Arthritis

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Arthritis

Arthritis is the inflammation of a joint (the point where two bones fit together). There are many types of arthritis and each one has its own cause and symptoms. Typically, all forms of arthritis are associated with symptoms that include pain, stiffness, swelling, redness, and decreased range of motion in the joint that usually gets worse with age. Severe arthritis that affects the hands and arms may make it difficult to do daily tasks while arthritis that affects the knees or ankles may make it difficult to walk or stand. The most common types of arthritis are osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis (RA). Osteoarthritis is caused by the breakdown of the hard tissue that covers and protects the ends of bones (cartilage). Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is an autoimmune disease that causes the body’s immune system to attack the lining of joints (synovium).

Risk factors for arthritis include a family history of arthritis, increasing age, previous joint injury, obesity and gender, as women are more likely than men to develop RA. Causes of other forms of arthritis include a build up of uric acid crystals in the joint, infections, or underlying disease, such as psoriasis or lupus. Your doctor may use a physical exam, imaging, lab tests and video assessment of your joints to diagnosis arthritis. Imaging can include an X-ray and an MRI to get a detailed look at the joint and cartilage. Doctors may also perform arthroscopy, which uses a small video camera inserted into a small cut near the affected joint to obtain images of the affected area. Although there is no cure for arthritis, there are treatments that help reduce symptoms. These include pain medications, therapy and surgery. If you or someone in your family has been diagnosed with arthritis, talk with a doctor to determine the best treatment plan.

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Advocacy and Support Organizations

 

Condition Specific Organizations

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International Scleroderma Network

Our mission is to provide stellar worldwide research, support, education and awareness for scleroderma and related illnesses.

Last Updated: 18 Apr 2010

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US Pain Foundation

US Pain Foundation is created by people with pain for people with pain. As a 501 (c)3 non-profit organization dedicated to serving those who live with pain conditions and their care providers, U.S. Pain Foundation exists to help individuals find resources and inspiration.
Our mission is simple: to educate, connect, inform, advocate and empower those living with pain. In addition we work to educate the public on pain issues and to raise awareness on pain in America. We recognize and validate the 100 million Americans who battle pain every day by offering positive programs that empower and ed

Last Updated: 24 Sep 2013

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Advocacy and Support Organizations

 

Condition Specific Organizations

Following organizations serve the condition "Arthritis" for support, advocacy or research.

International Scleroderma Network

Our mission is to provide stellar worldwide research, support, education and awareness for scleroderma and related illnesses.

http://www.sclero.org/

Last Updated: 18 Apr 2010

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US Pain Foundation

US Pain Foundation is created by people with pain for people with pain. As a 501 (c)3 non-profit organization dedicated to serving those who live with pain conditions and their care providers, U.S. Pain Foundation exists to help individuals find resources and inspiration.
Our mission is simple: to educate, connect, inform, advocate and empower those living with pain. In addition we work to educate the public on pain issues and to raise awareness on pain in America. We recognize and validate the 100 million Americans who battle pain every day by offering positive programs that empower and ed

http://www.uspainfoundation.org

Last Updated: 24 Sep 2013

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Scientific Literature

Articles from the PubMed Database

Research articles describe the outcome of a single study. They are the published results of original research.
The terms "Arthritis" returned 14612 free, full-text research articles on human participants. First 3 results:

Cutaneous Polyarteritis Nodosa Associated with Destructive Arthritis.
 

Author(s): Lihi Atzmony, Hana Feuerman, Yair Molad, Yelena Didkovsky, Emmilia Hodak

Journal: Isr. Med. Assoc. J.. 2015 Sep;17(9):587-8.

 

Last Updated: 2 Dec 2015

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Efficacy and safety of Xinfeng capsule in patients with rheumatoid arthritis: a multi-center parallel-group double-blind randomized controlled trial.
 

Author(s): Jian Liu, Yuan Wang, Chuanbing Huang, Jianhua Xu, Zhijun Li, Liang Xu, Liyun He, Yue Sun, Yali Wang, Shengqian Xu, Ping Zhao, Tongjun Mao, Bin Tan, Fubing Zhu, Pingheng Zhang, Li Fang

Journal: J Tradit Chin Med. 2015 Oct;35(5):487-98.

 

To evaluate the efficacy. and safety of Xinfeng capsule in patients suffering rheumatoid arthritis (RA).

Last Updated: 20 Nov 2015

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Is Antibiotic Exposure Associated With Newly Diagnosed Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis?
 

Author(s): Joseph L Mathew, Surjit Singh, Janani Sankar

Journal: Indian Pediatr. 2015 Oct;52(10):883-8.

 

Last Updated: 27 Oct 2015

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Reviews from the PubMed Database

Review articles summarize what is currently known about a disease. They discuss research previously published by others.
The terms "Arthritis" returned 1724 free, full-text review articles on human participants. First 3 results:

Nocardia Arthritis: 3 Cases and Literature Review.
 

Author(s): Hélène Chaussade, David Lebeaux, Guillaume Gras, Emilie Catherinot, Blandine Rammaert, Sylvain Poiree, Hervé Lecuyer, Valérie Zeller, Louis Bernard, Olivier Lortholary

Journal: Medicine (Baltimore). 2015 Oct;94(42):e1671.

 

Nocardia are Gram-positive filamentous bacteria responsible for infections ranging from opportunistic life-threatening disseminated diseases to chronic skin and soft-tissue infections.Even if virtually all organs can be infected, articular involvement is rare. Therefore, we report ...

Last Updated: 27 Oct 2015

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How to use biologic agents in patients with rheumatoid arthritis who have comorbid disease.
 

Author(s): John S Richards, Sharon M Dowell, Mercedes E Quinones, Gail S Kerr

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Although biologic disease modifying anti-rheumatic drugs (bDMARDs) have improved the quality of life of patients with rheumatoid arthritis, side effects remain a problem, especially for patients with pre-existing comorbidities. Randomized controlled trials of such drugs in rheumatoid ...

Last Updated: 18 Aug 2015

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Role of Micro RNAs in the Pathogenesis of Rheumatoid Arthritis: Novel Perspectives Based on Review of the Literature.
 

Author(s): Xiu-Min Chen, Qing-Chun Huang, Sheng-Li Yang, Yong-Liang Chu, Yu-Hong Yan, Ling Han, Yu Huang, Run-Yue Huang

Journal: Medicine (Baltimore). 2015 Aug;94(31):e1326.

 

The contributions of micro RNAs (miRNAs) to rheumatoid arthritis (RA) are beginning to be uncovered during the last decade. Many studies in efforts to use miRNAs as biomarkers in disease diagnosis, prognosis, and treatment are ongoing.We conducted a systematic literature review to ...

Last Updated: 8 Aug 2015

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Symptoms, Diagnosis, and Treatment

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Yoga as Self-Care for Arthritis in Minority Communities
 

Status: Recruiting

Condition Summary: Rheumatoid Arthritis; Arthritis

 

Last Updated: 28 Aug 2015

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The CCP Study: Coordinated Programme to Prevent Arthritis - Can We Identify Arthritis at a Pre-clinical Stage ?
 

Status: Recruiting

Condition Summary: Inflammatory Arthritis; Rheumatoid Arthritis

 

Last Updated: 28 Jul 2015

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