Regular exercise helps older people maintain mobility and independence

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exercise, age, disability, mobility, arthritis digest magazineOlder people who took part in an exercise programme had 25% less time suffering major disability compared to those who did not exercise, says research in the Annals of Internal Medicine. Continue reading

Fibromyalgia recognised as long-term condition in Northern Ireland

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fibromyalgia, northern ireland, chronic pain, arthritis digest magazineFibromyalgia has finally been recognised as a long-term condition in Northern Ireland, brining it in line with NHS Choices in England and Scotland. Continue reading

Clazakizumab shows promise in psoriatic arthritis

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Clazakizumab, psoriatic arthritis, new drug, arthritis digest magazineA new drug called clazakizumab has performed well in a study of people with psoriatic arthritis, according to results published in Arthritis & Rheumatology.

Clazakizumab is an anti-interleukin-6 monoclonal antibody. Continue reading

Cognitive behavioural therapy improves sleep in people with chronic pain – new study

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cognitive behavourial therapy, CBT, chronic pain, fibromyalgia, back pain, arthritis pain, arthritis digest magazinePeople with painful conditions such as arthritis and fibromyalgia could get a better night’s sleep through cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT), says research in the Journal of Clinical Sleep Medicine.

A team from the University of Warwick developed a scale that measures beliefs about pain and sleep, and examined overall quality of sleep in four groups of people who had long-term pain and bad sleeping patterns. Continue reading

Exercise improves sleep and reduces physical fatigue levels in women with fibromyalgia

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Milnacipran, Savella, fibromyalgia, sleepResistance exercise helps decrease physical fatigue in women with fibromyalgia and boosts sleep, according to a study published in Arthritis Research & Therapy.
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