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05/03/2021 - COVID-19 gout treatment trial to include under-50s
A UK COVID-19 trial that is assessing the effectiveness of a common gout drug to help alleviate the virus’s symptoms can now include under-50s, it has been announced. More

21/01/2021 - Antidepressants 'ineffective' for back pain and osteoarthritis
Antidepressant drugs do not provide any benefit for people with back and osteoarthritis pain, according to a review published. More

21/12/2020 - Prehabilitation needs to be lengthy - study
Older adults should complete a lengthy programme of exercise before undergoing elective surgery to help counteract muscle-wasting effects caused by bed rest, says a UK study published today (21 December 2020). More

15/12/2020 - Discrepancies in opioid prescribing patterns in England
England has hugely varying rates of opioid prescribing across its regions, researchers say today. More

04/12/2020 - Pandemic mortality risk for people with rare autoimmune disease
People with rare autoimmune rheumatic diseases have been at greater risk of dying during the COVID-19 pandemic than the general population, according to a study published today. More

16/11/2020 - Baricitinib could reduce COVID-19 mortality
Baricitinib, the rheumatoid arthritis drug, has shown promise as a treatment that could help to reduce COVID-19 mortality, an early-stage study has found. More

01/10/2020 - Care homes to test anti-inflammatory virus treatment
An anti-tumour necrosis factor drug is to be tested as a community treatment for COVID-19 infection, it has been announced. More

16/09/2020 - Joint replacement report shows “continued success”
An annual report has been released showing the outcomes of joint replacement procedures. More

11/06/2020 - Recommendations for rheumatic patients with Covid-19
New provisional recommendations for people with rheumatic musculoskeletal diseases who test positive for Covid-19 has been published by the European League Against Rheumatism. More

09/06/2020 - Genetic risk score devised for osteoporosis patients
Genetic researchers have discovered how to predict which individuals with osteoporosis are likely to have fractures. More

02/06/2020 - Stillbirth associated with increased lupus risk
Women who have had a stillbirth are four times more likely to develop lupus than those who had an uncomplicated live-birth, a new UK study has found. More

13/05/2020 - Global 'burden' of osteoarthritis measured
A new global study of osteoarthritis has found that the condition is “a major public health challenge”, with increasing rates in most countries. More

27/01/2020 - Potential for new rheumatoid arthritis therapy revealed
New rheumatoid arthritis therapy could be developed after the discovery that restricting the amount of an endogenous amino acid significantly restricts excessive formation of osteoclasts, Austrian researchers have announced. More

29/08/2019 - Antibiotic link to arthritis
Taking antibiotics may lead to an increased risk of rheumatoid arthritis, according to a new study. More

31/07/2019 - Lyme disease more common than believed
The number of cases of tick-borne Lyme disease in the UK have been significantly underestimated, according to an analysis published today. More

09/07/2019 - New technique uses infrared to diagnose rheumatoid arthritis
Infrared light could be used to help detect and diagnose rheumatoid arthritis, thanks to a method developed by UK scientists. More

30/05/2019 - Arthritis breakthrough centres on fibroblasts
The two most common forms of arthritis are linked to two different kinds of fibroblast, British researchers reported last night. More

01/05/2019 - Global burden of musculoskeletal conditions
The global burden of musculoskeletal diseases has increased by a third this century, according to an analysis published today. More

22/01/2019 - Osteoarthritis genes unveiled
Fifty-two new genetic changes linked to osteoarthritis have been discovered in the largest genetic study of the degenerative joint disease to date, it was announced last night. More

20/09/2018 - Improvement found to lupus testing
Researchers have identified two new variants of lupus, from tests on patients in Africa. More

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