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Could Your Gut Help Prevent Rheumatoid Arthritis?

The bacteria in your gut do more than break down your food. They can also predict susceptibility to rheumatoid arthritis. More than 300,000 Canadians have rheumatoid arthritis, an inflammatory disease that causes painful swelling in the joints and scientists still have a limited understanding of the processes that triggers the disease.

A study published by a team of researchers from the Center for Immunology and Inflammatory Diseases at Massachusetts General Hospital have investigated a potential relationship between the mucous membrane of the gut and prevention of rheumatoid arthritis.

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Decreased rate of joint replacement for RA patients on biologics

Knee with osteoarthritis

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A study published in the European League Against Rheumatism Annual Congress last month shows that the incidence of knee and hip replacement declined after the introduction of biologics to national rheumatoid arthritis (RA) treatment guidelines.

The study looked at 30,868 patients diagnosed with RA at the rheumatology department between 1996 and 2011 and compared them with 301,527 controls from the general population. The baseline total knee replacement (TKR) incidence rate per 1,000 person-years was 5.87 for RA versus 0.42 for the controlled group. Prior to 2002, the incidence of total knee replacement increased among RA patients, but started to decrease after the introduction of bDMARDs and their associated guidelines in 2003. In February of 2007, the rate of TKR changed to 1.8 TKRs/1,000 person. Over the study period, the incidence of total knee replacement and total hip replacement increased among the general population controlled group. In contrast, there was a downward trend among RA patients.

Lene Dreyer, MD, from the Center for Rheumatology and Spine Diseases in Denmark, is one of the author the study. Dreyer explained: “Our findings show a clear downward trend in these two operations in RA patients in Denmark since the additions of [biologic disease-modifying anti rheumatic drugs] bDMARDs to treatment protocols. Also, the overall pattern of our findings is in line with those recently reported from England and Wales.”

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Are you interested in health research? Let’s talk!

Lets talk health research bannerThe BC Health Research Connection Project invites you to a community dialogue on health research. Registration is free.

You’re invited to a community dialogue on health research to discuss the development of a new provincial program that will help connect people like you to research opportunities. Below are the details for the event:

Date: Tuesday, June 27, 2017
Time: 5:45pm-8:00pm
Location:
Marpole-Oakridge Community Centre (Auditorium)
990 West 59th Avenue,
Vancouver
Registration: Free, click here. Please register by June 23.
*Refreshments will be served.

Whether you are healthy, sick, young or old, you can help by volunteering to participate in research in a variety of ways.

Come and share your ideas and tell us:

  • Why is health research important to you?
  • How can we keep you informed of research opportunities?

For additional information, contact:
Stefanie Cheah, Project Manager at Stefanie.cheah@vch.ca or 604-875-4111 (Ext. 22781)

The event is hosted by the BC Health Research Connection Project, which is led by Vancouver Coastal Health Research Institute in collaboration with health authorities, research institutes and universities across BC. Cheryl Koehn, Founder and President of Arthritis Consumer Experts, is a member of the research team.

What resources do you want to see in the EQUIP-TJR toolkit?

EQUIP banner for research studyHere’s your chance to take a Canada-wide survey on the patient’s views on quality indicator resources for hip and knee replacement rehabilitation.

Researchers at the Centre for Hip Health and Mobility in Vancouver have developed quality indicators (QIs) for hip and knee replacement rehabilitation. Quality indicators state the quality of rehabilitation care that all patients having a joint replacement for hip or knee osteoarthritis (OA) should expect to receive. They are currently creating a ‘toolkit’ to help people like you and your families learn about these QIs and use them to: Continue reading

Forty percent of people will be affected by symptomatic hand osteoarthritis

picture of a hand over grassAccording to a recent study published in Arthritis & Rheumatology, forty percent of people will be affected by symptomatic osteoarthritis in at least one hand.

The study was conducted by the Arthritis Program at the U.S. Renters for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta. Lead researcher Jin Qin, Sc.D, and his team looked at 1999 to 2010 data on 2,218 individuals from North Carolina, ages 45 or older. Data collected include participant reported symptoms and hand X-rays.

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“Preventing Rheumatoid Arthritis (Pre-RA): perspectives of people with RA, people at risk and of rheumatologists” study

Logos for pre-ra rheumatoid arthritis study“Preventing Rheumatoid Arthritis (Pre-RA): perspectives of people with RA, people at risk and of rheumatologists” study

Join the study as a patient with RA or first-degree relative

A research study funded by the Canadian Rheumatology Association’s Initiative for Outcomes in Rheumatology cAre (CIORA) wants to understand the perspectives of people with RA, those at risk of RA and health care providers about potential treatments aimed at preventing rheumatoid arthritis. Arthritis Consumer Experts is a partner organization on the project.

Are you:

  • Aged over 18?
  • Someone with rheumatoid arthritis OR you have a first degree relative (parent, sibling, adult child) with rheumatoid arthritis?
    AND,
  • Someone with access to a computer and the internet?

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