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Antibodies Lessen Effectiveness of Adalimumab / Humira

A new study proves what many suspected – that Rheumatoid Arthritis patients develop antibodies against adalimumab (Humira) which lessen the effectiveness of the drug. Previous studies have shown this to be true for other Biologic treatments as well. Anti-adalimumab antibodies: another front in our battle against RA Doctors in the Netherlands found 28% of patients developed antibodies...Continue reading      35 Comments » Read more

Do Rheumatoid Arthritis Drugs Cause Cancer?

Hopefully not. People often state that drugs used to treat Rheumatoid Arthritis cause cancer as an accepted fact. They say they that shortening the length of life is worth the quality of life they gain from treatment. Personally, I’m tremendously interested in both. Rheumatoid Arthritis has long been known to increase risk of cancer, especially lymphoma. We...Continue reading      24 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

Which Biologic Treatment Should RA Patients Try Next?

Rheumatoid Arthritis patients will likely try a sequence of 3 or 4 biological therapies. However, odds tend to decrease that the treatments will work. “For patients with prior exposure to TNF-a inhibitors, likelihood of response to subsequent treatment with biologic agents declines with increasing number of previous treatments with TNF-a inhibitors.” Newsflash: responses to Biologic treatments vary...Continue reading      32 Comments » Read more

Rheumatoid Arthritis News, Vol.5: Men & Mortality, Vitamin D Research, New RA Meds

Here are a couple of the Rheumatoid Arthritis news articles that have caught my eye recently or, in some cases, caused me to roll my eyes. More Rheumatoid Arthritis news worth mentioning 1) Big news w/Rheumatoid Arthritis in men:methotrexate fights mortality A study published last month found “men with rheumatoid arthritis were more than twice as likely to...Continue reading      12 Comments » Read more

How Soon Should You Switch Biologics for Rheumatoid Arthritis?

It’s been too long since I told an elephant joke. When I was little, I carried this book around making the adults miserable. Why stop now? Q. Why is an elephant large, gray, and wrinkly? (Answer below post.) How long do Rheumatoid Arthritis patients stick with Biologics? There is a lot of variation about when to change Biologics...Continue reading      63 Comments » Read more

Phil Mickelson’s Psoriatic Arthritis

“Mickelson arthritis” brings shrugs “Phil Mickelson arthritis” was such a common search already that it was suggested to me by Google’s search tool as I typed his name yesterday. That was only two days after Mickelson announced his diagnosis of Psoriatic Arthritis to the press. I have to admit that I shrugged the first time I...Continue reading      30 Comments » Read more
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