Rheumatoid Arthritis

Rituxan gets FDA approval for treatment of Wegener's Granulomatosis and Microscopic Polyangiitis

Rituxan gets FDA approval for treatment of Wegener's Granulomatosis and Microscopic Polyangiitis

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(Best Syndication News) - Two rare disorders that cause vasculitis, Wegener’s granulomatosis (WG) and microscopic polyangiitis (MPA), have a new treatment called Rituxan (rituximab) that was approved by the FDA today. The Rituxan along with glucocorticoids (steroids) is the treatment that was approved for the treatment of these rare disorders. Rituxan is the first approved therapy that is used to treat these diseases. Rituxan is made by Genentech, who is part of the Roche Group. Rituxan has been approved since 1997 to treat non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, chronic lymphocytic leukemia, and rheumatoid arthritis.

Rituxan uses biotechnology methods to make an antibody that reduces the amount 'B cells' which are specific immune cells. There was a single controlled trial study of 197 patients that had either WG or MPA. The researchers randomly assigned the patient Rituxan plus glucocorticoids once a week for four weeks or they gave the patient an oral cyclophosphamide plus glucocorticoids daily. The study duration at six months showed the patients that had the Rituxan with the glucocorticoids had 64 percent of the patients have complete remission. The cyclosphosphamide and glucocorticoids patients had 53 percent achieve complete remission.

Hand Surgery: Dealing With Various Injuries Relating To Them

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In many, many ways our hands are what separate us from lower life forms. Our hands, when used in conjunction with the boundless imagination and creativity that pours forth from our minds, enable us to create tools, art, and virtually everything that makes humans unique. Like our voices, our hands are one of the most important ways in which we communicate with the world.

As the world becomes increasingly dependent on technology, our hands are becoming ever more important in our ability to communicate. Every email, every text, every touch screen we encounter involves our ability to use our hands to shape our message to the world. That is why it can be absolutely devastating when a debilitating injury to the hand occurs.

How Hemp Seed Oil Can Help Your Arthritis

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Many people would dismiss arthritis as a simple and natural process of aging when in fact it is not. It is a crippling disease; slow yet decapitating. Arthritis has many forms and accompanying painful symptoms. Somehow, in the advent of modern-day technology and medical breakthroughs, we look for an organic alternative way of battling arthritis knowing that it is safer and economical yet effective.

Arthritis simply means inflammation of the joints. We have a variety of joints in our body and this condition pertains to the swelling and pain that occurs in the affected area of someone inflicted with it.

What happens to the affected area is coined as “cartilage and bone gravel.” Due to the overstretching of muscles which cause damage to the joints, what is left of the bones as well as the cartilage, would forcefully rub against each other which causes throbbing pain as well as worsening the damage of the affected joints. This continues to happen over and over again; it becomes a painful cycle and it gets worse over time.

7 Effective Exercises for Arthritis

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You seem to be restless all day and feel terrible pain during nighttime. It seems endless, the cycle of pain and immobility, not having the means to do the things you used to do and the stress and boredom that go with it. When you are tormented by the pain of arthritis, you most likely would long for some rest rather than exercise which seems to be exhausting and painful altogether.

It is a mistaken notion that exercise can further damage your joints. On the other hand, doing moderate exercises have shown significant impact in the overall well-being of patients suffering from arthritis. Patients should of course refrain from doing high-impact exercises as this may aggravate their condition. There are, however, a variety of low-impact or moderate exercises that have shown incredible benefits such as reduction of joint pain and the strengthening of muscles around the affected joint. It has also improved overall health and fitness by creating a healthy self-esteem, reducing depressive symptoms, controlling obesity, improving sleep, and boosting energy.

Tai Chi Classes to Commence at Kurrajong Natural Medicine Centre

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Kurrajong Natural Medicine Centre, at Kurrajong, in the Blue Mountains, north-west of Sydney is starting Tai Chi Classes on the 19th of October.

What is Tai Chi?

Tai Chi is an integral part of traditional Chinese medicine (TCM), providing a means to balance the mind, body and spirit. Tai Chi is a martial art and involves slow, precise movements combined with breathing to strengthen the body, focus the mind and activate the body's Qi. It is used as a form of exercise in China and has gained increased popularity as a form of exercise in the west.

Tai Chi is however much more than mere exercise. Many practitioners of Chinese medicine use Tai Chi to help them focus and direct the Qi, which they use when practicing acupuncture. In addition, Tai Chi can also be use as a form of self-defense. It is a martial art and many consider it to be superior to Karate.

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