News on Arthritis and Gout

Arthritis is a group of conditions involving damage to the joints of the body.  There are different types of arthritis, each having a different cause. The most common form is osteoarthritis, a degenerative joint disease that is a result of trauma to the joint, infection of the joint or age.  Another type of arthritis is where the body attacks itself (autoimmune diseases).  Examples of this kind are rheumatoid arthritis and psoriatic arthritis.  Septic arthritis is caused by an infection of the joint.  Gouty arthritis is caused by deposition of uric acid crystals in the joint, which causes inflammation. There is also an uncommon form of gout called pseudogout that is caused by the formation of rhomboid crystals of calcium pyrophosphate.

 

08/16/2010 - News

How You Feel About Arthritis Affects Your Pain

If you suffer from joint pain due to arthritis, you know that your arthritis pain fluctuates over time and varies in location. Read more

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12/23/2009 - News

Botox for Osteoarthritis?

At the end of last year I posted a summary of all the good things Botox can do, or rather those that I had been able to find out. Read more

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11/06/2009 - News

Try Tai Chi for Knee Arthritis

Tai chi may help to reduce pain and improve physical function in people with knee arthritis, according to the results of a study published in the November 2009 issue of Arthritis Care and Research. Tai chi is a form of Chinese martial arts that uses slow rhythmic movements to encourage mental relaxation and improve balance. Now it seems that this traditional discipline is a reasonable treatment for older adults with arthritis of the knee. Read more

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09/17/2009 - News

Rheumatoid Arthritis Treatment Increases Cancer Risk

Rheumatoid arthritis is a disease that causes chronic inflammation of the joints, and it affects approximately 1.3 million adults in the United States, most of whom are over the age of 40. One of the most common treatments for rheumatoid arthritis is methotrexate. Read more

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08/11/2009 - News

FDA Updates Cancer Warnings for TNF Blockers

Last week, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued an alert requiring stronger warnings regarding the cancer risk associated with tumor necrosis factor (TNF) blockers, drugs used for the treatment of inflammatory diseases such as Crohn disease and juvenile rheumatoid arthritis. Read more

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07/25/2009 - News

Minimally invasive hip replacement gives good results

Patients having hip replacements through minimally invasive surgery can expect less pain, less blood loss and fewer complications than with a conventional operation. Read more

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07/15/2009 - News

Drink More Orange Juice to Prevent Gout

The painful symptoms of gout are caused by the deposition of uric acid crystals on the cartilage of joints, tendons, and surrounding tissues. Read more

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06/26/2009 - News

Arthroscopic Knee Surgery May Not Be Effective

Arthroscopic knee surgery does not necessarily benefit patients with moderate to severe osteoarthritis of the knee, according to a new study in the September 11, 2008 issues of the New England Journal of Medicine . Read more

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06/16/2009 - News

Rituximab Offers Hope for Rheumatoid Arthritis Patients

Up to 40% of patients who suffer from rheumatoid arthritis fail to achieve an adequate therapeutic response with tumor necrosis factor (TNF) inhibitors such as etanercept (marketed as Enbrel®), adalimumab (marketed as Humira®), or infliximab (marketed as Remicade®). Read more

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06/12/2009 - News

Prevention of Arthritis is Better Than Cure

An Australian study, published in Arthritis Research and Therapy, has shown the benefits of exercise in reducing or preventing the pain of osteoarthritis. Read more

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