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Gratitude, Community & Giving Thanks

From all of us at theRAconnection, we hope you have a happy and healthy Thanksgiving. We are grateful to all of the members of our online community. We appreciate you sharing your stories and supporting one another. Caregivers, loved ones, patients, we welcome all of you to join the conversation here. Your…

How to Relieve a Stiff Neck-Tips on a Common Condition and Self-care Measures

There are pains in the neck . . . and then there are stiff necks. Unlike the former, however, a stiff neck is always an actual physical condition and typically prompts questions on how to relieve it, says interventional pain management specialist Kaliq Chang, MD. Stiff neck is an extremely…

Obesity Linked to Lower Remission, Higher Disability in Rheumatoid Arthritis Patients

Patients with rheumatoid arthritis whose body-mass index scores are higher have lower rates of remission and higher rates of disability, and effective weight screening and management should be a central feature of RA management, according to new research findings presented this week at the 2017 ACR/ARHP Annual Meeting in San…

Opioids & Antidepressants Linked to Higher Fracture Risk in Rheumatoid Arthritis Patients

Opioids and selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors, a widely used group of antidepressants, are both associated with higher risk of osteoporotic fractures for patients with rheumatoid arthritis, according to new research findings presented this week at the 2017 ACR/ARHP Annual Meeting in San Diego. Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is a chronic disease…

Age, Low CRP Levels Help Predict Success in Tapering of Biologics in Rheumatoid Arthritis Patients

Rheumatoid arthritis patients in remission may experience more successful tapering of their biologic drugs if they meet a certain set of factors, including younger age, no concomitant steroid use, and low level of serum CRP, according to new research findings presented this week at the 2017 ACR/ARHP Annual Meeting in…

Obesity Associated With Higher Degree of Synovitis In Rheumatoid Arthritis Patients

Excess weight is linked to a higher degree of synovitis in people with rheumatoid arthritis and can affect their treatment response, according to new research findings presented this week at the 2017 ACR/ARHP Annual Meeting in San Diego. Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is a chronic disease that causes pain, stiffness, swelling,…

Vitamin D – What You Need to Know As Winter Approaches

Sunshine is a main source of vitamin D and as winter approaches your vitamin D level is likely to be lower. Vitamin D is a fat-soluble vitamin that comes from dietary supplements, foods such as fortified milk and cereal, certain kinds of fish, and exposure to sunlight.  Vitamin D is…

FDA Extends Simponi Approval to Psoriatic Arthritis and Ankylosing Spondylitis

The US Food and Drug Administration recently approved Simponi (golimumab) for the treatment of adult patients with active psoriatic arthritis (PsA) or active ankylosing spondylitis (AS), which is administered as a 30-minute infusion. Simponi was originally approved in 2013 for the treatment of moderate-to-severe active rheumatoid arthritis.  Simponi® is one…

Treatment of RA with Baricitinib Improves Quaity of Life and Fatique

Baricitinib showed significantly greater improvements than methotrexate for rheumatoid arthritis (RA) on a range of patient-reported outcomes, according to an analysis published in Arthritis Research & Therapy.1 Baricitnib belongs to a new class of drugs being evaluated in RA called JAK-1/2 inhibitors.  In July 2017 the FDA expressed concerns about…

Inflammatory Bowel Disease is Associated with Increased risk of other Immune Mediated Diseases

A Danish National Patient Registry based analyses has shown higher rates of immune mediated diseases (IMD) in patients with inflammatory bowel disease (IBD). Inflammatory Bowel Disease is an immune-mediated chronic inflammation of the gastrointestinal tract. Normally, the cells and proteins that make up the immune system protect you from infection.…

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