Posts Tagged ‘Measuring rheumatoid disease activity’

  • Why Rheumatoid Arthritis Frailty Matters

    Discussion of recent research on rheumatoid arthritis frailty. How frailty is measured, and which aspects of rheumatoid disease relate with frailty.

  • 5 Rheumatoid Arthritis – RA Flare Facts

    Discussion of critical facts related to RA flare, a cyclical pattern of disease activity experienced by some people with rheumatoid disease.

  • Rheumatoid Arthritis Progression

    Explanation of rheumatoid arthritis progression with printable guide to illustrate an individual pattern of rheumatoid disease activity.

  • Rheumatoid Arthritis Pain Persists

    Rheumatoid Arthritis Pain persists despite treatments that may reduce some symptoms. Disease activity measures ignore various aspects of disease activity.

  • Could Ultrasound Prevent Rheumatology Patients from Receiving Disease Treatments?

    This is the 10th in a series on musculoskeletal ultrasound use in people living with Rheumatoid Disease (PRD). This is a critical topic for PRD that could have enormous impact on clinical care – positively or negatively – in light of results from two recent studies. Musculoskeletal ultrasound can help “see” invisible disease activity Musculoskeletal […]

  • Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) Treat to Target

    The treat to target (T2T) approach involves defining a treatment goal or “target” and modifying the therapy if the target is not reached. Treating to a target of remission or low disease activity Treat to target (T2T) is an approach to treating Rheumatoid Arthritis / Rheumatoid Disease (RD) that combines aggressive or intensive treatment with […]

  • 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 […]

  • Forefeet and the DAS28: a Healthy Dose of Skepticism

    Study concludes forefoot (toe) joints unnecessary to determine disease activity. “Forefoot joints were frequently affected on an individual level, but did not significantly improve the measurement range or precision of 28-joint counts in patients with early RA. From a measurement perspective, reduced joint counts are appropriate for use on a population level. The contribution of […]

  • Where the Rubber Meets the Road or What If Only the Cancer in Dave’s Kidneys Was Treated?

    Measuring disease activity: where rubber meets the road Recently a rheumatologist friend told me of needing to prove ACR20 (a measure of 20 percent improvement) in order for a patient to continue receiving a biologic treatment. I don’t know whether it was private or government insurance, but something bothered me about it. Of course, 20 […]

  • Ultrasound for Seeing Invisible Inflammation in Rheumatoid Patients

    I was a bit surprised at the tremendous response to my last post on trying to take the gloves off to talk about some typical things experienced with Rheumatoid disease. Several important conversations arose on the comments page. I always say the comments on this site are another whole blog. I’m blessed with such compassionate […]

  • Disparity Between Rheumatoid Arthritis Patients & Doctors over Disease Activity

    Will one more RA disparity study make a difference for patients? Discrepancy & Rheumatoid Arthritis: inseparable as thunder & lightning Discrepancy. A word I probably used three times during the first four decades of my life. And then came Rheumatoid Disease. This word is the shortest explanation for the reason RA Warrior exists. I was […]

  • Accurately Measuring Rheumatoid Disease Activity

    We may be watching the slow evolution of the ability to measure Rheumatoid disease activity (DA) which could obviously revolutionize care for the disease, if handled properly. “Visible” evidence can be a valuable tool in treating a disease that does its damage concealed inside of a body. 2006: Remission imaging study reveals Rheumatoid Arthritis disease […]

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