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Are disease-modifying anti-rheumatic drugs (DMARDs) a safe, long-term treatment for rheumatoid arthritis?

Posted by on Oct 18, 2017 in Rheumatoid Arthritis | 0 comments

In a nutshell This study analyzed the safety of disease-modifying anti-rheumatic drugs (DMARDs) for the treatment of rheumatoid arthritis (RA). They found that patients taking biological DMARDs had a higher risk of infections compared to synthetic DMARDs. Some background Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is an auto-immune condition which causes...

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Thromboembolism risk in patients with inflammatory conditions including rheumatoid arthritis

Posted by on Oct 3, 2017 in Rheumatoid Arthritis | 0 comments

In a nutshell This study investigated if there was a risk of thromboembolism (blood clots) in patients with rheumatoid arthritis, psoriasis or psoriatic arthritis. They found that patients with rheumatoid arthritis had a greater risk of thromboembolism. Some background Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is a condition that causes pain and inflammation in...

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Does delayed anti-TNF therapy increase the risk of total knee replacement in patients with rheumatoid arthritis?

Posted by on Sep 27, 2017 in Rheumatoid Arthritis | 0 comments

In a nutshell This study investigated if the timing of anti-tumor necrosis factor (TNF) therapy affected rates of knee replacement in patients with rheumatoid arthritis. They found that early intervention with anti-TNF therapy reduced the risk of total knee replacement (TKR) surgery. Some background Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is a condition where...

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Can Video Gaming Build Resilience? You Decide…

Can Video Gaming Build Resilience?   You Decide…

Posted by on Sep 20, 2017 in Blog, Breast cancer, Colorectal cancer, Hodgkin's lymphoma, Leukemia, Lung cancer, Lymphoma, Melanoma, Multiple Myeloma, Non-Hodgkin lymphoma, Prostate cancer, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Stroke | 0 comments

In the aftermath of Hurricanes Harvey and Irma, a recent news story discussed the mental health consequences of disasters. Researcher Jean Rhodes of University of Massachusetts Boston studied the mental health of young parents living in New Orleans before and after Hurricane Katrina. RISK- Resilience In Survivors of Katrina is the project’s name. An...

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Is tocilizumab a safe and effective treatment for early rheumatoid arthritis?

Posted by on Sep 10, 2017 in Rheumatoid Arthritis | 0 comments

In a nutshell This study investigated if tocilizumab (Actemra) monotherapy or combination therapy with methotrexate (Trexall) was safe and effective in the long-term for treating patients with early rheumatoid arthritis (RA). They found that the tocilizumab alone (monotherapy) and in combination with methotrexate was safe and effective at 2...

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Can low disease activity be maintained in early rheumatoid arthritis without adalimumab?

Posted by on Sep 10, 2017 in Rheumatoid Arthritis | 0 comments

In a nutshell This study investigated if low disease activity could be maintained in early rheumatoid arthritis following discontinuation of long-term adalimumab. They found that the majority of patients that discontinued adalimumab maintained low disease activity after 3 years. Some background Rheumatoid arthritis is an autoimmune disease...

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Bisphosphonates increase bone density in patients with rheumatoid arthritis

Posted by on Jun 28, 2017 in Rheumatoid Arthritis | 0 comments

In a nutshell This study investigated the effects of bisphosphonate on bone mineral density (BMD) in patients with rheumatoid arthritis (RA). The authors concluded that bisphosphonates significantly improved BMD in the spine in RA patients over a 3-year period. Some background Patients with rheumatoid arthritis (RA) can experience ongoing pain,...

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The effect of smoking on mortality risk in RA patients – a 36-year follow-up

Posted by on May 25, 2017 in Rheumatoid Arthritis | 0 comments

In a nutshell This study examined the effect of smoking habits on mortality rates in women with rheumatoid arthritis (RA) over 36 years. The authors concluded that women who quit smoking entirely within 4 years of diagnosis of RA had reduced mortality rates. RA patients who smoked more and for longer were at a significantly higher risk of mortality...

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