Tag Archive 'Arthritis'

What is Gout?

Amplify’d from www.nlm.nih.gov Gout is a common, painful form of arthritis. It causes swollen, red, hot and stiff joints. Gout occurs when uric acid builds up in your blood. This happens if your body produces extra acid or does not eliminate enough, or if you eat too many foods with purines, such as liver and [...]

Tai Chi Can Provide Arthritis Relief

Amplify’d from www.nlm.nih.gov Arthritis patients may gain physical and emotional relief from the ancient Chinese art of Tai Chi, finds a new study, the largest of its kind. Patients with osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis and fibromyalgia felt better and moved more easily after taking twice-weekly classes in Tai Chi, a system of meditative exercise, researchers found. [...]

Osteoarthritis Pain May Be Helped With Bracing

Amplify’d from www.nlm.nih.gov Wearing a brace can help people with osteoarthritis better manage their pain, the Arthritis Foundation says. The foundation mentions these possible benefits of bracing, which can improve pain and mobility: Improve stability in weakened joints. Improve distribution of weight and joint alignment. Improve joint function. Improve a person’s risk of falling, providing [...]

New Drug Helping Treatment-Resistant Arthritis

Amplify’d from arthritis.webmd.com An experimental rheumatoid arthritis treatment helps two-thirds of patients getting too little relief from methotrexate. The drug, from a company called Rigel, is R788 or fostamatinib disodium. The oral drug targets an enzyme called Syk. Nobody is exactly sure of the role Syk plays in rheumatoid arthritis. But there’s an overabundance of [...]

Eating Broccoli May Guard Against Arthritis

Amplify’d from www.medicalnewstoday.com Scientists at the University of East Anglia (UEA) are launching a groundbreaking new project to investigate the benefits of broccoli in the fight against osteoarthritis. Initial laboratory research at UEA has found that a compound in broccoli called sulforaphane blocks the enzymes that cause joint destruction in osteoarthritis the most common form [...]

Arthritis and the Feet

Amplify’d from www.apma.org Arthritis is a frequent component of complex diseases that may involve more than 100 identifiable disorders. If the feet seem more susceptible to arthritis than other parts of the body, it is because each foot has 33 joints that can be afflicted, and there is no way to avoid the pain of [...]

Gout: New Drug & Old Favorites May Reduce Risk

Gout is a painful joint condition caused by high levels of uric acid in the blood resulting in deposition of fine crystals in the joints. The most common presentation of gout is the sudden onset of intense pain, redness and swelling of the great toe joint at night or during sleep. The prevalence of gout [...]

Cartilage Implants Help Damaged Joints

Chondrocytes are cartilage cells and when there is significant cartilage damage, the cells have difficulty regenerating. Autologous chondrocyte implantation means that cartilage cells are removed from your own joint and then grown in a lab and implanted into the damaged area of the joint. This study shows promising results over the long term. More on [...]

Alcohol, Obesity & High Blood Pressure Increase Gout Risk in Women

Gout is a painful joint condition caused by elevated levels of uric acid which result in the deposition of needle like crystals in the joints. The uric acid precipitates in the coolest areas of the body, which makes the great toe a common areas for gouty attacks. Gout is more common in men than women, [...]

Electromagnetic Therapy Improves Arthritis

In a new study at Henry Ford Hospital System, electromagnetic pulses were shown to significantly decrease pain and inflammation associated with knee arthritis. Thirty-four patients were randomly divided into two groups and given either an active pulse-emitting coil to place around their knee or an inactive coil. During the study period, the patients were instructed [...]

Ankle Joint Implant

Ankle joint replacements are becoming more common with almost 4,500 patients expecting to undergo ankle joint replacement this year. The most common reason for ankle joint replacement is arthritis. Social Bookmarking OptionsBlinklistBloglinesBlogmarksDiggdel.icio.usFacebookFurlMa.gnoliaNewsVineRedditStumbleUponTechnorati

Exercise Increases Risk of Arthritis in Middle Aged Men & Women

A new study presented at the 95th Scientific Assembly and Annual Meeting of the Radiology Society of North America found that men and women between the ages of 45 to 65 who participate in high impact sporting activities are at higher risk of developing knee osteoarthritis than those participating in low impact activities. Osteoarthritis is [...]

Combination Therapy Increases Work Productivity in RA

Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is a chronic disease which causes joint inflammation and joint damage. This results in joint pain and stiffness in many body joints, but particularly in the joints of the hands and feet. There is no cure for RA, but many new treatments have emerged to manage the disease more effectively. A recent [...]

Joint Pain Linked to Insomnia

A study recently published online in the Journal of Clinical Sleep Medicine found that improving sleep, improves joint pain associated with osteoarthritis. The study evaluated 51 patients with osteoarthritis over a period of a year. The participants were divided into two groups, a study group and a control group. The study group underwent an eight [...]

Orthotics Help Hallux Limitus

Hallux limitus is a condition of limited motion at the great toe joint. When the great toe (hallux) has limited range of motion, the result is jamming of the joint. The repetitive jamming causes damage to the cartilage resulting in arthritis. The jamming also contributes to the development of spurring around the joint. The most [...]

Methotrexate for Early Treatment of RA

A study in The Lancet found that treating patients with early rheumatoid arthritis with a short course of methotrexate, followed by a TNF antagonist (such as infliximab) could prevent over-treatment, reduce side effects and costs. This finding was for those patients who had an inadequate response to methotrexate alone. Other drugs are commonly used, such [...]

Being Overweight Increases Risk of Arthritis

The risk of developing osteoarthritis increases with weight gain. Researchers at Boston University School of Medicine followed 336 overweight patients without osteoarthritis for 30 months. At the end of the study period 20% of the patients had some loss of cartilage in Social Bookmarking OptionsBlinklistBloglinesBlogmarksDiggdel.icio.usFacebookFurlMa.gnoliaNewsVineRedditStumbleUponTechnorati

S.T.A.R. ® Ankle Replacement Device Approved by FDA

The SBi S.T.A.R.® total ankle replacement was approved by the FDA to replace painful, arthritic ankle joints due to osteoarthritis, post-traumatic arthritis or rheumatoid arthritis. Small Bone Innovations, Inc. (SBi) notes that the S.T.A.R. ® Ankle has been in development for over 30 years and the current design has been implanted in over 15,200 patients [...]

Platlet-Rich Plasma May Help Cartilage Defects

An osteochondral defect is a localized area of the joint where both the cartilage and underlying bone have been damaged. The joint surface develops a well defined crater-like defect which extends down to the underlying bone. Osteochondral defects have been classically associated with trauma, but new research suggests metabolic or genetic causes may play a [...]

New Implant Helps Cartilage Grow

In a collaborative effort between engineers at MIT and researchers at the University of Cambridge, a new resorbable medical device has emerged. Chondromimetic is a porous implant designed to encourage the body’s natural healing mechanisms to stimulate the repair of damaged joint surfaces caused by degenerative diseases, such as osteoarthritis. Chondromimetic contains biocompatible materials, such [...]

Stiletto Heels: 10 Foot Problems

Part I of a Three Part Series on High Heels A stiletto heel is the name for a type of heel on a woman’s shoe or boot. The heel is long and thin and named after the stiletto dagger of the same shape, which was a dress dagger for the upper class in the 17th [...]

Inhibiting Proteins To Prevent Arthritis

Osteoarthritis is a degenerative disease of the joints resulting from the biochemical breakdown of articular cartilage. Most people think of arthritis as a result of wear and tear on the joints. This is partially true as abnormal body mechanics can cause stress on the joints resulting in cartilage erosion. But, there is a biochemical component [...]

Increased BMI Increases Joint Replacement Risk

A research team at Monash University, Melbourne, Australia, conducted a prospective study evaluating the association between body mass and joint replacement risk in 32,023 healthy volunteers. The researchers found that there was a three to four fold increased risk of joint replacement in individuals with greater body weight, greater percentage fat mass and overall greater [...]

Guidelines For People with RA

The National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) and the National Collaborating Centre for Chronic Conditions, a specialty health authority in the UK, will issue guidelines on February 25, 2009 to help identify, manage and treat rheumatoid arthritis. Around 400,000 people in the UK and about 2.5 million Americans have rheumatoid arthritis. Social Bookmarking [...]

Juvenile idiopathic arthritis

Juvenile idiopathic arthritis is a subset of arthritis seen in children. The arthritis may be transient and run a limited course or it may be chronic. Idiopathic means arising from an unknown cause. Symptoms of juvenile idiopathic arthritis are often general and include lethargy, fatigue and reduced desire for physical activity. The first sign of [...]