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RA Research Briefs: Remission, Surgery, Green Tea

RA Research Briefs: Remission, Surgery, Green Tea

Keep up-to-date on the latest rheumatoid arthritis (RA) research with our brief research summaries. Obesity Reduces Odds of RA Remission Research suggests weight may be a factor in whether people with RA will achieve disease remission. A review of studies screened a total 3,368 patient records. Canadian researchers found obese patients with RA were less likely to achieve remission or sustain remission compared to healthy-weight patients. Obesity, they reported, negatively impacts disease activity and patient-reported outcomes during therapy. Therefore, they say, interventions to reduce BMI should be investigated for the ability to improve disease outcomes. Source: Arthritis Care & Research, January 2017 Biologics Not ...more
You Said It: PsA Must-Have Item

You Said It: PsA Must-Have Item

We asked our readers and followers “What is your one must-have item for your psoriatic arthritis?” Here are their answers. Good, comfortable walking shoes with lots of support. — Patricia Flynn, Upland, California Good support network. — Garrett via Reddit A doctor that really listens and genuinely cares about my concerns with my care. — Kim Drouillard, Lincoln Park, Michigan I must have my electric jar opener. — Chrystal Tucker, Fayetteville, North Carolina My go-to copper compression gloves for the daily pain. Prayer for flares! — Kari Siemens, St. Louis, Missouri Pain medication when biologics and steroids are not working. — Anne Rowell, Houma, Louisiana A pool to exercise your joints weightlessly. — Kathy ...more
Are Women at Risk for Gout?

Are Women at Risk for Gout?

It was once thought that gout, the so-called “disease of kings,” typically spared queens. But in the last 20 years, cases of gout have more than doubled among women. Today, 2 million women – and 6 million men – in the U.S. have this inflammatory form of arthritis that causes joint swelling and telltale pain at the base of the big toe. Natural Gout Protection and Potential Triggers Gout occurs when high levels of uric acid build up in the blood and form needle-shaped crystals in the joints, causing pain, swelling and redness. Estrogen, a female hormone, protects women. It naturally causes ...more
Anti-inflammatory Drug Doesn't Help Hand OA

Anti-inflammatory Drug Doesn't Help Hand OA

A new study found that hydroxychloroquine, a disease-modifying antirheumatic drug (DMARD) sometimes used to treat rheumatoid arthritis (RA) and lupus, does not reduce pain related to osteoarthritis (OA) of the hand, possibly ending the hope for an easy solution to a challenging problem. Pain from hand OA affects an estimated 3 percent to 15 percent of adults over 60 and up to 31 percent of those over 70, making daily tasks difficult and diminishing quality of life. Increasing evidence suggests that low levels of inflammation may be an important source of pain in hand OA, at least in some people. Few ...more
Calling All Superheroes! 2018 National Juvenile Arthritis Conference Registration is Now Open!

Calling All Superheroes! 2018 National Juvenile Arthritis Conference Registration is Now Open!

Leaping tall buildings may not be what we actually do but overcoming the daily challenges of juvenile arthritis takes a SUPER kid. By learning how to overcome obstacles and connecting with others, families use their super powers to fight arthritis. Each day over 300,000 children, teens, young adults and their families deal with the daily pain of juvenile arthritis and related childhood rheumatic diseases. The Arthritis Foundation is here to empower our kids, teens, young adults and their families through support, education and forging connections. Together, we are determined to win the fight against JA. And together, we are unstoppable against ...more
Patients Play Vital Role in Research - And it's Not What You Think!

Patients Play Vital Role in Research - And it's Not What You Think!

Now, more than ever, we need you to become involved with research about your disease. Without the participation of patients and parents, research cannot advance toward a cure. Specifically, in Juvenile Arthritis (JA), parents and patients play a critical role in research - you are experts when it comes to the issues that are important to you or your child's health and daily quality of life. What role can you play in research to find a cure? At one time, the only role that patients played in research was being a subject. While that important role still exists, researchers are now asking that ...more
Can Your Shoe Choice Help – or Hurt – Your Arthritis?

Can Your Shoe Choice Help – or Hurt – Your Arthritis?

It is clear that physical activity is one of the best ways to combat osteoarthritis pain—but how important are your shoes, and which should you be wearing? In addition to traditional treatment methods for OA, which include medication, physical therapy and even surgery, doctors now know that footwear can play an important role in knee OA. Marian T. Hannan, an associate professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School in Boston, Mass., has conducted research about foot mechanics and pain in the knee. “It is impressive to think that makes a difference,” says Hannan. “Whether it’s their foot or brain or the ...more
Daily Tasks Get Harder for Women with RA After Menopause

Daily Tasks Get Harder for Women with RA After Menopause

Women with rheumatoid arthritis (RA) report a decline in physical function after menopause, possibly due to shifting hormone levels, according to a recent study in the journal Rheumatology.   The researchers, led by Elizabeth Mollard, PhD, an assistant professor and advanced nurse practitioner at the University of Nebraska Medical Center, in Lincoln, undertook the study because there are known associations between RA and female hormones, but the connections are poorly understood. For example, RA often goes into remission during pregnancy but flares after delivery. First-time symptoms of RA appear more frequently after pregnancy, too. And for reasons that may or may not be hormone-related, women get RA at three times the rate that men do and they tend to have more pain and disability than their male counterparts.   Measuring Function  To better understand the relationship in ...more
Could Your Back Pain Be Gout?

Could Your Back Pain Be Gout?

If you have ever had back pain, you know how difficult it can be to pinpoint the cause. From bone spurs to overworked muscles to slipped discs, there’s no shortage of ailments that could be at the root of your aching lumbar. And here’s one more. Over the last 10 years, rheumatologists have documented more cases of gout appearing in the spine. So if you are one of the 8 million Americans with this inflammatory form of arthritis – and you have unexplained back or neck pain, tingling sensations down your arm or leg, or numbness – there’s a small chance ...more
More African-Americans Could Benefit from Knee Replacement Surgery

More African-Americans Could Benefit from Knee Replacement Surgery

Studies have shown that racial minorities in the United States undergo fewer total knee replacements (TKR) for knee osteoarthritis (OA) than whites do, but the reasons for this are unclear. A new study sheds light on why fewer black Americans tend to have the surgery – and at what cost. It found that African-Americans are offered the option of TKR in fewer cases than whites are, they accept the option less frequently, and when they do undergo the procedure, they have higher rates of complications. Because of these factors, they lose a large number of what’s called “quality-adjusted life years” ...more