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March 14, 2017
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has analyzed 2013–2015 the National Health Interview Survey (NHIS) to provide prevalence estimates of arthritis and arthritis-attributable activity limitations. They have estimated that 54.4 million adults (22.7%) have doctor-diagnosed arthritis, and that nearly 24 million adults with arthritis had activity limitations attributable to arthritis. This number has […]
February 10, 2017
Make the most of your time with your rheumatologist by understanding the content and flow of a typical appointment. By Diana Price Shannon Wylie was diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis (RA) in 1978; she was four years old. Since the diagnosis the San Antonio, Texas, resident has used a wide range of medications and has undergone […]
January 30, 2017
DAVID BORENSTEIN, MD EXECUTIVE EDITOR THESPINECOMMUNITY.COM The results of the PRECISION trial (Prospective Randomized Evaluation of Celecoxib Integrated Safety versus Ibuprofen or Naproxen) were published in the New England Journal of Medicine in the last issue of 2016.1 The clinical trial took 15 years from inception to publication. The findings of the study appear to […]
May 13, 2016
Q&A with Kathleen Thomas, DO Board-Certified Rheumatologist Q: The American College of Rheumatology (ACR) recently released updated recommendations for the treatment of rheumatoid arthritis (RA).1 For those living with RA, how do these guidelines affect treatment planning? The new guidelines place an emphasis on shared decision-making; that is, patients need to be actively involved in […]
March 4, 2016
Q&A with Iris Zink, MSN, RN, ANP-BC President, Rheumatology Nurses Society What are some of the ways that rheumatologic diseases can affect a woman’s physical sexual function? Sexual function can be affected in various ways, depending on a person’s unique diagnosis. For example, both Sjögren’s syndrome and systemic lupus cause vaginal and oral dryness. Diminished […]
March 4, 2016
Five steps people living with autoimmune diseases can take to incorporate mindfulness and improve quality of life. By Elizabeth Kirchner, CNP Mindfulness is a buzzword that seems to be everywhere, but what does it actually mean? In the most basic sense, mindfulness is simply awareness. Being aware of some of the most fundamental aspects of […]
November 4, 2015
You look good but feel bad. How do you explain RA to others when you don’t look sick? By D.Z. Stone Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is a painful, chronic inflammatory disease that can damage joints throughout the body but often has little impact on patients’ outer appearance— leaving them looking healthy but feeling sick. Women living […]