New drug ixekizumab (Taltz) may reduce ankylosing spondylitis symptoms

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ixekizumab,Taltz, ankylosing spondylitis, back pain, spine arthritisIxekizumab (Taltz) appears to improve the signs and symptoms of ankylosing spondylitis compared with placebo says a press release from pharmaceutical company Eli Lilly. Continue reading

Mediterranean diet seems to reduce osteoporosis says new study

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Mediterranean diet, osteoporosis, bone loss, fracture diet, arthritis digest magazineEating a Mediterranean-type diet may reduce bone loss in people with osteoporosis according to the first long-term European clinical trial looking at the impact of a Mediterranean diet on bone health in older adults. Continue reading

Platelet rich plasma injection of the knee reduces symptoms of osteoarthritis – new review

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platelet rich plasma, hyaluronic acid, knee injection, knee arthritis, knee pain, arthritis digest magazineAn injection of platelet rich plasma may be an effective alternative treatment for people with knee osteoarthritis, especially when it is mild, says a review of the evidence published in Arthritis Research & Therapy. Continue reading

Anticonvulsant drugs ineffective for lower back pain and can cause harm

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anticonvulsant, back pain drug, back pain treatment, back arthritis, arthritis digest magazineAnticonvulsant drugs are increasingly used to treat lower back pain in some countries, but a new study in the Canadian Medical Association Journal has found they are ineffective and can have negative side effects, confirming the state of play in the UK. Continue reading

New drug Xeljanz approved for treatment of psoriatic arthritis in EU

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Xeljanz, psoriatic arthritis, new arthritis drug, arthritis diget magazine Twice-daily 5mg doses of tofacitinib citrate (Xeljanz) in combination with methotrexate, has been approved by the European Commission for adult patients with psoriatic arthritis who have had an inadequate response or who are intolerant to a prior disease-modifying antirheumatic drug. Continue reading

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