Can Potassium Reduce Pain in Rheumatoid Arthritis / Disease?

Could potassium reduce pain in rheumatoid disease? “Oral Potassium (K+) Reduces Pain in RA: A Randomized Active Control Study of Diet Based K+ Intervention” A poster presented at the American College of Rheumatology (ACR) Annual Scientific Meeting earlier this month described how potassium may be important in rheumatoid arthritis / disease. Researchers in India randomized 172 people...Continue reading      13 Comments » Read more

Does Diet Influence the Risk of Developing Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA)?

“The Mediterranean diet, rich in fish, plant food, mono- and polyunsaturated fat, and including moderate wine consumption, has been suggested to protect against e.g. cardiovascular disease, but its effect on RA development has only been studied to a limited extent.”[1] Do Mediterranean or vegetarian diets impact Rheumatoid Arthritis risk? The Swedish Epidemiological Investigation of Rheumatoid Arthritis (EIRA)...Continue reading      31 Comments » Read more

The Cricoarytenoid Joint and Rheumatoid Disease

Speechless… the cricoarytenoid joint is commonly affected in Rheumatoid Disease Recently a small study from Brazil raised the topic of cricoarytenoid arthritis (CA), a little-recognized aspect of Rheumatoid Disease. In 2009, RAW first discussed CA with patients who expressed amazement that their vocal cord / larynx problems were related to their Rheumatoid Disease. There are a...Continue reading      49 Comments » Read more

Remaining Pain with Rheumatoid Arthritis Treatment

A common problem: remaining pain with Rheumatoid Arthritis Remaining pain with Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) has been a topic on RAW since 2009. We've discussed how people manage the common “leftover” symptoms such pain, fatigue, and stiffness while being treated for rheumatoid disease. Leftover or remaining pain is the subject of an interesting abstract reported at the recent...Continue reading      30 Comments » Read more

New Biomarkers for Rheumatoid Arthritis /Rheumatoid Disease

A biomarker is an indicator of a disease or of a physiological state. Currently used biomarkers in blood tests for Rheumatoid Arthritis Anti-CCP / ACPA Rheumatoid factor 14-3-3η Vectra DA, a combination of 12 biomarkers that can be associated with RD Why do we need to find more biomarkers? Finding the ultimate biomarker for Rheumatoid Arthritis / Rheumatoid Disease is like a...Continue reading      10 Comments » Read more

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

Steps Toward Understanding Rheumatoid Disease

2 Big Announcements Last month in What is Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) / Rheumatoid Disease (RD)?, we asked what this disease IS, with 10 things it doesn’t make sense if doctors don’t know. When we truly know what RD is, we can diagnosis it early, treat it successfully, and cure it! We’re taking steps to support that goal. 1....Continue reading      12 Comments » Read more

What is Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) / Rheumatoid Disease (RD)? 10 Facts Every Doctor Needs

What is Rheumatoid Arthritis? All of the other questions about Rheumatoid Disease (RD) hang on this. After we truly know what it is, we can diagnosis it early, treat it successfully, and cure it! Remember the ancient elephant story? Just like the blind men describing the elephant, numerous aspects of RD have been described, but a comprehensive...Continue reading      28 Comments » Read more

Rheumatoid Arthritis Ultrasound News

RAW has 6 posts on musculoskeletal ultrasound over the past 4 years. There have been a flurry of publications on the topic since the last one, Ultrasound for Seeing Invisible Inflammation in Rheumatoid Patients, in December. There’s a lot to talk about, so today will be the first of a series. If you haven’t, this...Continue reading      20 Comments » Read more

Sternoclavicular Joint Involvement in Rheumatoid Arthritis: Fascinating Discovery of a “Neglected Joint”

About a month ago, I was fascinated by a new report on 103 “patients with Rheumatoid Arthritis” in Mexico, “Sternoclavicular Joint Involvement in Rheumatoid Arthritis: Clinical and Ultrasound Findings of a Neglected Joint.” A sternoclavicular (SC) joint is a joint at the top of the sternum that allows movement of the clavicle. We each have...Continue reading      16 Comments » Read more

New Rheumatoid Arthritis Treatments in the Research Pipeline

New RA Medications in Development MORE INFORMATION ON CLINICAL TRIALS IN PROCESS: Listing by state of all clinical trials for Rheumatoid Arthritis in the US that are currently recruiting volunteers. Abbreviations: IV (intravenous), sub-Q (subcutaneous injection), mAb (monoclonal antibody), IL (interleukin) NOTE: Agents that stopped development or that did not report after trial completion are omitted. Listing is alphabetical...Continue reading      Comments Off on New Rheumatoid Arthritis Treatments in the Research Pipeline 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

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