
Source: Healthy Living - The Huffington Post - April 26, 2015 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Contamination prompts voluntary injectables recall
Mylan N.V. has announced a voluntary recall of specific lots of injectable products for conditions including rheumatoid arthritis, severe psoriasis, lung cancer, breast cancer, ovarian cancer, and acute nonlymphocytic leukemia because foreign particles were observed during testing of retention... (Source: Skin and Allergy News)
Source: Skin and Allergy News - April 25, 2015 Category: Dermatology Tags: IMN News RHEUM News RHEUM Rheumatoid Arthritis SAN Clinical News SAN News SAN Psoriasis FPN News Source Type: news

Biologics Have High Financial Burden Despite Medicare Part DBiologics Have High Financial Burden Despite Medicare Part D
Medicare Part D drug coverage left many patients with rheumatoid arthritis with nearly $5000 per year in out-of-pocket expenses for biologics. Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)
Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines - April 22, 2015 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Rheumatology News Source Type: news

New pathway reveals how immune system is regulated, gives hope for chronic diseases
An important new way in which our immune systems are regulated has been uncovered by researchers, giving hope that understanding it will help tackle the debilitating effects of type 1 diabetes, rheumatoid arthritis and other serious diseases. (Source: ScienceDaily Headlines)
Source: ScienceDaily Headlines - April 20, 2015 Category: Science Source Type: news

New pathway reveals how immune system is regulated; gives hope for chronic diseases
(University of Birmingham) Researchers from the University of Birmingham have identified an important new way in which our immune systems are regulated, and hope that understanding it will help tackle the debilitating effects of type 1 diabetes, rheumatoid arthritis and other serious diseases. (Source: EurekAlert! - Social and Behavioral Science)
Source: EurekAlert! - Social and Behavioral Science - April 20, 2015 Category: Global & Universal Source Type: news

Mayo Clinic Q and A: Many factors play into increased heart disease risk for those with RA
DEAR MAYO CLINIC: Is it true that people with rheumatoid arthritis have a higher risk of heart disease? How are the two conditions related? Is there a way to lower the risk? ANSWER: Studies have shown that if you have rheumatoid arthritis, your risk of developing heart disease is two to three times higher than people [...] (Source: News from Mayo Clinic)
Source: News from Mayo Clinic - April 18, 2015 Category: Databases & Libraries Source Type: news

Rheumatoid Arthritis and Cardiovascular Risk: Mayo Clinic Radio Health Minute
In this Mayo Clinic Radio Health Minute, we hear from Dr. Eric Matteson on the increased cardiovascular risk for women with rheumatoid arthritis. To listen, click the link below. RA and CV Risk (Source: News from Mayo Clinic)
Source: News from Mayo Clinic - April 13, 2015 Category: Databases & Libraries Source Type: news

Vitamin D Deficit Tied to RA Disease Activity, QOL (CME/CE)
(MedPage Today) -- But physical activity correlated with higher vitamin D titers, better quality of life in rheumatoid arthritis. (Source: MedPage Today Primary Care)
Source: MedPage Today Primary Care - April 7, 2015 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

Arthritic in Arizona: A CaseArthritic in Arizona: A Case
Dr John Kay discusses an interesting case of a patient with rheumatoid arthritis and flu-like symptoms. Medscape Rheumatology (Source: Medscape Today Headlines)
Source: Medscape Today Headlines - April 6, 2015 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Rheumatology Commentary Source Type: news

AIIMS endorses Ayurveda for rheumatoid arthritis
AIIMS has found certain Ayurvedic formulations effective in treating rheumatoid arthritis (RA), which causes irreversible joint damage. (Source: The Economic Times)
Source: The Economic Times - April 4, 2015 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Treating the Root Cause of IBS: Small Intestine Bacterial Overgrowth
Rosie is a 30-year-old banker with very long work hours who came to see me with symptoms of gas, bloating and constipation. She had stomach cramps after eating, stubborn acne and a weight gain of 10 pounds in the last couple years despite a good diet and exercising regularly. A visit to a gastroenterologist had yielded the diagnosis of irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) after testing that included an endoscopy, a colonoscopy, blood work, and an MRI -- all of which were essentially normal. Rosie's doctor prescribed Amitiza, a drug typically given for constipation, which caused her nausea and abdominal pain. She stopped taking i...
Source: Healthy Living - The Huffington Post - April 1, 2015 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) and Autoimmune Diseases
WebMD explains what makes RA an autoimmune disease. Learn what autoimmune diseases are and how changes involving your immune system lead to RA. (Source: WebMD Health)
Source: WebMD Health - April 1, 2015 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Korea's Celltrion Sets Sights on U.S. Market
Celltrion, which sells a cheap version of a top-selling rheumatoid arthritis drug in Europe, is now targeting the U.S., the world’s biggest pharmaceutical market. (Source: WSJ.com: Health)
Source: WSJ.com: Health - April 1, 2015 Category: Pharmaceuticals Tags: FREE Source Type: news

Paracetamol 'not effective' for lower back pain or arthritis
Conclusion This systematic review and meta-analysis suggests paracetamol may not be effective for some people with lower back pain and of limited help to people with osteoarthritis of the hip and knee. Strengths of the study include: the systematic review only contained the "gold standard" type of trials – RCTs existing published RCTs comparing paracetamol with a placebo were likely to have been identified, as a large number of databases were searched from the beginning of their records up to December 2014. There were also two independent reviewers, which reduces the risk of any slipping through the n...
Source: NHS News Feed - April 1, 2015 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Medication Source Type: news

Do you know the hidden symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis?
WebMD explains what many people don’t understand about rheumatoid arthritis. Learn what to expect and get helpful tips, whether you’re newly diagnosed or you're close to someone with RA. (Source: WebMD Health)
Source: WebMD Health - March 31, 2015 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Get A Grip On Aging
If you can jump to your feet after reading this and give someone a strong and energetic handshake, I’ve got good news for you. It means you’re probably going to live a healthy life for many years to come. But if your hands are so weak that you can’t open a jelly jar… or a water bottle… or a car door… Well, I have good news for you, too. You can get your grip-strength back – and it doesn’t involve monotonous iron-pumping sessions, trips to the gym, difficult physical exertion, steroids or anything like that. The stronger your grip, the younger your body – regardless o...
Source: Al Sears, MD Natural Remedies - March 31, 2015 Category: Complementary Medicine Authors: Dr. Al Sears Tags: Anti-Aging antioxidants DNA energy inflammation Nutrition supplements telomerase telomeres Source Type: news

Arthritis - How to relieve the pain and heal naturally
(NaturalNews) Arthritis is painful inflammation of one or more joints in the body. There are more than 100 types of arthritis, though the best-known types are osteoarthritis (which breaks down cartilage), rheumatoid arthritis (which is an autoimmune disorder affecting the lining of... (Source: NaturalNews.com)
Source: NaturalNews.com - March 30, 2015 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Biologics Take Aim at Psoriasis Despite Worry Over ReactionsBiologics Take Aim at Psoriasis Despite Worry Over Reactions
The oral drug tofacitinib, typically prescribed for rheumatoid arthritis, is showing promise for the treatment of psoriasis, and new experimental agents are gaining ground. Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Dermatology Headlines)
Source: Medscape Dermatology Headlines - March 27, 2015 Category: Dermatology Tags: Dermatology News Source Type: news

What All Healthy People Have In Common
Each year, I travel more than 20,000 miles to study what makes people healthy. But most other doctors don’t get my research methods. Mainstream doctors only treat – and most researchers only study – sickness. They don’t consider health. They look at a disease and then try to find a pill. I’m different because I focus on what healthy people have in common. I ask what protects them from disease. Western medicine has come to see people’s ailments like little packages of symptoms to be drugged or cut out. It has lost sight of the whole person behind the rash or the tumor, and the emotional a...
Source: Al Sears, MD Natural Remedies - March 26, 2015 Category: Complementary Medicine Authors: Dr. Al Sears Tags: Anti-Aging brain Cancer vitamins Source Type: news