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Why a Knee Replacement Can Go Bad

Latest Arthritis News THURSDAY, April 18, 2019 (HealthDay News) — British researchers have pinpointed which factors put knee replacement patients at high risk for severe infection and repeat surgery. “This information provides me with the strong evidence I need to discuss the risk of infection with my patients undergoing knee replacement and helps us identify […]

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Evenity Approved for Osteoporotic Women

TUESDAY, April 9, 2019 (HealthDay News) — Evenity (romosozumab) injection has been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to treat osteoporosis in postmenopausal women at high risk of breaking a bone, the agency said Tuesday in a news release. Latest Arthritis News More than 10 million people in the U.S. have osteoporosis, making […]

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Rheumatoid Factor (RF)

Rheumatoid factor (RF) facts Rheumatoid factor is an antibody that is detectable in the blood of approximately 80% of adults with rheumatoid arthritis. Rheumatoid factor test is used by health care professionals to help in diagnosing rheumatoid arthritis. Sometimes rheumatoid factor can be detected in the blood of normal individuals and of those with other […]

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Cimzia Approved for Inflammatory Arthritis

FRIDAY, March 29, 2019 (HealthDay News) — Cimzia (certolizumab pegol) injection has been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration as the first sanctioned treatment for adults with non-radiographic axial spondyloarthritis (nr-axSpA), a type of arthritis. Latest Arthritis News Nr-axSpA causes inflammation in the spine, There is no visible damage seen on x-rays, so […]

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One Short, Brisk Walk a Day May Keep Arthritis at Bay

Latest Arthritis News MONDAY, April 1, 2019 (HealthDay News) — Less than 10 minutes a day of brisk walking can help prevent disability in people with arthritis pain in their knee, hip, ankle or foot, researchers report. Just one hour a week of brisk physical activity “is less than 10 minutes a day for people […]

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colchicine (Colcrys)

What are the uses for colchicine? Colchicine is used for the treatment of acute flares of gout. It also is used for treating FMF in adults and children 4 years of age or older. Other unapproved uses of colchicine include treatment of pseudogout, amyloidosis, and scleroderma. These unapproved uses of colchicine require further evaluation. What […]

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Tofacitinib citrate (Xeljanz)

What is Tofacitinib citrate (Xeljanz), and how does it work (mechanism of action)? Tofacitinib is an oral drug used for treating rheumatoid arthritis. It belongs to a class of drugs called Janus kinase (JAK) inhibitors. JAKs are enzymes (proteins) that regulate chemical signaling pathways that control biologic processes such as blood formation and the immune […]

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azathioprine (Azasan)

What is azathioprine, and how does it work (mechanism of action)? Azathioprine is an immunosuppressant, that is, a drug that is used to suppress the immune system. It is used to treat patients who have undergone kidney transplantation and for diseases in which modifying the activity of the immune system is important. Azathioprine is a […]

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What to know about psoriatic arthritis mutilans

What to know about psoriatic arthritis mutilans

Arthritis mutilans is a rare and severe form of arthritis that affects the hands and feet. It is most common in people with psoriatic arthritis but can also develop in those with rheumatoid arthritis. Psoriatic arthritis mutilans is very rare. Approximately 5 percent of people with psoriatic arthritis (PsA) develop this condition. Arthritis mutilans can […]

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flurbiprofen (Ansaid)

What is flurbiprofen, and how does it work (mechanism of action)? Flurbiprofen is a nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID) effective in treating fever, pain, and inflammation in the body. It is similar to ibuprofen (Motrin or Advil), naproxen (Naprosyn), and others. As a group, NSAIDs are non-narcotic relievers of mild to moderate pain of many causes, […]