Insomnia increases severity of fibromyalgia symptoms – new research

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fibromyalgia, depression, riskInsomnia seems to exacerbate fibromyalgia symptoms, reveals new research in the Clinical Journal of Pain, highlighting the need to nail a good night’s sleep when possible. Continue reading

Gout management may be better under nurse-led care

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gout education, gout treatment, gout information, gout support, arthritis digestKeeping people fully informed and involving them in decisions about their care can result in more  successful management of gout, says a new study funded by Versus Arthritis. Continue reading

Herbal supplement kratom unsafe says new research

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kratom, arthritis supplementIn the last issue of Arthritis Digest we reported that a herb called kratom is increasingly being used to manage pain and treat opioid addiction, despite a lack of research about if it works and if it’s safe. Now a new study in Pharmacotherapy reveals that kratom does indeed appear to be unsafe, so readers are advised to steer clear for the foreseeable. Continue reading

Early treatment of rheumatoid arthritis is key says evidence

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early treatment rheumatoid arthritis, rheumatoid arthritis future, RA risk, RA support Treating rheumatoid arthritis early may allow safer and cheaper therapies to work, as once full-blown rheumatoid arthritis has developed, very powerful medications are usually needed to control the disease. Continue reading

People with gout have low expectations of treatment

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gout treatment, gout medication, gout information, gout arthritis, gout supportA new survey suggests that people with gout are satisfied with their treatment despite inadequate disease management. Speaking at the Annual European Congress of Rheumatology, the team that did the research across 14 European countries reports that gout is being diagnosed late, is not well controlled and is not regularly monitored. Continue reading

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