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Obesity May Make Rheumatoid Arthritis Tough to Spot, Track

Posted 14 days ago by Drugs.com

MONDAY, April 10, 2017 – Blood tests to diagnose and monitor rheumatoid arthritis may be thrown off by obesity in women, a new study suggests. "Physicians might assume that high levels of inflammation mean that a patient has rheumatoid arthritis or that their rheumatoid arthritis requires more treatment, when in fact a mild increase in levels of inflammation could be due to obesity instead," explained study author Dr. Michael George, who's with the University of Pennsylvania Health System in Philadelphia. Blood tests for C-reactive protein (CRP) and erythrocyte sedimentation rate (ESR) can help physicians check the severity of inflammation in rheumatoid arthritis patients, the researchers said. Previous studies have suggested that obese women may normally have higher CRP and ESR levels. So, the authors of this study decided to take a closer look at the issue. The study included ... Read more

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1 in 4 U.S. Adults Disabled by Arthritis: CDC

Posted 8 Mar 2017 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, March 7, 2017 – Arthritis is expanding its grip on Americans, with 24 million adults limited in their everyday activities because of the debilitating joint disease, U.S. health officials say. Overall, 54 million adults – or one in four – report an arthritis diagnosis. And the number of people disabled by it has jumped 20 percent since 2002, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported Tuesday. "Arthritis symptoms keep millions of Americans from going about their daily routines," CDC acting director Dr. Anne Schuchat said in an agency news release. The joint aches, stiffness and swelling of arthritis can make holding a glass, carrying a grocery bag, or walking a short distance difficult or even impossible, the agency said. Why so many Americans have arthritis isn't clear, and can't be attributed solely to an aging population. Almost two of five adults with ... Read more

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FDA Throws Cold Water on Whole Body Cryotherapy

Posted 3 Mar 2017 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, March 3, 2017 – There's no evidence that a growing trend called whole body cryotherapy is effective, but it does pose a number of risks, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration warns. In whole body cryotherapy, people are placed in an enclosed space and exposed to vapors that reach ultra-low temperatures ranging from minus 200 to minus 300 degrees Fahrenheit, typically for two to four minutes. Many spas and wellness centers claim that whole body cryotherapy can treat diseases and conditions such as Alzheimer's, fibromyalgia, migraines, rheumatoid arthritis, multiple sclerosis, stress, anxiety or chronic pain. "Based on purported health benefits seen in many promotions for cryotherapy spas, consumers may incorrectly believe that the FDA has cleared or approved [whole body cryotherapy] devices as safe and effective to treat medical conditions. That is not the case," Dr. Aron ... Read more

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Can Depression Up Odds for Arthritis Linked to Psoriasis?

Posted 24 Feb 2017 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, Feb. 24, 2017 – Depression in people with the chronic inflammatory skin disease psoriasis increases the risk of getting the joint condition known as psoriatic arthritis by about 37 percent, new research indicates. The finding raises concerns because depression is not uncommon in people with psoriasis, according to the authors of the study in the Feb. 22 issue of the Journal of Investigative Dermatology. "For many years, the rheumatology and dermatology communities have been trying to understand which patients with psoriasis go on to develop psoriatic arthritis, and how we might detect it earlier in the disease course," senior investigator Dr. Cheryl Barnabe said in a journal news release. She is from the McCaig Institute for Bone and Joint Health and the O'Brien Institute for Public Health at the University of Calgary in Alberta. While the study found a connection between ... Read more

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Even a Little Exercise Can Help With Arthritis, Study Says

Posted 31 Jan 2017 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Jan. 31, 2017 – Just a little physical activity seems to go a long way toward helping older adults with arthritis remain able to do daily tasks, a new study finds. Older adults with arthritis-related joint pain and stiffness need to keep moving to remain functionally independent. But only 10 percent of older Americans with arthritis in their knees meet federal guidelines of at least 150 minutes of moderate activity a week, the researchers said. However, this Northwestern University study found that doing even about one-third of that amount is still beneficial. The study involved more than 1,600 adults 49 or older who had arthritic pain or stiffness in their hips, knees or feet. Those who did a minimum of 45 minutes of moderate activity – such as brisk walking – a week were 80 percent more likely to improve or sustain physical function and gait speed over two years, compared ... Read more

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High Health Care Deductibles Take Toll on Family Finances

Posted 10 Jan 2017 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Jan. 10, 2017 – High-deductible health plans have multiplied in recent years. But they may pose a significant financial burden on Americans with chronic conditions, two new studies suggest. One study finds a greater likelihood that out-of-pocket spending for health care will consume 10 percent or more of family income for someone with a long-term condition such as arthritis, high blood pressure or a mood disorder and a high-deductible insurance plan. The other shows that seriously ill and low-income people in high-deductible plans delay care for diabetes complications. A high deductible means you pay more before insurance kicks in. People who study health policy say high deductibles may have the unintended consequence of deterring ill and financially vulnerable Americans from getting needed medical tests and treatments. "We need to give [health] plans flexibility to be able to ... Read more

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Joints Achy? Don't Blame Mother Nature

Posted 10 Jan 2017 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Jan. 10, 2017 – You might want to think twice the next time you're ready to blame the weather for your aches and pains, researchers say. Some people swear that changes in humidity, temperature, air pressure and the like trigger back pain and arthritis. But a team at the George Institute for Global Health in Newtown, Australia said it found no evidence to support that theory. "The belief that pain and inclement weather are linked dates back to Roman times. But our research suggests this belief may be based on the fact that people recall events that confirm their pre-existing views," said Chris Maher, director of the institute's musculoskeletal division. The study included nearly 1,350 Australians with either lower back pain or osteoarthritis of the knee. The study participants' pain flare-ups were compared with weather data. There was no association between back pain/knee ... Read more

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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

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Could a Germ Link Gum Disease, Rheumatoid Arthritis?

Posted 15 Dec 2016 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, Dec. 15, 2016 – A specific germ may help explain the long-noticed connection between gum disease and rheumatoid arthritis, a new study suggests. The discovery might also point to the potential origins of the painful joint illness. "If we're right, this will totally change the view of rheumatoid arthritis and treatment of patients," said study co-author Dr. Felipe Andrade. But, Andrade, an associate professor of medicine at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine in Baltimore, cautioned that this is "an early finding that needs confirmation by others." Rheumatoid arthritis is a chronic form of arthritis linked to an overactive immune system. It can affect a variety of body systems, not just the joints. The disease affects roughly 1.5 million U.S. adults, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. For more than a century, scientists have noticed ... Read more

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Health Tip: When Your Neck Aches

Posted 2 Dec 2016 by Drugs.com

-- An aching, throbbing or shooting pain in your neck could spell trouble. Here are possible causes, courtesy of the Mayo Clinic: Straining the neck muscles by stooping over your computer or phone, or by reading in bed. Osteoarthritis of the neck. A compressed nerve. Sustaining an injury, such as from a car accident. Conditions such as meningitis, cancer or rheumatoid arthritis. Read more

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Health Tip: Exercising With Arthritis

Posted 1 Dec 2016 by Drugs.com

-- Exercise usually is good for those with arthritis, but there are many potential obstacles to keep you inactive. Here are strategies to keep you moving, courtesy of the Arthritis Foundation: No time? Exercise in short bursts, even just 10 minutes at a time. Find a fitness partner to help keep it fun. If you're having pain, try a low-impact exercise, such as swimming. Exercise even when you're tired, as regular exercise helps boost energy. Don't look at exercise as just a way to lose weight. It also helps manage pain, increase flexibility and makes it easier to do daily tasks. Look for a new gym if you feel self-conscious at the current one. If money is a concern, just go for a walk or buy inexpensive home workout equipment. Try interval training, a few minutes of vigorous exercise followed by a recovery period, if you're not seeing changes. Visit a personal trainer. Schedule workouts ... Read more

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Health Tip: Why Arthritis and Fatigue Often Go Together

Posted 25 Nov 2016 by Drugs.com

-- Fatigue is a popular complaint among people with arthritis, and it can make daily tasks even more challenging. The Arthritis Foundation explains why arthritis and fatigue often go together: Pain can make it difficult to get enough quality sleep. People with depression, which is more common among people with arthritis, are more likely to be tired. Some arthritis medications can cause fatigue as a side effect. Inflammation flares can lead to fatigue. Read more

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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

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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: Ease Stress If You Have Rheumatoid Arthritis

Posted 19 Oct 2016 by Drugs.com

-- Taking any steps possible to relieve stress is never a bad idea, but it's especially beneficial if you have rheumatoid arthritis. The Arthritis Foundation suggests: Taking a tai chi or yoga class. Flexing and then relaxing muscles throughout your body. Imagining and concentrating on a peaceful, relaxing place. Talking with family and friends. Joining an RA support group. Getting regular exercise. Taking up painting, pottery or another form of art. Getting organized, such as by making a daily list of to-do's. Read more

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