Clinical Trial Tests Stelara for Psoriatic Arthritis Relief
Two recent Phase III clinical trials, sponsored by Janssen Biotech, Inc. demonstrated that the drug Stelara (ustekinumab) is able to partially block joint damage and relieve symptoms caused by psoriatic arthritis for up to two years.
What is Psoriasis and Psoriatic Arthritis?
As the name indicates, psoriatic arthritis, there is a link to psoriasis. About 15% of people who have psoriasis, a disease that causes the immune system to attack the skin, will develop psoriatic arthritis. The condition can be very serious, leading to permanent damage of joints such as knees and knuckles.
At best, psoriasis and psoriatic arthritis are debilitating and painful (like the rheumatoid arthritis, which is treated with methotrexate for RA). For mild cases, treatment has often consisted of taking NSAIDS (ibuprofen, naproxen), but the trend is to use antirheumatic drugs at an earlier stage. Continue Reading
What is an Emotional Support Animal?
Animal assisted therapy has shown benefits for cancer patients and those with mental health conditions.
How’s your ESA doing? It’s a good bet you didn’t know your family’s pet(s) could also be “Emotional Support Animals.”
Here’s another related acronym, “animal assisted therapy (AAT).” This is a growing field of research and practice in the use of animals for psychological therapy.
It’s not difficult to understand the underlying beliefs about how animals can have a healthy effect on the human psyche – just hold a warm, fuzzy and purring kitten for a while.
However, when it comes to psychology, medicine, and the benefits for people with mental illness, animal assisted therapy can be more fuzzy than warm.
The Benefits of Animal Assisted Therapy
While human beings have known for centuries that relationships with animals could be beneficial, there’s a really big step from the benefits of a pet and the use of an animal to treat a serious mental condition such as PTSD, depression or autism. Continue Reading