A protein found in tick saliva may soon be turned into a drug that eases both chronic pain and chronic itching. It is hoped that the protein – called Votucalis – could lead to a replacement for traditional painkillers, for example opioids, that can be ineffective, have serious side-effects and are addictive.
Gemma Mae Anderson, the song writer and singer whose rheumatoid arthritis inspired her first solo album discusses coming to terms with her diagnosis
Gemma Mae Anderson is from a tiny island within the Shetland Islands in Scotland. When she was 16 years old, along with her classmates Gemma had to move to mainland Shetland to complete her last two years of school. By then, she had been experiencing what she was told were “growing pains” but these became more significant while she was living away from home.
A protein naturally present in the gut acts on the microbiota and causes the formation of molecules that exacerbate the symptoms of autoimmune diseases, an international team reports in the Journal of Clinical Investigation – Insight.
Maintaining a healthy lifestyle is associated with a lower risk of developing rheumatoid arthritis says new research in Arthritis Care & Research.