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Archive for the 'Rheumatoid Diseases' Category

Static magnets and copper fail to improve arthritis

Tuesday, October 1st, 2013

MAGNETIC-BRACELET-150x150Folklore remedies for pain and inflammation support these bracelets to treat rheumatoid arthritis.

Researchers at The University of York, in the UK studied their effects. (more…)

Kinesiology tape

Saturday, August 11th, 2012

During the Olympics, you may have noticed brightly colored kinesiology (aka Kinesin) tape attached to the legs, backs, arms and other body parts of athletes.

It’s meant to help stabilize tendons and joints and provide pressure relief. Researchers at the National Defense Academy, in Japan, studied its potential to alleviate muscle weakness. (more…)

Music to manage chronic pain

Wednesday, May 30th, 2012

Treating chronic pain is challenging. Often, the reason for the pain isn’t clear and may require combinations of treatments before finding relief, if then.

Researchers at the Centre Mémoire de Ressources et de Recherches, in Paris, France assessed the usefulness of their music intervention to manage patients with chronic pain. (more…)

Problem of physical inactivity in adults with rheumatoid arthritis

Sunday, February 5th, 2012

Researchers at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, in Chicago Illinois, studied the impact of this modifiable risk factor. (more…)

Contribution of mindfulness in rheumatic joint disease

Friday, December 23rd, 2011

Researchers at Diakonhjemmet Hospital, in Oslo, Norway, evaluated the effects of a mindfulness-based group training in adults with inflammatory rheumatic joint diseases. (more…)

Review: Yoga to treat pain

Tuesday, December 20th, 2011

Researchers at the University of Witten/Herdecke, in Germany, performed a meta-analysis on the effectiveness of yoga on pain and associated disability. (more…)

Reviewing the reviews of tai chi

Sunday, November 20th, 2011

Prof. Ernst and a colleague critically evaluated the systematic reviews of tai chi for any improvement of medical conditions or clinical symptoms. (more…)

Review: Yoga for arthritis

Tuesday, October 18th, 2011

Researchers at the Johns Hopkins School of Public Health, in Baltimore, Maryland, reviewed the evidence. (more…)

Review: CAM for arthritis

Monday, October 10th, 2011

Prof. Ernst and colleague evaluated the evidence on CAM treatment options for rheumatoid arthritis and osteoarthritis. (more…)

Review: Acupuncture to treat pain

Monday, October 10th, 2011

Prof. Ernst and a colleague reviewed previous Cochrane reviews. (more…)

Anti-inflammatory effects of heated vs unheated ginger

Friday, May 13th, 2011

Ginger (Zingiber officnale) exerts anti-inflammatory effects, and heat treatment of ginger has been suggested to enhance its pain relieving effects.

Now, researchers from Georgia College and State University, in Milledgeville report the results of 2 studies in adults. (more…)

The Arthritis Foundation’s tai chi program

Wednesday, May 11th, 2011

During the annual scientific meeting of the American College of Rheumatology, researchers at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Medicine reported (abstract 698) the results of the largest study to date of the Arthritis Foundation’s Tai Chi program. (more…)

Here’s what we know about vitamin D

Monday, May 9th, 2011

Many studies suggest that we may need more vitamin D than presently recommended to prevent chronic disease.

Dr. Christine Gonzalez reviewed the evidence for disease prevention. Let’s focus on what’s known and what requires more evidence. (more…)

Why do patients with rheumatoid arthritis respond to homeopathy?

Saturday, May 7th, 2011

Researchers at Aldermoor Health Centre, Aldermoor Close, Southampton, UK compared homeopathic consultation to homeopathic remedies. (more…)

Cannabinoids to treat chronic non-cancer pain

Thursday, March 24th, 2011

Effective options to treat patients with chronic pain are limited.

Researchers at the University of Toronto reviewed lots of different forms of cannabis. (more…)

Review: Moxibustion for rheumatic conditions

Saturday, February 19th, 2011

Moxibustion, an acupuncture-like treatment, is increasingly used in the management of rheumatic conditions.

Prof. Ernst and colleagues reviewed the evidence. (more…)

Review of acupuncture to treat rheumatic conditions

Wednesday, January 12th, 2011

Other reviews came to contradictory conclusions.

So, Prof. Ernst reviewed the reviews. (more…)

Antioxidant primer

Friday, January 7th, 2011

Dr. Manouchehr Saljoughian from the Alta Bates Summit Medical Center in Berkeley, California has reviewed antioxidants.

Lets define terms. (more…)

Balneotherapy: 2 reviews of the evidence

Friday, October 29th, 2010

This review of balneotherapy comes from the Alfa Institute of Biomedical Sciences (AIBS), in Athens, Greece. (more…)

Internet-based arthritis self-management

Thursday, June 10th, 2010

Researchers from Stanford University School of Medicine in California studied arthritis patients who were unable or unwilling to attend a small-group arthritis self-management program (ASMP). (more…)