Not all the news about non-steroidal drugs is bad. In fact, this next item might surprise you…
Decreased Risk of Dementia With Prolonged NSAID Exposure in RA
Lauren Grygotis writing in Neurology Advisor reported a longer period of treatment with non-steroid anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) was associated with a decreased risk of dementia among patients with rheumatoid arthritis (RA) in a large population-based cohort, according to recent findings published in Medicine.
Previous studies have suggested that early inflammation, cardiovascular disease, and depression are associated with increased risk of dementia. The authors of the study noted that NSAIDs are “commonly used for treating RA, and several studies suggest that NSAIDs reduce the risk of Alzheimer’s disease or dementia in patients with RA.”
Have you ever wondered if there are natural ingredients that would help as well as pharmaceuticals? Many doctors don’t agree but the latest science suggests they might be wrong… next
Green Tea May Help Ease Rheumatoid Arthritis Symptoms
Ashley Boynes-Shuck writing in Healthline reported a new study appearing in the medical journal, Arthritis and Rheumatology, shows that a compound found in green tea may hold promise in rheumatoid arthritis (RA) disease management.
Herbal teas have been in use to treat various ailments for literally thousands of years, with estimates of its medicinal use since before the beginning of recorded history.
Green tea has been touted by health coaches, nutritionists, doctors, and dietitians for decades. The drink is particularly known for anti-oxidant properties.
Now, green tea is being heralded as way to reduce inflammation in the body as well. In fact, the recent study concludes the drink has potentially as a regularly prescribed treatment for patients with RA, although so far it has only been tested on mice.
So what’s the latest on green tea and rheumatoid arthritis? Next
Green Tea Good For Arthritis, Researchers Claim
Reported in RTT News this item…Researchers have claimed that a compound found in green tea is helpful to cure joint pain, inflammation and tissue damage caused by rheumatoid arthritis.
The result of the joint research, conducted by teams of researchers from the National Institute of Pharmaceutical Education and Research in Bihar, India, and Washington State University (WSU) in Spokane, was published in the journal Arthritis and Rheumatology.
Existing drugs for rheumatoid arthritis are expensive, immunosuppressive and sometimes unsuitable for long-term use, said Salahuddin Ahmed, lead researcher on the project from Washington State University (WSU). His team evaluated a phytochemical called EGCG, which is a molecule with anti-inflammatory properties found in green tea. The study suggests that EGCG has high potential as a treatment for rheumatoid arthritis because it blocks the effects of the disease without blocking other cellular functions.
Comment: Green tea has many healthful properties so this comes as no surprise.
If you’re a patient taking a TNF inhibitor, the next post is an important one to know about…
Use non-TNF when first TNF inhibitor fails
Jeff Evans writing in Rheumatology News reported on a study from Strasbourg University in France. The results of this study conducted in patients with rheumatoid arthritis was that patients who didn’t respond to the first anti-TNF drug had a higher response rate when they were switched to a non-anti-TNF drug than if they were switched to another anti-TNF. However, a second anti-TNF drug was effective if the patient had developed anti-drug antibodies to the first TNF inhibitor.
Comment: Wow… that’s a lot of information. Did you get that? We still tend to try a second anti-TNF in our clinic because we have found that it sometimes works pretty well.
Here’s a bad side effect you need to be aware of if you’re taking this particular drug.
Tocilizumab (Actemra) markedly increases rate of bowel perforation.
Amy Karon writing in Rheumatology News reported that patients with rheumatoid arthritis were 5 to 9 times more likely than patients on other biologics to develop perforation of the colon. The report comes from a study conducted in Germany after analysis of more than 15,000 patients with rheumatoid arthritis evaluated through the German biologics registry.
Comment: A well known risk but the incidence is a lot higher than we supposed.