Exercise improves vascular health in people with rheumatoid arthritis

INTRODUCTION Regular exercise can help keep blood vessels healthy in people with rheumatoid arthritis, as well as reducing their numbers of swollen joints. WHAT DO WE KNOW ALREADY? People with rheumatoid arthritis (RA) have a higher-than-usual risk of getting heart disease. We’re not quite sure why this is. It may be because the inflammation (swelling) that affects […]

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Why anti-TNF treatments don’t work the same for everyone

  INTRODUCTION Some people who take treatments called anti-TNF drugs for illnesses like rheumatoid arthritis, psoriasis and spondyloarthritides may get less benefit than other people who take the same treatments, because their immune systems stop the drugs working properly. WHAT DO WE KNOW ALREADY? Anti-TNF drugs are used to reduce inflammation (for example joint swelling). […]

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How do you measure heart-disease risk in people with rheumatoid arthritis?

INTRODUCTION A test called carotid ultrasound may be the best way to tell whether individuals with rheumatoid arthritis are at high risk of heart disease, according to a new study. WHAT DO WE KNOW ALREADY? As a general rule, we know that people with rheumatoid arthritis have a higher risk of heart disease compared with the general […]

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Rheumatoid arthritis: cheaper biological treatments on the horizon?

INTRODUCTION In recent years the so-called ‘biological’ treatments have marked a major step forward in the treatment of rheumatoid arthritis. Now a new study has looked at a similar treatment that may be cheaper and, therefore, available to more people. WHAT DO WE KNOW ALREADY? Research into rheumatoid arthritis has moved very quickly in the last 10 […]

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Promising early results for new rheumatoid arthritis treatment

INTRODUCTION An early trial of a new drug called mavrilimumab suggests that it may become a useful new treatment for people with moderate to severe rheumatoid arthritis. WHAT DO WE KNOW ALREADY? Despite big steps forward in the treatment of rheumatoid arthritis in recent years, there are still many people who don’t benefit much from the available […]

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Do better treatments mean fewer appointments for rheumatoid arthritis?

INTRODUCTION Twenty-first-century treatments may be behind a drop in hospital and doctor visits for people with rheumatoid arthritis, according to a study in Sweden. WHAT DO WE KNOW ALREADY? In the first part of this century, a number of medicines have made a big difference to people living with the symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis, such as pain, […]

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