April 2022 Arthritis News Roundup

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The Arthritis Foundation is your trusted source for arthritis-related news and COVID updates that affect people with arthritis. Here’s a wrap-up of the headlines from this past month. 

The Latest in COVID-19 News & Arthritis

White House Says COVID Treatment Paxlovid Going Nationwide

As cases rise, the White House is expanding access and use of Paxlovid, a medication made by Pfizer used to treat people 12 and older who have contracted COVID-19 and are at high risk of severe disease. Paxlovid has been found to reduce the risk of COVID-related hospitalization by 90%.Learn more.

Fauci Clarifies ‘Out of the Pandemic Phase’ Comment

As the nation’s top infectious disease expert, what Anthony Fauci, MD, says carries considerable weight, and his statement that the U.S. was “out of the pandemic phase” made national headlines. But a day later, Fauci clarified his comments — saying the country is not out of the pandemic, but “out of the full-blown explosive pandemic phase.”Read more.

Know Your COVID-19 Community Level

The CDC recently unveiled COVID-19 Community Levels, a tool to help communities decide what prevention steps to take based on the latest data. Levels can be low, medium or high and are determined by looking at hospital beds being used, hospital admissions and the total number of new COVID-19 cases in an area.Check your Community Level.


获取最新的CDC工具,以帮助确定隔离、隔离或采取其他步骤所需的时间,以防止COVID-19传播。Try the tool.

Get the newest COVID-19 guidance for people with arthritis. Visit ourCare & Connect pageto find the latest coronavirus information.

In Other Arthritis News

在这个关节炎认知月,我们一起旅行。Find the resources and supportyou need to thrive.

Mixed Feelings After Joint Replacement

While most osteoarthritis patients welcome the pain relief that comes with total knee replacement, some also experience psychological impacts that aren’t so pleasant.阅读这些病人的经历。

Is it time for joint replacement? Tune in to our expert Q&A to hear an orthopedic surgeon share advice on when to get joint replacement surgery.Watch now.

Insights on Overall & Cardiovascular-Specific Mortality in AS & PsA

People with ankylosing spondylitis — but not those with psoriatic arthritis — face a significantly increased risk of overall mortality, results of a new analysis show. However, rates of cardiovascular mortality were higher for both conditions compared with the general population.Read the findings.

One Benefit We Don’t See From RA Biologics

Disability claims in the United States related to rheumatoid arthritis were just as common in 2015 as in 1999, a government researcher found, against expectations that the advent of biologic therapy would have led to a steady decrease.Read more.

Opioid Distributors Reach Settlement With Washington State

华盛顿与药品分销商McKesson Corp、AmerisourceBergen Corp和Cardinal Health Inc.达成了5.18亿美元的和解协议,结束了围绕这些公司涉嫌助长该州阿片类药物泛滥的长达数月的审判。Learn moreabout the settlement.

Benefits of reducing or stopping opioids outweigh the downsides.Click hereto get expert advice for stopping opioids.

FDA Approves New Drug for Adults With Ankylosing Spondylitis

The FDA has approved once-daily, oral upadacitinib (Rinvoq, AbbVie) for the treatment of adults with active ankylosing spondylitis. The FDA approval follows recent efficacy and safety data from two trials, which found that upadacitinib demonstrated rapid and meaningful disease control among adults with AS.Read moreabout the approval.

Get the facts about treating ankylosing spondylitis.Visit our AS treatment pagefor more information.

RAPID3 Questionnaire May Reduce Outpatient Visits in Patients With RA

The Routine Assessment of Patient Index Data 3 (RAPID3) was shown to have 92% accuracy in identifying low disease activity in patients with rheumatoid arthritis (RA), thus reducing 28% of on-site evaluations, according to a new study.Learn more.

Celiac Disease More Prevalent in Patients With Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis

According to a study published inPediatric Rheumatology, a在意大利的一个大型青少年特发性关节炎队列中,报告了更高的乳糜泻百分比,这支持了对这一患者人群进行筛查的必要性,特别是对那些有自身免疫家族史的患者。Read more.

麸质和关节炎之间有联系吗?如果你有乳糜泻或麸质敏感,改变你的饮食可能有助于缓解关节炎症状。Learn why.


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