In early June, and for weeks since, news outlets have been writing about a study showing that responsibly drinking five or more servings of wine or other alcohol a week cuts the risk of developing rheumatoid arthritis by up to 50% . Those who drank 1-4 drinks per week cut their risk by about 20%. The researchers believe this is because alcohol is a mild anti-inflammatory. The study was performed by researchers at the Institute of Environmental Medicine at the Karolinska Institute in Stockholm, Sweden and was published in the Annals of the Rheumatic Diseases.
The data consisted of two studies in Sweden and Denmark and included 2,750 men and women, 1,650 of whom had rheumatoid arthritis. The researchers found that those who drank regularly, meaning more than three drinks per week, were less likely to develop RA. The effect appeared to be greater for smokers with genetic risk factors for developin...
ANSWER TO QUESTION REGARDING "OVERLAPPING ARTHRITIS"
From a reader: "I have
an overlapping arthritis, based on my last x-rays, I have deterioration in all
of the fingers on my left hand, as well as my knuckles and wrists on both
hands. I also have deterioration in 3 fingers on my right hand. ...
I would like to know
if you could advise me of any arthritis drugs that could maybe slow down the
Answer: Deterioration could mean several things - including joint deformities or joint erosions.
An even more important question deals with whether you have
active joint disease that would respond to even more aggressive therapy. Perhaps the damage is done, so to speak. If that is the case, no drug is going to
reverse the deformities that have developed as a result of the unchecked
inflammation of progressive rheumatoid arthritis.
You mention swelling, but you have no morning
stiffness. Usually, patients with active
With neck or back pain, people automatically assume that the spinal discs are the source of pain. Sometimes that assumption is incorrect because frequently the small joints of the spine called the facet joints are the culprit. This very common generator of cervical, thorocic and lumbar pain connects one boney segment to the other, helping to form the entire spinal chain or column like a big long Slinky. These joints are extremely important for supporting motion such as twisting, bending and turning. Without these facet joints, the spine would feel like one big broomstick. Because the spine is constantly in motion, the joints are always being stressed and can become worn out, swollen and painful.
Arthritis in the facet joints is technically called Facet Arthropathy . You'll find that term on radiologists' reports examining the spine by X-Ray, MR, or CT imaging. Facet arthropathy can be seen in those who do not have any pain and in those as young as their 20s. In reality, these jo...
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