Study suggests steroid treatments for rheumatoid arthritis could be safer in future

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syringe-30012_1280 copyA new study, published in Science Translational Medicine, suggests steroid treatment for conditions such as rheumatoid arthritis could be made safer in future. These findings come following the discovery of a new therapeutic approach with a lower risk of side effects. Continue reading

Foods rich in antioxidants could reduce risk of hip osteoarthritis, says study

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almond-21502_1920 copyA new study, conducted by researchers at Monash University and the University of Melbourne in Australia, has indicated that eating foods which are rich in antioxidants could be an effective way of reducing the risk of developing hip osteoarthritis. Continue reading

Could mindfulness be effective in treating lower back pain?

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the-stones-263661_1920 copy 2A new study has compared mindfulness-based stress reduction (MBSR) with usual care and cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) for long-term non-specific back pain. Continue reading

Extra-low dose combination of two drugs reduces disease activity and cardiovascular events in RA patients

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medic-563423_1920 copy 2Immunotherapy reduces cardiovascular risk in patients with rheumatoid arthritis, according to research presented at Frontiers in CardioVascular Biology (FCVB) 2016 by Prof Aida Babaeva, head of the Department of Internal Medicine, Volgograd State Medical University, Volgograd, Russia. The combination of two extra-low dose anticytokine drugs reduced rheumatoid arthritis disease activity and cardiovascular events. Continue reading

Air pollution exposure may worsen lupus in children, says study

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smoke-258786_1920 copy 2The results of a study presented at the recent European League Against Rheumatism Annual Congress (EULAR 2016) show for the first time that an individual’s exposure to air pollution may have a direct role in triggering disease activity as well as airway inflammation in children and adolescents with Systemic Lupus Erythematosus (SLE). This study, conducted in Brazil, has confirmed a direct link between an individual’s personal exposure to fine pollution particles and their lupus disease activity. Continue reading

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