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The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has Approved Kevzara an IL-6 Inhibitor for the Treatment of Rheumatoid Arthritis

Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) affects an estimated 1.3 million adults in the United States.1 The condition can have a profound effect on many aspects of daily life, and is often poorly understood by those who do not have direct experience it. The good news is that important advances have been made…

Xeljanz Effective in Ulcerative Colitis

Xeljanz (tofacitinib) is currently approved by the U. S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), for use in the treatment of rheumatoid arthritis.  Xeljanz is also being studied in numerous other inflammatory conditions including ankylosing spondylitis, psoriatic arthritis and ulcerative colitis (UC), a form of inflammatory bowel disease. UC is an…

Nonsteroidal Anti-inflammatory Drugs for Sciatica

Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) are aspirin-like drugs used to decrease inflammation, pain and fever.  Commonly used NSAIDs include aspirin, ibuprofen, naproxen, and celecoxib.  This class of drugs is frequently used in the treatment of a wide variety of disorders that affect the musculoskeletal system, such as osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis.…
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New Online Support Group for People Affected by Gastrointestinal Conditions: IBS, Crohn’s, UC, GERD, Cancer and More

Are you suffering from a gastrointestinal (GI) tract condition? You are not alone! TheGIConnection is now available for patients, caregivers, and health consumers as an up to date online information resource and support group. Click on one of the links below to get informed and start connecting! Information: The Esophagus…

FDA Approves Renflexis as Biosimilar to Remicade

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved a biosimilar copy of Johnson & Johnson's rheumatoid arthritis drug Remicade (infliximab) called Renflexis (Infliximab-abda) following on the biologics license application of the South Korean manufacturer Samsung Bioepis Co. LTD. Renflexis, is a “biosimilar drug” which is a copy of a…

Pregnancy Flares in Rheumatoid Arthritis

The usual advice from rheumatologists to women with rheumatoid arthritis (RA) or ankylosing spondylitis (AS) is that the activity of their arthritis is less if they become pregnant.  The thought is that the immune system of pregnant women is less active, resulting in a “remission”.  Unfortunately, the “remission” would only…

Living with RA: Rheumatoid Nodules

What are rheumatoid nodules? Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is an autoimmune disease , and, as such, it can affect the entire body, particularly if the RA becomes severe.1 In addition to joint problems, people with RA may notice occasional fevers, fatigue, and a sense of being generally unwell. Rheumatoid arthritis can…

Available Now: How to be an Empowered Patient with RA and Other Chronic Conditions

TheRAConnection Presents: Ask the Expert with Marie Barry [embed]https://youtu.be/q04lZzZRQII[/embed] Marie Barry shares her tips on how to be an empowered patient with RA and other chronic conditions in this informative web chat. Ms. Barry discusses how she went from overwhelmed to in control as she’s managed three chronic diseases- rheumatoid…

Tumor Necrosis Factor-alpha Inhibitor-Induced Psoriasis in Rheumatoid Arthritis

Tumor necrosis factor-alpha (TNF) is a protein produced by immune cells to signal other immune cells to produce inflammatory factors. TNF is important in protecting against infections but may also result in a variety of auto-immune diseases like ankylosing spondylitis, rheumatoid arthritis, or crohn’s disease in the predisposed individual.  TNF…

Women Magazine and TheRAConnection Partner to Offer Free Subscriptions for National Arthritis Awareness Month

TheRAConnection is pleased to provide a complimentary subscription to Women magazine for individuals with arthritis in honor of National Arthritis Awareness Month. Women magazine and TheRAconnection are valuable resources for individuals with arthritis and offer educational content, inspiring stories, useful tips, and a community where individuals with arthritis can share information,…

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