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Health Tip: Recognizing Symptoms of Hand Arthritis

Posted 11 Nov 2015 by

-- Hand arthritis symptoms may be mild at first, but they can become more severe and make it difficult to grasp ordinary objects. The American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons mentions these typical symptoms: Pain that may feel burning or dull, and worsen after using the hand. Pain tends to ease with rest, and often is worse in the morning. Swelling or warmth of the joints. A grinding sensation in the joints. A feeling that the joints are looser than usual. Formation of cysts on the joints. Read more

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Studies Explore Link Between Diet, Rheumatoid Arthritis

Posted 9 Nov 2015 by

SUNDAY, Nov. 8, 2015 – Your diet may influence your chances of developing rheumatoid arthritis, two new studies suggest. The results show "that a healthy diet may prevent [rheumatoid arthritis] development, and our team is interested in conducting further studies to look at why diet is associated with this risk," said lead investigator Dr. Bing Lu, an assistant professor of medicine at Brigham and Women's Hospital and Harvard Medical School in Boston. One study included nearly 94,000 American women, aged 25 to 42, who provided information about their diet every four years between 1991 and 2011. During that time, nearly 350 of them developed rheumatoid arthritis. Those who ate a typical North American diet – high in red and processed meat, refined grains, fried food, high-fat dairy and sweets – were more likely to develop rheumatoid arthritis than those who ate a diet high in fruits, ... Read more

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Heart Disease Deaths Declining Among Those With Rheumatoid Arthritis: Study

Posted 9 Nov 2015 by

SUNDAY, Nov. 8, 2015 – Heart disease-related deaths among Americans with rheumatoid arthritis are on the decline, according to a new study. Rheumatoid arthritis patients are two times more likely than the average person to develop heart disease, but the new research finds that efforts to prevent, diagnose and treat heart disease at an early stage in these patients are paying off. Mayo Clinic researchers analyzed heart disease deaths within 10 years of rheumatoid arthritis diagnosis for two groups of people. The first group included 315 people diagnosed between 2000 and 2007. The second group included 498 people diagnosed in the 1980s and 1990s. About two-thirds of the patients were women and their average age was 60. Between 2000 and 2007, 2.8 percent died of heart disease, compared to 7.9 percent in the 1980s and 1990s, according to the findings, which are to be presented Sunday at ... Read more

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Rheumatoid Arthritis May Shorten Life Span: Study

Posted 3 Nov 2015 by

TUESDAY, Nov. 3, 2015 – Rheumatoid arthritis may raise the risk of early death by as much as 40 percent, with heart and respiratory problems the most common contributors to a shortened life span, a new study suggests. And among those who died of respiratory causes, one of the main causes of death was chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), the researchers reported. The findings provide new evidence to support previous research suggesting a link between rheumatoid arthritis and increased risk of early death, and they point to the need for doctors to closely monitor these patients, the study authors said. However, the study only showed an association, and not a cause-and-effect relationship, between rheumatoid arthritis and risk of premature death. Rheumatoid arthritis is an autoimmune disorder in which the body's immune system attacks the joints, resulting in pain and swelling. ... Read more

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Drugs Used in Cancer, Arthritis May Help Fight Hair Loss

Posted 23 Oct 2015 by

FRIDAY, Oct. 23, 2015 – Two drugs – one approved for use in arthritis and the other approved for cancer – may also hold potential for boosting hair growth, new animal research suggests. "The ultimate potential is a very effective topical product to rub on the scalp to help with all types of hair loss," said Dr. Luis Garza, an associate professor of dermatology at Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, who's familiar with the study findings. But he added, "More work needs to be done to translate these findings to a product which can be tested in a clinical trial on people." In the current study, researchers from Columbia University in New York City tested the drugs only on mice, including some with patches of human skin. If the medications work, it's not clear how much of the drugs may be needed for humans. It's also important to note that findings that look promising in animal research ... Read more

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Could Oral Contraceptives Help Ease Rheumatoid Arthritis?

Posted 28 Aug 2015 by

FRIDAY, Aug. 28, 2015 – Oral contraceptives – also known as birth control pills – may ease pain and improve functioning in women with rheumatoid arthritis, a small German study suggests. "Women with inflammatory arthritis who were currently using oral contraceptives or who had used them in the past, presented with better patient-reported outcomes within the first two years of arthritis," the study authors wrote. Rheumatoid arthritis is an autoimmune disorder in which the body's immune system attacks the joints, resulting in pain and swelling. About 1.3 million people in the United States have rheumatoid arthritis, and of these, nearly 75 percent are women, according to the American College of Rheumatology. Dr. Waseem Mir, a rheumatologist at Lenox Hill Hospital in New York City, noted, "We have to take the findings of the study with great caution." Mir was not involved in the current ... Read more

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Knee Replacement May Ease Pain for Rheumatoid Arthritis Patients

Posted 30 Jul 2015 by

THURSDAY, July 30, 2015 – Knee replacement surgery can temporarily return the joint to an earlier, better level of function in patients with rheumatoid arthritis, new research suggests. The surgery "acts like a time machine" for these patients, said study senior author Kaleb Michaud, an associate professor of internal medicine in the division of rheumatology at the University of Nebraska Medical Center, in Omaha. "It's a very important treatment option, and our study is really about showing how their lives improved afterwards," Michaud said. Most studies of knee replacement surgery focus on patients with osteoarthritis, the "wear-and-tear" form of arthritis. This kind of arthritis involves the breakdown of cartilage, the cushiony material at the ends of bones. On the other hand, patients who have the autoimmune disease rheumatoid arthritis experience painful inflammation and swelling ... Read more

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Severe Burns May Trigger Dangerous Shifts in Gut Germs

Posted 8 Jul 2015 by

WEDNESDAY, July 8, 2015 – People who suffer severe burns may experience potentially dangerous changes in the 100 trillion bacteria inside their gastrointestinal (GI) tract, a small study suggests. At issue is the breakdown of good and bad bacteria typically found inside a healthy person's GI tract. Researchers from the health sciences division of Loyola University Chicago in Maywood, Ill., observed that after a severe burn, four patients experienced a big increase in the number of potentially harmful bacteria and a corresponding drop in relatively beneficial bacteria. The potentially harmful bacteria are part of a family that includes E. coli and salmonella. Such an imbalance, known as "dysbiosis," has been linked to many conditions, including inflammatory bowel disease, obesity, rheumatoid arthritis and diabetes, study lead author Dr. Mashkoor Choudhry, a professor of surgical ... Read more

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Health Tip: Is Arthritis Affecting Your Hands?

Posted 7 Jul 2015 by

-- Arthritis in the joints of the hands can be painful and make many daily tasks difficult. The American Academy of Orthopaedics says symptoms may include: Joint pain ranging from dull to burning. Pain tends to be worse after hand and finger use, and in the morning. Swelling of the joints. Sensations of grating, grinding or looseness of hand joints. Development of cysts on the hands and fingers. Read more

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Drug for Rheumatoid Arthritis May Also Help Ease Vitiligo

Posted 24 Jun 2015 by

WEDNESDAY, June 24, 2015 – It's only been tested in one patient so far, but researchers report that a drug for rheumatoid arthritis may be a promising treatment for the discoloring skin condition known as vitiligo. Vitiligo is characterized by a disfiguring loss of pigmentation in skin. Most notably, pop star Michael Jackson suffered from the disorder much of his adult life. According to the Yale University researchers, current treatments are limited to steroid creams and light therapy, neither of which is reliably effective. "Current treatments for vitiligo can be cumbersome, expensive and have side effects, besides being less than optimal in results," said Dr. Doris Day, a dermatologist at Lenox Hill Hospital in New York City. She added that the downsides of vitiligo go beyond the cosmetic. "We know that appearance has a powerful impact on self esteem, and having white blotches that ... Read more

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Study Shows Arthritis' Toll on Work, Social Life

Posted 4 Jun 2015 by

THURSDAY, June 4, 2015 – Having arthritis and other chronic health conditions can often harm a person's social life and ability to work, a new study finds. About one in seven American adults has arthritis and at least one other chronic health problem, according to the study authors. The researchers found that having a number of chronic health conditions was linked to work disability, significant mental distress, and limitations on social activities. The negative effects were even greater if one of the chronic conditions was arthritis. Among adults with one chronic condition, those with arthritis were much more likely than those without arthritis to have work disability (16 percent versus 9 percent), according to Jin Qin and colleagues at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Social activities were also more difficult for people with arthritis, the findings showed. Nearly ... Read more

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Immune System Genes May Change With the Seasons: Study

Posted 12 May 2015 by

TUESDAY, May 12, 2015 – When the seasons change, your immune system response may also change, British researchers report. These findings might explain why conditions such as rheumatoid arthritis and heart disease are worse in the winter than in the summer, the new study finds. The researchers from the University of Cambridge analyzed genes from more than 16,000 people worldwide, including those from both the Northern and Southern hemispheres. They found that the activity of nearly one-quarter of the genes differed according to the time of the year. Some are more active in winter and some are more active in summer, the research revealed. Seasons also affect our immune cells, and the composition of our blood and fat, according to the study. Findings were published May 12 in the journal Nature Communications. It's been known that there are seasonal variations in a number of conditions, ... Read more

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Gene Discoveries Could Help Rheumatoid Arthritis Treatment

Posted 28 Apr 2015 by

TUESDAY, April 28, 2015 – Genetic variations may hold clues to rheumatoid arthritis – suggesting not only who will develop the painful condition, but also predicting its severity and even who might die from it, a new study says. "Genetic factors predisposing to disease, to disease severity, and response to treatment will allow tailoring treatment to individual patients' needs," said lead researcher Dr. Sebastien Viatte, a research fellow at the University of Manchester in England. Using data from several sources on thousands of patients in the United Kingdom, researchers found that gene mutations at a location on a chromosome called HLA-DRBl were associated with rheumatoid arthritis severity and the response to treatment with tumor necrosis factor (TNF) inhibitor drugs. This study, Viatte said, is a potentially important first step toward personalized medicine for patients with the ... Read more

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Some Arthritis Meds Cost Seniors Thousands Annually

Posted 21 Apr 2015 by

TUESDAY, April 21, 2015 – Arthritis medications known as biologic disease-modifying drugs can cost Medicare patients more than $2,700 in co-payments a year, a new report finds. Researchers say the tab is an immense burden on patients with disabling conditions such as rheumatoid arthritis, a chronic disorder that affects an estimated 1.3 million Americans. Biologic anti-rheumatic medications – which include drugs such as adalimumab (Humira), anakinra (Kineret) and etanercept (Enbrel) – have allowed patients to gain better control of rheumatoid arthritis when taken early in the course of disease, the researchers explained. But some of the new drugs top $20,000 annually, according to the April 21 online report in the journal Arthritis & Rheumatology. "Many patients face a growing and unacceptable financial burden for access to treatment," said study lead author Dr. Jinoos Yazdany of the ... Read more

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'Ground Zero' Workers at Risk of Autoimmune Diseases: Study

Posted 19 Mar 2015 by

THURSDAY, March 19, 2015 – Recovery workers who toiled at the World Trade Center disaster site may face a heightened risk of rheumatoid arthritis and similar autoimmune diseases, a new study suggests. The findings, reported online March 16 in the journal Arthritis & Rheumatology, add to the list of potential health effects seen among responders to the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks in New York City. Past studies have found increased rates of respiratory diseases, such as asthma and chronic bronchitis, as well as some forms of cancer. The new study is the first to find an increased risk of certain autoimmune disorders, the researchers say. Autoimmune diseases arise when the immune system launches an abnormal attack on the body's own tissue. The conditions seen in this study – which also included lupus and systemic sclerosis – affect joints, muscles and connective tissue throughout the body. ... Read more

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