12 Key Facts about Infusion Reactions with Biologics

An infusion nurse talks about safety with Biologics One practical session at the 2012 American College of Rheumatology (ACR) Scientific Meeting was a short talk on preventing infusion reactions presented by a nurse from Seattle, Christine Elliot. Ms. Elliot has supervised 15,000 rheumatological infusions in over a decade as an infusion nurse. She offered an overview...Continue reading      38 Comments » Read more

RA News Headlines, Vol. 6: Ibuprofen for Pain, Orencia Shots, New RA test, RA Inflammation Increases CV Risk

4 Big Headlines for RA News 1) Ibuprofen beats acetaminophen & a combination of both in knee pain Thanks to Dr. Kirsch for Tweeting this fantastic editorial about an arthritis pain relief study in the Annals of Rheumatic Diseases last week. The column highlights data in a new long-term study of the two most popular over-the-counter pain...Continue reading      8 Comments » Read more

Reliable Sources: Orencia Cough Side Effect & Notions of e-Patients

If I cited a percentage of patients who get a cough from Orencia, then I’d quote a source – probably a clinical trial. However, if I merely say, as a patient, that Orencia gave me a cough, then that is a firsthand experience and that’s another type of credible source for other patients. Diabetes blogger Kelly...Continue reading      62 Comments » Read more

My Journey with Rheumatoid Arthritis Medicine

Wouldn’t it be fun to do a happy little blog? But, I was dancing through my happy mommy life and RA busted down my door. I did not pick this fight. I just decided to fight back. This blog is written in reply to a question on yesterday’s blog about my journey with Rheumatoid Arthritis medicines....Continue reading      24 Comments » Read more

The Life of a Professional Patient, Blog #3

My obligatory warning: this post is about the author. My RA news When my Rheumatoid Arthritis symptoms changed from Palindromic to “full blown,” I began using Humira injections to fight RA joint damage and disability. After the first few months, the doctor increased the dose to double the typical prescription. So for a couple of years, I...Continue reading      32 Comments » Read more

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