Research Update - March/April 2006

From the Chair, Medical & Scientific Advisory Council, Philip L. Cohen, MD

In this issue, Research Update summarizes recent Arthritis Foundation-funded studies that take a look at topics such as the connection of lupus and smoking, a new chemokine that may be an indicator for inflammation, an herb that may be useful for arthritis and the use of prescription opioids in people with arthritis and back pain.

We also put the spotlight on some of our researchers featured in the lay press recently and we take a closer look at one of our researchers featured in this issue.

We hope you enjoy reading about these latest AF-funded studies and encourage you again to send us your opinions of how this newsletter can best serve you. We want to know what appeals to you about Research Update. What would you like to read more of/less of? How else can the Arthritis Foundation provide research information to you?

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