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Osteoarthritis to affect 1bn people by 2050, predicts global study

Researchers have estimated that by 2050, osteoarthritis – which affects 15% of the global population over 30 – will have affected nearly 1bn people,...

Chronic shortage of rheumatologists in SA

Contrary to recommendations that there should be two to four rheumatologists for every 100 000 adults, South Africa had only 85 for a total...

VEXAS syndrome more dangerous than thought – US data analysis

A recently discovered inflammatory disease known as VEXAS syndrome is more common, variable and dangerous than previously understood, according to results of a retrospective...

Covid jab response reduced in lupus patients – Johns Hopkins study

Patients with systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) showed reduced antibody responses after Covid-19 vaccination, with researchers involved in a recent study saying drugs for the...

Phase two clinical trials for promising lupus treatment

The results of promising research from a drug company will provide hope to the more than 5m people worldwide (90% of whom are women)...

Vegan diet linked to fewer rheumatoid arthritis symptoms in women – Small study

A small study of women suggests that adopting a low-fat vegan diet and then eliminating remaining trigger foods may dramatically reduce symptoms of rheumatoid...

Vitamin D and Omega-3 supplementation reduced autoimmune disease – VITAL trial

Vitamin D supplementation for five years reduced autoimmune disease by 22%, while taking both vitamin D and omega-3 fatty acid supplements decreased autoimmune disease by...

Hydroxychloroquine linked to less heart risk in rheumatoid arthritis and lupus

Hydroxychloroquine has been linked with a significantly decreased risk for cardiovascular events, including venous thromboembolic events, among patients with rheumatoid arthritis (RA) or systemic...

No link between physical activity and knee osteoarthritis — Meta-analysis

Investigators did not find any link between the amount and duration of physical activity with individuals’ risk of developing knee osteoarthritis, found a long-term...

Long-haul COVID-19 cases cast new light on chronic fatigue sufferers

The post-exertional malaise displayed by patients who have not recovered from COVID is a common symptom among patients who have not recovered from COVID....

Less sleep may harm bone health in women

Research in post-menopausal women has found that those who slept for no longer than 5 hours per night were most likely to have lower...

Stimulation of vagus nerve to treat rheumatoid arthritis pain

Electro-stimulation of one of the nerves connecting the brain to the body, the vagus nerve, could provide a novel treatment approach for patients with...

Task-related cerebral blood flow changes in ME/CFS

Cerebral blood flow in associated with memory, goal-oriented attention, and visual function was differentially associated with recovery from fatigue in myalgic encephalomyelitis/chronic fatigue syndrome...

Fish oil may reduce pain in osteoarthritis – UK meta-analysis

One gram of fish oil a day could help reduce the pain of patients with osteoarthritis, a large University of Surrey meta-analysis found. In the...

Bacteria in milk and beef could trigger rheumatoid arthritis

A strain of bacteria commonly found in milk and beef may be a trigger for developing rheumatoid arthritis in people who are genetically at...

Vitamin D may help prevent onset of inflammatory diseases

Maintaining sufficient vitamin D levels may help to prevent the onset of inflammatory diseases like rheumatoid arthritis, British research has discovered. The research also found...

Rheumatoid arthritis link to increased COPD risk

Rheumatoid arthritis may increase the risk of developing chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). The findings indicate that greater vigilance may be needed to protect...

New drug reduces gout flares

Researchers report that the drug febuxostat reduced gout flares in a double-blind, placebo-controlled study of 314 adults with early gout. Febuxostat treatment also reduced...

Contraceptive pill link to lower rheumatoid arthritis risk

Taking the contraceptive pill, particularly for seven or more consecutive years, is linked to a lowered risk of developing rheumatoid arthritis, finds US-Swedish research. But...

Another oral treatment option for rheumatoid arthritis patients

Following non-response by rheumatoid arthritis patients to the standard anti-rheumatic agent methotrexate, instead of a combined treatment of methotrexate and a biologic agent, a study...

New drug helps control symptoms in psoriatic arthritis patients

In a phase-3 clinical trial, patients with psoriatic arthritis for whom standard-of-care pharmaceutical treatments have provided no lasting relief, experienced a significant reduction in...

New drug has some success in rheumatoid arthritis

A new drug (sirukumab) is a promising treatment option for refractory rheumatoid arthritis patients, found multi-centre, multi-national study. Rheumatoid arthritis is one of the commonest and...