Tag: arthritis care

Newsbriefs: RA Symptoms; RA Progression

Diet May Impact RA Symptoms.
If you suffer from rheumatoid arthritis (RA) your diet may worsen or lighten your symptoms of RA, report 24 percent of patients with long-term disease, according to a study conducted at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Boston. Patients were given a list of 20 foods and surveyed

RA Treatment: Simpler is Better

Recent research shows that patients with rheumatoid arthritis (RA) are more likely to follow a simple drug therapy program, such as methotrexate (MTX) plus a tumor necrosis factor inhibitor (TNFi), than follow a “triple-therapy” regimen of MTX, hydroxychloroquine, and sulfasalazine, according to a recent study published in Arthritis Care &

Fibromyalgia Further Worsens Function in Patients with RA

Fully 20 percent of rheumatoid arthritis (RA) patients also are afflicted with fibromyalgia (FM), compared to 2.5 percent in the general population who suffer from FM alone, according to a new study by researchers at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Boston. Participants were involved in the Brigham and Women’s Hospital Rheumatoid

Newsbriefs: Lung Cancer; Knee Arthritis

Few Who Need Lung Cancer Screening Get It
The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) began recommending in December 2013 that people at high risk for lung cancer have yearly screening with low-dose CT scans. However, few people who could benefit from lung cancer screening—mostly current and former smokers—are getting it,

Smart Fat Choices Might Slow Arthritis Progression

What’s good for your heart might also be good for your aching knees. High intakes of saturated fat were associated with a faster progression of knee osteoarthritis in a new prospective observational study, while consuming more heart-healthy unsaturated fats was linked to slower progression.


You can help protect your heart—and

Newsbites: Sugary Drink Frequency; Comfort Food; Arthritis Risk

Sugary Drink Frequency Drops
More evidence that Americans are getting the message about the negatives of added sugars in liquid form comes from a report showing a sharp drop in the percentage of adults drinking at least one sugar-sweetened beverage a day. The new CDC report used data from the 2013

Gout: The Arthritis of Kings

Gout: The Arthritis of Kings

Gout is a form of arthritis that occurs when there is too much uric acid in the blood, tissues, and urine. Accumulating uric acid crystallizes and takes on a needle-like shape, jabbing into the joints (usually the big toe, but also other joints, including those of the mid-foot, ankle, knees,

Newsbriefs: Knee OA; Gout Attacks

Knee OA Not Relieved by Supplements, but Weight Loss Helps.
The supplements glucosamine and chondroitin do not relieve symptoms of osteoarthritis (OA), new studies confirm, supporting previous studies that reached the same conclusion. The combination of glucosamine and chondroitin sulfate has been shown to aid moderate-to-severe knee OA, but showed no

Newsbriefs: Back Pain; New Cast; Foot Orthoses

Back Pain Intensified by Psychological, Sedentary Issues.
Pain from a back injury is often compounded by psychological issues, such as work dissatisfaction, family stress, depression, and secondary pain, according to findings by Australian researchers published online April 26, 2016 in the Medical Journal of Australia. The problem arises in part from

Don’t Let Gout Slow You Down

About eight million Americans suffer from gout, according to the American College of Rheumatology. This painful form of arthritis occurs when uric acid accumulates in the body and causes crystal-like deposits to form in the joints. The condition presents with the sudden onset of intense pain, swelling, and tenderness in

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