Washington, DC—In recent decades, the increased use of biologic agents has changed the way patients with rheumatoid arthritis are treated. At the 2016 Annual Meeting of the American College of Rheumatology, James R. O’Dell, MD, Bruce Professor and Vice Chair, Internal Medicine, and Chief Division of Rheumatology, University of Nebraska Medical Center, Omaha, discussed the impact these advances have on the management of rheumatoid arthritis.
Patients with, or at high risk for, knee osteoarthritis who consume higher amounts of dietary total or cereal grain fiber were less likely to experience moderate and severe knee pain compared with patients whose dietary intake of fiber was lower, according to the results of a recent study by Zhaoli Dai, PhD, MS, Postdoctoral Fellow, Clinical Epidemiology Research & Training Unit, Boston University School of Medicine, MA, and colleagues.
The treatment landscape for early arthritis continues to evolve with advances in the diagnosis and monitoring of the disease, and the use of novel effective therapies. As a result, the European League Against Rheumatism (EULAR) has updated its guidelines for the management of patients with early arthritis, which were originally published in 2007.
Psoriatic arthritis is an inflammatory form of arthritis that is characterized by swelling, stiffness, and pain and is often accompanied by skin and nail psoriasis; it can affect any joint, including fingers and toes. Psoriatic arthritis affects an estimated 0.3% to 1% of the US population (>3 million people). Furthermore, as many as 30% of individuals with psoriasis will have psoriatic arthritis.
Gout, a common form of inflammatory arthritis, is caused when uric acid crystals build up in the tissues and fluids of a patient’s body. Symptoms of gout include redness, swelling, pain, heat, and stiffness in joints; the first gout attack often occurs in an individual’s big toe, and can be painful enough to wake them from slumber. Although gout attacks can be treated with medications, such as nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, certain nonpharmacologic steps may be beneficial in managing or avoiding these flares. The following tips include methods for easing or preventing gout attacks.
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