Sjogren’s syndrome

Discovery of a molecular switch to stop inflammation?

switch off inflammationA molecular switch – MYSM1 – may be able to suppress the overreaction of the immune system and could prevent inflammatory diseases experts claim in Immunity.

Although the immune system is vital for protection and healing, it can overreact causing chronic inflammatory diseases, such as rheumatoid arthritis. Continue reading

Over 10% of US adults live in chronic pain says new analysis of data

chronic pain statistics arthritis digest magazineMost adults in the US have experienced some level of pain, from brief to more lasting (chronic) pain, and from relatively minor to more severe pain, say a new analysis of data from the 2012 National Health Interview Survey (NHIS). And an estimated 25.3 million adults (11.2%) experience chronic pain, ie pain every day for the preceding three months. Continue reading

Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) may inhibit ovulation after just 10 days

NSAID fertility ovulation arthritisShort-term use of over-the-counter drugs could negatively impact fertility, according to a small study presented at the European League Against Rheumatism Annual Congress.
A total of 39 nine women of childbearing age who have back pain took part in the study, and received diclofenac (100mg once daily), naproxen (500mg twice daily) and etoricoxib (90mg once daily) or placebo. Continue reading

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