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Rheumatoid Arthritis Deaths Decreasing


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Rheumatoid Arthritis Deaths Have Decreased

Ashley Boynes-Shuck writing for Healthline reported while disability rates among people with RA have risen slightly, mortality rates are declining for the first time in years.

Many study findings about rheumatoid arthritis (RA) sound negative, but patients with the disease are now getting some encouraging news.

A study published on the progress and advancements in RA treatment and management revealed that for the first time in years the mortality rate among people with RA has decreased.

Researchers also noted that people with the disease experience much less disability than in decades past.

Data from the World Health Organization (WHO) shows that RA was listed as the underlying cause of death in 8,428 cases in 2011.

That was a decrease from 9,281 deaths in 1987.

Comment: The advent of biologic therapy has been allowed to help us get more patients in remission than ever before.

Computers Sniff A Diagnosis


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Computers Sniff a Diagnosis (The New York Times)

Kate Murphy writing for the New Yor k times reportedeEvery person exudes a personal “odorprint” concocted from thousands of organic molecular compounds. This unique scent can broadcast our age, genetic makeup, and even disease — which researchers believe will soon lead to earlier detection of illnesses. Several groups of researchers across the globe race to leverage the human “odorprints” for disease detection through computer assistance. One company borrows technology from bomb detection, while another sniffs for patterns of smells rather than individual molecules.

Some of the contenders closest to the finish line have begun enrolling thousands of patients into clinical studies in lung and colon cancer diagnosis.

Comment: Woof woof

More Rural Americans Living on Disability


A growing dangerous epidemic…next

More Rural Americans Signing Up For Disability As Jobs Disappear

Terrence McCoy writing for the Washington Post reported how disability is shaping the culture, economy and politics of” small, rural communities as “between 1996 and 2015, the number of working-age adults receiving federal disability payments increased dramatically across the country – but nowhere more so than in rural America.” The Post says that “between 1996 and 2015, the number of working-age adults receiving disability climbed from 7.7 million to 13 million.” In addition, “across large swaths of the country, disability has become a force that has reshaped scores of mostly white, almost exclusively rural communities, where as many as one-third of working-age adults live on monthly disability checks, according to a Washington Post analysis of Social Security Administration statistics.”

Comment: This is an alarming trend that may overwhelm us if it continues.

Early Treatment Means Better Prognosis In Rheumatoid Arthritis


Here’s the proof about treating arthritis early

Early Treatment Equals Better Results for Rheumatoid Arthritis

Alan Mozes writing for Healthday reported treating rheumatoid arthritis early may make for better outcomes, a new study suggests.

Patients who were treated within six months of developing the first signs of the autoimmune disease did better in the long run and were less likely to suffer early death, British researchers found.

The findings stem from an analysis of more than 600 patients who were initially diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis (RA) between 1990 and 1994. They were tracked for over 20 years.

Over the study time frame, investigators assessed key symptoms of RA, such as swollen and/or tender joints, and indications of disability. All deaths were also noted.
The research team found that patients who started treatment for RA within the first half-year after the first symptoms surfaced tended to have no greater levels of disability over a 20-year period than patients who required no treatment.

Comment: It is critical to be aggressive with this disease.

Scorpion Stings for Arthritis


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Arthritis cure: Would you use THIS extreme treatment to ease the pain?

Lauren Clark writing in the Express reported Pepe Casañas, a 71-year-old Cuban peasant, gets rid of the discomfort of his arthritis by allowing himself to be stung by a scorpion.

The venom has analgesic and anti-inflammatory properties which reduce his pain.

He keeps up to four scorpions near his house so he can guarantee being able to sting himself when he feels the arthritis returning, which is usually once a month.

Casañas told EFE: “The sting doesn’t hurt me a bit. And if they’re using it as a treatment for cancer in Cuba, it has to be good.

“About eight years ago, I started with this scorpion stuff. My bones were beginning to hurt me, arthritis, and it helped me to feel comfortable.”

Casañas’ arthritis had got so bad it was impacting on his daily life, and so he decided to find his own solution.

He explained: “I couldn’t brush my teeth, or comb my hair. I got a scorpion, squeezed it, and it stung me twice, and look: my arm’s doing fine.”

Before that, he had used bee stings as a remedy, having come from a family of beekeepers – but he soon graduated onto the larger animal.

While it might seem an unconventional way to treat the condition, scorpion venom is used as an ingredient in Cuban medication.

Comment: Not something I recommend.

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