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Eating Fish May Reduce Rheumatoid Arthritis Symptoms

Eating fish two or more times per week appears to be associated with lower disease activity in patients with rheumatoid arthritis (RA), according to an analyses published in Arthritis Care & Research.1 Previous research has suggested that fish oil may reduce the disease activity of RA.  The benefits from fish consumption are…

Have a Question about Ankylosing Spondylitis? Ask the Expert!

The SpineCommunity Presents: Ask the Expert with Dr. David Borenstein Ask the Expert: Focus on Ankylosing Spondylitis   TheSpineCommunity announces the opportunity to engage with ankylosing spondylitis (AS) expert, David G. Borenstein, MD. On October 11, 2017, Dr. Borenstein will answer your pre-submitted questions about AS on TheSpineCommunity. TheSpineCommunity is…

Cosentyx Highly Effective for Treatment of Scalp Psoriasis

Psoriasis is a chronic skin condition caused by an overactive immune system affecting 1-3% of people in the United States. Symptoms include flaking, inflammation, and thick, white, silvery, or red patches of the skin and scalp.  Psoriasis can also cause discoloration and pitting of finger and toenails as well as…

Rheumatoid Arthritis Risk Influenced by Cold Environment

Individuals who work in cold environments appear to be at increased risk for developing rheumatoid arthritis (RA), according to Swedish researchers who published their findings in the medical journal Rheumatic & Musculoskeletal Diseases. Risk of RA From a Cold Environment Environmental factors such as exposure to tobacco smoke are recognized…

The Lack of Benefit from Radiofrequency Denervation for Chronic Low Back Pain

Osteoarthritis is the most common form of arthritis that occurs as the musculoskeletal system ages.  As the joint cartilage thins, the increasing pressures on the joints results in bone spur formation (osteophytes) and increasing irritation to the nerves that supply sensation to the joint structures.  The apophyseal or facet joints…

Baricitinib Benefits Refractory RA & Gets a Second Look by the FDA

Baricitinib, a novel orally administered drug, appears effective for patients with highly refractory rheumatoid arthritis (RA). 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 safety, especially an "imbalance in thromboembolic events" only seen with the…

Pass it On: It’s National Thyroid Awareness Month

The thyroid gland is a butterfly-shaped organ that is below the Adam’s apple in the front part of the neck. It produces, stores, and releases hormones that regulate vital body functions. Thyroid cancer happens when cells in the thyroid grow out of control. There are two main types of cells…

Intravenous Simponi Aria Superior in Psoriatic Arthritis

Simponi® (golimumab) is one of five marketed TNF inhibitors (TNFi) that is FDA approved for use in psoriatic arthritis (PsA). The initial approval of Simponi was based on a 259 patient, comparative clinical trial that demonstrated patients treated with subcutaneous Simponi experienced a significant response to treatment. Psoriatic arthritis is…

FDA Approvew Cyltezo , a Biosimilar of Humira for the Treatment of Multiple Inflammatory Diseases

The FDA has Approved Cyltezo, a biosimilar of Humira for the Treatment of Multiple Inflammatory Diseases. Development of lower-cost anti-inflammatory drugs is considered pivotal in reducing consumer health care costs and overall U.S. spending on specialty drugs, which has doubled to $150 billion since 2010, according to IMS Health. Cyltexo…

Certain Occupations Linked to an Increased Risk of Rheumatoid Arthritis

New research indicates that certain occupations may put workers at an elevated risk of developing rheumatoid arthritis. The findings, which appear in Arthritis Care & Research, suggest that work-related factors, such as noxious airborne agents, may contribute to the pathogenesis of rheumatoid arthritis. Environmental factors are thought to play a…

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