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Potential New Drug Target for the Treatment of Rheumatoid Arthritis

Researchers at the La Jolla Institute for Allergy and Immunology, in collaboration with colleagues the University of California, San Diego, identified a novel drug target for the treatment of rheumatoid arthritis that focuses on the cells that are directly responsible for the cartilage damage in affected joints.

Cherry Juice Lowers Blood Uric Acid Level

Montmorency Tart Cherry Juice Lowered Blood Uric Acid Levels and a Marker for Inflammation

Tart cherries have long been researched for their association with pain relief, ranging from gout and arthritis joint pain to exercise-related muscle pain. A new study published in the Journal of Functional Foods is the first to report consumption of Montmorency tart cherries caused changes in uric acid metabolism, which can have an impact on joint pain. The study also detected increases in specific anthocyanin compounds in the bloodstream after consuming tart cherries.

Rheumatoid Arthritis

Blocking Single Receptor Could Halt Rheumatoid Arthritis

Researchers at the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) College of Medicine have shown for the first time how the activation of a receptor provokes the inflammation and bone degradation of rheumatoid arthritis, and that activation of this one receptor, found on cells in the fluid of arthritic joints, is all that is required.

Iceland’s Therapeutic Blue Lagoon

Iceland’s Therapeutic Blue Lagoon

The Blue Lagoon is a medicinal spa located in Iceland and is one of the most popular tourist attractions in that country. It is no wonder that this milky blue body of water is so popular; it is rich in therapeutic minerals and surrounded by a surreal basalt lava field in Grindavík on the Reykjanes Peninsula in southwestern Iceland. It has been named one of National Geographics 25 Wonders of the World and is touted as the place where nature and science meet. The spa operation is serviced by a full medical and research staff.

Alternative Medicine in Rheumatology

Alternative Medicine in Rheumatology

Patients, with or without their physicians consent (and notwithstanding specific recommendations to the contrary), often turn to alternative medicines, such as herbal supplements and therapies like acupuncture, for help with symptoms of rheumatologic ailments. Most of the conflict relates to medicines and supplements, rather than treatments and therapies such as acupuncture or yoga. Because the latter two get the most praise from integrative medicine providers, let’s look at recent news about herbal medicines and supplements.

Treatment of Lupus

Advances in the Treatment of Lupus

The study of lupus has come a long way over the past 2 decades. In 2011, the first lupus-specific treatment to appear in the last half century was FDA approved. Just 20 years ago, only about 40% of lupus patients lived beyond 3 years after diagnosis. Now, a normal lifespan is possible for most, when diagnosed early and monitored long term.

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