Posts Tagged ‘Rheumatoid Arthritis test’

  • 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 […]

  • 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 […]

  • 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 […]

  • 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 […]

  • 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 […]

  • 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. […]

  • 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 […]

  • 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 […]

  • 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 […]

  • 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 […]

  • The HAQ’s, the RAPID’s & the Rest: 3 Reasons It’s a Moot Point

    So often when I’m listening to a scientific presentation about clinical care for Rheumatoid Arthritis, I would do the face-palm head-smack, if my shoulder would let me. Depending on who can hear me, I mutter softly or wail sarcastically, “If it’s not done, does this matter?” One example is measuring RA disease activity, especially with […]

  • A Paradigm Shift in Rheumatoid Arthritis Disease Activity? Part 2

    In part 1 of A Paradigm Shift in Rheumatoid Arthritis Disease Activity, we considered some reasons why better ways of considering RA disease activity are needed. Ideally, three key things should be considered regarding RA disease activity: The patient’s estimation of his disease activity (more here). Appropriate monitoring using available tests (read more here!) A […]

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