Living with Ankylosing Spondylitis: The Blog

A blog for and by people living with AS

Archive for February, 2010

Press – News – 399 – The majority of patients receiving anti-TNF therapy for AS during routine care demonstrated an improvement in disease activity

A study published in the journal Rheumatology states that patients with “Raised inflammatory markers at the start of [TNF-a Inhibitor] therapy” had greater improvement in regards to disease activity.

Overall, the authors write that, “The majority of patients receiving anti-TNF therapy for AS during routine care demonstrated an improvement in disease activity.”

To read the study abstract click here.

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Press – News – 402 – Experts look at the pros and cons of alternative arthritis therapies

An article published on the WebMD website looks at alternative treatments for arthritis and a physician survey regarding them.

From the article: “Of the 2,146 physicians who responded to the survey, the alternative therapies most recommended were capsaicin, relaxation, biofeedback, meditation, journal writing, yoga, spirituality, tai chi, acupuncture, and glucosamine.”

To read the full article at WebMD click here.

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Press – News – 400 – Autoimmune Disease Clusters

From http://biomolnews.wordpress.com: A new paper in PLoS Genetics today suggests the same genetic variants that increase an individual’s risk for one set of autoimmune diseases may actually make them less susceptible to others.

Based on these findings, the team suggests it may be useful to classify autoimmune diseases according to their shared genetic factors rather than considering them a single group.

To read the full article click here.

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Press – News – 401 – Discovery! Two More Genes Related To Ankylosing Spondylitis Found

Work done in part by researchers at The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston has led to the discovery of two new genes that are implicated in ankylosing spondylitis AS.Based on work from a genome-wide association scan, the team identified genes ANTXR2 and IL1R2 as well as two gene deserts, segments of DNA between genes on chromosomes 2 and 21 that are associated with ankylosing spondylitis. Importantly, the study also confirmed the Triple “A” Australo-Anglo-American Spondylitis Consortiums previously reported associations of genes IL23R and ERAP1, formerly known as ARTS1.Laurie Savage, co-principal investigator and executive director of the Spondylitis Association of America SAA said, “These new breakthroughs are, indeed, good news for those whom we serve. It is very encouraging to know that the health impact and economic consequences of spondyloarthritis in the world eventually will be contained as a direct consequence of the dedication of Drs. Reveille, Brown and colleagues, and that of the many individuals affected by spondyloarthritis who have participated in these studies.”To read the full press release click here.

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