The impact of rheumatoid arthritis on quality-of-life

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Tracey Howe considers a systematic review examining the impact of rheumatoid arthritis on Health Related Quality of Life, measured through the SF-36.

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Periodontal disease and rheumatoid arthritis

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This recent systematic reviews asks: Does periodontal treatment influence clinical and biochemical measures for rheumatoid arthritis? The answer is that there’s insufficient evidence to know.

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Limited evidence suggests that co-morbid chronic physical illness may not increase risk for recurrence in depression

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There is a widespread clinical presumption that people who have both major depressive disorder (MDD) and a co-morbid chronic physical illness represent a ‘double trouble’ group. This leads to the expectation that the depression prognosis for these people would be poor with increasing likelihood of recurrence. Evidence supports the view that depression is prevalent among [read the full story…]

Yoga for Musculoskeletal Conditions

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A friend of mine is currently training to be a Yoga instructor. This got me thinking about Yoga and musculoskeletal conditions. The different Yoga poses focus on increasing the flexibility of the joints and improving postural stability through improvements in muscle strength.  Yoga also aims to release the tension on muscles with the aim of [read the full story…]

Physical Activity Levels in Rheumatoid Arthritis

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With our 5×50 worldwide exercise flash-mob challenge about to start on Friday 23rd November (see earlier post) we thought we would have a look at evidence related to physical activity and exercise for people with musculoskeletal conditions. The majority of research on people with RA has focused on the effect of exercise training with benefits [read the full story…]

Are non-pharmacological interventions effective in the management of work disability in rheumatic conditions?

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In recent years workforce participation among individuals with rheumatic diseases has received considerable research attention, particularly with an ageing population who will be expected to stay at work longer. Therefore, a review by Gignac et al (2012) in Best Practice and Research Clinical Rheumatology on the effectiveness of a range of non-pharmacological interventions in managing work [read the full story…]

Lifestyle and behaviour change interventions in osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis

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Have you ever tried to make and sustain a lifestyle or behaviour change? How easy was it? Someone once explained to me that some things in life are simple, but that doesn’t equate to them being easy. For example, if you want to lose weight, it’s simple – exercise more and eat less, but if [read the full story…]

Health Literacy in Patients with Chronic Musculoskeletal Disease

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I was catching up with a colleague at a conference last week and was very interested to hear that she is involved in a project about Health Literacy and musculoskeletal conditions. Health literacy is the degree to which individuals have the capacity to obtain, process, and understand basic health information and services needed to make [read the full story…]