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Routine Cancer Screenings Are Important for People With Rheumatoid Arthritis

Thu, 29 May 2014 17:22:06 +00002014-05-29T17:22:06Z

Generally, we are all advised to get routine cancer screenings when appropriate, based on our gender and age. The screenings are even more important for people with rheumatoid arthritis. There is an increased risk of certain cancers with some of the rheumatic diseases and possibly with certain medications.

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Early Rheumatoid Arthritis Less Likely to Be Well-Controlled in Overweight Patients

Sun, 25 May 2014 22:58:16 +00002014-05-25T22:58:16Z

(image) Rheumatoid arthritis is less likely to be well-controlled in its early stages among people who are overweight when diagnosed compared to those who are at their ideal or healthy weight. According to study results published online May 12, 2014 in the Annals of the Rheumatic Diseases, 90% of the 500 study participants were put on a disease-modifying anti-rheumatic drug (most often methotrexate) at the time of diagnosis. At 3 months, overweight patients were 33% less likely to exhibit low disease activity than those of healthy weight.

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Physical Therapy No More Effective Than Sham Treatment for Hip Osteoarthritis

Sat, 24 May 2014 22:10:05 +00002014-05-24T22:10:05Z

(image) In adults with hip osteoarthritis, physical therapy does not help pain or function, according to study results published in the May 21, 2014 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association. The study involved 102 people with hip pain levels of 40 or higher on a visual analog scale of 100 mm (100 indicates worst pain possible) and hip osteoarthritis confirmed by x-ray.

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Should Arthritis Patients With Joint Replacement Take Antibiotics Before Dental Procedures?

Tue, 20 May 2014 16:29:08 +00002014-05-20T16:29:08Z

(image) In 1980, after I had my first hip replacement, I was told by my orthopedic surgeon that I would need to take oral antibiotics before dental procedures or invasive diagnostics. He explained when and how the antibiotics would need to be taken. Over the years, there were questions raised about how necessary it was to take the antibiotics.

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Vectra DA Predicts Disease Progression in Patients With Early Rheumatoid Arthritis

Sun, 18 May 2014 17:57:29 +00002014-05-18T17:57:29Z

(image) Vectra DA is a strong predictor of joint damage visible on x-rays (i.e., disease progression) in newly-diagnosed rheumatoid arthritis patients, according to study data published in the Annals of the Rheumatic Diseases. Vectra DA, which was developed by Crescendo Bioscience, is a multi-biomarker blood test used to assess rheumatoid arthritis disease activity. In Vectra DA, a panel of 12 proteins that have been associated with rheumatoid arthritis are combined into one test that produces an objective, quantitative score (0-100) related to disease activity. A lower score is indicative of less disease activity.

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People With Arthritis Are Significantly More Likely to Fall

Tue, 13 May 2014 19:40:03 +00002014-05-13T19:40:03Z

(image) According to the CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention), middle-aged and older adults with arthritis are significantly more likely to fall and become injured than people without arthritis. Here's the good news -- fall prevention programs can cut the risk of falls by up to a third.

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Life Expectancy Has Significantly Increased for People With Rheumatoid Arthritis

Tue, 13 May 2014 18:06:30 +00002014-05-13T18:06:30Z

(image) When I started writing about arthritis 17 years ago, one of the facts I unearthed had to do with rheumatoid arthritis patients having decreased life expectancy. It was article-worthy so I wrote about it, but it was somewhat unsettling too, since I have rheumatoid arthritis. But, good news has come out of this year's annual meeting of the British Society for Rheumatology, as reported by MedpageToday.com. According to researchers, over the past 25 years, there has been a dramatic increase in the life expectancy of people with rheumatoid arthritis.

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Negative Rheumatoid Factor Test Can Delay Referral to Rheumatologist

Tue, 06 May 2014 17:55:22 +00002014-05-06T17:55:22Z

(image) A blood test, known as Rheumatoid Factor, is often ordered when you consult with a rheumatologist for the first time. Primary doctors sometimes order the test as well, but according to an oral abstract presented at the British Society for Rheumatology's annual conference, Rheumatology 2014, that can be a problem in some cases. Some primary doctors are misled by false negative results and delay the referral of a patient to a rheumatologist.

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Rituxan May Be Better Than TNF Blockers for Rheumatoid Lung Disease

Fri, 02 May 2014 22:29:45 +00002014-05-02T22:29:45Z

(image) Rheumatoid arthritis patients with interstitial lung disease appear to improve their chance of survival if treated with Rituxan rather than TNF blockers, according to study results reported by the British ...

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Do You Need Financial Help With Your Biologic Treatment for Rheumatoid Arthritis?

Thu, 24 Apr 2014 22:17:30 +00002014-04-24T22:17:30Z

(image) Some arthritis patients are apprehensive when their doctor recommends one of the biologic drugs. The drugs are used to treat rheumatoid arthritis, psoriatic arthritis, and ankylosing spondylitis. While some patients ...

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