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Cardiovascular Disease

Osteoarthritis Linked To Risk Of Dying From Cardiovascular Disease

Researchers at Lund University in Sweden have investigated the link between osteoarthritis; and mortality in an epidemiological study. It shows that the risk of dying from cardiovascular disease; was higher for people with osteoarthritis than for the rest of the population. Using population registers, the researchers studied approximately 469,000 people living in Skane, Sweden; who…

Exercise

Myth Of Exercise Damage In Treatment Of Osteoarthritis Of The Knee

Despite physical exercise (including therapeutic exercise) being one of the three key osteoarthritis treatment guidelines; alongside weight control and patient education there is a common belief among many patients and health professionals treating the condition; that it may harm knee joint cartilage. This creates a prevailing barrier to implementing evidence-based care. However a study by…

Physical Therapy

Nearly 40% Of Patients With Systemic Sclerosis Treated With Physical Therapy

An analysis of a large German registry found that 37% of patients with systemic sclerosis receive physical therapy; according to recent findings in Arthritis Care & Research. “In SSc, only a number of small studies assessed the efficacy of particular methods of [physical therapy]; eg, paraffin bath and occupational therapy,” Doreen Belz, MD,of the University…

Osteoarthritis

Osteoarthritis More Than Doubles Risk For Multiple Comorbidities

Osteoarthritis (OA) is a common chronic condition in older people but its association; with other chronic conditions is largely unknown. The study aim to systematically review the literature on comorbidities; in people with OA compared to those without. Individuals with osteoarthritis have a 2.5-times greater risk for having three or more other chronic conditions; including…

Peripheral Arthritis

Peripheral Arthritis Can Occur At Any Time During New Axial SpA

Among patients with recent-onset axial spondyloarthritis, 36% report developing peripheral arthritis; at any time during their disease duration, with these patients demonstrating a greater disease burden than those without peripheral arthritis; according to recent findings in Arthritis Research & Therapy. “Arthritis and enthesitis are the most common peripheral features in axSpA; and can be found predominantly…

Genetic risk

Genetic Risk For RA Associated With Early Cognitive Symptoms In Children

Having an increased genetic risk for rheumatoid arthritis is associated with demonstrating hyperactivity; and inattention symptoms from ages 4 to 16 years, as well as lower total IQ and IQ performance at 8 years; according to data published in JAMA Network Open. “It has long been recognized that there are elevated rates of cognitive and…

Opioid

Alarmingly High Rate Of Opioid Prescriptions For Osteoarthritis Patients

Opioids work against severe pain but the risks of side effects and addiction are high. In the USA alone, 26 people die every day from overdoses. Now researchers in an international collaboration have investigated how common opioid prescriptions are for osteoarthritis patients in Sweden. It emerged that every fourth patient was prescribe opioids at some…

Rheumatoid arthritis

Rheumatoid Arthritis Can Be Detected By Infrared Light

Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is an autoimmune disease, in which the body’s immune system attacks the lining of joints, causing painful inflammation and swelling. It affects around 500,000 people in the UK and current diagnosis relies on a combination of physical examinations by a consultant rheumatologist; blood tests, and scanning by X-ray or ultrasound. Analyzing these can…

Rheumatoid arthritis

Etanercept Therapy Is Continued in Rheumatoid Arthritis Treatment

Rheumatoid arthritis  patients are treated with etanercept is more likely to remain on the therapy for 12 months compare to other tumor necrosis factor inhibitors (TNFi), according to research publish in The Journal of Rheumatology. However, researchers conduct a systematic literature review and meta-analysis to evaluate long-term drug survival; and discontinuation of etanercept, infliximab, adalimumab,…

Arthritis

Arthritis Can Affect Organs, Lower Life Expectancy If Left Untreated

Living with pain is not inevitable, said experts. “Many people think arthritis and related conditions, such as rheumatism and osteoarthritis; are an inevitable consequence of getting older, especially if there is a family history. This misconception is not only outdated, but dangerous. With modern medicine and techniques, one does not have to put up with…

Osteoarthritis

Tanezumab Improves Scores For Pain, Function In Osteoarthritis

For patients with osteoarthritis (OA) of the knee or hip; tanezumab is associate with significant improvements in pain and physical function versus placebo, according to a study publish; in the issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association. But among patients with moderate to severe osteoarthritis of the knee or hip and inadequate treatment…

sleep disorders

Sleep Disorders In Patients With Rheumatoid Arthritis

Various primary sleep disorders have been observe in Rheumatoid Arthritis; including a high prevalence of obstructive sleep apnea (OSA), insomnia, and restless legs syndrome (RLS).Abbasi et.al.; determine that the frequency of sleep disorders among 100 RA patients is 72%. More recently, Westhovens et al conduct a survey involving 305 patients and conclude that poor control…