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Psoriatic Arthritis, Psoriasis May Raise Your Fracture Risk

Psoriatic Arthritis, Psoriasis May Raise Your Fracture Risk

People with psoriatic arthritis (PsA) and those with severe psoriasis are at higher risk than the general population for a type of fracture typically associated with osteoporosis, according to a new study published online in January 2017 in Annals of the Rheumatic Diseases. In fact, the increase in risk for these two groups is comparable or even higher than that of people with rheumatoid arthritis (RA), a group known to have higher than average risks of osteoporosis and fracture related to low bone mineral density. This is the first study to estimate the risk for a first fracture in patients with ...more
Even a Little Exercise Helps Arthritis Pain and Function

Even a Little Exercise Helps Arthritis Pain and Function

Just 45 minutes a week of moderate to vigorous exercise may help improve or maintain a high level of function for people with osteoarthritis (OA), according to study published online recently in Arthritis Care & Research. Current guidelines from the Department of Health and Human Services for adults recommend a minimum of 150 minutes per week of physical activity, which has been shown to help prevent heart disease, depression, osteoporosis, diabetes and colon and breast cancer as well as to prolong life. Fewer than half of Americans meet these standards, however, and many people with arthritis are even less physically active ...more
Statins May Cut Death Risk in Those with Psoriatic Arthritis & Ankylosing Spondylitis

Statins May Cut Death Risk in Those with Psoriatic Arthritis & Ankylosing Spondylitis

People with ankylosing spondylitis or psoriatic arthritis who take cholesterol-lowering drugs called statins seem to live longer than people who don’t take them, according to researchers at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston. They presented their findings recently at the American College of Rheumatology’s 2016 Annual Meeting. In a previous study, Massachusetts General researchers found that people with rheumatoid arthritis (RA) who took statins lived longer, and they wanted to know if the drugs would offer a similar benefit to patients with other types of inflammatory arthritis, such as ankylosing spondylitis (AS) and psoriatic arthritis (PsA). AS mainly affects the spine, especially ...more
Panel Recommends Aggressive Treat-to-Target Approach to Gout

Panel Recommends Aggressive Treat-to-Target Approach to Gout

An international panel of leading gout experts has published new recommendations advising that doctors use a treat-to-target approach for managing gout, a painful form of arthritis that affects more than 8 million adults in the United States. Central to the recommendations is using medication to reduce and keep blood uric acid levels below 6 milligrams per deciliter (mg/dL) – and even lower in people with severe gout. The recommendations were published online in Annals of the Rheumatic Diseases in September. Treat-to-target – a method in which doctors identify specific targets relevant to a disease and adjust medications until that target is ...more
Arthritis Foundation Launches Wipe Out Gout - Awareness Campaign

Arthritis Foundation Launches Wipe Out Gout - Awareness Campaign

It may come as a surprise that gout is the most common cause of inflammatory arthritis among adults in the United States.1 It’s also very painful, but gout can be a management disease - meaning there are several things people with gout can do to reduce flares, or eliminate flares all together. Being that gout is so common, yet not talked about that often we decided to create something to bring awareness to gout. To do that, we started a campaign, Wipe Out Gout, in partnership with the National Kidney Foundation. The message of our campaign of simple: Millions of people ...more
September 28th Marks the First Annual Psoriatic Arthritis Awareness Day

September 28th Marks the First Annual Psoriatic Arthritis Awareness Day

Wednesday, September 28, 2016 is the first-ever nationwide Psoriatic Arthritis (PsA) Awareness Day, enacted to raise awareness of the painful inflammatory disease that may develop in conjunction with psoriasis. Approximately 30% of people with psoriasis, the skin disease that causes dryness, itchiness or scaly rashes, also develop psoriatic arthritis, which can affect the entire body and may lead to permanent joint and tissue damage if not identified and treated early and aggressively. Currently, more than one million Americans live with PsA, although this number may be higher, as the disease may be underreported. Who is at Risk for PsA? PsA usually appears between the ages ...more
Heart-healthy DASH Diet May Also Help Prevent Gout

Heart-healthy DASH Diet May Also Help Prevent Gout

A diet that’s best known for promoting heart health may also significantly reduce blood levels of uric acid – a key factor in the development of gout, according to a new study published online recently in Arthritis & Rheumatology. The DASH (Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension) diet, which emphasizes fresh fruits and vegetables, whole grains and low-fat dairy products, was developed nearly 20 years ago by a government-funded research collaborative to reduce high blood pressure. In the new study, researchers found that in some cases, DASH may also lower uric acid levels almost as well as medications do. Gout occurs when excess ...more
Psoriatic Arthritis May Raise Cardiovascular Disease Risk

Psoriatic Arthritis May Raise Cardiovascular Disease Risk

People with psoriatic arthritis (PsA) are at increased risk of cardiovascular disease (CVD) compared with people who don’t have PsA, according to a meta-analysis published in the April issue of Arthritis Care and Research. Lead investigator Lihi Eder, MD, PhD, says the study is among the first to quantify the relationship between heart disease and psoriatic arthritis – a form of inflammatory arthritis that usually develops in people who have the skin disease psoriasis. “There were many studies of other chronic inflammatory conditions, such as psoriasis and rheumatoid arthritis (RA), but it was unclear whether patients with PsA are at increased ...more
“Honey, I Have Gout”: A Spouse Reflects on Her Worries

“Honey, I Have Gout”: A Spouse Reflects on Her Worries

At times, life can be difficult for those living with gout, but it can be just as hard on spouses. When you live in close quarters with a significant other, you undoubtedly feel the pain they deal with on a daily basis. Mira knows this firsthand. Early on in their marriage, Mira’s husband returned from a business trip with a painful toe and they couldn’t figure out the cause. “For someone who was athletic and never had any health problems, it was inexplicable,” says Mira. “That first attack lasted about a week, and we were young, so he didn’t go see ...more
The Emotional Toll of Psoriatic Arthritis

The Emotional Toll of Psoriatic Arthritis

The symptoms of psoriatic arthritis (PsA) are usually quite visible – painful, swollen joints, skin reactions and fatigue. Less apparent, but just as impactful, is the emotional toll the disease can take. “They tell me that it’s taxing,” Julie Nelligan, PhD, a Portland Oregon-based psychologist, says of her psoriatic arthritis patients. “They may say things like, ‘Nobody understands me, I feel like I’m not contributing. I’m lonely, I’m anxious because I don’t know when I can get things done and I can’t commit to doing things,’” she adds. Living with a disease that has both subtle and obvious symptoms can be a ...more