Ancient herbal remedy as effective as methotrexate in treating RA

The “thunder god vine” has been used to treat rheumatoid arthritis (RA) in China for centuries, but thanks to a recent study of 207 Chinese patients, the herbal remedy may be ready for 21st century acceptance.  During the trial, those who took the herbal extract alone showed slightly more improvement than those on methotrexate alone.  […]

Patients with rheumatoid arthritis more likely to develop kidney disease

According to new research from Mayo Clinic, patients afflicted with rheumatoid arthritis (RA) are more likely than the average person to develop chronic kidney disease.  The study of 1,626 patients, half of whom had RA, showed that over a 20-year period, those with RA have a 1 in 4 chance of developing chronic kidney disease, […]

Intelligent prosthetic liners could ease pain for amputees

Thousands of lower limb amputees experience long-term pain and discomfort as a result of poorly fitting replacement limbs, but that may soon change as an interdisciplinary team develops the world’s first prosthetic ‘intelligent’ liner with integrated pressure sensors.  The sensors for the device measure the pressure and pulling forces at the interface between a patient’s […]

U.S. court reverses Massachusetts ban on Zohydro

A United States District Court judge has granted a preliminary injunction against Massachusetts’ attempted ban of Zohydro ER, a prescription painkiller by Zogenix Inc.  The state’s governor, Deval Patrick, had announced a ban on the drug, formally declaring a public health emergency on March 27, 2014 stemming from abuse of opioids in the state.  This […]

Researchers find key to lingering joint pain after viruses

A team of Australian researchers have discovered why otherwise healthy people are plagued by chronic joint pain long after recovering from viruses such as dengue, yellow fever, and various forms of encephalitis.  According to the team out of Griffith University, alphaviruses infect the skeleton and degrade people’s bones, suggesting that those experiencing this type of […]