Better rheumatoid arthritis services needed

(13/06/2017) Half of adults with rheumatoid arthritis (RA) have to had to change jobs because of the condition, while 24% have had to reduce their hours, a new survey has found. RA is a painful inflammatory condition affecting the joints. Around 40,000 people in Ireland have the condition and it can start at any age,
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Awareness of psoriatic arthritis low

(08/02/2017) Almost half of people affected by the skin disease, psoriasis, have never heard of the painful condition psoriatic arthritis, despite the fact that many of them will go on to develop it, new research has shown. Psoriasis is an inflammatory skin condition, which appears as pink or red raised patches on the skin, known
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Hundreds of children waiting in pain

(10/10/2016) Hundreds of children with the painful joint condition, arthritis, are being left languishing on waiting lists due to a severe lack of appropriate staff, Arthritis Ireland has warned. According to the charity, 565 children are currently waiting to see a consultant paediatric rheumatologist for the treatment of juvenile idiopathic arthritis (JIA) – the most
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450 kids with arthritis on waiting list

(03/05/2016) Almost 450 children with the painful joint disease, arthritis, are currently waiting to be seen by specialist doctors, Arthritis Ireland (AI) has said. Arthritis is an inflammation of the joints that causes pain and immobility, ranging from mild to severe. In Ireland around 915,000 people, including 1,100 children, are living with the condition, making
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Paracetamol does not reduce arthritis pain

(21/03/2016) A large study has found that taken on its own, paracetamol has no role to play in the treatment of the most common form of arthritis, as it is ‘not clinically effective’. Osteoarthritis, also known as degenerative joint disease, is the most common type of arthritis. The main symptoms are pain and stiffness. Most
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Children get arthritis too

(12/10/2015) Arthritis is the most common cause of disability in Ireland and those affected are fed up with the myth that the condition ‘is just a few aches and pains that affects older people’, Arthritis Ireland (AI) has said. This week is National Arthritis Week and as part of this, the charity has launched a
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New app for people with rheumatoid arthritis

(22/09/2015) A new app has been launched to help Irish people suffering with rheumatoid arthritis (RA). RA is a chronic and often painful condition that affects the joints, causing them to become inflamed. Around 40,000 people in Ireland are affected, almost three in four of whom are women. The RAISE app has been developed by
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UCD scientists in arthritis breakthrough

(02/09/2015) People who are most likely to suffer the severest effects of rheumatoid arthritis (RA) can now be identified early and provided with more aggressive treatments earlier on, thanks to a discovery by scientists at University College Dublin (UCD). RA is a chronic and often painful condition that affects the joints, causing them to become
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Depression ups heart risk in RA patients

(13/08/2015) People with rheumatoid arthritis (RA) are more likely to experience hardening of the arteries – a major risk factor for heart disease – if they are anxious, stressed or depressed, a new study has found. According to the findings, a lack of social support can also increase the risk. RA is a chronic and
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Interval training good for arthritis

(30/07/2015) It is already known that people with arthritis should continue to exercise as this can help the painful condition. However, a pilot study has found that those affected should consider high-intensity interval training as part of their workout routine. Arthritis is an inflammation of the joints that can cause pain and immobility. As a
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