Juvenile Arthritis

Children with juvenile inflammatory arthritis more prone to type 1 diabetes, says study

girls-739071_1920 copyA new study involving more than 9,000 patients has shown that type 1 diabetes occurs more frequently in children with Juvenile Inflammatory Arthritis (JIA) than in the general population.

The results of the study were presented at this year’s European League Against Rheumatism Annual Congress (EULAR 2016) where it was stated that a better understanding of this link between diabetes and JIA may lead to new preventative and therapeutic interventions in both diseases. Continue reading

World’s first ibuprofen patch delivers pain relief directly through skin

ibuprofen, pain relief, patch, arthtitis digest magazineAn ibuprofen patch that delivers the drug directly through skin to exactly where it is needed at a consistent dose rate, has been invented in the UK. A team from the University of Warwick found a way to incorporate significant amounts of ibuprofen (up to 30% weight) into the polymer matrix that sticks the patch to the patient’s skin with the drug then being delivered at a steady rate over up to 12 hours. Continue reading

New childhood arthritis therapies recommended in draft NICE guidance

juvenile idiopathic arthritis, childhood arthritis, new drugs, new therapies, arthritis digest magazine A number of new juvenile idiopathic arthritis therapies have been provisionally recommended by the UK’s National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) for use within the NHS.

The final draft guidance says that abatacept (Orencia), adalimumab (Humira), etanercept (Enbrel) and tocilizumab (RoActemra) will be endorsed as an option for children and young people with arthritis. Continue reading

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