Overall, this was another extremely important meeting with brilliant research presented in nearly 2,000 reports. The meeting lasted six days and was attended by over 10,000 doctors from across the nation and throughout the world!
It is critical to the health of patients with arthritis that such important research is occurring. Arthritis alone currently affects 15% of all Americans and the number affected will grow to 18.2% by the year 2020. It has dramatic effects on the function and well-being of hundreds of millions of people worldwide.
The themes that were reported at the meeting ranged from basic bench science to reports of exciting new treatments and tests available for rheumatic diseases. I want to highlight for you many of the reports and papers that led to my own excitement as they clearly are going to have an impact on the general public health.
Here, I will summarize reports on a variety of arthritis and rheumatism topics that I know you will find interesting. Click on each item from the Disease Index below for the summary of my coverage for that particular arthritis or rheumatism topic.I hope you enjoy these reports! - Dr. Shiel
Spondylitis and Psoriatic Arthritis -
Powerful new treatments documented (Remicade, Enbrel, and others). -- Finally, research emphasizing these potentially devastating forms of arthritis affective 0.21% of Americans over age 15. These are common forms of chronic pain in younger people.