RA Runs in Families

RA runs in families: Part 1 I’ve always heard RA runs in families I have always said that the people you meet when living with this disease—or because you do—are the greatest side effect. That’s one of the things I would not change even though I hate rheumatoid disease. Some of my best friends connected with me first through RAW...Continue reading      14 Comments » Read more

Seronegative Rheumatoid Arthritis Is Hazy

What does seronegative rheumatoid arthritis mean? Seronegative rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is a topic that brings a lot of confusion for the public, people living with rheumatoid disease, and sometimes even medical professionals. Put simply, seronegative is a term used to when there is an absence of an antibody that is usually found with a certain disease.1 The...Continue reading      14 Comments » Read more

Seronegative Rheumatoid Arthritis

Seronegative Rheumatoid Arthritis Diagnosis A letter from a reader asks RAW about content directly addressing seronegative Rheumatoid Arthritis. Whether or not you’re a patient with negative lab results, it is important to grasp why there is not a separate category on RAW for seronegative RA. "My reason for writing is that I don't see a great deal...Continue reading      43 Comments » Read more

New Biomarkers for Rheumatoid Arthritis /Rheumatoid Disease

A biomarker is an indicator of a disease or of a physiological state. Currently used biomarkers in blood tests for Rheumatoid Arthritis Anti-CCP / ACPA Rheumatoid factor 14-3-3η Vectra DA, a combination of 12 biomarkers that can be associated with RD Why do we need to find more biomarkers? Finding the ultimate biomarker for Rheumatoid Arthritis / Rheumatoid Disease is like a...Continue reading      10 Comments » Read more

Blood Tests for Rheumatoid Arthritis: What Is Their Role?

Probably the RAW article most often referenced is Blood Tests for Rheumatoid Arthritis, part 2 from over four years ago. People need answers to questions like: My blood tests show I’m in remission, so why do I still have symptoms? My doctor said I tested negative for RA, but could I still have it? What is the role...Continue reading      18 Comments » Read more

14-3-3eta Marker in Rheumatoid Arthritis Patients with Low CRP

(Click image to enlarge.) The quest for Rheumatoid Arthritis tests Almost four years ago I wrote my first post on Rheumatoid Arthritis tests. This is the 29th. Obviously, tests are a key topic in RA diagnosis and disease assessment. Many still ask about “the RA test” which doesn’t actually exist. Several tests are used to inform about...Continue reading      29 Comments » Read more

New Blood Test for Rheumatoid Arthritis: 14-3-3eta

New Rheumatoid Arthritis test based on blood marker 14-3-3η Yesterday, April 9, 2013, Quest Diagnostics announced a new blood test for Rheumatoid Arthritis based on a new protein biomarker, 14-3-3η. The test is available in the U.S. only at Quest labs through an exclusive agreement with Augurex Life Sciences, Corp. Several studies have investigated the relationship...Continue reading      27 Comments » Read more

4 Benefits of a New ACPA Rheumatoid Arthritis Test

IS there a reliable Rheumatoid Arthritis Test? One question I often answer is about tests for Rheumatoid Arthritis. (Actually, one of the videos that was lost addressed that question! See Postblog below!) The short answer is “There is no RA test.” RA is diagnosed and monitored based on a combination of tools, including several tests....Continue reading      8 Comments » Read more

A Paradigm Shift in Rheumatoid Arthritis Disease Activity? Part 3

In Part 1, we pointed out that patients and clinicians look at Rheumatoid Arthritis disease activity in different ways. Rheumatologists especially focus on joints, and actually particular kinds of joint activity. Patients face much more with regard to disease activity, as reflected in the post and comments page. In Part 2, we looked at two specific...Continue reading      59 Comments » Read more

Rheumatoid Arthritis News Articles Vol.4: Lifetime Risk of RA, Home RA Tests, Atherosclerosis & RA

3 Big RA news articles right now 1) News from Mayo Clinic about lifetime risk of developing Rheumatoid Arthritis Mayo is gathering important data on Rheumatoid Arthritis that has not been known before. We looked at one Mayo Clinic report last summer showing the incidence of RA is higher than expected and increasing in women. My readers...Continue reading      16 Comments » Read more

All I Want for Christmas Is My CRP

I thought I’d finally gotten out of Rheumatoid Arthritis / CRP purgatory, but I was wrong. I got an early Christmas present after I got back from the ACR meeting, I got a certified letter from my rheum doc. It said I couldn’t have any more Actemra infusions because my insurance company would not pay properly. It...Continue reading      35 Comments » Read more

Rheumatoid Arthritis Test: Some Funny Factors

Oh finally, the real "RA test”! The other day, I picked up my lab test results. Because of new insurance, I’d been sent to a new lab. New procedures. New forms. New nightmare parking lot. I’m such an RA geek I start reading my blood test results the minute they are handed to me while walking out the...Continue reading      15 Comments » Read more
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