Green tea compound may help combat rheumatoid arthritis

Green tea compound may help combat rheumatoid arthritisWashington, Feb 17 - A compound in green tea may offer a potential new approach to combating the joint pain, inflammation and tissue damage caused by rheumatoid arthritis.

The researchers confirmed their findings in a pre-clinical animal model of human rheumatoid arthritis, where they observed that ankle swelling in animals given the compound in a 10-day treatment plan was markedly reduced.

New `allergy-free` hip implant can help tackle arthritis

New `allergy-free` hip implant can help tackle arthritis London, Feb 8 : An "allergy-free" new hip implant has come to the rescue of the people living with arthritis, who might be allergic to traditional metal versions.

The hip implant is made from the same tough plastic used in high-voltage cable insulation be used in hip resurfacing procedures, where bone damaged by arthritis is capped rather than fully replaced, the Daily Mail reported.

Now, a jab that can help fight against arthritis

Now, a jab that can help fight against arthritisLondon, July 24 : Researchers have developed a new revolutionary procedure that could help prevent the disease ever striking in the first place.

The injection uses the technique that involves coating damaged cartilage with stem cells taken from a patient's own hip and mixed with surgical glue, the Daily Express reported.

Arthritis could be less painful with new synthetic oil

Arthritis could be less painful with new synthetic oilBoston, May 3 : Scientists have created a synthetic polymer that functions as a joint lubricant aimed at providing relief to arthritis patients, says a study.

A team of researchers led by a Boston University Biomedical Engineer has developed a new joint lubricant that could bring longer lasting relief to millions of osteoarthritis sufferers.

Why women are more susceptible to arthritis than men

Why women are more susceptible to arthritis than menLondon, November 16 : New genetic clues piecing together the arthritis puzzle of why more women succumb to the condition than men have been found by University of Manchester researchers, bringing potential treatments closer to reality.

Topical NSAIDs can help relieve arthritis pain

Topical NSAIDs can help relieve arthritis painWashington, September 23 : Applying topical non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) - in the form of creams, gels and patches - can provide relief from the pain associated osteoarthritis of the knees or hands, concludes a new review by The Cochrane Library.

Soaking in bath of salt water could ease agony of arthritis

Soaking in bath of salt water could ease agony of arthritis	London, September 21 : Scientists have a simple way to battle the agony of arthritis - soaking in a bath of salt water.

They say the saline solution reduces painful inflammation of the joints.

Even ordinary table salt in high concentrations can be used and, unlike conventional drugs, there are no unpleasant side effects.

New gene discovery could open way for new arthritis drugs

New gene discovery could open way for new arthritis drugsMelbourne/London, Sept 04 : Australian researchers, involving one of an Indian-origin, have identified a new gene that causes the severe form of osteoarthritis, which occurs when cartilage breaks down in a joint.

The breakthrough by the doctors at the Murdoch Children's Research Institute, Melbourne, could pave the way for new effective drugs that could treat arthritis and possibly other chronic pain conditions.

Molecular gatekeeper of arthritis identified

 Molecular gatekeeper of arthritis identifiedWashington, Sept 9 : Scientists have discovered that elimination of a molecular gatekeeper leads to the development of arthritis in mice.

The newly discovered gatekeeper is a protein that determines the fate - survival or death - of damaging cells that mistakenly attack the body''s own tissues and lead to autoimmune disorders such as arthritis.

Regular statin use ‘cuts rheumatoid arthritis risk’

Regular statin use ‘cuts rheumatoid arthritis risk’Washington, Sept 8 : A new study has revealed that taking statins reduces the risk of developing the chronic inflammatory disease, rheumatoid arthritis.

The researchers studied 1.8-million members of Maccabi Healthcare Services (a health maintenance organization [HMO]) in Israel to identify adults who regularly took statins and did not have rheumatoid arthritis.

Exercises that can help treat arthritis

Exercises that can help treat arthritisWashington, Aug 15 : Suffering from arthritis? Here are four types of exercises that may help you, say experts.

Experts claim that people with arthritis who exercise have less pain, more energy, improved sleep, and better day-to-day function.

Still, they tend to avoid exercising.

"People with arthritis avoid exercise for a number of reasons," explained Donna Everix of the Association of Rheumatology Health Professionals.

Rheumatoid arthritis patient numbers rise two-folds

Rheumatoid arthritis patient numbers rise two-folds The recent findings of a study have stated that rheumatoid arthritis (RA) patients have witnessed a two-fold increased risk of Myocardial Infarction (MI, heart attack) when compared to diabetes patients. It was through this 10 year study, RA and diabetes patients were directly compared to assess their individual risk of having an MI over time.

Cheers! Booze may help keep arthritis at bay

Cheers! Booze may help keep arthritis at bayWashington, June 17 : A new study suggests that alcohol consumption lowers risk of developing several arthritic conditions including Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA), Osteoarthritis (OA), reactive arthritis, psoriatic arthritis and spondylarthropathy.

Arthritis? Exercise for less pain

Washington, Jan 2 : Don't halt exercises just because you have aching knees and joints caused by arthritis.

People with arthritis who exercise regularly report less pain, says a new Mayo Clinic study.

Regular, modest exercise improves joint stability and strengthens muscles, says the study. It also improves mood, sleep, energy levels and day-to-day functioning.

When a person avoids exercise, joints become less mobile and the surrounding muscles shrink, causing increased fatigue and pain.

Antimalarial drug can help prevent diabetes in arthritis patients

DiabetesWashington, Oct 29: Antimalarial drug may help prevent the onset of diabetes in patients who have rheumatoid arthritis, a new research shows.

To reach the conclusion, boffins examined the records of 2,093 Geisinger patients who received treatment for rheumatoid arthritis from
2000 to 2008.

Education-exercise combo proves beneficial for arthritis patients

Washington, Oct 9: Adults with arthritis who receive exercise interventions, which include educational components, significantly increase patients'' activity levels and they experience improvements in pain and physical functioning, says a new study.

Conducted by University of Missouri researchers, the study found that patients with arthritis who learned exercise habits through physical activity interventions reported decreases in pain and increases in physical functioning, compared to patients who did not participate in interventions.

Pain is more a cause of arthritis than a symptom

Pain is more a cause of arthritis than a symptomWashington, Sept 30: Pain is not a symptom of arthritis, it is a cause of the condition, according to a new research.

The study led by University of Rochester Medical Centre suggests that pain signals originating in arthritic joints, and the biochemical processing of those signals as they reach the spinal cord, worsen and expand arthritis.

Working environment governs rheumatoid arthritis risk

Surgery Is Not Beneficial For Arthritis Patients    Washington, Sept 25 : It’s not just smoking and alcohol that are instrumental in increasing the risk of rheumatoid arthritis, working environment too plays a critical role, say researchers.

Scientists at Karolinska Institutet have revealed that working environment factors can also increase the odds of developing rheumatoid arthritis.

How rheumatoid arthritis causes bone loss

How rheumatoid arthritis causes bone lossWashington, Aug 21 : Researchers from University of Rochester Medical Centre have identified key details of how rheumatoid arthritis (RA) destroys bone.

In rheumatoid arthritis, the body''s disease-fighting immune cells mistakenly identify parts of a person''s body as foreign invaders, similar to bacteria, and produce chemicals to destroy them.

Coming soon, a jab that can spell the end of arthritis

ArthritisLondon, Aug 14: A single injection that can cure rheumatoid arthritis could be on sale within five years, claim British researchers.

Rheumatoid arthritis is a condition where the body''s immune system attacks the joints, unlike oestoarthritis, which is more like wear and tear of the joints.

Arthritis wonder drugs may hold key for many more diseases

Washington, July 18: Drugs that can help treat rheumatoid arthritis may hold the key to many more medical conditions, including atherosclerosis, say a group of researchers.

Atherosclerosis is a disease affecting arterial blood vessels that leads to heart disease.

Professor Marc Feldmann will tell scientists attending the 2008 Congress of European Pharmacological Societies (EPHAR) – hosted by the British Pharmacological Society – that drugs he and colleagues helped develop have already proved successful against other autoimmune diseases.

Heavy birthweight babies more likely to develop rheumatoid arthritis in adulthood

Washington, June 30: A new study has found that heavy birthweight babies, particularly female infants, are twice as likely to develop rheumatoid arthritis in adulthood as their average birthweight peers.

Researchers say that the findings support the fetal origin of disease theory, which argues that certain conditions and diseases in adult life are programmed by factors during the pregnancy.

New rheumatoid arthritis drug offers hope to thousands

London, Tocilizumab DrugsJune 16: Trials of a new medicine, called Tocilizumab, suggest that it is thrice as effective at halting the progression of rheumatoid arthritis as the standard therapy given to most patients.

The research also shows that the medicine can even benefit patients who are running out of treatment options.

Early life infections raise rheumatoid arthritis risk

Early life infections raise rheumatoid arthritis riskWashington, June 14 : A new study has found that infections during the first year of life may lead to an increased risk of developing specific types of arthritis later in life.

Regular tipple may cut arthritis risk by 50%

London, June 5 : A regular tipple cuts the risk of developing rheumatoid arthritis by up to 50 percent, according to a new study.

Researchers at Karolinska Institute came to the conclusion by assessing 2,750 people in two separate studies, which looked at environmental and genetic risk factors for rheumatoid arthritis.

Over half the participants (1650) had the disease and had been matched for age, sex, and residential locality with randomly selected members of the general public.

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