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
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.
Omicron Leads to More Children Under 5 Hospitalized
Young children in the United States were hospitalizedat much higher rates last winter as omicron became the dominant variant, according to a疾控中心发布的新报告。Read more.
COVID-19 Vaccines Effective in Young Patients With Rheumatic Diseases
A two-dose regimen of COVID-19 mRNA vaccines elicited a robust humoral neutralization response in almost all adolescents and young adults with childhood-onset rheumatic diseases in a new study from Singapore.Read about the study.
CDC Outlines Treatment Options for Coronavirus Patients
Guidance from the CDC now explains best practices for health care professionals treating COVID-19 patients.Learn more about these guidelines.
Get the newest COVID-19 guidance for people with arthritis. Visit ourCare & Connect pageto find the latest coronavirus information.
In Other Arthritis News
Sleep Apnea Linked to Joint Pain in Postmenopausal Women
Sleep apnea may lead to increased joint pain in postmenopausal women, according to a study published online.Read the study.
Does arthritis impact your quality of sleep?Get expert sleep tips所以你可以休息得更健康，即使是在疼痛发作的时候。
RA Patients Impacted by Weight Changes
According to study results published inArthritis Care and Research, weight fluctuations could predict elevated cardiovascular risks in people with RA — particularly among thinner patients, who can be overlooked on the issue.Learn more.
Predicting Whether AS Patients Will Respond to Anti-TNFs
Whether patients with ankylosing spondylitis would improve substantially with TNF inhibitor therapy was predicted with moderate to high accuracy based only on a standard lab test and two measures of disease activity, researchers reported from a modeling study.Read more about the study.
Steroid Injections as Safe as HA Shots for Knee OA
Corticosteroid injections are just as safe as hyaluronic acid injections in people with OA of the knee, study findings show.Learn more.
Learn more about steroid injections.Watch an expert Q&Athat covers the most common questions about this treatment.
Knee Replacements in Patients Over 80
According toone study presented at the 2022 Annual Meeting of theAmerican Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, total knee arthroplasty in patients over 80 years old have lower levels of implant-related complications, but higher readmission rates, medical complications and length of stays.Read more.
Updated Perioperative Guidance on Antirheumatics
美国风湿病学会(American College of Rheumatology)和美国髋关节和膝关节外科医生协会(American Association of Hip and Knee Surgeons)发布了最新的指南，关于是否对计划接受选择性全髋关节或膝关节置换手术的炎症性风湿病患者停用生物制剂和免疫抑制剂等药物。Learn more.
Disease-modifying antirheumatic drugs (DMARDs) stop or slow the disease process in inflammatory forms of arthritis.了解更多关于这类药物的信息。
Debate on Definition of Flare in Axial Spondyloarthritis
Choosing Initial PsA Treatment
For patients withpsoriatic arthritiswhose condition doesn’t respond adequately tomethotrexate, the addition of the TNF inhibitoradalimumabincreased the likelihood of achieving minimum disease activity, according to results from a phase 4, open-label study.Learn more.
One-Third of PsA Patients Could Have Metabolic Syndrome
Do you have questions about PsA treatments?Learn moreabout the various psoriatic arthritis treatment options recommended by experts.
Trial Findings Question Need for Prehabilitation Before Total Knee Replacement
In this randomized clinical trial of 262 participants, multidisciplinary prehabilitation before total knee replacement for knee osteoarthritis did not improve short-term functional independence or reduce midterm activity limitations after surgery.Learn more.