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Moderate drinking 'does not risk liver damage for methotrexate users'
People receiving the common rheumatoidarthritis therapymethotrexate can safely drink moderate amounts of alcohol without running the risk of liver damage. This is according to a new study from the University of Manchester, funded by Arthritis Research UK, which shows that drinking 14 units of alcohol or fewer per week is not likely to cause any liver health issues. Sticking to modest levels of drinking'likely to be safe' Methotrexate is often taken over extended periods of time to limit or prevent joint damage and disability associated withrheumatoid arthritis. Generally, those receiving the drug are advised to abs...
Source: Arthritis Research UK - March 28, 2017 Category: Rheumatology Source Type: news

New study identifies targets for blocking cartilage breakdown in osteoarthritis
Scientists have made a potentially important discovery about the way that cartilage damage occurs in people withosteoarthritis, potentially opening the door for new treatments to be developed. Funded byArthritis Research UK and led by Oxford University's Kennedy Institute of Rheumatology, the study identified enzymes that play a key role in joint destruction, which could be targeted by future therapies.  How these molecules contribute to osteoarthritis Published in the medical journal Arthritis& Rheumatology, the research offers an important insight into how cartilage cells called chondrocytes are interrupted ...
Source: Arthritis Research UK - March 27, 2017 Category: Rheumatology Source Type: news

New biomarker 'could aid prediction of rheumatoid arthritis outcomes'
A new biomarker has been discovered that could make it easier to predict which rheumatoidarthritis patients are most likely to experience a positive prognosis. Researchers at Uppsala University have carried out a study showing that antibodies against the cartilage protein collagen II are associated with better outcomes, and could be helpful in determining the best treatment to use for each patient. A link between collagen antibodies and disease development For this study, a large group ofrheumatoid arthritis patients were followed over five years to establish a possible correlation between collagen antibody levels and dise...
Source: Arthritis Research UK - March 23, 2017 Category: Rheumatology Source Type: news

Modified red blood cells 'could alleviate autoimmune diseases'
This study is interesting and has the potential to be a tool used to both treat and prevent rheumatoid arthritis. It is promising to see that autoimmunity could be treated in mice, but people with arthritis need to be aware that this research is in its very early stages. "More research is needed to determine how the results can be translated into a benefit for people living inpain now, and for those who may develop arthritis in the future." (Source: Arthritis Research UK)
Source: Arthritis Research UK - March 17, 2017 Category: Rheumatology Source Type: news

Research into movement in elite sports could help to prevent and treat osteoarthritis
The way we move our bodies during everyday life, including how we walk, sit, run and play sports, has an impact on our joints and muscles throughout our lives. That’s why Arthritis Research UK is funding innovative research to build understanding of the way athletes and professional sportspeople move and the stresses those movements place on their joints.This insight will then be used to develop new approaches to treat the pain ofosteoarthritis and to help people to exercise safely, reducing their risk of injury and of developing arthritis in the future.Leading researchers from all over the country have been brought ...
Source: Arthritis Research UK - March 16, 2017 Category: Rheumatology Source Type: news

Is running good or bad for your joints? Study searches for a definitive answer
The evidence that exercise can help to reduce the pain and stiffness caused by arthritis is overwhelming. This evidence isn't only gathered from robust scientific studies, but also directly from people of all ages who tell us howstaying active has helped them to live well with arthritis.However, the idea that certain types of exercise can be damaging to our joints, doing more harm than good, persists. This is particularly the case with running which, despite being a hugely popular pastime in the UK, continues to be the subject of conflicting reports in the media about its health benefits and risks. Thousands of people of v...
Source: Arthritis Research UK - March 16, 2017 Category: Rheumatology Source Type: news

Giving people with arthritis a voice to explain why work matters
In autumn 2016 we told you about the launch of our Work Matters to Me campaign, arguing for greater support for people with arthritis to return to, and remain in, work. Thanks to your active support the first stage of the campaign has ensured people with arthritis have been given an opportunity to explain to policymakers why work matters to them.More than 260 people responded to our campaign call to share their views and experiences about work and arthritis. This fantastic response meant your stories featured heavily in the evidence submitted in the Arthritis Research UK response to the Government’s Disability Employ...
Source: Arthritis Research UK - March 16, 2017 Category: Rheumatology Source Type: news

Everyday exercises for everyday life
We know joint pain can limit your ability to live life to the full and stop you doing things that are important to you. And exercise may be one of the first things to fall off the to do list.Arthritis Research UK recently asked nearly a thousand people who've had or do have joint pain about their attitudes to doing at least 20 minutes of exercise, such as walking, stretching, running or yoga. We found that half of them (51%) said having joint pain had put them off doing exercise. This finding is worrying, as research shows keeping active is one of the best things you can do both manage and reduce the pain and stiffness whi...
Source: Arthritis Research UK - March 16, 2017 Category: Rheumatology Source Type: news

Could better information and support before and after surgery transform joint replacement results?
Joint replacements improve the quality of life of thousands of people with arthritis in the UK each year. More than 104,000 knee replacements and 98,000 hip replacements were performed during 2015 alone.We know many of you have already benefited from this surgery, telling us how a new hip or knee has got you moving again, cut down on your pain and helped you to get the most out of life. However, there's still vital work to be done to help even more people to experience positive outcomes after joint replacement surgery, which is why Arthritis Research UK is funding extensive research in this area.Recently published results ...
Source: Arthritis Research UK - March 16, 2017 Category: Rheumatology Source Type: news

Too many Brits are putting off exercise
Results of our survey have revealed that only half of people in the UK (53%) exercise more than once a week.Over 2,000 people were questioned about their attitudes to doing exercise, such as walking, stretching, running or cycling, for at least 20 minutes. Results showed that:There's a clear intention gap– 75% said that they wished they exercised more than once per week, but just 53% of people do.18% said that they do some form of exercise every day.17% admitted that they never do any form of exercise. This is despite Government guidelines recommending that adults should aim for 30 minutes of exercise five days ...
Source: Arthritis Research UK - March 15, 2017 Category: Rheumatology Source Type: news

Research explores link between a baby ’s movement in the womb and increased risk of osteoarthritis
(Source: Arthritis Research UK)
Source: Arthritis Research UK - March 14, 2017 Category: Rheumatology Source Type: news

Providing physical activity interventions for people with musculoskeletal conditions
We're pleased to be launching our new report,‘Providing physical activity interventions for people with musculoskeletal conditions’ at the annual LGA/ADPH annual conference today (9 March).Physical activity is a key part of a public health approach to musculoskeletal conditions and it has a range of benefits for people with musculoskeletal conditions in terms of improving quality of life and supporting people to be independent. It can reduce joint and back pain by 25% while also improving sleep, managing stress and reducing depression, anxiety and dementia and is therefore beneficial for people who have a muscu...
Source: Arthritis Research UK - March 9, 2017 Category: Rheumatology Source Type: news

Immune homeostasis partnership with Cancer Research UK
In February 2017 we made a commitment withCancer Research UK to explore ways we could work together to maximise progress in our shared strategic priorities spanning both cancer and arthritis or related musculoskeletal (MSK) disorders.The immune system continues to intrigue us; as we get closer to finding ways of using or moderating immune responses, new and unexpected challenges present themselves, often testing even our most fundamental understanding. Cancer Research UK and Arthritis Research UK have come together to ask you to help us rise to the specific challenge of understanding immune homeostasis in different disease...
Source: Arthritis Research UK - March 7, 2017 Category: Rheumatology Source Type: news

Partnership funding call with MQ: Transforming Mental Health
We're pleased to announce that for the second year, we're partnering with mental health research charity MQ: Transforming Mental Health to co-fund one early career researcher in their2017 Fellows Award programme. MQ is a new charity funding much needed scientific research to transform the lives of everyone affected by mental illness. Together, we recognise the significant mental health burden that musculoskeletal disease can bring, in particular as a result of chronic pain, and the impact that this can have on quality of life.For this award we invite applications which examine mental health conditions associated with muscu...
Source: Arthritis Research UK - March 6, 2017 Category: Rheumatology Source Type: news

Joint funded Clinical Scientist Fellowship
Applications are open for the Medical Research Council Clinical Scientist Fellowship (CSF) with a deadline of 4pm, Wednesday 5 April 2017. We are pleased to support these awards as a partner funder.The CSF develops talented medically, and other clinically qualified professionals, who have gained a higher research degree, to lead their own research plans and establish their own research team to make the transition to independent investigator. Applications are invited for the standard CSF, the Tenure Track CSF, or the jointly funded CSF, all of which are considered in open competition.The CSF provides four years' support. Pa...
Source: Arthritis Research UK - March 3, 2017 Category: Rheumatology Source Type: news

Arthritis Research UK welcomes Rodger McMillan as the new Chair of the Board of Trustees
Arthritis Research UK is pleased to announce the appointment of our new Chair, Rodger McMillan. At the same time, we say a fond farewell to Charles Maisey.Rodger, who has been a member of the Board for the past three years, was selected after a rigorous, externally-led selection process. As a scientist, and later as a Senior Vice President of Research and Development at AstraZeneca, Rodger brings his extensive experience in life sciences and healthcare to this role.He spent his distinguished 30-year career in the pharmaceutical industry involved in the discovery and development of new medicines in rheumatology and other in...
Source: Arthritis Research UK - March 2, 2017 Category: Rheumatology Source Type: news

Health services research awards announced
This study is led by Dr Kathryn Martin at the University of Aberdeen. It aims to determine how walk with ease will need to be modified before it could be implemented in the UK, and to gauge the possibility of conducting a trial to evaluate the programme’s effectiveness.Joint funded by Arthritis Research UK, Pfizer and the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy Charitable Trust:Aiming for patient centred treatment through use of the Arthritis Research UK Musculoskeletal Health Questionnaire (MSK-HQ) The Arthritis Research UK Musculoskeletal Health Questionnaire (MSK-HQ) is a short questionnaire that allows people with mus...
Source: Arthritis Research UK - March 1, 2017 Category: Rheumatology Source Type: news

Men 'face unique challenges when coping with rheumatoid arthritis'
Men with rheumatoidarthritis are often struggling to cope with their condition due to unique challenges created by their identities and self-perception, according to a new study. Research carried out by the University of West England and funded by Arthritis Research UK has indicated that men face specific problems when dealing mentally withrheumatoid arthritis that women do not share - and that tailored channels of support may be needed to help them cope. The unique struggles faced by men The study centred on a series of interviews carried out among six focus groups comprising 22 men, who were asked about their experiences...
Source: Arthritis Research UK - February 28, 2017 Category: Rheumatology Source Type: news

MRC Investment in human tissue banking and linked data – discussion session
Message from Dr Stephen Simpson, Director of Research& ProgrammesThe Medical Research Council (MRC) has recently put out a call, titled,‘Capital investment in human tissue banking and linked data, in partnership with charities.’ Through this call, the MRC will support the establishment of a focussed number of world-class human tissue banks and associated linked-data repositories, which will work in close partnership with research charities to enable new avenues of research into disease mechanism, diagnosis and treatment.If you are interested in applying for the above call, we would like to suggest that you ...
Source: Arthritis Research UK - February 27, 2017 Category: Rheumatology Source Type: news

Masonic Charitable Foundation awards grant to microbiome research
The Masonic Charitable Foundation has awarded£90,000 over three years to Arthritis Research UK, to support research into the role of the microbiome in rheumatoid arthritis.The grant will support Dr Frances Williams at King’s College London, to explore whether the mix of bacteria in and on our bodies (known as the microbiome) drives rheumatoid arthritis, or whether changes in these bacteria are a consequence of the disease or the drugs used to treat it.The researchAround 400,000 people in the UK have rheumatoid arthritis but the best drugs available do not work for everyone. We know that the microbiome in people...
Source: Arthritis Research UK - February 27, 2017 Category: Rheumatology Source Type: news

Binding immunoglobulin protein therapy shows promise for rheumatoid arthritis
A promising new approach to treating rheumatoidarthritis using binding immunoglobulin protein (BiP) therapy has shown its potential in a new clinical study. Carried out by King's College London and Guys and St Thomas' NHS Foundation Trust Hospital, the research has indicated that BiP-based treatment could represent a useful intervention for patients who have failed to respond to conventional disease-modifying antirheumaticdrugs (DMARDs). How it works BiP belongs to a class of compounds known as human endoplasmic reticulum-resident stress proteins, and has been shown in preclinical studies to offer anti-inflammatory...
Source: Arthritis Research UK - February 27, 2017 Category: Rheumatology Source Type: news

New early arthritis treatment technique used by UK hospital
A new surgical technique has been utilised by surgeons in Southampton as a means of treating early-stage kneearthritis. The method, known as intramedullary high tibial osteotomy, has been performed by consultant knee and limb reconstruction surgeon Amir Ali Qureshi on three patients at Southampton General Hospital, and could represent a promising new option for those whose conditions have not yet advanced. How the procedure works The technique involves inserting a nail or rod into the tibia and lengthening it externally with a remote-controlled magnet to relieve pressure on the damaged side of the knee, delaying the need f...
Source: Arthritis Research UK - February 22, 2017 Category: Rheumatology Source Type: news

Innovate UK-MoST funding for treatment of early osteoarthritis
An award that we funded as part of our medical technologies proof of concept funding round in 2015 in collaboration with the Innovation Knowledge Centre (University of Leeds), has recently been awarded a£2m Innovate UK-MoST grant, under UK-China Research and Innovation Bridges Competition 2015 scheme. This grant was awarded to continue the development of novel osteochondral scaffold technology for early intervention of osteoarthritis. We would like to congratulate the researchers, led by Dr Chaozong Liu (University College London) on this exciting news and look forward to seeing how the project develops. Os...
Source: Arthritis Research UK - February 15, 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 5pm, Wednesday 8 March 2017. Arthritis Research UK 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 up t...
Source: Arthritis Research UK - February 14, 2017 Category: Rheumatology Source Type: news

NSAID therapy 'may offer little actual benefit for back pain'
A study from the George Institute for Global Health in Sydney, Australia has indicated that commonly used non-steroidal anti-inflammatorydrugs (NSAIDs) such as ibuprofen and aspirin have little effect on remedying people's pain, while potentially putting them at risk of debilitating side effects. Doing more harm than good? Published in the Annals of the Rheumatic Diseases, the new study examined data from 35 existing trials, involving more than 6,000 people in total. It aimed to build on previous research showing that paracetamol is ineffective and opioids provide minimal benefit forback pain. Most clinical guidelines ...
Source: Arthritis Research UK - February 6, 2017 Category: Rheumatology Source Type: news

Research programme manager job opportunity
We’re looking for a highly skilled research programme manager to join our clinical studies and experimental medicine team based within the research directorate. Our team of research programme managers are responsible for the effective delivery of our varied research funding schemes and management of the current£100m research investment, which includes reporting research outputs and achievements that are vital to our continued success and growth.As research programme manager, you’ll:keep abreast of developments in clinical research and other assigned areas to help shape our future research funding activiti...
Source: Arthritis Research UK - February 1, 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 applications We are now inviting applications for clinical research funding in the areas highlighted in the current 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 tri...
Source: Arthritis Research UK - January 30, 2017 Category: Rheumatology Source Type: news

Eligibility for hip and knee replacement 'could become more restricted'
People with joint conditions in three regions could soon find it more difficult to get access to knee andhip replacement surgery, due to planned changes in eligibility criteria. The choice by three clinical commissioning groups (CCGs) to explore the idea has attracted criticism, as some believe this may suggest that CCGs are looking to change the scoring system used to decide which patients are suitable for these operations. As reported by the Health Service Journal, the Redditch and Bromsgrove, South Worcestershire, and Wyre Forest CCGs - all based in the West Midlands - are planning a reduction in the Oxford hip and knee...
Source: Arthritis Research UK - January 27, 2017 Category: Rheumatology Source Type: news

Immune cell study sheds new light on how inflammatory arthritis begins
This study, published in the medical journal Science Immunology, used multiphoton intravital microscopy - an imaging technology that allows immune cell movements to be tracked in real time - to follow the development of arthritis in lab mice withrheumatoid arthritis, in order to better understand how this works. It was revealed that the presence of immune complexes within the joint space leads to the production of a molecule called C5a, which is then displayed on the inner walls of adjacent blood vessels and causes immune cells called neutrophils to pass into the joint, setting off the process of inflammation. The implicat...
Source: Arthritis Research UK - January 25, 2017 Category: Rheumatology Source Type: news

New smart patch study 'could aid early detection of osteoarthritis'
Detecting the early signs ofosteoarthritis could become easier with the development of a new smart patch by UK researchers. A team from Cardiff University has commenced a study that aims to develop a cheap and easy method of identifying the telltale signs of the disease before it fully develops, potentially revolutionising the future treatment of the damaging condition. How the smart patch will work The research will focus on the use of acoustic emission technology to detect the small cracking sounds that joints make as the process of osteoarthritis-related degradation commences. Many patients with the disease notice audib...
Source: Arthritis Research UK - January 24, 2017 Category: Rheumatology Source Type: news

Chair yoga 'can effectively treat osteoarthritis symptoms in older people'
Older people withosteoarthritis could address many of their symptoms and improve their quality of life by practising anexercise technique known as chair yoga. A new study from Florida Atlantic University, published in the current issue of the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society, has shown how chair yoga can have a beneficial impact onpain and physical function in older adults with osteoarthritis, showing this could be a valuable new alternative approach to managing the painful condition. How chair yoga can improve quality of life For this study, 131 older adults with osteoarthritis were asked to take part in either ...
Source: Arthritis Research UK - January 20, 2017 Category: Rheumatology Source Type: news

The Duchess of Cornwall meets our researchers in Aberdeen
 This week we were delighted to welcome our Patron, Her Royal HighnessThe Duchess of Cornwall, to the University of Aberdeen. In a joint visit with the National Osteoporosis Society, Her Royal Highness met students, staff and patients at a reception held at the University’s Institute of Medical Sciences.Her Royal Highness was introduced to Professor Cosimo De Bari whose team have been researching howstem cells can be harnessed to treat and prevent joint damage.  In addition to preventing the progression of joint damage in people with arthritis, the study also aims to trigger the repair of damaged tissue, me...
Source: Arthritis Research UK - January 19, 2017 Category: Rheumatology Source Type: news

New treatment option for psoriatic arthritis recommended for routine NHS use
An effective new oral therapy for psoriaticarthritis has been approved for routine NHS use by the UK's National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE). The regulatory body has issued a final appraisal determination recommending the use of apremilast, also known by its brand name Otezla, for the treatment of adult patients with activepsoriatic arthritis, and may represent an important new breakthrough for the treatment of the disease. A first-in-class therapy Otezla is designed for use by patients who have had an inadequate response to or are unable to tolerate treatment with disease-modifying anti-rheumaticdru...
Source: Arthritis Research UK - January 19, 2017 Category: Rheumatology Source Type: news

New Year Message from Dr Stephen Simpson, Director of Research & Programmes
We are delighted and enthusiastic to share with you our progress and plans around delivering against our strategic focus to 2020, which we defined in 2015 as being to improve the quality of life for people with arthritis so they can say“I am in control, independent and recognised.”Review of 2016 activity We have now started to cover significant ground in all of our charitable activities that will move us closer towards making a true difference to the lives of people with arthritis and other musculoskeletal conditions. Our approach to research funding continues to support exceptional research that aims...
Source: Arthritis Research UK - January 18, 2017 Category: Rheumatology Source Type: news

Launch of Richmond Group Report - My Data, My Care
 How better use of data improves health and well being Today the Richmond Group of Charities, of which Arthritis Research UK is a member, launches its report‘My data, my care’.   Dr Liam O’Toole, Chief Executive Officer at Arthritis Research UK attended the launch at a breakfast roundtable in the House of Lords.The purpose of the report is to highlight the importance of good data in the charity sector and the benefits it brings for improving health and well-being.  The report features real life case studies of how charities use data,  including Arthritis Research UK’s M...
Source: Arthritis Research UK - January 16, 2017 Category: Rheumatology Source Type: news

Improving clinical research in rare musculoskeletal diseases
Arthritis Research UK Clinical Study Groups are running a workshop, Improving clinical research in rare musculoskeletal diseases: challenges and opportunities, on Friday 3 February 2017 in London.The aim of this workshop is to understand the hurdles, share experiences and identify the opportunities or clinical studies in patients with rare musculoskeletal diseases. This workshop will run from 10am - 5pm at The Light, Friends House, Euston Road, London.Topics covered will include:Challenge of rare disease research– patients’ voiceChallenge of rare disease research– CSG perspectiveWhat do the regulator...
Source: Arthritis Research UK - January 13, 2017 Category: Rheumatology Source Type: news

Older arthritis patients 'can benefit from 45 minutes of activity per week'
Older people witharthritis can see benefits from getting more active, even if they are not able to achieve the recommended ideal amount ofexercise on a weekly basis. This is according to a new study from Northwestern University in the US, which indicated that even 45 minutes of activity per week can result in tangible health benefits that would not be achieved if patients remained sedentary. Setting more achievable goals Currently, US government guidelines recommend that people take part in 150 minutes of moderate activity per week to prevent premature death and serious illness. However, only one in ten older American adul...
Source: Arthritis Research UK - January 13, 2017 Category: Rheumatology Source Type: news

Arthritis Research UK supports the Design Museum ’s NEW OLD exhibition to encourage inclusive design
Arthritis Research UK is supporting and contributing to theNEW OLD exhibition, which opens today, as the charity calls for more empathetic design for people living with arthritis.The NEW OLD exhibition runs until 19 February and asks the question: "How can designers meet the challenges of a rapidly ageing society?". The exhibition will include a display of "arthritis friendly" designed products, including magnetic buttons for clothing and vegetable peelers which you can use with one hand, which Arthritis Research UK has developed in partnership with organisations such as the Design Council. It will also feature futuristic ...
Source: Arthritis Research UK - January 12, 2017 Category: Rheumatology Source Type: news

Evolution could increase arthritis risk, study suggests
This study is fascinating and innovative in its use of modern technology. "We know that more and more people are living with the daily pain of arthritis, due to many factors including an ageing population and a rise in obesity rates; this research highlights some of the physical reasons underlying joint pain, and indicates that if current trends continue, then millions more will have to live with the pain and isolation arthritis can cause." (Source: Arthritis Research UK)
Source: Arthritis Research UK - January 12, 2017 Category: Rheumatology Source Type: news

New partnership forms to accelerate arthritis therapy
A new partnership, named the M40 alliance, has been launched to accelerate the development of novel treatments for arthritis. The new venture is supported by a£7 million investment from the Kennedy Trust for Rheumatology Research.The M40 alliance will develop a network of consultants, nurses and clinical researchers in clinical units along the M40 corridor, based on a partnership between the Universities of Oxford and Birmingham, with other hubs in the area also involved. It will harness the existing research strengths of both universities in order to accelerate the development and testing of new therapies for patien...
Source: Arthritis Research UK - December 16, 2016 Category: Rheumatology Source Type: news

Workplace adjustments 'can help rheumatoid arthritis patients return to work'
Workplaces could be doing more to adjust their practices and provide greater flexibility in order to help rheumatoidarthritis patients return to work. This is according to a new study from Lancaster University and the Arthritis Research UK-MRC Centre for Musculoskeletal Health and Work, which aimed to offer a different viewpoint on sickness presenteeism, or the practice of continuing to work despite illness. A strong desire to work despite rheumatoid arthritis Generally speaking, sickness presenteeism is seen as having negative consequences for businesses and individuals alike, yet equally there is a perception that return...
Source: Arthritis Research UK - December 14, 2016 Category: Rheumatology Source Type: news

Running 'may reduce knee inflammation and protect against osteoarthritis'
This study does not indicate that distance runners are any more likely to get osteoarthritis than any other person; instead, this study suggests exercise can be a type of medicine." Arthritis Research UK's view Natalie Carter, head of research liaison and evaluation atArthritis Research UK, said:"The benefits of exercise on bones and cardiovascular health, as well as weight management, are well known. This is interesting research highlighting the potential health benefits running can have by lowering markers of inflammation in knee joints. "More than four million people in the UK are affected byosteoarth...
Source: Arthritis Research UK - December 13, 2016 Category: Rheumatology Source Type: news

Transforming musculoskeletal health challenge
We support researchers to find the breakthroughs that help people break free from the limits of arthritis. As part of this ambition, we are pleased to announce that we will be releasing our new transforming musculoskeletal health research call in applied health research on 21st December 2016.Aim of the transforming musculoskeletal health challengeThis call will invite research applications that aim to provide outputs that will produce evidence on the quality, accessibility and organisation of health and care services relevant to people with arthritis, and provide knowledge on the benefits, cost and wider impacts of interve...
Source: Arthritis Research UK - December 13, 2016 Category: Rheumatology Source Type: news

Systemic juvenile idiopathic arthritis 'genetically distinct from other forms'
This study is very important, as it brings us closer to understanding one of the more severe subsets of JIA. It is imperative that we now start to consider systemic JIA as a unique disease with its own specific disease mechanism. "As a charity, we are committed to funding exceptional science, including funding our specialised Arthritis Research UK Centre for Adolescent Rheumatology. We are hopeful that these results will lead to unique novel therapies." (Source: Arthritis Research UK)
Source: Arthritis Research UK - December 9, 2016 Category: Rheumatology Source Type: news

One in five worried about being fit enough to work next year
Results of a new survey released today have revealed that Great Britain is a nation of 'put up and shut up' when it comes to workplace health.Over 2,000 people were questioned about their attitudes and experience regarding health and the workplace. Results showed that:1 in 5 (20%) of people are worried they won't be fit enough to continue working in the next year.39% don't feel confident discussing their workplace health with their employer.A third of people (33%) with a long-term condition felt their colleagues don't understand the impact of their condition.Over 1 in 7 (15%) wouldn't disclose a long-term health ...
Source: Arthritis Research UK - December 8, 2016 Category: Rheumatology Source Type: news

Immune cells 'play a role in increasing heart disease risk for people with lupus'
This study shows that it may be possible to predict the progression and severity of atherosclerosis in lupus, which could play a vital role in the prevention and treatment of the condition. This new insight will help us in planning the right services for people with lupus who are at a greater risk of heart disease, so that they can be closely monitored and supported by their healthcare professionals, ensuring prompt and effective treatment." (Source: Arthritis Research UK)
Source: Arthritis Research UK - December 7, 2016 Category: Rheumatology Source Type: news

Dietary fibre intake 'can help prevent development of knee pain'
People's dietary intake of fibre could have an effect on their chances of developing chronic knee pain, according to a new study. Research carried out by Boston University School of Medicine has offered evidence that an increase in dietary fibre may be an effective means of reducing knee pain, in part by lowering body weight and inflammation. The study Published in the medical journalArthritis Care& Research, the study examined a group of 4,796 men and women aged 45 to 79 years with or at risk of kneeosteoarthritis, whose dietary fibre levels were estimated using a validated food frequency questionnaire at the star...
Source: Arthritis Research UK - December 7, 2016 Category: Rheumatology Source Type: news

Disease, Treatment, Health – our three new subcommittees
As we informed you in a previous news for researchers post, we have developed a new approach to funding to ensure we fund exceptional, sustainable research that impacts positively on the quality of life of people with arthritis. This has meant substantial changes to our committee processes and membership as well as launching ambitious, thematic research challenges.New subcommittees As part of this new approach to funding, the charity has formed three reformulated strategic research subcommittees:Disease – discovery research and pre-clinical experimental researchTreatment – clinical and experiment...
Source: Arthritis Research UK - December 6, 2016 Category: Rheumatology Source Type: news

Bone scanning for osteoporosis 'could be used to predict hip fractures'
A new study has shed light on the way in which people with a specific type ofosteoporosis are likely to experience weakness in their bones that increases their chances of suffering a fracture. The research from the University of Cambridge, which was funded byArthritis Research UK, has shown how further examination of bone quality might in future help to identify which patients may be at greatest risk of a hip fracture. Bone mapping to identify weak spots Focal osteoporosis is a form of the disease that affects specific parts of the bone. It is recognised that focal osteoporosis present in certain areas of the hips can grea...
Source: Arthritis Research UK - November 29, 2016 Category: Rheumatology Source Type: news

Can an app improve mental and physical health support for people with arthritis?
In partnership withMQ: Transforming Mental Health, we are proud to announce that Dr Sam Norton from King’s College London has won the 2016 Arthritis Research UK MQ Fellows award, to develop a new app aiming to explore mental and physical health support for people with arthritis.In the UK over 290,000 people live with rheumatoid arthritis, a condition that causes joint inflammation, pain, stiffness and fatigue. Around a third of these people also experience a mental health condition.Current drug treatments for rheumatoid arthritis can be helpful, but around 40% of people still experience ongoing pain, fatigue and ment...
Source: Arthritis Research UK - November 29, 2016 Category: Rheumatology Source Type: news