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Biologics don’t increase recurrence of cancer in Rheumatoid Arthritis

Do biologic drugs increase the risk of cancer recurrence in RA patients? Find out the answer next…

Biologics don’t increase recurrence of cancer in RA

Sara Freeman writing in Rheumatology News reported that the risk of cancer recurrence in patients with rheumatoid arthritis was not increased with the use of biologic therapy according to a recent British study.  Investigators from the Arthritis Research UK Epidemiology Unit at the University of Manchester studied 425 patients with prior cancer who were treated with biologics. Not only was the rate of recurrence not increased but there was an apparent decrease of 50% when compared with patients treated with traditional disease modifying anti-rheumatic drugs only.

Comment:  Well there it is.  I think that’s comforting news.

Chinese Herb Shows Promise As Rheumatoid Arthritis Treatment That Could Be Cheaper Than Methotrexae

An ancient Chinese herb as good as methotrexate for rheumatoid arthritis… maybe… next

Chinese Herb Shows Promise As Rheumatoid Arthritis Treatment; Could Be Cheaper Than Methotrexate

Anthony Rivas writing for Medical Daily reported on a study where researchers used “Tripterygium wilfordii Hook F (TwHF), component of traditional Chinese medicine for the treatment of joint pain, and local inflammation. The herb is sometimes called the Thundergod vine and is recognized for its anti-inflammatory properties, as well as the ability to suppress the immune system and possibly fight cancer. Its ability to remedy these ailments, according to researchers of the new study, come from its chloroform-methanol extract.  Known as the Thunder God Vine, tripterygium wilfordii Hook F might be better at treating rheumatoid arthritis than current medications.  The researchers split a group of 207 patients with RA into three groups. Some took the RA medication methotrexate (12.5 milligrams once a week), while another group took 20 milligrams of TwHF three times a day, and the last group took a combination of both. The treatment period lasted 24 weeks — 84 percent of participants got to the end.

Of these participants, the researchers found that 46.5 percent of patients treated with methotrexate reached ACR 50, a level of response defined by the American College of Rheumatology indicating that symptoms were relieved by 50 percent. By comparison, 55 percent of patients who took the TwHF supplements, and 77 percent of patients who took both reached ACR 50.

Comment: Looks promising! Light therapy for osteoarthritis… next

PET useful for detecting early disease

Coming up next…A new test that might be useful if you own a Ferrari…

PET useful for detecting early disease

Published in Arthritis Care and Research, an article indicated that positron emission tomography or PET scanning is a useful tool for monitoring disease activity.  The study analyzed data from 18 studies encompassing 276 patients with inflammatory joint disease.  Results showed PET was highly sensitive and correlated well with clinical assessments.

Comment: Good luck getting insurance companies to pay for this one!

Rheumatoid Arthritis Drugs Lower Risk of Diabetes

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