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FDA Panel Endorses Remicade Biosimilar, a First for Arthritis

FDA Panel Endorses Remicade Biosimilar, a First for Arthritis

The Arthritis Advisory Committee to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) voted 21 to 3 on Tuesday (Feb. 9) to recommend approval of CT-P13, a biosimilar version of Remicade (infliximab), which is used to treat inflammatory types of arthritis, including rheumatoid arthritis (RA), psoriatic arthritis (PsA) and ankylosking spondylitis (AS). CT-P13 is the first biosimilar to treat arthritis to reach this milestone. Similar but not identical A biosimilar is highly similar to, but not exactly the same as the existing, FDA-approved biologic, called the “reference” drug (in this case Remicade). People are familiar with generic versions of brand-name drugs, but biosimilars are ...more
Defending Those Who Defend Us - Arthritis in the Military

Defending Those Who Defend Us - Arthritis in the Military

Jumping out of an airplane can be stressful to the body. Add more than 50 pounds of gear and the effect on your joints can be devastating. This is the case for Nicholas Steen. As an airborne infantryman in the Army, he regularly jumped out of planes, parachuting to earth while carrying his normal military gear along with a 30-pound gun and 600 rounds of ammunition. For Steen, jumping was the easy part. The landing? Well, that’s a different story. As a result of his service in the U.S. Military and the related stress and injuries to his body, Steen, like many other ...more
Let’s Conquer the Silent Enemy of Our Armed Forces

Let’s Conquer the Silent Enemy of Our Armed Forces

Arthritis is no stranger to the men and women who serve our country. In fact, American veterans and service members are disproportionately affected by the disease, which impacts one in three U.S. military personnel compared to one in five civilians. On Feb. 10, in a congressional briefing on Capitol Hill, representatives of the Arthritis Foundation, along with the American College of Rheumatology, veterans organizations and service members, put a spotlight on arthritis in the military, calling the disease a “silent enemy” that threatens our nation through the disability it causes and the fortune it costs U.S. taxpayers in health care expenses. The ...more
Does Coffee Help or Hurt Gout?

Does Coffee Help or Hurt Gout?

Nearly two-thirds of Americans start their day with a cup or more of coffee. Besides its wake-up java jolt effect, coffee could be good for your health. Studies have linked regular coffee consumption with a lower risk for heart disease, some types of cancer, and type 2 diabetes, among other conditions. Could your morning cup of Joe also help prevent bouts of painful gout? While some evidence suggests this popular beverage might help you avoid joint pain, the caffeine it contains might actually lead to more flare-ups if you already have gout. Coffee and Gout Prevention A 2007 study investigated the potential link ...more
11 Smart Eating Tips for Arthritis

11 Smart Eating Tips for Arthritis

Wouldn’t it be great if you could just snap your fingers and know you’d never gain weight as you grow older? Unfortunately, it’s not going to happen. Exercise, cutting calories and smart eating are mandatory if you want to sail through your later years without putting on extra pounds. The good news is, unless you are obese or have health issues, you don’t necessarily have to embark on special diets to keep extra weight at bay. All you have to do is choose your foods wisely. Ideally, you should make smart eating decisions before you put anything in your mouth. Follow these ...more
Arthritis Foundation Awards Funding to Researchers on the Path to a Cure

Arthritis Foundation Awards Funding to Researchers on the Path to a Cure

Committed to accelerating the search for new solutions to arthritis, the Arthritis Foundation has awarded nearly $5.5 million in scientific research funding to 11 individuals we’re confident can help get us there. Our 2015 request for “Delivering on Discovery” proposals resulted in 167 submissions from across the United States and Canada. A panel of advisors selected the proposals they felt showed the greatest promise of achieving a faster cure for one or more types of arthritis. The winning proposals, which range in amounts from $216,000 to $1.35 million, cover a diversity of topics and include osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, juvenile arthritis and ...more
8 Ways to Fight Fatigue With Food

8 Ways to Fight Fatigue With Food

When you’re fighting chronic pain, depression and too little sleep, you need easy ways to boost your energy. Start with how – and what – you’re eating. There are many reasons your energy may flag throughout the day: disease-related fatigue, medication side effects, pain that wears you out, depression, poor sleep and even inactivity. But you may be surprised to learn that some of your eating habits can sap your energy, too. Get on the right track with these smart eating tips for an energy boost. 1. Don't Go Hungry The body needs energy to expend energy. That's why when you skip meals, ...more
FDA Approves Biologic Secukinumab for Ankylosing Spondylitis and Psoriatic Arthritis

FDA Approves Biologic Secukinumab for Ankylosing Spondylitis and Psoriatic Arthritis

The dawn of 2016 brought with it the arrival of a new medication option for patients struggling to control symptoms of ankylosing spondylitis (AS) and psoriatic arthritis (PsA). The medication, secukinumab (Cosentyx), was already approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for the treatment of psoriasis, a condition that causes the skin to form scaly patches that are often itchy and painful. Now FDA has given doctors the go-ahead to prescribe secukinumab to people with AS and PsA, two forms of inflammatory arthritis that can be a challenge to manage. Secukinumab, an injectible biologic, belongs to an emerging subgroup ...more
Crocheting for a Cause: Juliette Harrison Handcrafts Animals for Children with Arthritis

Crocheting for a Cause: Juliette Harrison Handcrafts Animals for Children with Arthritis

When you’re feeling down, almost nothing feels better than a snuggle with your favorite friend. Nobody knows that better than Juliette Harrison. At just eleven years old, Juliette was diagnosed with juvenile arthritis (JA), an inflammatory disease that affects nearly 300,000 children in the United States. With the telltale red joints and persistent pain, she was forced to scale back on many of the activities she loves, like horseback riding and running. Understandably, Juliette was sad and in need of a special friend to take with her to all of the doctor’s appointments in her future. But, it couldn’t be just ...more
Research Shows Apples Can Cut Cholesterol and Inflammation

Research Shows Apples Can Cut Cholesterol and Inflammation

Whoever first said “an apple a day keeps the doctor away” was onto something. Research suggests that eating some apple on a daily basis might lower levels of cholesterol as well as C-reactive protein (CRP), a key marker of inflammation in the blood. In a 2012 study of 160 women ages 45 to 65, half of the participants ate three-quarters of a cup of dried apples every day for a year, and the other half ate a cup of prunes – each 240 calories. Within six months, the apple eaters’ LDL (bad) cholesterol decreased 23 percent, their HDL (good) cholesterol increased 4 ...more