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Rising rates of autoimmune conditions are costing the UK billions each year, health experts have warned.Connect Immune Research, a coalition of medical research charities, said many autoimmune conditions are becoming more common, with some increasing in incidence by as much as 9% each year.It has published a report, which shows…
A medicine which helps to improve the quality of life for patients with an aggressive form of leukaemia is one of four drugs approved for use by the NHS in Scotland. The Scottish Medicines Consortium (SMC) has accepted Gemtuzumab ozogamicin, also known as Mylotarg, for the treatment of acute myeloid…
Nearly 1,700 medical requests for hip or knee surgery were turned down last year - a sharp rise from the previous year, a report suggests. In 2017/18, 1,675 requests by doctors on behalf of patients were rejected by local health bodies, according to a news article published in the British…
Low levels of psychological distress can increase the risk of developing some chronic diseases including arthritis, and types of heart and lung disease, according to new research. The study, led by Catharine Gale, a professor of cognitive epidemiology at the Medical Research Council's Lifecourse Epidemiology Unit at Southampton General Hospital,…
An off-label drug thought to be commonly prescribed by doctors to treat osteoarthritis of the hand when conventional medication has failed is ineffective, researchers have said. Hand osteoarthritis is estimated to affect nearly a third of people over the age of 70. But the first-line treatments - paracetamol, non-steroidal anti-inflammatory…
Thousands of British children with a blinding arthritic disease stand a chance of preserving their sight with a combination of drugs, trial results have shown. Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis (JIA) can lead to uveitis, an inflammatory eye condition that may have serious complications, including blindness. Around 5,000 children in the UK…
Thousands of disabled people who suffer from progressively worsening conditions will face reassessment for their benefits this year, new figures show. Campaigners and MPs are now demanding changes to stop those with such conditions being repeatedly reassessed to claim personal independence payments (PIP). Between April and October, 3,500 people suffering…
People who suffer autoimmune diseases such as multiple sclerosis (MS) may have an elevated risk of developing dementia, a new study suggests. Researchers have linked autoimmune disease to an increased risk of going on to suffer dementia. There are more than 80 different types of autoimmune disease, from multiple sclerosis…
We all experience the ups and downs of life sometimes. We might be treated badly by others or miss out on something we think we deserve, like a promotion at work. This can make us feel wronged, but we often get over it – or so you might think. In…
Cardiff University has received a vital funding boost worth £2M to continue its cutting-edge research into arthritis. Arthritis Research UK has awarded the funding for the continuation of the University’s Arthritis Research UK Biomechanics and Bioengineering Centre. The money will primarily support ongoing research into osteoarthritis and chronic back pain.…
A woman claims her arthritis and skin condition have been cured and her cancer reversed after she listened to "musical medicine". Katy Meiklem, from Fife, suffered progressive ill health for seven years, with constant severe pain, restricted mobility and psoriasis which caused rashes all over her body. Her doctor was…
One in four local authorities in England are failing their local communities by ignoring the needs of people with arthritis, a charity has claimed. Arthritis Research UK said 26% of councils in the country failed to properly consider the condition in their assessment of health needs in the community, while…
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