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2012-07-08 06:21:15

MANHASSET, N.Y., July 8, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Researchers at The Feinstein Institute for Medical Research have discovered that inflammation could be treated by targeting a molecule called the double-stranded RNA dependent protein kinase (PKR). These findings are published in the July issue of Nature. "Inflammation is necessary for maintaining good health, but when unchecked, it can play a part in a wide array of human diseases, such as arthritis, colitis and sepsis," said Scott...

2012-07-06 06:49:57

(Ivanhoe Newswire) — Shingles is a painful skin rash caused by inflammation of the skin, usually after someone has had chickenpox. Shingles is more detrimental to the elderly, and can lead to further complications. Although some have suggested that patients receiving medication for immune-mediated diseases such as rheumatoid arthritis or psoriasis may be at increased risk of herpes zoster (HZ; shingles) shortly after receipt of the vaccine, an analysis that included nearly 20,000...

2012-07-05 10:24:19

Scientists at the University of East Anglia (UEA) have discovered a 'constant cloud' of potent inflammatory molecules surrounding the cells responsible for diseases such as thickening of the arteries and rheumatoid arthritis. Published online today by The Journal of Cell Science, the findings could eventually lead to new treatments for chronic inflammatory diseases. Cardiovascular disease arising from atherosclerosis (thickening of the arteries) kills around 17 million people worldwide...

2012-07-04 23:17:19

Although some have suggested that patients receiving medication for immune-mediated diseases such as rheumatoid arthritis or psoriasis may be at increased risk of herpes zoster (HZ; shingles) shortly after receipt of the vaccine, an analysis that included nearly 20,000 vaccinated Medicare beneficiaries finds that the live zoster vaccine is not associated with an increased risk of HZ shortly after vaccination in patients currently treated with biologics, and that it is associated with a...

2012-07-02 21:40:47

In the realm of deadly and disabling diseases, conditions such as cancer and Alzheimer's seem to attract the most media attention. But there are others that take a similarly high toll, and rheumatoid arthritis is one of them, Mayo Clinic researchers say. It is a common cause of disability: 1 of every 5 rheumatoid arthritis patients is unable to work two years after diagnosis, and within five years, that rises to one-third. Life expectancy drops by up to five years, they write in the July...

2012-07-02 02:23:37

ANAHEIM, Calif., July 2, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Questcor Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (NASDAQ: QCOR) announced today that executive management will present at the JMP Securities Healthcare Conference in New York on July 13, 2012 at 8:00 a.m. PT / 11:00 a.m. ET. A live webcast and subsequent archived replay of the presentation will be accessible at http://ir.questcor.com/events.cfm. The replay will be available for approximately 90 days after the event. About Questcor...

2012-07-02 06:07:56

(Ivanhoe Newswire) -- Pain, swelling, and loss of function in your joints are all symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis, but did you know that this condition is also the cause of unemployment? Approximately 1.3 million people in the United States suffer from Rheumatoid Arthritis. A new study is showing how these numbers directly relate to unemployment. In rheumatoid arthritis, the immune system assaults tissue, causing swollen and tender joints and sometimes involves other organs. 1 of every 5...

2012-06-28 15:05:30

Researchers at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine have created the first animal model that spontaneously develops rheumatoid arthritis (RA) and is predisposed towards atherosclerosis, or hardening of the arteries. This model is considered of critical importance because patients with RA are at increased risk for heart attack and other premature cardiovascular events, but scientists don't know why. "Generally, people with RA die because of cardiovascular disease," said...

2012-06-28 06:28:46

ATLANTA, June 28, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Arthritis Foundation applauds the Supreme Court's decision to uphold the Affordable Care Act (ACA). Although it limits the Medicaid expansion provision, it is positive news for the 50 million Americans with arthritis who have already benefited from some key insurance reforms and patient protections since the ACA's passage in 2010. Some of these key reforms and patient protections have: Prohibited insurance companies...

2012-06-28 06:27:58

NEW YORK, June 28, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- The Lupus Research Institute (LRI) is strongly encouraged with today's bipartisan U.S. Supreme Court ruling upholding virtually the entire Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act signed into law by President Barack Obama in 2010. This historic decision is greatly welcomed news for the 1.5 million Americans living with lupus. In upholding the Act, the Court supported principles the LRI and its National Coalition of patient organizations had...