Testing the imaware™ RA Test Kit

Why I did an RA test kit—when I already know I have RA / RD In the video below, you’ll see me use the imaware™ RA test kit live. This video is my sincere, unrehearsed attempt to show how to use the test kit. I thought it would be easier for people if they felt intimidated about pricking their own...Continue reading      Make a Comment » Read more

What Does Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) Look Like?

Common myths about RA linger in college classes In an immunology teaching lab class this semester, my daughter Katie Beth (KB) learned how to perform a rheumatoid factor test (latex agglutination). Prior to that lecture, KB read through the professor’s slides in the syllabus. She noticed the material included several common errors about Rheumatoid Disease (RD)....Continue reading      31 Comments » Read more

Professionals Call for Ultrasound Use in Rheumatoid Arthritis

Superior for disease activity assessment, but user-dependent Recently in Rheumatoid Arthritis Ultrasound News, we looked at reasons musculoskeletal ultrasound matters to people with Rheumatoid Disease (PRD), and stories from patients who weren’t treated because doctors didn’t see swelling or inflammation. We heard what a doctor said recently at EULAR: “You can see raging inflammation in joints...Continue reading      11 Comments » Read more

Musculoskeletal Ultrasound in Rheumatoid Arthritis: Training Is Essential

In the several articles on RAW about using musculoskeletal ultrasound in Rheumatoid Arthritis I’ve stipulated “with training” for good reason. Let’s look closer at the need for training in ultrasound use for rheumatology patients. Please see the recent post Rheumatoid Arthritis Ultrasound News describing the significant role musculoskeletal ultrasound can play for people with Rheumatoid...Continue reading      11 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

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 activity Remember...Continue reading      12 Comments » Read more

Stand-up MRI and 6 More Useful Things to Know about Imaging

Aren’t X-rays and MRI’s infallible? I used to think that imaging is the one certain thing in medicine. A friend’s broken pelvis taught me differently. It was fractured, whether we had evidence of it or not. I was one of the people who believed in her the whole time, but her treatment would certainly have been...Continue reading      4 Comments » Read more

Rheumatoid Arthritis Severity Scale (RASS) Affecting Treatment Decisions?

Could the RASS Affect Treatment Decisions Dollars? A reader asks about doctor’s ratings of Rheumatoid disease being required by third-party payers (insurance companies, etc) presumably to justify spending related to Rheumatoid disease treatment. She wrote: “according to my rheum today there is a lot of pressure by the insurance companies to having every patient rated using...Continue reading      16 Comments » Read more

10 Reasons We Might Want a Musculoskeletal Ultrasound (MSUS) of a Joint

Back in 2009, dozens of phone calls revealed no one  in our area who could perform a musculoskeletal ultrasound (MSUS).  Today, worried about my son, I made calls again to orthopedists and hospitals. When I called the top medical centers in our region, I found one ultrasound technologist who had heard of MSUS and she...Continue reading      24 Comments » Read more

Inflammation and Thomas the Tank Engine

Today, my Roo is six years old. Saturday, I went shopping with Mary Khris to buy supplies to create a little Thomas the Tank Engine party. Since I can’t draw characters with icing any more, we look for ways things can be used creatively. I found some lightweight rubber train engines (actually bath toys!) that we...Continue reading      37 Comments » Read more
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