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2012-05-03 19:03:15

The American College of Rheumatology (ACR) has issued newly created guidelines for the screening, treatment, and management of lupus nephritis–a severe manifestation of systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) where the disease attacks the kidneys. Previously, only general guidelines for SLE existed for clinicians. The guidelines, available today in Arthritis Care & Research, are specific to lupus nephritis and include methods for identifying renal disease, newer therapies, and treatment...

2012-05-03 06:26:44

ATLANTA, May 3, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- May is Arthritis Action Month - a time when Americans across the country are lacing up their walking shoes to join the fight against the nation's leading cause of disability. Through June, several hundred cities across the country will host an Arthritis Walk, an annual event held by the Arthritis Foundation to raise funds to fight arthritis and spread the message that regular movement can help prevent and treat arthritis. More than just aches and pains,...

2012-05-02 02:28:03

ST PAUL, Minn., May 2, 2012 /PRNewswire-iReach/ -- The most common models for evaluating skin-related inflammation are time consuming and expensive. While they provide valuable data, they don't allow for rapid and cost effective evaluation of therapeutics earlier in the preclinical pipeline. In response to this need for more convenient and cost effective models, researchers (Van der Fits et al, 2009) developed a model using Imiquimod (IMQ) to induce psoriasis-like inflammation. (Photo:...

2012-05-01 10:25:38

NEW YORK, May 1, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Lupus Awareness Month starts today and the push is on to be on the look-out for this disease. If you often feel tired and achy, ask your healthcare professional if it could be lupus. And if you're a doctor faced with a patient describing these symptoms, don't dismiss her. Too often, lupus is not considered by either patients or healthcare professionals. That's why the Lupus Research Institute (LRI) asks young women, patients, providers and the general...

2012-05-01 11:40:28

High-dose steroids found to significantly increase infection risk Children with juvenile idiopathic arthritis (JIA) have higher rates of hospitalized bacterial infection than children without JIA according to an observational study appearing in Arthritis & Rheumatism, a journal published by Wiley-Blackwell on behalf of the American College of Rheumatology (ACR). The findings show that the risk of infection among JIA patients was significantly increased with use of high-dose...

2012-05-01 06:27:43

ATLANTA, May 1, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Arthritis Foundation commences national Arthritis Action Month today by challenging Americans to begin taking steps to reduce the burden of arthritis, the nation's leading cause of disability. Throughout the month, the Foundation aims to dispel common myths, highlight warning signs, and educate people on early actions that can protect joints and stave off arthritis. Arthritis is an umbrella term for more than 100 diseases. It...

2012-05-01 06:27:08

Cycling Across America to Raise Scleroderma Awareness and Research Funds DANVERS, Mass., May 1, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Twenty-two-year-old Wade Dauberman will do everything he can to raise awareness of scleroderma, a rare disease that took the life of his father two years ago. Wade begins the bike ride of a lifetime on Sunday, May 6. He leaves the Florida Institute of Technology (FIT) the day after graduation and embarks on a 4,700-mile solo bike trek across the United...

One-third of adult Americans with arthritis battle anxiety or depression
2012-04-30 07:30:23

Anxiety more common than depression among people with arthritis Researchers from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) found that one-third of U.S. adults with arthritis, 45 years and older, report having anxiety or depression. According to findings that appear today in Arthritis Care & Research, a journal published by Wiley-Blackwell on behalf of the American College of Rheumatology (ACR), anxiety is nearly twice as common as depression among people with arthritis,...

2012-04-26 09:19:43

Obesity and the painful autoimmune disorder rheumatoid arthritis are each becoming more common, raising a logical question: Could one have something to do with the other? For women, it appears there is a link, Mayo Clinic researchers say. They studied hundreds of patients and found a history of obesity puts women at significant risk of developing rheumatoid arthritis. Their findings are published online in the American College of Rheumatology journal Arthritis Care & Research. In...

2012-04-25 10:25:03

MISSION VIEJO, Calif., April 25, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Lifescript.com, a women's health and wellness website headquartered in Mission Viejo, Calif., has launched a new Rheumatoid Arthritis Health Center designed to help women treat and reduce symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis. Rheumatoid arthritis (RA), a chronic inflammatory autoimmune disease that affects 1%-3% of women in the United States, is on the rise. And women are three times as likely to get RA as men, according to the...