Navigation Links
'Walking on marbles' could be a thing of the past for arthritis patients
Date:11/27/2012

Researchers at the University of Southampton are to undertake a new stage of a study aimed at improving the health and mobility of those suffering from the common complaint of 'walking on marbles' associated with Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) in the feet.

RA is the second most common form of arthritis in the UK, affecting almost 600,000 people, which results in the destruction of joints around the body caused by inflammation.

Forefeet often contain some of the first joints to be affected and those with the condition often say that they feel like they are 'walking on marbles'. Mostly, people have thought that this was due to walking on foot joints that are affected by the RA.

The Health Sciences' FeeTURA study however, developed new ways of assessing the forefeet through the use of diagnostic ultrasound and magnetic resonance imaging techniques. From this work, the team discovered that some of the swellings and associated feeling of 'walking on marbles' were related to inflamed bursae (a fluid-filled sac usually found in areas subject to friction) that had developed underneath the forefoot joints. These inflamed bursae were rarely detected by clinical examination.

The exact cause of the inflamed bursae is not known and a cure is yet to be found, however, the team is now looking at identifying inflammatory and mechanical markers to find the best ways of treating this complication in people suffering with RA. They will evaluate foot health treatments, such as targeted steroid injections, as well as medical management through the use of new drugs (called biologics).

This new stage of the study will be funded through a partnership between Solent NHS Trust and the Faculty of Health Sciences at the University of Southampton and supported by a National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) clinical academic fellowship.

During the first stage of the study, which took place between 2006 and 2009, researchers at the Uni
'/>"/>

Contact: Becky Attwood
r.attwood@soton.ac.uk
44-023-805-95457
University of Southampton
Source:Eurekalert

Page: 1 2

Related biology news :

1. These bots were made for walking: Cells power biological machines
2. Pond skating insects reveal water-walking secrets
3. Notre Dame research could improve sustainability and cost effectiveness of wastewater treatment
4. Indirect effects of climate change could alter landscapes
5. Eating more fish could reduce postpartum depression
6. Could poor sleep contribute to symptoms of schizophrenia?
7. Stem cell finding could advance immunotherapy for lung cancer
8. Plants and soils could exacerbate climate change as global climate warms
9. Compound in grapes, red wine could be key to fighting prostate cancer
10. Gannets could be affected by offshore energy developments
11. New study suggests that Arabica coffee could be extinct in the wild within 70 years
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
(Date:11/7/2014)... Researchers led by Dr. Debra Auguste, associate professor, ... at The City College of New York, have ... treatment for one of the most aggressive forms ... (TNBCs) have a high mortality rate owing to ... effective therapeutic options. However, Professor Auguste,s team, discovered ...
(Date:11/6/2014)... is an asset for a predator. Except when that predator ... tiger beetle, relative to its size, is the fastest creature ... body lengths per second (at about five miles per hour). ... take the sprinting gold from the tiger beetle, a person ... The tiger beetle has a problem. At peak speeds, everything ...
(Date:11/4/2014)... University of Utah engineers developed the first room-temperature fuel ... electricity without needing to ignite the fuel. These new ... off-grid power and sensors. , A study of the ... Society journal ACS Catalysis . , Fuel cells ... a fuel and an oxygen-rich source such as air. ...
Breaking Biology News(10 mins):The tiger beetle: Too fast to see 2Jet-fueled electricity at room temperature 2
... running out of room to maneuver. As forests in ... human uses, populations of these arboreal leaf eaters, which depend ... isolated and at risk. But one type of sustainable agriculture, ... critical refuges and bridges between intact forests for the iconic ...
... lives in increasingly humanised landscapes, with limited food resources ... to Spanish researchers, food availability plays a secondary role ... allow wolves to remain in human-dominated environments in Galicia. ... lupus signatus ) varies greatly across the Iberian Peninsula ...
... July 11, 2012 Researchers at the Translational Genomics Research ... could lead to a less costly, less invasive and more ... CKD is a major complication of diabetes, high blood pressure ... is characterized by a progressive deterioration of the kidney,s ability ...
Cached Biology News:Down on the cacao farm: Sloths thrive at chocolate's source 2Down on the cacao farm: Sloths thrive at chocolate's source 3The Iberian wolf lives close to humans more for refuge than for prey 2TGen method isolates biospecimens for treatment of kidney disease 2
(Date:11/26/2014)... 25, 2014 Continuing its award-winning streak, ... three prestigious MarCom Awards for outstanding creative achievement by ... Platinum MarCom Award, the organization’s top honor, in the ... Louis held in April of this year. The event ... attendees. Additionally, Nerium was awarded a Gold MarCom Award ...
(Date:11/26/2014)... November 26, 2014 CURE™ magazine ... reception on December 5, 2014, in San Francisco prior ... MPN Heroes event will honor clinicians, caregivers, and advocates ... myeloproliferative neoplasms (MPNs). , Special guest speaker Charles ... family's cancer journey at the reception. Over a ...
(Date:11/26/2014)...  Roka Bioscience, Inc. (NASDAQ: ROKA ), a ... the detection of foodborne pathogens, today announced that Paul ... th Annual Healthcare Conference on December 2, 2014 at ... York Palace in New York, NY . ... Company, its operations, strategies and prospects may be discussed. To ...
(Date:11/24/2014)...   First published articles now available ... , a world-leading provider of scientific, technical and medical information ... the latest title in the Current Opinion journal series ... . Current Opinion in Food ... keep up-to-date with the expanding volume of information published in ...
Breaking Biology Technology:Nerium International™ Wins One Platinum, Two Gold MarCom Awards 2CURE Magazine and Incyte to Honor MPN Heroes 2CURE Magazine and Incyte to Honor MPN Heroes 3CURE Magazine and Incyte to Honor MPN Heroes 4Roka Bioscience to Present at the Piper Jaffray Healthcare Conference 2Elsevier Announces Launch of New Journal: Current Opinion in Food Science 2Elsevier Announces Launch of New Journal: Current Opinion in Food Science 3
... nanomaterials, prized for their unique semiconducting properties, are already ... and paints to textiles and solar batteries and ... $1 trillion business in the next few years. But ... the semiconductor properties of metal-oxide nanomaterials could potentially translate ...
... , QIAGEN expands Point of Need ... membranes (ROM)   -   checked in up to 30% of ... is highly synergistic with QIAGEN,s clinical sales channels , , ... Standard: QIA) today announced the acquisition of AmniSure International LLC ...
... 3, 2012  Verenium Corporation (Nasdaq: VRNM ), a ... of high-performance enzymes, today announced that it will ... 2012 after market close. In conjunction with the release, the ... Thursday, May 10 at 5:00 p.m. ET. The ...
Cached Biology Technology:New UCLA method quickly IDs nanomaterials that can cause oxidative damage to cells 2New UCLA method quickly IDs nanomaterials that can cause oxidative damage to cells 3QIAGEN Acquires AmniSure International to Add Unique Assay to Emerging Point of Need Portfolio 2QIAGEN Acquires AmniSure International to Add Unique Assay to Emerging Point of Need Portfolio 3QIAGEN Acquires AmniSure International to Add Unique Assay to Emerging Point of Need Portfolio 4QIAGEN Acquires AmniSure International to Add Unique Assay to Emerging Point of Need Portfolio 5Verenium Corporation To Announce First Quarter 2012 Financial Results 2