Selenium, zinc and copper may be involved in development of rheumatoid arthritis

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arthritis metal, arthritis zinc, arthritis selenium, arthritis copper, arthritis digestLower levels of selenium and zinc tend to be recorded in people with rheumatoid arthritis along with increased copper levels, scientists report in Journal of Trace Elements in Medicine and Biology, suggesting the metals may have a role in the development of the disease. Continue reading

Future rheumatoid arthritis treatment could focus on DMARDs over methotrexate

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DMARDs, rheumatoid arthritis, methotrexate, arthritis digest, arthritis magazineThe role of disease-modifying antirheumatic drugs (DMARDs) may evolve even further in rheumatoid arthritis treatment after a review of the evidence is published by the European League against Rheumatism. Continue reading

Hormone replacement therapy, osteoporosis and breast cancer risk: expert analysis

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hormone replacement therapy, bone health, fracture, menopause, breast cancer, osteoporosis HRTThe risk of breast cancer when using hormone replacement therapy (HRT) is higher than previously thought and continues when HRT is stopped, says a report in The Lancet. But Royal Osteoporosis Society experts say that HRT still has an important role to play in osteoporosis care. Continue reading

Chemical found in soap and toothpaste – triclosan – linked to osteoporosis in women

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triclosan, osteoporosis, toothpaste, bone health, royal osteoporosis societyTriclosan – an antibacterial and antifungal chemical – is added to some soaps, toothpastes and cosmetics to reduce or prevent the growth of bacteria and fungi. Continue reading

Access social support networks to improve bone health suggests new research

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bone health, social support, psychosocial stress, osteoporosis supportBone health may be affected by poor quality social relationships, suggests a new study in the Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health, but specialists from the Royal Osteoporosis Society say there isn’t enough evidence to be sure this is true. Continue reading

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