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July 20th, 2017
There is an increased mortality of ankylosing spondylitis (AS) patients compared to the general population. Factors that contributed to this increased mortality are a lower level of education, and the development of diabetes, infections, and pulmonary and cardiovascular diseases. Overall, doctors estimate there is a 53% increased risk of mortality for men, and a 83% […]
November 16th, 2016
By David Borenstein MD, Executive Editor, theSpineCommunity.com Prescription opioid or narcotic use is associated with an increasing number of deaths with approximately 20,000 victims in 2014 according to the National Center for Health Statistics from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). These unfortunate deaths have brought into question the benefit of opioid analgesics in […]
January 18th, 2016
Interleukin-17 (IL-17) is a protein produced by immune cells that you may not think of at any time during your busy day. But, if you are an individual with ankylosing spondylitis (AS), you should be interested. It seems that this cytokine (a messenger between cells) plays an important role in the symptoms associated with AS, […]
January 12th, 2016
An article from Swedish researchers reports on another difficulty that women with ankylosing spondylitis (AS) experience – pregnancy problems. A greater frequency of cesarean or C-section deliveries and offspring more often preterm and small for gestational age (SGA) occur more commonly in AS mothers. This Swedish Registry study examined 388 deliveries from women with AS […]
December 10th, 2015
In 2015 the American College of Rheumatology, the Spondylitis Association of America, and the Spondyloarthritis Research and Treatment Network published recommendations for the treatment of Ankylosing Spondylitis (AS) and an early form of the illness designated Non-radiographic Axial Spondyloarthritis. The recommendations listed a number of non-drug and drug therapies effective in the treatment of ankylosing spondylitis.1 […]
October 26th, 2015
A recent study published in the July Annals of the Rheumatic Diseases reported extra-articular disease manifestations such as ocular inflammation, inflammatory bowel disease, and psoriasis are common among patients with ankylosing spondylitis (AS), with ocular inflammation leading the list. Compared with the general population, patients with AS had the greatest risk; a nearly 16-fold greater […]
October 5th, 2015
Women can suffer for years before being diagnosed with this chronic inflammation of the spine. By David Borenstein, MD My patient, a 26-year-old woman, came to my office with a typical story. In her late teens, she noticed some low back and neck pain. Sarah was active in school sports, and her discomfort was initially […]