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2010-01-06 12:24:35

Rituximab treatment reduced patient response to pneumonia vaccine Researchers from Johns Hopkins University determined that immune responses to the tetanus vaccine were not changed when rituximab in combination with methotrexate (MTX) was compared with MTX alone in patients with rheumatoid arthritis (RA). Responses to a pneumococcal vaccination (Pneumovax® pneumonia vaccine), however, were reduced in RA patients with rituximab. Complete findings of this study are published...

2010-01-06 12:11:51

Influenza vaccine not adversely affected by RA drug methotrexate Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) patients are partially protected by the influenza vaccine 6-10 months after treatment with rituximab. Researchers determined that while the flu vaccine is safe, it is ineffective for RA patients in the first 6 months following rituximab treatment. Previous influenza vaccination in rituximab-treated patients does increase pre- and post-vaccination titers, providing some defense to influenza strains. RA...

2010-01-05 20:00:23

Study finds self-management alone may effectively treat early OA Researchers participating in the Multidimensional Intervention for Early Osteoarthritis of the Knee (Knee Study) determined that physically inactive, middle-aged people with symptomatic osteoarthritis benefited equally from strength training regimens, self-management programs, or a combination of the two. Details of this study are available in the January 2010 issue of Arthritis Care & Research, a journal published by...

2009-12-14 01:00:00

BRUSSELS, December 14 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- - Results From a Survey Conducted by UCB Assessing the Lifestyles of Women With Rheumatoid Arthritis in Seven Major Industrialized Countries - A third of women living with rheumatoid arthritis say their disease impacts their enjoyment of the festive season - Women living with rheumatoid arthritis find shopping for gifts, preparing holiday food, writing cards and wrapping presents most difficult to do -...

2009-11-30 09:47:01

Gender and racial disparity observed in both country and city dwellers Southern Illinois University researchers determined Medicare beneficiaries living in rural areas were 27% more likely than urban recipients to have total knee or hip replacement surgeries. Researchers found women were more likely than men to undergo total joint replacement surgeries. Differences in elective joint surgeries between white individuals and minorities in both rural and urban areas were observed, but were less...

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2009-11-30 08:34:26

Out-of-pocket OA expenses nearly 100 percent higher for women than men Osteoarthritis (OA), a highly prevalent disease, raised aggregate annual medical care expenditures in the U.S. by $185.5 billion according to researchers from Stony Brook University. Insurers footed $149.4 billion of the total medical spend and out-of-pocket (OOP) expenditures were $36.1 billion (2007 dollars). Results of the cost analysis study are published in the December issue of Arthritis & Rheumatism, a journal...

2009-11-02 07:00:00

ATLANTA, Nov. 2 /PRNewswire/ -- Get moving this holiday season at the Arthritis Foundation's Jingle Bell Run/Walk for Arthritis®. Be one of the thousands of runners and walkers who hit the nation's pavements, pathways and parks this winter to fight arthritis, the nation's most common cause of disability. To view the Multimedia News Release, go to: http://multivu.prnewswire.com/mnr/arthritis/40897/ (Photo: http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20091102/NY02951 ) The...

2009-10-29 14:36:08

Increase in bone density and fewer new vertebral fractures noted in drug trial patients A recent study determined glucocorticoid-induced osteoporosis (OP) is now treatable with Teriparatide, a synthetic form of the human parathyroid hormone. Researchers found patients with glucocorticoid-induced OP who were treated with teriparatide for 36 months had a greater increase in bone mineral density (BMD) and fewer new vertebral fractures than those treated with alendronate. The findings of this...

2009-10-29 13:56:32

Despite recent advances in anti-inflammatory therapy, many rheumatoid arthritis (RA) patients continue to suffer from pain. Research published in BioMed Central's open access journal, Arthritis Research & Therapy found that inflammation is associated with heightened pain sensitivity at joint sites, whereas increased sleep problems are associated with heightened pain sensitivity at both joint and non-joint sites. Researchers from the Division of Rheumatology and Pain Management Center of...

2009-10-09 23:01:00

PHILADELPHIA, October 10 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- For U.S. Media Only - U.S. women living with rheumatoid arthritis demand more 'good days' - 68 percent of women living with rheumatoid arthritis look for new pain relief therapies to help them cope - Almost 60 percent of women in the U.S. living with rheumatoid arthritis find intimate relations painful - Rheumatoid arthritis played a role in 25 percent of divorces amongst women with the disease A new survey...


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