Wednesday, 04 March 2015 00:00

Sugary Sodas May Raise RA Risk Featured

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Women who drink one or more sugar-sweetened sodas a day are significantly more likely to develop rheumatoid arthritis (RA) than those who drink less than one soda month or none, according to a recent study published in The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition. The risk appears to be even higher for older women. Rheumatoid arthritis is a systemic, autoimmune disease that causes inflammation leading to joint pain and damage, fatigue and other symptoms. It's believed to result from a combination of genetic and environmental factors, possibly including diet. Because many studies have shown that sugar-sweetened soda is linked to obesity as well as type 2 diabetes and heart disease – all of which are more common in people with RA – the researchers wondered whether sugary beverages might play a role in the development of rheumatoid arthritis, too.
Due to overlapping clinical and immunologic features between Chikungunya virus and rheumatoid arthritis’ (RA) symptoms, Washington University in St. Louis researchers warn rheumatologists to be alert for potential misdiagnoses. Spreading from Caribbean and Central and South America to FL, the mosquito-borne virus’ infection results in joint pain and swelling similar to RA that can last anywhere from days to over a year, according to a WUSTL press release.
Doctors are using a type of arthritis drug to treat sciatica - the pain associated with a slipped disc. The drug seeks out and 'silences' compounds involved in inflammation - and early trials show that it can banish pain completely.Sciatica is caused by irritation and inflammation of the sciatic nerve, the longest nerve in the body, which runs from the back of the pelvis, through the buttocks, and down both legs to the feet.Sciatica is usually described as a sharp, shooting or burning pain, which radiates down the back towards the foot or ankle.Most attacks occur when the discs that cushion the bones of the spine begin to bulge or move out of position (known as 'slipping'), pressing on the nerve and triggering inflammation.
Thursday, 19 February 2015 00:00

Online Interventions Aid Rheumatoid Arthritis Patients Featured

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Web-based interventions including social support groups and gamification can help rheumatoid arthritis (RA) patients, according to research published in the Journal of Medical Internet Research in January. Researchers from the University of Lugano in Switzerland explored 5 prongs of web based interventions in order to observe the effects on RA patients. The interventions included online social support features and gamification – application of game design principles to non game related tasks and functions, used to improve user engagement and self contribution – on physical activity, health care utilization, medication overuse, empowerment, and RA knowledge of the patients. A total of 155 patients were included in the study and were recruited into 1 of 4 experimental conditions. Data was collected through identical questionnaires at baseline, at 2 months post test, and after an additional 2 months of follow up.