New Link Detected Between Vitamin D Levels and Arthritis

Maintaining sufficient vitamin D levels may help to prevent the on-set of inflammatory diseases like rheumatoid arthritis, research led by the University of Birmingham has discovered. The research also found that while Vitamin D can be effective at preventing the on-set of inflammation, it’s less effective once inflammatory disease is established because diseases such as [...]

By |2017-11-30T12:53:54+00:00November 30th, 2017|Rheumatology|0 Comments

Biologics Don’t Increase Risk of Second Malignancy in Arthritis Patients

Treatment with biologics does not increase the risk of a second malignancy in rheumatoid arthritis (RA) patients who have a history of cancer, according to new research findings recently presented at the 2017 ACR / ARHP Annual Meeting. Biologic disease-modifying antirheumatic drugs, or biologics, are used to control rheumatoid arthritis disease activity and prevent joint [...]

By |2017-11-30T12:52:48+00:00November 30th, 2017|Rheumatology|0 Comments

Scientists Identify New Marker of Arthritis in Mice

Researchers have discovered a new marker of arthritis in mice that can be used non-invasively to both identify joints with established arthritis and to predict subsequent joint swelling. The finding is published in Arthritis & Rheumatology. The investigators note that imaging tests with the marker – called Ratiometric thrombin-Activatable Cell Penetrating Peptide – might help [...]

By |2017-11-30T12:47:36+00:00November 30th, 2017|Rheumatology|0 Comments

New Clarity for Clinicians Dealing with Therapeutic Options for Severe Asthma

Those who treat patients suffering with severe asthma know how frustrating it can be to try to get the disease under control – despite the introduction in recent years of both biologics and bronchial thermoplasty. These treatments have proven effective, but require an understanding of all that is involved before being prescribed or recommended. An [...]

By |2017-11-28T16:05:59+00:00November 28th, 2017|Respiratory|0 Comments

Newly-Found Immune Defence Could Pave Way to Treat Allergies

Scientists have made a fundamental discovery about how our body’s immune system clears harmful infections. Researchers have identified a previously unknown mechanism by which the responses of key cells of the immune system are regulated. The finding could inform research into improved treatments for allergies or chronic inflammatory diseases, such as lung and liver fibrosis, [...]

By |2017-11-28T16:04:56+00:00November 28th, 2017|Respiratory|0 Comments

Simple Test Could Help Cystic Fibrosis Patients Find Best Treatment

Several cutting-edge treatments have become available in recent years to correct the debilitating chronic lung congestion associated with cystic fibrosis (CF). While the new drugs are life-changing for some patients, they do not work for everyone. In a study published in the Journal of Clinical Investigation Insight, a team led by UNC researchers presented a [...]

By |2017-11-28T16:03:29+00:00November 28th, 2017|Respiratory|0 Comments

An Eye Opener

It’s time to look beyond dry eye syndrome’s ability to masquerade as a simple, straightforward irritation, and see that it can be more deep-rooted than suspected. Given the influx of patients experiencing dry eye syndrome – the condition affects one-in-four people – it’s no surprise that its obvious inconvenience is well-documented. However, its impact also [...]

By |2017-11-28T12:53:13+00:00November 28th, 2017|WPR Nov 2017|0 Comments

Getting Under The Skin Of Psoriatic Arthritis

Professor David Isenberg, Arthritis Research UK Professor of Rheumatology, chats to WPR about how the introduction of certain biologic drugs has been overhauling the treatment of psoriatic arthritis – and assesses the impact of the genetic profile of the patient. WHAT ARE THE MAJOR SIGNPOSTS OF PSORIATIC ARTHRITIS? Psoriasis is a skin rash which can [...]

By |2017-11-28T12:01:12+00:00November 28th, 2017|WPR Nov 2017|0 Comments

Asthma: Supported Self-Management

Although supported self-management has been recommended in asthma guidelines for the past three decades, implementation has been patchy. Professor Hilary Pinnock, of the Asthma UK Centre for Applied Research at the University of Edinburgh, shares with WPR why clinicians and healthcare organisations should prioritise making sure that every person with asthma has access to support [...]

By |2017-11-28T11:57:34+00:00November 28th, 2017|WPR Nov 2017|0 Comments

ADHD And Innovation

The role of innovation has been gradually, yet consistently, filtering into the management methods of adult ADHD. Just what are these advances – and how can we equip ourselves with them to enhance daily life for our patients? Dr Louise Theodosiou, from the Royal College of Psychiatrists, weighs in. INNOVATION THROUGH IDENTIFICATION The phrase, ‘I [...]

By |2017-11-28T11:55:41+00:00November 28th, 2017|WPR Nov 2017|0 Comments
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