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2010-07-30 13:39:02

Interaction of multiple brain networks provides insight into how pain occurs A recent study from researchers at Massachusetts General Hospital and University of Michigan provides the first direct evidence of linkage between elevated intrinsic (resting-state) brain connectivity and spontaneous pain intensity in patients with fibromyalgia (FM). This research shows an interaction of multiple brain networks, offering greater understanding of how pain arises. Details of the study appear online and...

2010-07-30 13:30:29

Reported cancers are uncommon in children, associated with immunosuppression The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) received reports of malignancies in children using tumor necrosis factor a (TNF) blockers, raising concerns of an associated risk and prompting an investigation. Researchers from the FDA set out to identify all reports of malignancy in children using infliximab, etanercept, and adalimumab and their report is published in the August issue of Arthritis & Rheumatism, a journal...

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2010-07-28 09:35:00

Consuming alcohol can both ease the symptoms and reduce the severity of rheumatoid arthritis, according to a new study published in today's online edition of Rheumatology. According to a July 27 press release, the study "looked at 873 patients with rheumatoid arthritis and compared them with 1004 people without RA (the control group). The researchers"¦ asked the two groups how frequently they had drunk alcohol in the month preceding their inclusion in the study. The study participants...

2010-07-06 14:07:55

Nearly 60 per cent of Ontarians with rheumatoid arthritis "” an autoimmune disease that causes chronic inflammation of the joints "” were not seen by a specialist within a one year period to treat the debilitating disease, according to a new study. Even more concerning is that women of child-bearing age are less likely to see a specialist than women 45 or older, say researchers from St. Michael's Hospital, the Institute for Clinical and Evaluative Sciences (ICES), and Women's...

2010-06-30 09:45:19

An immune cell known to cause chronic inflammation in autoimmune disorders has been identified as a possible culprit in low back pain associated with herniated discs, according to doctors at Duke University Medical Center. The finding implicates the cytokine molecule interleukin-17, and supports the burgeoning theory that an immune response plays a significant role in disc disease, says William J. Richardson, MD, an orthopedic surgeon at Duke. It may also open the door for new, therapeutic...

2010-06-30 08:00:00

BRISBANE, Australia, June 30 /PRNewswire/ -- Australian drug development company CBio Limited (ASX: CBZ) today announced the achievement of a recruitment milestone in its clinical trial of XToll, the potential new-generation drug therapy which could provide safer and more effective treatment of autoimmune diseases such as rheumatoid arthritis (RA). CBio Managing Director Jason Yeates said that the company was very pleased with recruitment levels achieved by the new clinical trial...

2010-06-24 14:50:49

Higher levels of antibodies may be linked to disease severity and progression University of Texas Medical Branch researchers have uncovered an association between free radical-mediated reactions and the severity and progression of system lupus erythematosus (SLE). Higher levels of oxidative and nitrosative stress markers were found in SLE patients with greater disease activity suggesting a causal relationship. Full findings of the study are available in the July issue of Arthritis &...

2010-06-24 14:48:24

Cartilage loss plays a role in development of osteoarthritis, study says A recent study determined that bone area predicted the development of medial (inner side) and lateral (outer side) knee cartilage damage and loss of medial cartilage volume. Subchondral bone mineral density (BMD) was associated with medial defect development but not cartilage loss. Researchers believe subchondral bone changes and loss of cartilage contribute to the development of osteoarthritis (OA). Read details of the...

2010-06-18 15:03:17

RA patients in rich countries are three times more likely to receive biologic treatment than those in poor countries There is significant disparity between 'richer' and 'poorer' countries in terms of access to biological treatments for rheumatoid arthritis (RA), according to results from a multinational study across four continents presented today at EULAR 2010, the Annual Congress of the European League Against Rheumatism in Rome, Italy. Furthermore, findings from a separate study show that...

2010-06-18 14:34:27

Patients and their partners suffer but most reluctant to seek professional help Systemic Lupus Erythematosus (SLE) patients from Brazil and Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) patients from France report that their rheumatic conditions negatively affect their emotional relationships and sex lives, according to research presented today at EULAR 2010, the Annual Congress of the European League Against Rheumatism in Rome, Italy. Furthermore, findings of the French study specifically revealed a strong...


Word of the Day
omphalos
  • The navel or umbilicus.
  • In Greek archaeology: A central boss, as on a shield, a bowl, etc.
  • A sacred stone in the temple of Apollo at Delphi, believed by the Greeks to mark the 'navel' or exact center-point of the earth.
'Omphalos' comes from the ancient Greek.
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