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One in Five Americans Have Arthritis

March 14th, 2017

One in Five Americans Have Arthritis

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 […]


Inform, Engage, Empower

February 10th, 2017

Inform, Engage, Empower

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 […]


Precision Trial Suggests Celecoxib Safe for Arthritis

January 30th, 2017

Precision Trial Suggests Celecoxib Safe for Arthritis

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 […]


Ask the Doctor: Rheumatoid Arthritis Treatment Guidelines

May 13th, 2016

Ask the Doctor: Rheumatoid Arthritis Treatment Guidelines

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 […]


Ask The Nurse: Arthritis and Intimacy

March 4th, 2016

Ask The Nurse: Arthritis and Intimacy

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 […]


Mindful Management: Living with Autoimmune Disease

March 4th, 2016

Mindful Management: Living with Autoimmune Disease

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 […]


Rheumatoid Arthritis: Finding Words to Describe an Invisible Illness

November 4th, 2015

Rheumatoid Arthritis: Finding Words to Describe an Invisible Illness

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 […]


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