Living with arthritis

Living with arthritis can seem daunting. However, small, intelligent lifestyle changes can greatly mitigate the symptoms of arthritis, alongside strict adherence to your treatment regime for arthritis pain relief. Diet and exercise also play an integral role when managing certain types of arthritis, and psychotherapy may help some patients deal with the emotional impact of this chronic disease.

Arthritis: when to get help

You know or at least suspect that you may have some form of arthritis. But have you had an open discussion with your doctor yet?

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, Greek researchers have reported.

Carpet chemicals an osteoarthritis 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!

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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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