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George M Slavich
Life stress is a central construct in many models of human health and disease. The present article reviews research on stress and health, with a focus on (a) how life stress has been conceptualized and measured over time, (b) recent evidence linking stress and disease, and (c) mechanisms that might underlie these effects. Emerging from this body of work is evidence that stress is involved in the development, maintenance, or exacerbation of several mental and physical health conditions, including asthma, rheumatoid arthritis, anxiety disorders, depression, cardiovascular disease, chronic pain, human immunodeficiency virus/AIDS, stroke, and certain types of cancer...
October 2016: Teaching of Psychology
Young Seok Lee, Ho Cheol Kim, Bo Young Lee, Chang Keun Lee, Mi-Young Kim, Se Jin Jang, Hye Sun Lee, Jieun Moon, Thomas V Colby, Dong Soon Kim
BACKGROUND: Because of the highly variable clinical course of rheumatoid arthritis-associated usual interstitial pneumonia (RA-UIP), the prediction of patient prognosis is important. OBJECTIVE: The aim of this study was to investigate the role of blood biomarkers as prognostic predictors in the patients with RA-UIP. METHODS: The blood levels of biomarkers (Krebs von den Lungen-6 [KL-6], surfactant protein-A [SP-A], matrix metalloproteinase-7 [MMP-7], interleukin-6 [IL-6], and interleukin-32 [IL-32]) were retrospectively compared with the clinical courses of 62 patients with RA-UIP...
October 7, 2016: Sarcoidosis, Vasculitis, and Diffuse Lung Diseases: Official Journal of WASOG
Luis Rodriguez-Rodriguez, Leticia Leon, Jose Ivorra-Cortes, Alejandro Gómez, Jose Ramon Lamas, Esperanza Pato, Juan Angel Jover, Lydia Abásolo
OBJECTIVES: To assess the mortality rate (MR) and the mortality risk of a rheumatoid arthritis (RA) inception cohort, with and without biologic agents (BAs). Other factors associated to mortality were also investigated. METHODS: Retrospective longitudinal study of RA patients, attending the rheumatology outpatient clinic of a tertiary Hospital (Madrid), collected over 5 years (2000-2004), and followed from the diagnosis of RA up to the patients' death, lost to follow-up or September 2013...
October 7, 2016: Clinical and Experimental Rheumatology
Klara Morsley, Thomas Kilner, Alan Steuer
INTRODUCTION: Appropriate medical treatment can reduce the morbidity and mortality associated with rheumatoid arthritis (RA). Studies have shown that older patients with RA may be treated less aggressively than their younger counterparts, despite evidence suggesting that biologic treatments may be safe and efficacious in older age groups. The aim of this study was to assess whether patient age was associated with biologic treatment for RA in a single center in the United Kingdom. METHODS: This was a retrospective cross-sectional analysis of clinic records for all patients with RA reviewed over 1 year in our center...
December 2015: Rheumatol Ther
Takeshi Kuroda, Naohito Tanabe, Yukiko Nozawa, Hiroe Sato, Takeshi Nakatsue, Daisuke Kobayashi, Yoko Wada, Takako Saeki, Masaaki Nakano, Ichiei Narita
Objective Our objective was to examine the safety and effects of therapy with biologics on the prognosis of rheumatoid arthritis (RA) patients with reactive amyloid A (AA) amyloidosis on hemodialysis (HD). Methods Twenty-eight patients with an established diagnosis of reactive AA amyloidosis participated in the study. The survival was calculated from the date of HD initiation until the time of death, or up to end of June 2015 for the patients who were still alive. HD initiation was according to the program of HD initiation for systemic amyloidosis patients associated with RA...
2016: Internal Medicine
Md Asiful Islam, Fahmida Alam, Md Solayman, Md Ibrahim Khalil, Mohammad Amjad Kamal, Siew Hua Gan
Cumulatively, degenerative disease is one of the most fatal groups of diseases, and it contributes to the mortality and poor quality of life in the world while increasing the economic burden of the sufferers. Oxidative stress and inflammation are the major pathogenic causes of degenerative diseases such as rheumatoid arthritis (RA), diabetes mellitus (DM), and cardiovascular disease (CVD). Although a number of synthetic medications are used to treat these diseases, none of the current regimens are completely safe...
2016: Oxidative Medicine and Cellular Longevity
Anne Tournadre, Sylvain Mathieu, Martin Soubrier
Patients with inflammatory arthritis, such as rheumatoid arthritis, psoriatic arthritis, or ankylosing spondylitis, have higher rates of cardiovascular mortality. While the increased cardiovascular risk is only explained to some extent, a lot of research is currently conducted to improve our understanding of its pathogenesis, risk stratification, and optimal cardiovascular risk management. This review sought to report epidemiological data pertaining to the cardiovascular disease burden in patients with inflammatory arthritis, underlying mechanisms accounting for excessive cardiovascular risk, along with recommendations regarding risk assessment and management in this patient population...
October 2016: Therapeutic Advances in Musculoskeletal Disease
Richard Conway, John J Carey
Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is a common chronic inflammatory disease affecting many tissues and resulting in substantial morbidity and increased mortality. Arthritis is the most notable clinical feature, but extra-articular features can have devastating consequences. Pulmonary manifestations are common in RA, with high rates of disease related lung disease and a propensity to pulmonary infections. Respiratory illness remains a leading cause of death among RA populations. Modern medicine greatly reduces the illness burden among patients with RA, particularly through the use of disease-modifying medications...
October 6, 2016: Panminerva Medica
Tue Kruse Rasmussen
Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) and systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) are lifelong diseases with increased mortality and chronic pains. They are both characterized by immunological imbalances causing the immune system attack and destroy the bodies own tissues (called autoimmune disease). The best treatment, we are currently able to offer these patients, cause significant side-effects and can not prevent significant loss of quality of life. At the heart of the disease mechanisms in RA and SLE are subsets of immune cells called T and B cells...
October 2016: Danish Medical Journal
Francesca Romana Spinelli, Arbi Pecani, Fabrizio Conti, Riccardo Mancini, Cristiano Alessandri, Guido Valesini
Coronary heart disease is the main cause of mortality in patients with rheumatoid arthritis (RA), a disease known to be associated with accelerated atherosclerosis. The role of inflammation and immunity in atherosclerotic process offers possible explanations for the increased cardiovascular risk in patients with RA. The immune response to citrullinated peptides has been extensively studied in RA; antibodies directed to citrullinated peptides are now a cornerstone for RA diagnosis. However, few studies have investigated the response to citrullinated peptides and the development of atherosclerotic plaque...
September 2016: Journal of International Medical Research
Alice Morais Castro, Diana Carmona Fernandes, Ana M Rodrigues, Luis Mendes Pedro, Maria José Santos, Helena Canhão, João Eurico Fonseca
INTRODUCTION: An excess in cardiovascular (CV) morbidity and mortality has been recognized in Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) patients when compared to the general population. Given the paucity of prospective data, our aim was to estimate the incidence of CV events and the contribution of traditional CVD risk factors and RA-related parameters to future events. METHODS: Incident fatal and non-fatal CV events (hospitalizations due to unstable angina, myocardial infarction, coronary artery revascularization procedures, stroke, or CV death) were assessed in a prospective cohort of RA women followed since 2007 and without CV events at cohort entry...
April 3, 2016: Acta Reumatológica Portuguesa
Junzeng Fu, Bart V J Cuppen, Paco M J Welsing, Herman van Wietmarschen, Amy C Harms, Ruud Berger, Slavik Koval, Ruth D E Fritsch-Stork, Johannes W J Bijlsma, Thomas Hankemeier, Jan van der Greef, Floris P J G Lafeber
OBJECTIVE: As there are pharmacological differences between males and females, and glucocorticoid (GC) treatment is associated with increased cardiovascular mortality rate in rheumatoid arthritis (RA) patients, it is important to study serum polar lipid profiles of male and female patients in response to GC therapy. Gender differences may require an adjustment to the treatment strategy for a selection of patients. METHODS: Serum samples from 281 RA patients were analysed using a targeted lipidomics platform...
September 28, 2016: Inflammopharmacology
Peter K K Wong
Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is an autoimmune inflammatory disease which results in extensive articular and extra-articular morbidity and increased mortality from cardiovascular disease. Despite an increasing range of non-biological and biological disease-modifying agents, poor patient adherence with medication is a significant barrier to effective control of the inflammation associated with RA. This review seeks to identify factors that affect patient adherence with medication, examine the effectiveness of interventions to address this issue and offer practical suggestions to improve medication adherence...
November 2016: Rheumatology International
Cátia Jesus, Inês Jesus, Mark Agius
BACKGROUND: Osteoarthritis (OA) also called degenerative joint disease is the most common chronic condition of the joints that just in 2004, caused moderate to severe disability in 43.4 million of people. OA in Western populations is one of the most frequent causes of joint pain, loss of function and disability in adults. In the U.S. it is the second most common cause of work disability in men over 50 years of age, following ischaemic heart disease, and accounts for a higher number of hospitalizations when compared with rheumatoid arthritis (RA) each year...
September 2016: Psychiatria Danubina
Takeshi Tokoroyama, Minoru Ando, Kyogo Setoguchi, Ken Tsuchiya, Kosaku Nitta
BACKGROUND: The prevalence, incidence and prognosis of chronic kidney disease (CKD) have not been fully understood in rheumatoid arthritis (RA) patients. METHODS: A retrospective cohort study was performed in 1077 RA patients from July 2004 to June 2014. CKD was defined as either proteinuria ≥1+ or estimated glomerular filtration rate (eGFR) <60 mL/min/1.73 m(2) or both, according to the current CKD classification with risk categories for future death, end-stage renal disease and cardiovascular disease...
September 16, 2016: Nephrology, Dialysis, Transplantation
Emeline Minichiello, Luca Semerano, Marie-Christophe Boissier
INTRODUCTION: Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) generates a heavy socioeconomic burden. The ability to predict the frequency and severity of socioeconomic effects due to RA is crucial to the development of public health policies. OBJECTIVE: To conduct a systematic literature review of data on the prevalence, incidence, and severity of RA. METHODS: Medline, EMBASE, the Cochrane Library, and online American College of Rheumatology communications were searched for articles on the prevalence and incidence of RA, as well as on selected severity and activity criteria...
September 5, 2016: Joint, Bone, Spine: Revue du Rhumatisme
Vladeta Ajdacic-Gross, Stephanie Rodgers, Aleksandra Aleksandrowicz, Margot Mutsch, Nina Steinemann, Viktor von Wyl, Roland von Känel, Matthias Bopp
BACKGROUND: To examine the site-specific cancer mortality among deaths registered with Parkinson's disease (PD) and multiple sclerosis (MS). We focused on the patterns related to the most frequent cancers. METHODS: We analyzed Swiss mortality data over a 39-year period (1969-2007), using a statistical approach applicable to unique daabases, i.e. when no linkage with morbidity databases or disease registries is possible. It was based on a case-control design with bootstrapping to derive standardized mortality ratios (SMR)...
October 2016: Cancer Epidemiology
S S Nelson, A K Khan
BACKGROUND: Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is associated with an increased morbidity and mortality. This excess mortality attributable to cardiovascular events. Endothelial dysfunction represents the earliest stage of atherosclerosis. It can be measured noninvasively by peripheral tests of function, such as pulse wave analysis. OBJECTIVES: To evaluate the influence of chronic inflammatory state on endothelial function in patients with RA free of cardiovascular disease or risk factors by measuring endothelial reactivity...
October 2015: Journal of the Association of Physicians of India
Gerhard Zingler, Birgit Hermann, Tim Fischer, Thomas Herdegen
INTRODUCTION: Therapeutic efficiency of NSAID is handicapped by ongoing discussion of cardiovascular (CV) safety. AREAS COVERED: We update meta-analyses on NSAIDs in patients with and without cardiovascular (CV) diseases and analyse the association between NSAIDs and cardiovascular events in patients with inflammation. We demonstrate the substantial influence of an indication bias and confounding, which falsely increase the CV risk. We demonstrate protective cardiovascular effects of NSAIDs due to their anti-inflammatory activity, in particular in patients with rheumatoid arthritis, osteoarthritis or inflammatory pain...
August 30, 2016: Expert Review of Clinical Pharmacology
Ahmed M Adlan, Julian F R Paton, Gregory Y H Lip, George D Kitas, James P Fisher
Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is a chronic inflammatory condition associated with increased cardiovascular morbidity/mortality and an incompletely understood pathophysiology. In animal studies, central and blood-borne inflammatory cytokines that can be elevated in RA evoke pathogenic increases in sympathetic activity and reductions in baroreflex sensitivity (BRS). We hypothesised that muscle sympathetic nerve activity (MSNA) was increased and BRS decreased in RA. MSNA, blood pressure and heart rate (HR) were recorded in age- and sex-matched RA-normotensive (n = 13), RA-hypertensive patients (RA-HTN; n = 17), normotensive (NC; n = 17) and hypertensive controls (HTN; n = 16)...
August 26, 2016: Journal of Physiology
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