Rheumatoid Arthritis

Researchers Discover Protein To Control Inflammation – Could Lead To Treatments For Rheumatoid Arthritis And Diabetes

Researchers Discover Protein To Control Inflammation – Could Lead To Treatments For Rheumatoid Arthritis And Diabetes

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(Best Syndication) Pennsylvania researchers have discovered a key regulator protein called Bcl-3 which helps the body control the inflammation response to infections. The protein does this by interfering with a critical biochemical process called ubiquitination. Previous studies found that Bcl-3 plays a role in immunity, but this is the first research to suggest it regulates inflammation by blocking ubiquitination.

Diabetes, sepsis, and rheumatoid arthritis could be treated in the future by gene therapy. “The novelty of our study is the discovery that Bcl-3 acting on gene expression has a profound effect on inflammation,” according to Ruaidhri Carmody, PhD, Senior Research Investigator in the Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine and first author of the Science paper.

Can Flaxseed Help With Arthritis Pain?

Can Flaxseed Help With Arthritis Pain?

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Living with arthritis can be a very difficult challenge. Every movement hurts, from sitting down, to standing up to just walking across the room, you just can’t seem to be able to live comfortably. If you have problems with arthritis, try flaxseed oil. Studies have shown that flaxseed oil may help relieve the pain from arthritis. You may find yourself asking, why would I want to try flaxseed oil if I can get on prescription drugs? Some people don’t have the option of taking prescriptions, however, and others would rather use natural products to help relieve their arthritis pain. The thing you have to keep in mind is that flaxseed is natural and it doesn’t cost hundreds of dollars as many prescriptions do. The only drawback is that all natural ingredients such as flaxseed aren’t covered by insurance so you have to weigh the good and the bad before taking flaxseed oil for your arthritis pain.

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Risk Factors for Rheumatoid Arthritis – Smoking, Education Level, and Glucose Tolerance

Risk Factors for Rheumatoid Arthritis – Smoking, Education Level, and Glucose Tolerance

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[Best Syndication] Studies were presented at the EULAR 2007, the Annual European Congress of Rheumatology in Barcelona, Spain which pinpointed a number of different risk factors for a person to develop rheumatoid arthritis. These risk factors include both environmental as well as genetic risk factors that can contribute to rheumatoid arthritis. Smoking, the level of education, and metabolic indicators all contribute to the risk factors for developing the disease.

One study showed that smoking increased the risk for developing rheumatoid arthritis with an odds ratio of 1.77; 95% confidence interval 1.13 to 2.78. This study also showed a relationship with education and rheumatoid risk factor. If a person had only an elementary school education only when compared against a university degree education had an odds ratio of 2.46 confidence interval 1.20 to 5.02. The researchers point out that education factor alone may increase the risk for developing rheumatoid arthritis.

Mothers that Breast feed have reduced risk for developing Rheumatoid Arthritis

Mothers that Breast feed have reduced risk for developing Rheumatoid Arthritis

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[Best Syndication] A study was presented at the EULAR 2007, the Annual European Congress of Rheumatology in Barcelona, Spain that discussed the benefits of breast feeding and reduced risk for developing rheumatoid arthritis. Mothers that breast feed for at least thirteen months had a reduced risk for developing the disease. The researchers did not see any relationship to risk factors for oral contraceptive use or hormone replacement therapy with the development of rheumatoid arthritis.

“Whilst other studies suggest that hormonal factors play a part in the development of RA, and we know that pregnancy can result in an improvement in RA symptoms, we wanted to investigate the long term effect of breast-feeding,” said the lead researcher Dr Mitra Keshavarz, of Malmö Hospital University, Sweden. “This study specifically highlights the potential of naturally-induced hormones in protecting individuals from developing RA in the future. Furthermore, it adds to the growing body of evidence in favor of breast feeding and its positive health implications – this time demonstrating its protective benefits for the mother.”

Rheumatoid Arthritis risk is less with Drinking Alcoholic Beverages – Suppresses Immune System

Rheumatoid Arthritis risk is less with Drinking Alcoholic Beverages – Suppresses Immune System

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[Best Syndication] A study that was presented at the EULAR 2007 which hosts the Annual European Congress of Rheumatology in Barcelona, Spain explained that alcohol may help reduce the chances of developing rheumatoid arthritis. The benefits were seen when a person drank three servings of alcohol a week and when there was ten units a week there was even more protection. Smoking and genetic predisposition to rheumatoid arthritis were reduced when individuals drank three or more units a week.

The research showed that the odds ratio 0.5, 95%; confidence interval 0.4 – 0.7 was seen with the increased consumption of alcohol of three or more units per week. The researchers believe that this lifestyle link could prove beneficial for finding new ways to understand rheumatoid arthritis.

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