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2012-01-27 11:19:44

Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is a chronic inflammatory disease where the body begins to attack the joints and organs of the body. Proteins within inflamed joints are often modified by citrullination, a process that converts the protein building block arginine into citrulline. These two amino acids have very different physical properties and consequently conversion can result in aberrant changes in the three-dimensional structure of an affected protein. New research published in BioMed Central's...

2011-11-07 16:37:27

In a study to be published online Nov. 6 in Nature Medicine, investigators at the Stanford University School of Medicine have shown that the development of osteoarthritis is in great part driven by low-grade inflammatory processes. This is at odds with the prevailing view attributing the condition to a lifetime of wear and tear on long-suffering joints. "It's a paradigm change," said William Robinson, MD, PhD, the study's senior author, of the implication of the findings. "People in the...

2011-11-07 11:39:14

X-ray images known as CT scans can help confirm gout in patients who are suspected of having the painful condition but receive negative results from traditional tests, a Mayo Clinic study has found. The type of CT scan analyzed, dual-energy computed tomography, is also valuable for diagnosing people who cannot be tested with the typical method of drawing fluid from joints, researchers found. The study is being presented at the American College of Rheumatology annual scientific meeting in...

2011-10-26 13:04:55

Site-specific platform releases medicine over time, requiring fewer injections for patients A novel study demonstrates that using nanoparticles to deliver osteoarthritis drugs to the knee joint could help increase the retention of the drug in the knee cavity, and therefore reduce the frequency of injections patients must receive. This research is being presented Oct. 23 — 27 at the 2011 American Association of Pharmaceutical Scientists (AAPS) Annual Meeting and Exposition in...

2011-10-21 13:35:16

OA of the knee burden higher in African-Americans while hand OA lower than Caucasians New research suggests African Americans have a higher burden of multiple, large-joint osteoarthritis (OA), and may not be recognized based on the current definition of "generalized OA." African Americans were also more likely to have knee OA, but less likely to be affected by hand OA than Caucasians according to the findings reported today in Arthritis & Rheumatism, a peer-reviewed journal of the...

2011-07-18 12:31:00

ST. LOUIS, July 18, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Arthritis does not discriminate by age, a little-known fact for many parents. While most of us think of arthritis as a condition that affects older people only, nearly 300,000 American children develop the disease, which is often known as juvenile rheumatoid arthritis. Childhood arthritis can affect kids from six months to 16 years old, according to KidsHealth.org. Symptoms of childhood arthritis include swollen joints that stay inflamed for...


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