Passive smoking and air pollution -- links to arthritis development and poor response to therapy
(European Alliance of Associations for Rheumatology) New data shared at the EULAR 2021 Virtual Congress -- There is increasing evidence that environmental air pollution is associated with people developing inflammatory arthritis. At the 2021 EULAR congress, a large population-based study of French women reports passive exposure to smoking during childhood or adulthood increases the risk of developing rheumatoid arthritis (RA). A second study in Italy found that air pollution also has an impact - with air pollution levels showing an association with failure of biologic therapy. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - June 18, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Elderly patients are not at increased risk of serious infections with new disease-modifying antirheumatic drugs compared to conventional synthetic treatments
(European Alliance of Associations for Rheumatology) German RABBIT registry data -- Elderly people with rheumatoid arthritis (RA) are generally at increased risk of serious infections. At the same time, some anti-rheumatic treatments have been associated with a higher serious infection risk, but the extent to which older people are exposed to higher risks with some newer classes of therapy is an open question. Results of this study suggest that treatment with new classes of drugs is not associated with an increased risk of serious infection in elderly patients above 70 years of age. (Source: EurekAlert! - Social and Behavioral Science)
Source: EurekAlert! - Social and Behavioral Science - June 18, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

NICE recommends treatment options for moderate rheumatoid arthritis
NICE has published final draft guidance which recommends several treatment options for around 25,000 people with moderate rheumatoid arthritis that have not responded to conventional therapies. (Source: NHS Networks)
Source: NHS Networks - June 15, 2021 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Understanding the impact of patient empowerment and remote management in rheumatoid arthritis
(European Alliance of Associations for Rheumatology) Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is an inflammatory autoimmune disease that causes pain, swelling and stiffness in the joints. It can also cause fatigue, and the underlying inflammation may affect other body systems. In people with RA, low empowerment is associated with worse health. Interventions to improve empowerment may include helping people to master their pain, increase physical function, and improve physical activity. Remote technologies to support patient-reported self-assessment may help improve patient empowerment and disease management. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - June 14, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Rheumatoid arthritis early signs: The 12 early signs of this debilitating condition
RHEUMATOID arthritis can be devastating for those diagnosed, you must seek treatment early. Here are 12 early indicators of this condition. (Source: Daily Express - Health)
Source: Daily Express - Health - June 13, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Secondhand Smoke Linked to Higher Arthritis Risk
In addition to the increased risk of rheumatoid arthritis from active smoking found in previous research, a new study finds that even exposure to secondhand smoke is associated with a higher risk of the disease. (Source: WebMD Health)
Source: WebMD Health - June 9, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Mortality of Sepsis in Patients With Rheumatoid Arthritis: A Single-Center Retrospective Analysis and Comparison With a Control Group
This study investigated clinical characteristics and outcomes of patients with RA admitted to the ICU for sepsis and compared the results to a control cohort without RA. Methods: All patients with RA as well as sex-, age-, and admission year-matched controls admitted to the ICU of a university hospital for sepsis between 2006 and 2019 were retrospectively analyzed. Mortality was calculated for both the groups, and multivariate logistic regression was used to determine independent risk factors for sepsis mortality. The positive predictive value of common ICU scores was also investigated. Results: The study included 49 patie...
Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH) - June 9, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Is Seronegative Rheumatoid Arthritis True RA? Is Seronegative Rheumatoid Arthritis True RA?
A new study examines the question of whether a spondyloarthritis diagnosis should be considered in seronegative rheumatoid arthritis patients.Rheumatology (Source: Medscape Today Headlines)
Source: Medscape Today Headlines - June 9, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Rheumatology Journal Article Source Type: news

Secondhand Smoke Linked to Higher Rheumatoid Arthritis Risk Secondhand Smoke Linked to Higher Rheumatoid Arthritis Risk
In addition to the increased risk of RA from active smoking shown in previous research, a new study finds that even exposure to passive smoking is associated with a higher risk of the disease.Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)
Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines - June 5, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Rheumatology News Source Type: news

Gene Variant Confirmed as Strong Predictor of Lung Disease in RA Gene Variant Confirmed as Strong Predictor of Lung Disease in RA
The MUC5B promoter variant is associated with a large increased risk of interstitial lung disease in patients with rheumatoid arthritis.Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)
Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines - June 5, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Rheumatology News Source Type: news

Nintedanib Slows Interstitial Lung Disease in Patients With RA Nintedanib Slows Interstitial Lung Disease in Patients With RA
Nintedanib slowed progression of interstitial lung disease associated with rheumatoid arthritis in a subgroup analysis of a phase 3 trial.Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)
Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines - June 4, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Rheumatology News Source Type: news

Patients Taking Anti-Inflammatory Drugs Respond Less Well to COVID-19 Vaccine
(NYU Langone Health / NYU Grossman School of Medicine) One-quarter of people who take the drug methotrexate for common immune system disorders -- from rheumatoid arthritis to multiple sclerosis -- mount a weaker immune response to a COVID-19 vaccine, a new study shows. (Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases)
Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases - June 2, 2021 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Rheumatoid arthritis and systemic lupus erythematosus during COVID-19 quarantine period
This study aimed to investigate self-reported symptoms of disease flares among patients with rheumatoid arthritis or systemic lupus erythematosus during the COVID-19 pandemic. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - May 28, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Long-COVID-19 Patients Are Getting Diagnosed With Little-Known Illnesses Like POTS
The day Dr. Elizabeth Dawson was diagnosed with COVID-19, she awoke feeling as if she had a bad hangover. Four months later, in February 2021, she tested negative for the virus, but her symptoms have only worsened. Dawson is among what Dr. David Goldstein, head of the National Institutes of Health’s Autonomic Medicine Section, called “waves and waves” of “long-haul” COVID patients who remain sick long after testing negative for the virus. A significant percentage are suffering from syndromes that few doctors understand or treat, primarily postural orthostatic tachycardia syndrome (POTS) and ch...
Source: TIME: Health - May 27, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Cindy Loose / Kaiser Health News Tags: Uncategorized COVID-19 Source Type: news

Does Rheumatoid Arthritis Run in the Family
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Source: eMedicineHealth.com - May 26, 2021 Category: General Medicine Source Type: news