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Health Tip: Use Cold Therapy to Ease Arthritis

Posted 19 days ago by

-- 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

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Generic Biologic Drugs Seem as Effective as Originals

Posted 1 Aug 2016 by

MONDAY, Aug. 1, 2016 – Generic biologic drugs are similarly effective to brand-name counterparts in treating rheumatoid arthritis, inflammatory bowel disease and psoriasis, a new study says. Biologics are medications made from living cells. They are complicated to manufacturer and companies that make brand-name versions say cheaper generic versions aren't interchangeable with their products. The patents of many brand-name biologics are expiring and the use of generic versions (called biosimilars) could save patients and the healthcare system significant amounts of money, the Johns Hopkins University researchers noted. "The billion-dollar question has been whether these 'generic biologics' are the same as the brand-name versions," study leader Dr. G. Caleb Alexander, said in a university news release. "The same debate occurred with the advent of less complicated generic drugs and now ... Read more

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Health Tip: Ease Arthritis Pain With Warm Water

Posted 27 Jul 2016 by

-- When joints are stiff and sore, warm water can be just what the doctor ordered. Here's how to reap the benefits of warm water, courtesy of the Arthritis Foundation: Make the water between 92 degrees and 100 degrees Fahrenheit. Use a warm tub (or pool) to do some stretching. Place a tennis ball beneath the small of your back in the bathtub and roll it gently along the bottom of the tub. Soak in a bath with Epsom salts. But people with diabetes should avoid too much salt, which could trigger insulin production. Read more

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New Treatments Helping Kids With Juvenile Arthritis

Posted 20 Jul 2016 by

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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Nerve Zap Eased Rheumatoid Arthritis in Small Study

Posted 12 Jul 2016 by

TUESDAY, July 12, 2016 – Electronic stimulation of a nerve running from the brain to the gut may help ease stubborn symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis, preliminary research suggests. The study, of 17 adults with the painful autoimmune disease, tested the effects of vagus nerve stimulation – a technique long used to control seizures in some people with epilepsy. It found that over six weeks, most of the patients showed some improvements in joint swelling and other symptoms. One rheumatologist called the treatment approach "intriguing." "This isn't pie in the sky. It's a potentially viable alternative to what's available now for RA [rheumatoid arthritis]," said Dr. David Borenstein, a rheumatologist at George Washington University Medical Center, in Washington, D.C. Vagus nerve stimulation, or VNS, is done using a device that is surgically implanted under the skin of the chest, with a ... Read more

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Arthritis Possible Side Effect of Certain Cancer Drugs: Study

Posted 29 Jun 2016 by

TUESDAY, June 28, 2016 – Certain cancer immunotherapy drugs may increase risk for joint and tissue disease, including arthritis, new research suggests. "We keep having referrals coming in from our oncologists as more patients are treated with these drugs," said Dr. Clifton Bingham, director of the Johns Hopkins Arthritis Center in Baltimore. "In particular, as more patients are treated with combinations of multiple immunotherapies, we expect the rate to go up," he said in a Hopkins news release. Drugs like ipilimumab and nivolumab are called checkpoint inhibitor drugs. Between 2012 and 2016, 13 patients given these drugs at Johns Hopkins Kimmel Cancer Center (1.3 percent of the total using them) developed new-onset arthritis, or autoimmune disorders that cause dry eyes and mouth, the researchers said. However, further research is needed to confirm a cause-and-effect relationship, the ... Read more

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Inflectra Approved as 'Biosimilar' to Remicade

Posted 7 Apr 2016 by

WEDNESDAY, April 6, 2016 – The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has approved its second-ever "biosimilar" drug, Inflectra, for adults with Crohn's disease, rheumatoid arthritis or chronic plaque psoriasis, among other prescribed uses. In a media release, the agency said Inflectra was biosimilar to Janssen Biotech's Remicade (infliximab), first licensed in 1998. A biosimilar drug is sanctioned based on its maker's ability to show that it is "highly similar" to an already-approved biological drug that is generally derived from a living organism, such as a person, animal, microorganism or yeast, the FDA said. The maker of a biosimilar drug also must prove that the product has no "clinically meaningful difference" in safety and effectiveness from the original drug, and that the newer product has only "minor differences in clinically inactive components" from the original. Inflectra's most ... Read more

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FDA Approves Inflectra (infliximab-dyyb) a Biosimilar to Remicade

Posted 7 Apr 2016 by

April 5, 2016 – The U.S. Food and Drug Administration today approved Inflectra (infliximab-dyyb) for multiple indications. Inflectra is administered by intravenous infusion. This is the second biosimilar approved by the FDA. Inflectra is biosimilar to Janssen Biotech, Inc.’s Remicade (infliximab), which was originally licensed in 1998. Inflectra is approved and can be prescribed by a health care professional for the treatment of: adult patients and pediatric patients (ages six years and older) with moderately to severely active Crohn’s disease who have had an inadequate response to conventional therapy; adult patients with moderately to severely active ulcerative colitis who have had an inadequate response to conventional therapy; patients with moderately to severely active rheumatoid arthritis in combination with methotrexate; patients with active ankylosing spondylitis (arthritis of ... Read more

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Study: Smoking Hikes Chances of Early Death for Rheumatoid Arthritis Patients

Posted 4 Apr 2016 by

MONDAY, April 4, 2016 – Smoking increases the chances of early death in people with rheumatoid arthritis, but quitting smoking significantly reduces that risk, a new study suggests. "This research provides important evidence that the risk of early death starts to decline in patients who stop smoking, and continues year on year," said researcher Deborah Symmons. She is a professor of rheumatology and musculoskeletal epidemiology at the University of Manchester in England. Symmons and her colleagues analyzed data from rheumatoid arthritis patients in the United Kingdom. The investigators found that the patients who smoked were nearly twice as likely to die prematurely as those who never smoked. The risk among former smokers was similar to that of those who never smoked, and fell for each additional year they no longer smoked, the researchers said. "We hope that this research can be used ... Read more

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Experimental Drug for Rheumatoid Arthritis Shows Promise

Posted 31 Mar 2016 by

THURSDAY, March 31, 2016 – An experimental drug to treat rheumatoid arthritis showed promise in a new six-month trial. Baricitinib substantially reduced symptoms and improved daily physical functioning among people who failed other treatments for the autoimmune disease, researchers found. "If you have active disease and you've failed existing treatment options, you should have hope," said lead researcher Dr. Mark Genovese. He is a professor of immunology and rheumatology at Stanford University School of Medicine in California. "There is another therapy, which will hopefully become available, that has demonstrated it can work in that situation." The report was published March 31 in the New England Journal of Medicine. The trial was sponsored by Eli Lilly and Co., the manufacturer of baricitinib. Lilly is currently seeking approval of the drug from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. ... Read more

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Pfizer Announces FDA Approval of Xeljanz XR (tofacitinib citrate), the First and Only Once-Daily Oral JAK Inhibitor Treatment for Rheumatoid Arthritis

Posted 25 Feb 2016 by

February 24, 2016 – Pfizer Inc. (NYSE:PFE) announced today that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved Xeljanz XR (tofacitinib citrate) extended-release 11 mg tablets for the once-daily treatment of moderate to severe rheumatoid arthritis (RA) in patients who have had an inadequate response or intolerance to methotrexate (MTX). Xeljanz XR is the first and only once-daily oral RA treatment in its class, known as Janus kinase (JAK) inhibitors. “Pfizer continues to be an innovator in inflammation and immunology. The introduction of the first and only once-daily oral JAK inhibitor for RA, Xeljanz XR, builds upon Pfizer’s tradition of developing patient-centered therapies,” said Michael Corbo, Category Development Lead, Inflammation & Immunology, Pfizer Global Innovative Pharmaceuticals Business. “The availability of Xeljanz XR provides physicians with a new treatment opt ... Read more

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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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