Prof. URLs for arthritis - April 11 2016


Fall detector for older people

A new sensor will make life safer for the elderly, say its developers. Pressure measurements enable a newly developed fall detector to "observe" falls that current sensors do not register, thus improving safety for older people who live at home.


Shedding Pounds May Ward Off Knee OA
Loss of 5% body weight reduced risk in middle-aged, overweight and obese women


Compound in green tea found to block rheumatoid arthritis
Researchers have identified a potential new approach to combating the joint pain, inflammation and tissue damage caused by rheumatoid arthritis.


New surgical technique improves biological hip joint replacement
Traditional hip replacement procedures reduce pain and restore mobility. However, for younger, more active patients, an artificial hip has a limited lifetime and usually requires restricted activity. Now, researchers have tested a new biological technique that may provide better and longer-lasting joint function.


Rheumatology community responds to FDA approval of Inflectra (Infliximab-dyyb), a Biosimilar to Remicade
Posted: 07 Apr 2016 06:35 AM PDT
The ACR has issued an official statement regarding the FDA's approval of Inflectra (infliximab-dyyb), a biosimilar to Remicade. Inflectra is the first biosimilar to receive approval in the U.S. for the treatment of rheumatic diseases, including rheumatoid arthritis and psoriatic arthritis.


Osteoarthritis: Carbohydrate-binding protein promotes inflammation
Posted: 07 Apr 2016 06:29 AM PDT
More and more people, particularly older people, are suffering from osteoarthritis due to wear and tear on their joints. This primarily affects the knee and hip joints but also the spine. In earlier studies, scientists showed that raised levels of certain proteins, so-called galectins, and their docking sites are found in patients with osteoarthritis. However, until now, their role in osteoarthritis was largely unknown.