Friday, February 23, 2018

Monkey See, Monkey Do, Monkey Cure RA?

A recent study from the Keck School of Medicine at the University of Southern California has determined that old world monkeys could be key to a new, powerful RA therapy.

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Fitness for Fatigue

We’ve all heard it over and over (and over and over) again: it’s so important for people living with RA to exercise. Physical fitness can be extremely useful in managing many of the symptoms that come with RA, including fatigue. But does anyone else think this advice is easier to hear than actually follow?

Monday, February 19, 2018

January Rheumatology Network Articles

My assignments for Rheumatology Network include reporting on recent scientific studies about rheumatoid arthritis and other related diseases. Although these articles are intended primarily for a physician audience (and thus can get a bit technical and jargon-y) I know patients are also interested in scientific advances - so I still want to share links to these articles! But if you ever have additional questions, please don't hesitate to let me know!

No differences observed in patellofemoral joints of asymptomatic patients and those with pain.

New Criteria for Idiopathic Inflammatory Myopathies
Recently published EULAR/ACR classification criteria generally perform better than previous criteria.

Treatment Targets Show Promise in Psoriatic Arthritis and RA
A look at the role of the C5a-C5aR axis in the onset of inflammation.

Tuesday, January 23, 2018

Cannabis as a Treatment Option

As local governments move towards legalization of marijuana, many patients with RA and other chronic illnesses are curious about cannabis as a potential treatment option. For this reason, I was very interested to attend a talk at the 2017 American College of Rheumatology Annual Meeting called “Cannabis in Society and Medical Practice.”

Tuesday, January 9, 2018

For Previous Cancer Patients, Biologics Don’t Increase Risk

For those with RA, new research has demonstrated that treatment with biologic medications does not increase the risk of a second cancer malignancy.

Thursday, January 4, 2018

Biosimilars: To Switch or Not to Switch? That Is The Question!

If you’re interested in new and emerging treatments for RA, you’ve probably at least heard the term “biosimilars.” But what exactly are biosimilars? And what should you do if your doctor recommends one?

Friday, December 29, 2017

December Rheumatology Network Articles

My assignments for Rheumatology Network include reporting on recent scientific studies about rheumatoid arthritis and other related diseases. Although these articles are intended primarily for a physician audience (and thus can get a bit technical and jargon-y) I know patients are also interested in scientific advances - so I still want to share links to these articles! But if you ever have additional questions, please don't hesitate to let me know!

The goal: to find a treatment target that protects against early damage accrual.

What underlies the disparity in life expectancy between men and women with SLE?

New Therapeutic Tool for Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis
The aim of this study: to determine which patients need biologic therapy after starting methotrexate. 

FDA Safety Alert for Product Marketed for OA
Limbrel capsules linked to potentially life-threatening health problems.

FDA Approves First Drug for Eosinophilic Granulomatosis With Polyangiitis
Mepolizumab gets the nod for the reare disease formerly known as Churg-Strauss syndrome.

Rain Not To Blame for Joint and Back Pain
A commonly held belief has been debunked.

Wednesday, December 27, 2017

Tips For Talking to your Children About Rheumatoid Arthritis

An update to a topic I have often visited: how to explain rheumatoid arthritis (or chronic illness) to your children.

Friday, December 22, 2017

10 Practical Tips to Tackle Rheumatoid Arthritis Joint Pain

In this article I share 10 helpful and practical strategies to try when you need to get your RA joint pain under control as quickly as possible!

Thursday, December 14, 2017

Getting a Flu Shot? Talk to Your Doctor About Pausing Methotrexate

A new study concludes that pausing methotrexate for two weeks after receiving a flu vaccine may allow patients to have a better immune response without risking an increase in RA disease activity.