Living with arthritis

Carpet chemicals an arthritis risk

A new analysis suggests that the greater a woman's exposure to a type of common chemical compound called PFCs, the greater her risk for developing osteoarthritis.

Meditation beats RA blues

A new programme shows that meditation helps for rheumatoid arthritis-related psychological symptoms, although not for the actual rheumatoid arthritis.

Smoking may slow arthritis

In people with rheumatoid arthritis, heavy cigarette smoking appears to slow the rate of joint destruction, new research suggests.

Rheumatoid arthritis and your sex life

Constant pain and discomfort can be a complete turn off if you have rheumatoid arthritis but with these simple tips your sex life really won't need to suffer at all!

Sunshine lowers arthritis risk

Older women who've had regular exposure to sunlight may be less likely to develop rheumatoid arthritis, new findings indicate.

Sleep issues in arthritis patients

Arthritis can substantially worsen the quality of a person's sleep, particularly when pain isn't well controlled, or patients are depressed and anxious, a new study shows.

Arthritis increases suicide

Patients with arthritis acknowledge having thoughts of suicide twice as often as people without arthritis, researchers have reported.

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Professor Asgar Ali Kalla completed his MBChB (Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery) degree in 1975 at the University of Cape Town and his FRCP in 2003 in London. Professor Ali Kalla is the Isaac Albow Chair of Rheumatology at the University of Cape Town and also the Head of Division of Rheumatology at Groote Schuur Hospital. He has participated in a number of clinical trials for rheumatology and is active in community outreach. Prof Ali Kalla is an expert in Arthritis for Health24.

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