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Smoking Is An Important Risk Factor For Rheumatoid Arthritis

Smoking is an important risk factor for developing the most common form of rheumatoid arthritis (RA); other inflammatory diseases, but a critical question remains: Can those who quit smoking delay or prevent RA; or have they permanently and irrevocably altered their risk of the disease? A new study by investigators from Brigham and Women’s Hospital…

Knee osteoarthritis

Activity Levels In Adults With Knee Osteoarthritis

Knee osteoarthritis (KOA) is the leading cause of pain, mobility, and disability amongst older adults. Physical activity is for the management of KOA; as it can effectively improve symptoms including joint pain; as well as physical function and quality of life. Despite the benefits of physical activity; persons with KOA engage in less physical activity…

Rheumatic diseases

Group Increases Student Engagement With Rheumatology

Rheumatology is a branch of medicine to the diagnosis and therapy of rheumatic diseases. Physicians who have undergone formal training in rheumatology are called rheumatologists. Rheumatologists deal mainly with immune-mediated disorders of the musculoskeletal system, soft tissues, autoimmune diseases, vasculitides; heritable connective tissue disorders. Many of these diseases are now to disorders of the immune…

Rheumatoid arthritis

Rheumatoid Arthritis Discovery Points To New Treatment

Researchers at the University of Virginia School of Medicine have identified an unexpected contributor; to rheumatoid arthritis that may help explain the painful flare-ups associated with the disease. The discovery points to a potential new treatment for the autoimmune disorder; may also allow the use of a simple blood test to detect people at elevated…

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Stem Cell Treatments For Arthritic knees Are Unproven

Twelve patients who tried injections of stem cells hospitalized with infections; according to a report in the New York Times, that should cause patients concern. More important is that they should investigate stem cell treatments; for conditions such as cartilage injuries to their joints; before committing to one of these procedures. It is also a…

Rheumatoid arthritis

MRI-Guided Tx Strategy Not Superior For Rheumatoid Arthritis

Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is a chronic inflammatory joint disease. Patients typically experience pain, functional impairment and reduced quality of life; and are at risk of developing progressive joint damage. The disease primarily affects the small joints of the hands and feet. The current treatment strategy involves early and intensive treatment with close clinical follow-up; which…

Hip osteoarthritis

Catastrophizing Associated With Hip Osteoarthritis

Osteoarthritis (OA) is a type of joint disease that results from the breakdown of joint cartilage and underlying bone. The most common symptoms are joint pain and stiffness. Initially, symptoms may occur only following exercise; but over time may become constant. Other symptoms may include joint swelling, decreased range of motion; and, weakness or numbness of the arms and…

Osteoarthritis

Heberden Nodes Linked In Knee Osteoarthritis

Heberden’s nodes Heberden’s nodes are hard or bony swellings that can develop in the distal interphalangeal joints (DIP) (the joints closest to the end of the fingers and toes). They are a sign of osteoarthritis and are caused by the formation of osteophytes (calcific spurs) of the articular (joint) cartilage in response to repeated trauma at the joint. Heberden’s nodes typically develop in middle age, beginning…

Ankylosing spondylitis

TNF Inhibitor Therapy in Ankylosing Spondylitis

Ankylosing spondylitis (AS) is a type of arthritis in which there is long term inflammation of the joints of the spine. Typically the joints where the spine joins the pelvis are also affected. Occasionally other joints such as the shoulders or hips are involved. Eye and bowel problems may also occur. Back pain is a characteristic symptom of AS, and it often comes and goes. The stiffness of the affected joints…

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Identifying Reversible Molecular Defect Underlying Rheumatoid Arthritis

In rheumatoid arthritis, immune cells called helper T cells behave differently from their counterparts in healthy cells and in other autoimmune diseases. Stanford scientists have learned why. Stanford University School of Medicine investigators succeeded in countering inflammation and tissue damage caused by rheumatoid arthritis in mice engrafted with human joint-lining tissue and a human immune system. The researchers…

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Molecular Defect Underlying Rheumatoid Arthritis

In rheumatoid arthritis, immune cells called helper T cells behave differently from their counterparts in healthy cells and in other autoimmune diseases. Stanford scientists have learned why. Stanford University School of Medicine investigators succeeded in countering inflammation and tissue damage caused by rheumatoid arthritis in mice engrafted with human joint-lining tissue and a human immune system. The researchers…

Rheumatoid arthritis

Revolutionize Treatment Of Rheumatoid Arthritis

The EU- and industry-funded RTCURE project’s groundbreaking approach promises to revolutionize the treatment of rheumatoid arthritis; which afflicts millions of people across Europe with joint pain, inflammation and bone; and cartilage loss. Unlike current therapeutic approaches that target the symptoms of the disease which occur after the body’s own immune system attacks the synovial tissue that keeps…