by Dr. John Christopher
Arthritis is a disease which affects the joints. It is attended by pain, heat, redness, stiffness and swelling. Archaeological evidence indicates that arthritis was known as far back as the earliest dynasties of ancient Egypt and possibly before that time. In the new world we find "prehistoric" North American Indian skeletal populations exhibiting arthritic deposits and bone deformities. The disease knows no boundaries as far as age, social status, or geographical distribution.
A new study published in the February, 2003 issue of Annals of Rheumatic Diseases confirms that those people eating a diet high in fruits, vegetables, legumes, and certain oils also known as the "Mediterranean diet" helps ease symptoms in people with rheumatoid arthritis.
This study was performed on non-vegetarians living in Sweden. The authors obtained dramatic results by placing 26 subjects on a dairy-free diet for three months, while 25 people continued to eat a typical Swedish smorgasbord of meat and dairy products. According to Dr.
By Michael Leidig
VIENNA (Reuters Health)Jan.7, 2003 - A Peruvian plant called Uncaria tomentosa, or Cat's claw, seems to be an effective treatment for rheumatoid arthritis, according to preliminary research conducted at Innsbruck University Hospital.
In rheumatoid arthritis, the immune system attacks the tissues that line the joints, leading to pain, inflammation and deformity.
by Christian Finn
If you've ever suffered from any form of joint pain, you know how miserable it can make your life. Most people take their joints for granted. When they're working smoothly, they demand little attention. But once they begin to ache, they take center stage.
By KENNETH CHANG
Scientists may have discovered an important, unexpected clue in the long, elusive search for the cause of rheumatoid arthritis.
Rheumatoid arthritis, a disease without cure that afflicts more than two million people in the United States, is thought to be caused by out-of-control immune cells that mistakenly attack cartilage and joints.
But scientists have been unsure exactly what in the cartilage and joints the immune cells are attacking.
Wed Aug 21, 2002
By Amanda Gardner
WEDNESDAY, Aug. 21 (HealthScoutNews) -- Carbohydrates that are naturally present in the human body may help cause rheumatoid arthritis, a debilitating, painful disease that has no cure and no clear cause.
Wed Aug 21, 2002
By Adam Marcus
WEDNESDAY, Aug. 21 (HealthScoutNews) -- A man-made molecule may change the debate over medical marijuana.
Thu Aug 8, 2002
NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Elderly people in China appear to be 80% to 90% less likely to develop osteoarthritis of the hip than older people living in the US, a new study shows.
Experts hope the findings could shed some light on possible genetic or other biological factors that may be behind the development of the joint disease.