Arthritis & Rheumatism

Vitamin D deficiency tied to neuropathic pain

(HealthDay)—Vitamin D deficiency may be associated with increased neuropathic pain (NP) in patients with rheumatoid arthritis (RA), according to a study published online Aug. 31 in the International Journal of Rheumatic ...

Cardiology

Death rates from rheumatic heart disease falling since 1990

The risk of dying from rheumatic heart disease, a condition of damaged heart valves caused by bacterial infection that leads to rheumatic fever, has dropped around the world over the last 25 years, according to a new scientific ...

Arthritis & Rheumatism

Contraceptive pill linked to lowered risk of rheumatoid arthritis

Taking the contraceptive pill, particularly for seven or more consecutive years, is linked to a lowered risk of developing rheumatoid arthritis, finds research published online in the Annals of the Rheumatic Diseases.

Arthritis & Rheumatism

Sonography may aid hyaluronic acid injections for knee arthritis

(HealthDay)—Sonography-guided hyaluronic acid injection may yield better results than surface anatomy-guided injection in patients with knee osteoarthritis, according to a study published online Aug. 9 in the International ...

Arthritis & Rheumatism

Anti-TNF-alpha Rx improves sleep quality in ankylosing spondylitis

(HealthDay)—Anti-tumor necrosis factor-α (TNF-α) therapy improves sleep quality (SQ) in patients with ankylosing spondylitis (AS) without any improvement in polysomnography (PSG) measures, according to a study published ...

Arthritis & Rheumatism

Certain criteria may be better than others in RA assessment

(HealthDay)—For patients with rheumatoid arthritis (RA), the performances of the Clinical Disease Activity Index (CDAI) and Simplified Disease Activity Index (SDAI) appear to be better than that of the Disease Assessment ...

Cardiology

Olive oil, ibuprofen may have synergistic effects

(HealthDay)—The combination of extra virgin olive oil (EVOO) and ibuprofen at a therapeutic dose is superior to the two compounds used separately, according to an experimental study published online June 7 in the International ...

Cardiology

MTHFR A1298C polymorphism not linked to MTX outcomes in RA

(HealthDay)—The methylene tetrahydrofolate reductase (MTHFR) gene A1298C polymorphism does not appear to be related to methotrexate (MTX) efficacy or toxicity in patients with rheumatoid arthritis (RA), according to a meta-analysis ...

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