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Rheumatism is a group of disorders marked by inflammation or pain in the connective tissue structures of the body. These structures include bone, cartilage, and fat.
Women working long hours may be working themselves sick

Women working long hours may be working themselves sick

Research published this week shows that women working long hours for many years are at increased risk of developing life-threatening illnesses. Diabetes, cancer, heart trouble and arthritis were three times more common among women who worked an average of 60 hours or more per week for 30 years compared with women working fewer hours. [More]
Long work hours may triple risk of life-threatening illnesses in women

Long work hours may triple risk of life-threatening illnesses in women

Women who put in long hours for the bulk of their careers may pay a steep price: life-threatening illnesses, including heart disease and cancer. [More]
Factors other than just cost may influence prescribing of TNF inhibitors for RA patients

Factors other than just cost may influence prescribing of TNF inhibitors for RA patients

The results of a study presented today at the European League Against Rheumatism Annual Congress showed that a range of factors other than just cost may influence the prescribing of TNF inhibitors for patients with rheumatoid arthritis (RA). [More]
Facebook advertising could be more effective way of identifying IBP patients

Facebook advertising could be more effective way of identifying IBP patients

The results of a UK study presented today at the European League Against Rheumatism Annual Congress showed that busing Facebook to raise awareness about the symptoms of Inflammatory Back Pain (IBP) and the need to seek medical help early may reduce the delay in diagnosis and treatment. [More]
Study sheds light on why many RA patients do not adhere to treatment

Study sheds light on why many RA patients do not adhere to treatment

Two new studies presented at the European League Against Rheumatism Annual Congress have shed light on why so many patients with Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) do not adhere to their therapy, even in the early stages of their treatment. [More]
Sexual dysfunction prevalent among RA patients

Sexual dysfunction prevalent among RA patients

The results of a study presented today at the European League Against Rheumatism Annual Congress showed that sexual dysfunction is present in more than one-third of patients with rheumatoid arthritis (RA) who are still sexually active, both men and women. [More]
Behavioural intervention could be effective way to improve health of RA patients

Behavioural intervention could be effective way to improve health of RA patients

The results of a study presented today at the European League Against Rheumatism Annual Congress showed for the first time that a combination of text messages and individual counselling sessions to motivate patients with Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) to be more active resulted in improved patient-reported clinical outcomes. [More]
Anti-TNF therapy offers new hope to JDM patients

Anti-TNF therapy offers new hope to JDM patients

The results of a UK study presented today at the European League Against Rheumatism Annual Congress showed that tumour necrosis factor inhibitor (anti-TNF) treatment is effective at improving both muscle and skin involvement in children with juvenile dermatomyositis (JDM). [More]
Physical workload could increase odds of developing RA

Physical workload could increase odds of developing RA

The results of a study presented today at the European League Against Rheumatism Annual Congress showed that prolonged repetitive physical workload increases the risk of developing rheumatoid arthritis (RA). [More]
Researchers find link between specific genetic pathway and development of mouth ulcers in lupus patients

Researchers find link between specific genetic pathway and development of mouth ulcers in lupus patients

The results of a study presented today at the European League Against Rheumatism Annual Congress showed for the first time an association between a specific genetic pathway and the development of mouth ulcers in patients with Systemic Lupus Erythematosus (SLE). [More]
Study opens up possibility of developing potential hormone therapies for SSc skin disease

Study opens up possibility of developing potential hormone therapies for SSc skin disease

The results of a study presented today at the European League Against Rheumatism Annual Congress showed for the first time a beneficial effect of oestrogens in experimental models of skin fibrosis that are representative of the disease process in systemic sclerosis (SSc). [More]
Study finds link between depression, disease activity and disability in adolescents with JIA

Study finds link between depression, disease activity and disability in adolescents with JIA

European League Against Rheumatism Annual Congress confirmed a clear association between depression symptom severity and the level of disease activity and disability in adolescent patients with juvenile inflammatory arthritis. [More]
Smoking, obesity lower chances of achieving sustained remission in early RA patients

Smoking, obesity lower chances of achieving sustained remission in early RA patients

The results of a study presented today at the European League Against Rheumatism Annual Congress showed that the likelihood of achieving sustained remission in early rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is significantly lower in patients who smoke and who are obese. [More]
Study shows rheumatologists underestimate disease severity in OA patients

Study shows rheumatologists underestimate disease severity in OA patients

The results of a study presented today at the European League Against Rheumatism Annual Congress showed patients with osteoarthritis (OA) are more likely to have the impact of their condition underestimated by rheumatologists than patients with Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA). [More]
New PsA-comorbidity index may help identify patients at risk of hospitalisation and premature death

New PsA-comorbidity index may help identify patients at risk of hospitalisation and premature death

The results of a study presented today at the European League Against Rheumatism Annual Congress showed that a newly developed method of evaluating the impact of different comorbidities in patients with Psoriatic Arthritis (PsA) can be used to prospectively identify those PsA patients at greater risk of hospitalisation and premature death. [More]
Women with SLE may have increased cervical cancer risk

Women with SLE may have increased cervical cancer risk

The results of a study presented today at the European League Against Rheumatism Annual Congress found a doubled risk of pre-malignant cervical changes, and potentially also an increased risk of cervical cancer, among women with Systemic Lupus Erythematosus (SLE) compared to the general female population. [More]
Implantable loop recorder can help diagnose heart rhythm abnormalities in SSc patients

Implantable loop recorder can help diagnose heart rhythm abnormalities in SSc patients

The results of a study presented today at the European League Against Rheumatism Annual Congress showed that use of an easy to insert heart monitor in patients with systemic sclerosis (SSc) and no known heart disease enables early detection and treatment of potentially fatal cardiac arrhythmias. [More]
BNPs have potential to enable early diagnosis, long-term treatment of RA with minimal side effects

BNPs have potential to enable early diagnosis, long-term treatment of RA with minimal side effects

The results of a study presented today at the European League Against Rheumatism Annual Congress showed that tiny particles made of a biodegradable polymer (BNPs -- biodegradable polymer nanoparticles) have the potential to enable early detection and efficient long-term treatment of rheumatoid arthritis (RA), with minimal side effects. [More]
Type 1 diabetes occurs more frequently in patients with JIA

Type 1 diabetes occurs more frequently in patients with JIA

The results of a study involving more than 9,000 patients, presented today at the European League Against Rheumatism Annual Congress showed that Type 1 diabetes occurs significantly more frequently in patients with Juvenile Inflammatory Arthritis (JIA) than in the general population. [More]
Anti-CPP presence in bloodstream of RA patients correlates with drug response

Anti-CPP presence in bloodstream of RA patients correlates with drug response

The results of a study presented today at the European League Against Rheumatism Annual Congress showed that the presence of an antibody (anti-CPP ) in the bloodstream of patients with rheumatoid arthritis (RA) correlates with response to different drug treatments. [More]
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