3 Topics in the News on Rheumatoid Arthritis Heart Disease

Rheumatoid “Arthritis” in the heart – no joints, but plenty of problems Often, I have sharp chest pains, but I know it’s not my heart – click here if you don’t know what it is. (Hint: there are joints along the sternum.) But when a large butterfly flutters in my chest and tries to escape through...Continue reading      13 Comments » Read more

RA News Vol. 8: Predicting TNF Response, Prednisone Increases Remission, New Mayo Clinic Heart Disease Risk Study

Brief rundown of 3 recent RA news articles that could make big impact 1. Simple urine test may predict who responds to TNF biologics! British researcher Dr. Sabrina Kapoor noted that the metabolites which are a result of the effects of tumor necrosis factor (TNF) on metabolism should be present in the urine or blood of patients....Continue reading      6 Comments » Read more

RA Disease in the News, Vol.7: Increased Atrial Fibrillation Risk, Steroids Reduce Citrullination, Self-performed Joint Counts

3 interesting Rheumatoid disease news items I knew you’d want to read! 1. Steroid injections found to reduce citrullination in synovial tissue with Rheumatoid disease Researchers found that steroids applied directly joint tissues had a specific affect on disease activity that methotrexate did not have. Glucocorticoids (dexamethasone) decreased citrullination and PAD (peptidylarginine deiminase, an enzyme commonly produced...Continue reading      9 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

20 Facts About Rheumatoid Heart Disease

This is part 2 of yesterday’s post Rheumatoid (Arthritis) Heart Disease about the history and uniqueness of the heart disease of Rheumatoid Arthritis. It’s important to realize… Rheumatoid heart disease is part of the Rheumatoid disease. It is not just… RA increasing a person’s chances of heart disease. RA making heart disease worse. RA patients being more likely to...Continue reading      21 Comments » Read more

Rheumatoid (Arthritis) Heart Disease

Most webpages about Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) will tell you that you can reduce your risk for heart disease by eating healthy and reducing lipid levels. That’s seems instinctive for people to believe. However, evidence does not support it. Do lipids matter with Rheumatoid heart disease? The famous Red Dress Campaign for heart disease awareness in women lists...Continue reading      20 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

New Studies Examine Predictors of Rheumatoid (Arthritis) Heart Disease

Predictors of Heart Disease in Rheumatoid Arthritis New Studies presented at ACR 2010 (the American College of Rheumatology’s annual meeting) examined of the heart disease of Rheumatoid Arthritis. One study called Longitudinal Predictors of Progression of Subclinical Carotid Atherosclerosis in Rheumatoid Arthritis looked for factors which predict heart disease in RA patients. “Coronary and extra-coronary atherosclerosis...Continue reading      12 Comments » Read more

Rheumatoid Arthritis News Articles, Vol. 3: Syk inhibitor, CVD Risk & Diabetes Link

3 hot Rheumatoid Arthritis news articles: RA pill, cardiovascular risk guidelines & more! 1 - An oral Spleen tyrosine kinase (Syk) inhibitor for Rheumatoid Arthritis A recently published study evaluated the effectiveness and safety of a pill being called R788 for the treatment of Rheumatoid Arthritis. R788 inhibits Spleen tyrosine kinase (Syk), an important immune signaling modulator,...Continue reading      17 Comments » Read more

Rheumatoid Arthritis News Articles, Volume 2

3 hot Rheumatoid Arthritis news articles 1) Woman with Rheumatoid Arthritis dies after seafood The Galveston Daily News reported last week a Port Bolivar, Texas woman with Rheumatoid Arthritis died of an infection of flesh-eating bacteria. The bacteria, which are common in warm salt water worldwide, can cause necrotizing fasciitis. Ginger Ling, 57, had cleaned and cooked...Continue reading      10 Comments » Read more

Rheumatoid Arthritis News Articles, Volume 1

There are so many Rheumatoid Arthritis news articles that come out every day. I could never read them all! I read a few and I’m so lucky that many of my readers send me the ones they think are most important. Here is some Rheumatoid Arthritis news that could impact a lot of patients.       ...Continue reading      2 Comments » Read more

Rheumatoid Arthritis Statistics

Some interesting numbers came across my screen in the last couple of days. I started wondering what they would look like along side of one another. Some Rheumatoid Arthritis statistics are better than others Recent Rheumatoid Arthritis statistics now estimate that a larger number of people have RA than expected: about 1.5 million in the US. Yesterday was...Continue reading      14 Comments » Read more
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