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Do Intervertebral Discs Feel Pain?

Intervertebral discs are the cushions between the vertebral bodies, the bones that make up the spine.  Normal discs move as universal joints in all directions allowing the free movements of the spine in daily activities.  As discs age, they wear out and are less capable of cushioning the spine.  Simple…

A Quick Primer on Crohn’s Disease

Crohn’s disease is an idiopathic, chronic, inflammatory process that can affect any part of the gastrointestinal (GI) tract from the mouth to the anus. Individuals with Crohn’s disease often experience periods of symptom relapse and remission. Appropriate medical and surgical therapy help patients to have a reasonable quality of life,…

Cancer “checkpoint inhibitor” Immunotherapy Associated with Inflammatory Arthritis

David Borenstein, MD Executive Editor theSpineCommunity Some of the recent advances in cancer therapy have enlisted our own immunity system to help kill cancer cells.  In usual circumstances, an immune response will diminish once the causative agent like influenza has been removed.  The immune system uses these checkpoints as fine…

One in Five Americans Has 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…

One in Four RA Patients Believe Diet Influences Their Condition

Patients with a variety of chronic health conditions including inflammatory bowel disease and rheumatoid arthritis (RA) believe diet and nutrition impacts their disease related symptoms and that dietary modification can impact the quality of their lives. Patients often characterize certain foods or diets as  “inflammatory” or “anti-inflammatory”.  Many physicians appear…

Sirukumab Effective in Rheumatoid Arthritis

Sirukumab is a novel biologic agent human monoclonal antibody that selectively binds to the interleukin-6 (IL-6) and is being developed for use in rheumatoid arthritis (RA) and other inflammatory diseases.  Investigators have reported the results of the pivotal clinical study known as SIRROUND-T which evaluated the effectiveness and safety of…

Recognizing the Early Signs of Anemia

Anemia (an inadequate supply of red blood cells) can cause symptoms such as fatigue, shortness of breath, and dizziness. Other possible signs of this condition include rapid heartbeat, chest pain, difficulty staying warm, loss of sex drive, and pale skin. Anemia is more common in women than men and may…

Individuals with psoriasis more likely to develop bone fractures

According to a new study published in the Annals of the Rheumatic Diseases individuals who have psoriasis, psoriatic arthritis (PsA), or rheumatoid arthritis (RA) are at higher risk of suffering bone fractures, particularly in their hip or spine. About the Study In order to assess the risk of bone fractures…

Drug Payment Assistance Programs for Rheumatoid & Psoriatic Arthritis

Managing a chronic disease, such as rheumatoid arthritis (RA) or psoriatic arthritis (PsA) is difficult enough to begin with and can be made much more difficult if you are unable to afford your medications or health insurance premiums. To help ease the burden of medication costs, many drug or pharmaceutical…
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Rheumatoid Awareness Day: Women Magazine and TheRAConnection Partner to Offer Free Subscription to Patients with Rheumatoid Disease

Rheumatoid Awareness Day is February 2nd! TheRAConnection is pleased to provide a complimentary subscription to Women magazine for individuals in honor of Rheumatoid Awareness Day. Get your free subscription here. Rheumatoid Awareness Day is observed on February 2, giving people with the chronic illness known as rheumatoid arthritis (RA) or rheumatoid…

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