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RA Research Briefs: Vitamin D, Shingles, Jobs

RA Research Briefs: Vitamin D, Shingles, Jobs

Keep up-to-date on the latest rheumatoid arthritis (RA) research with our brief research summaries.  Vitamin D Deficiency Associ­ated with Neuropathic Pain People with RA who suffer from neuro­pathic pain – or, understandably, are try­ing to avoid it – may do well to have their vitamin D levels checked. A study examined neuropathic pain indicators as well as blood samples of 93 patients with RA. The researchers found the prevalence of neuro­pathic pain was almost six times higher in patients with serum vitamin D levels below 20 nanograms per milliliter (ng/mL) than in patients with vitamin D levels ≥ 30 ng/mL. Anything below ...more
The Link Between Gout and Atrial Fibrillation

The Link Between Gout and Atrial Fibrillation

What does a disease that inflames your joints have to do with an erratic heart rhythm? Quite a lot, it turns out. Researchers have discovered that people with gout are at increased risk for atrial fibrillation (AFib). One recent study analyzed a sample of Medicare claims data from more than 1.6 million people ages 65 and older. Those with gout were up to 90 percent more likely to be diagnosed with AFib than those without gout. The risk was particularly high among elderly adults. The potential link between the two conditions underscores the need for gout patients to pay attention to their ...more
Interval Training: A HIIT for RA?

Interval Training: A HIIT for RA?

High-intensity interval training (HIIT) tops the American College of Sports Medicine’s list of most popular workouts. According to a small study published in Arthritis Research & Therapy, it might be just the ticket for rheumatoid arthritis (RA), too. HIIT is an aerobic, heart-pumping form of exercise where short bursts of maximum effort, usually lasting from 20 to 60 seconds, alternate with less intense recovery periods. Studies suggest that HIIT is as effective at burning calories and improving heart and lung health as steady-state exercises like running or biking. One 2018 meta-analysis found that HIIT was significantly better than moderately intense steady ...more
PsA Research Briefs: Comorbidities

PsA Research Briefs: Comorbidities

Keep up-to-date on the latest psoriatic arthritis (PsA) research with our brief research summaries. PsA May Put Liver at Risk People with PsA may have an increased risk of liver disease, according to a new study that followed more than a million people for an average of 6 years. People with psoriasis were 37% more likely to develop liver disease than those without inflammatory diseases, the study found. Those with PsA were 38% more likely to have liver disorders. Taking methotrexate further increased their risk. SOURCE: Journal of Investigative Dermatology, April 2018 Cardiovascular Risk Factors Undertreated A large percentage of patients with psoriasis and psoriatic ...more
Meditation for RA and PsA

Meditation for RA and PsA

Meditation is good for your soul. Research shows it can also help ease pain caused by all types of arthritis, including rheumatoid arthritis (RA), psoriatic arthritis (PsA) and osteoarthritis (OA). For centuries, meditation has been used to help focus the mind and soothe the spirit. But scientific evidence suggests this ancient practice – particularly a modern form known as mindfulness meditation or mindfulness-based stress reduction (MBSR) – offers a variety of health benefits, including relief for chronic joint pain and skin disorders like psoriasis. The Research People with psoriasis were involved in some of the earliest research on mindfulness meditation. Jon Kabat-Zinn, PhD, ...more
Powerful Testimony at the 2018 JIA Patient-Focused Drug Development Meeting

Powerful Testimony at the 2018 JIA Patient-Focused Drug Development Meeting

Hundreds of patients and their families, FDA staff, industry leaders, and researchers convened in Washington, D.C. to participate in the externally-led JIA Patient-Focused Drug Development (PFDD) meeting on August 2, 2018. The meeting served as a kickoff event to the 4-day Arthritis Foundation JA Conference East. Juvenile idiopathic arthritis (JIA) is the most common type of juvenile arthritis (JA). In many children, it’s a life-long illness with a high risk of disease and treatment-related morbidity. There is no cure, and treatments for children are limited. This meeting, which is part of our strategy to help find a cure for this serious disease, ...more
From Washington State to Washington DC, the 2018 National Juvenile Arthritis Conference Welcomed Over 1,800 Participants

From Washington State to Washington DC, the 2018 National Juvenile Arthritis Conference Welcomed Over 1,800 Participants

Each summer as school lets out and the weather starts to get warmer, there’s an excitement in the air felt all the way from Long Beach, California to the shores of Long Island, New York. There are always good reasons to be excited for some time off, but for many children, teens, young adults and their families affected by juvenile arthritis and related rheumatic diseases – the Arthritis Foundation’s National Juvenile Arthritis Conference has become the summer event to look forward to. Over two long weekends in late June and early August, more than 1,800 attendees made their way to Seattle, ...more
JA Conference Washington, DC - Kickoff

JA Conference Washington, DC - Kickoff

Superheroes Seen in Washington DC – the 2018 National Juvenile Arthritis Conference Begins Today! Nearly 900 superheroes – kids, teens, young adults and their families – from across the country, have been seen banding together in Washington DC! DC serves as the second location of the Arthritis Foundation’s signature National Juvenile Arthritis (JA) Conference. The JA Conference is a unique opportunity for families, kids, teens and young adults affected by JA and other rheumatic diseases to connect with others and spend the weekend networking, learning, sharing tips and forming friendships. Held at the Grand Hyatt in the heart of Washington DC, superheroes of ...more
You Said It: Making Diet Changes for Arthritis

You Said It: Making Diet Changes for Arthritis

Eating a good balance of healthy food is always a good lifestyle plan. But many people with  inflammatory forms of arthritis like psoriatic arthritis and rheumatoid arthritis may make more specific food choices. So we asked our readers and followers, “What diet changes have you made for your PsA?” I found that eliminating dairy and gluten really make a positive difference! I know this because every time I consume any I get swelling and pain especially in my hands. — Debbie Schwendler, Ahwatukee, Arizona I’ve eliminated refined sugar, cut out simple carbs and reduced gluten intake. When I do have pasta, I have ...more
Your Disease, Your Voice

Your Disease, Your Voice

Join us at the externally-led JIA Patient-Focused Drug Development meeting We are hosting, along with our partner, the Childhood Arthritis and Rheumatology Research Alliance (CARRA), the Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis Patient-Focused Drug Development (PFDD) meeting. This meeting, driven by our patients and caregivers, will provide the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and industry personnel with input directly from you on how this disease affects your life, your experiences with current treatments, and the need for newer and better treatments. The meeting takes place in Washington, D.C. on August 2, 2018 from 9am to 3:15pm ET and will be held at the ...more