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Certain Jobs Linked to Raised Risk of Rheumatoid Arthritis

Posted 10 Aug 2017 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, Aug. 10, 2017 – Rheumatoid arthritis, a painful disease in which a person's immune system attacks the joints, appears to be more common among people in certain types of jobs, researchers suggest. The findings "indicate that work-related factors, such as airborne harmful exposures, may contribute to disease development," study author Anna Ilar said. She is a doctoral student in epidemiology at the Karolinska Institute in Stockholm. The study looked at more than 3,500 people in Sweden with rheumatoid arthritis, and nearly 5,600 people without the disease. Among men, those in manufacturing jobs had a higher risk of rheumatoid arthritis than those in the professional, administrative and technical sectors, the findings showed. The risk was twice as high for electrical and electronics workers, and three times higher for bricklayers and concrete workers. Among women, assistant ... Read more

Related support groups: Rheumatoid Arthritis, Juvenile Rheumatoid Arthritis, Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis, Still's Disease, Rheumatoid Lung, Felty's Syndrome

Fish Eaters Report Less Rheumatoid Arthritis Pain

Posted 23 Jun 2017 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, June 23, 2017 – Eating fish at least twice a week may significantly reduce the pain and swelling associated with rheumatoid arthritis, a new study says. Prior studies have shown a beneficial effect of fish oil supplements on rheumatoid arthritis symptoms, but less is known about the value of eating fish containing omega-3, the researchers said. "We wanted to investigate whether eating fish as a whole food would have a similar kind of effect as the omega 3 fatty acid supplements," said the study author, Dr. Sara Tedeschi, an associate physician of rheumatology, immunology and allergy at Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston. Generally, the amount of omega 3 fatty acids in fish is lower than the doses that were given in the trials, she said. Even so, as the 176 study participants increased the amount of fish they ate weekly, their disease activity score lowered, the ... Read more

Related support groups: Rheumatoid Arthritis, Juvenile Rheumatoid Arthritis, Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis, Still's Disease, Rheumatoid Lung, Felty's Syndrome

Early Treatment Equals Better Results for Rheumatoid Arthritis

Posted 25 Apr 2017 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, April 25, 2017 – Treating rheumatoid arthritis early may make for better outcomes, a new study suggests. Patients who were treated within six months of developing the first signs of the autoimmune disease did better in the long run and were less likely to suffer early death, British researchers found. The findings stem from an analysis of more than 600 patients who were initially diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis (RA) between 1990 and 1994. They were tracked for over 20 years. Over the study time frame, investigators assessed key symptoms of RA, such as swollen and/or tender joints, and indications of disability. All deaths were also noted. The research team found that patients who started treatment for RA within the first half-year after the first symptoms surfaced tended to have no greater levels of disability over a 20-year period than patients who required no treatment. ... Read more

Related support groups: Rheumatoid Arthritis, Methotrexate, Humira, Enbrel, Remicade, Plaquenil, Hydroxychloroquine, Rituxan, Otezla, Imuran, Orencia, Sulfasalazine, Rituximab, Juvenile Rheumatoid Arthritis, Arava, Leflunomide, Azathioprine, Xeljanz, Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis, Adalimumab

Health Tip: What's Behind My Foot Arthritis?

Posted 21 Dec 2016 by Drugs.com

-- The stiffness and pain that accompany arthritis are particularly noticable when they affect the feet. Here are possible reasons behind foot arthritis, courtesy of the American Podiatric Medical Association: Foot injuries, particularly if they were not treated properly. Viral or bacterial infections that affect the joints. Inflammatory bowel disease. Prescribed medications or use of illegal drugs. An autoimmune disease. Read more

Related support groups: Rheumatoid Arthritis, Juvenile Rheumatoid Arthritis, Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis, Foot Care, Felty's Syndrome

Moms' Rheumatoid Arthritis May Be Linked to Epilepsy Risk in Kids

Posted 16 Nov 2016 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, Nov. 16, 2016 – Some children born to mothers with rheumatoid arthritis may have higher-than-average odds of developing epilepsy, a new study suggests. Children born to mothers with rheumatoid arthritis were one-third more likely to develop epilepsy by age 4 than other children. The risk of epilepsy later in childhood was one-quarter higher for those born to moms with rheumatoid arthritis, the study found. But, experts stressed that the findings don't prove that a mother's rheumatoid arthritis causes epilepsy. So far, only an association has been found. And even if children of women with rheumatoid arthritis have a higher epilepsy risk than other kids do, the odds are still low. In the study of nearly 2 million children, the vast majority of those born to moms with rheumatoid arthritis did not develop epilepsy, said lead researcher Ane Lilleore Rom, of Copenhagen University ... Read more

Related support groups: Rheumatoid Arthritis, Seizures, Epilepsy, Seizure Prevention, Seizure Prophylaxis, Juvenile Rheumatoid Arthritis, Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis, Still's Disease, Diagnosis and Investigation, Rheumatoid Lung, Felty's Syndrome

Having Rheumatoid Arthritis May Increase Heart Risk

Posted 15 Nov 2016 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Nov. 15, 2016 – People with rheumatoid arthritis may have an increased risk for a heart attack, stroke and other heart disease-related problems, a new study suggests. Researchers examined data from 353 rheumatoid arthritis patients in the Netherlands who were followed for up to 15 years. The rate of heart disease-related events in these patients was more than twice that of the general population, the findings showed. The rate among rheumatoid arthritis patients was similar to that of people with type 2 diabetes. The risk among rheumatoid arthritis patients remained as much as 70 percent higher than the general population even after the researchers adjusted for known heart disease risk factors, according to the report authors. But, the study didn't prove a cause-and-effect relationship. The research was only designed to show that rheumatoid arthritis was associated with heart ... Read more

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Health Tip: Traveling With Arthritis

Posted 9 Sep 2016 by Drugs.com

-- Arthritis doesn't have to ruin your vacation. Here are relief suggestions from the Arthritis Foundation: Book a plane seat with extra room to stretch. Fly in the middle of the week when it's less busy. Ask for a hotel room that's on the first floor or near an elevator. Pack a cane or an extra pillow to help you stay comfortable. Pack a stash of healthier snacks. Pack medications in your carry-on baggage. Make sure meds are packed properly, especially if they need refrigeration. Pack a heating pad or wrap, an ice pack and topical creams. Opt for a hotel with a hot tub or steam room. Request assistance at the airport to prevent long walks or long periods standing. Ask another passenger for help storing carry-on luggage. Move around the plane's cabin as frequently as possible. Read more

Related support groups: Rheumatoid Arthritis, Osteoarthritis, Juvenile Rheumatoid Arthritis, Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis, Still's Disease, Rheumatoid Lung, Felty's Syndrome

FDA Approves Erelzi Biosimilar for Enbrel

Posted 31 Aug 2016 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, Aug. 31, 2016 – A new biological drug to treat rheumatoid arthritis and other inflammatory diseases has been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. The drug Erelzi (etanercept-szzs) is a "biosimilar" to Enbrel (etanercept), which was approved by the FDA in 1998. A biosimilar is a biological product approved on findings that it is highly similar to an already-approved biological product and has no clinically meaningful differences in terms of safety and effectiveness, according to the FDA. It is similar to generic drugs in that it typically costs less than the original biological product. Biological products are typically derived from a living organism and include many sources, including humans, animals, microorganisms or yeast. "The biosimilar pathway is an important mechanism to improve access to treatment for patients with rheumatic and autoimmune diseases," ... Read more

Related support groups: Rheumatoid Arthritis, Enbrel, Juvenile Rheumatoid Arthritis, Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis, Still's Disease, Etanercept, Erelzi, Rheumatoid Lung, Felty's Syndrome

Health Tip: Use Cold Therapy to Ease Arthritis

Posted 10 Aug 2016 by Drugs.com

-- If you're struggling with arthritis, cold therapy can help ease swelling and pain. Here's how to apply cold therapy, courtesy of the Arthritis Foundation: Use an ice pack, a plastic bag filled with ice or even a bag of frozen veggies. Wrap the pack in a towel and apply it to the area for a maximum of 20 minutes at a time. Buy a commercial ice pack, which can wrap around a joint and is less likely to leak. Submerge a painful joint in a bath of ice and cold water. Read more

Related support groups: Rheumatoid Arthritis, Osteoarthritis, Juvenile Rheumatoid Arthritis, Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis, Felty's Syndrome

New Treatments Helping Kids With Juvenile Arthritis

Posted 20 Jul 2016 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, July 20, 2016 – New treatments for juvenile arthritis offer hope to children with the chronic autoimmune condition, doctors say. Scientists are still working to understand what causes juvenile arthritis and how to stop its progression. But, kids coping with its effects have reason to be optimistic, according to Dr. Nikolay Nikolov, a rheumatologist and clinical team leader at the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. "We don't have a cure for juvenile arthritis – we're not there yet," Nikolov said in an FDA news release. "But we're making progress." But it's important to note that the drugs aren't risk-free. Juvenile arthritis is one of the most common chronic childhood conditions, affecting nearly 300,000 children in the United States, according to the FDA. The disease causes the immune system to attack its own tissues, resulting in pain, swelling, tenderness and stiffness in ... Read more

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