Effective RA Treatment without Drugs – Promise or Hype?

Is it possible to treat rheumatoid arthritis as effectively as a drug without the side effects and at a lower cost? SetPoint Medical thinks so.

More and more women are being left crippled by killer heels: New research proves high heels can lead to arthritis and worn out knees

Four years ago, a shopping trip was torture for Angela Kelly, 67. Though still a super-fit events organiser, the former over-50s All England badminton mixed doubles champion was reduced to hobbling at a snail’s pace, hanging onto her trolley for support.

Methotrexate Helps Save Large Joints in RA

Patients with rheumatoid arthritis (RA) who received concomitant methotrexate with their tumor necrosis factor (TNF) inhibitor were less likely to need a large joint replacement than if they were on anti-TNF treatment alone, a Japanese study found.

The Problem With Opioids for Chronic Pain

A recent report by the NIH suggests that when it comes to the treatment of chronic pain, the medical profession may be very much in violation of what can be regarded as the first medical ethic: “First do no harm.”

Despite Severe Arthritis, Pianist Gets Second Chance at Stardom

Some kids know from a very young age what they want to be when they grow up; Anthony Ferraro knew he wanted to be a concert pianist. That is, until early onset arthritis in his hands threw his entire career up in the air.

Research goal: Catch the interferons that cause lupus, one cell at a time

In the chronic disease lupus, the immune system runs amok to damage skin, joints, blood cells, kidneys, heart, brain or lung. This mistaken attack of inflammation is triggered by signaling proteins called interferons.

Opioid Misuse In Chronic Pain Patients Is Around 25%, New Study Shows

Various studies on problematic opioid use in chronic pain patients have been conducted over the years, but many of them have failed to clearly define misuse, abuse and addiction. One group of researchers believe they’ve uncovered an updated review of this topic with definitions of their own.

Paracetamol doesn’t help lower-back pain or arthritis, study shows

Paracetamol does not relieve back pain and offers almost no help to people with arthritis in their hips or knees, according to research. The findings have led to calls for doctors to stop prescribing the painkiller, which is commonly used to treat those conditions.

Men Are New Target for Osteoporosis Treatment

Bone-health experts are making a new push to reduce rates of osteoporosis, with a particular focus on controlling the bone-wasting disease in men. An important goal is to get greater numbers of men to be tested for osteoporosis when they come to a hospital or clinic with a fracture to the wrist, vertebrae or other bones that wasn’t from a major accident or trauma. Doctors call this a fragility fracture—one that results from a decrease in bone density.

Can cracking your knuckles cause arthritis? One man cracked the joints on one hand for 60 YEARS to find out…

We’ve all heard the theory that cracking your knuckles can cause arthritis. Generations of parents warn click-prone children that their habit will land them with painful hands in old age. But while the sound of popping joints may make some people flinch, is the act of cracking also harmful to health?