Tag: inflammatory arthritis

Q&A: PsA; Sandwiches; Cancer Treatment

Q. What is psoriatic arthritis, and what makes it different from other types of arthritis?
A. Psoriatic arthritis (PsA) is an inflammatory arthritis; its symptoms mimic other forms of arthritis, so it is often difficult to diagnose. Symptoms include joint pain and stiffness, swollen fingers and toes, changes in nails, such

Is There Such Thing as an Arthritis Diet?

Is There Such Thing as an Arthritis Diet?

Statistics from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) reveal that approximately 52.5 million Americans suffer from some form of arthritis, including osteoarthritis (OA), rheumatoid arthritis (RA), and gout. Arthritic diseases may be mild in some people but can be debilitating in others. Symptoms characterized by joint pain, swelling, and stiffness

Bone Pain? Consider These Imaging and Screening Options

Bone Pain? Consider These Imaging and Screening Options

If you’ve been feeling bone pain, your doctor may take one look at that stiff, swollen joint or that loss of motion and suspect that what you’ve got is the inevitable onset of age-related osteoarthritis (OA) or the autoimmune disorder that leads to rheumatoid arthritis (RA).
But to refine that diagnosis,

Lifestyle is Key in Preventing Damage from Rheumatoid Arthritis

An estimated 1.3 million Americans are afflicted with rheumatoid arthritis (RA), and women are more than twice as likely as men to have the disease. RA is characterized by inflammation in the lining of the joints, which can lead to joint damage, chronic pain, and disability.

“RA is an autoimmune disease,

Newsbriefs: Back Surgery; Knee OA; Gout; Sleep Quality

Minimally invasive back surgery.
Recent findings from a seven-year study of 304 patients who received minimally invasive transforaminal lumbar interbody fusion—a low back surgery—have better outcomes than patients who have more invasive surgery, according a new study. The procedure joins two or more vertebral bones to prevent abnormal movements. It reduces

Gout: A Curable Disease That Often Is Undertreated

Gout, one of the most understood and common forms of inflammatory arthritis, is not only treatable, but curable as well. Yet, researchers in Europe and the United States tell us that the incidence of gout continues to rise, that less than half of patients seek treatment for the specific condition,

In RA, Normal Weight May Be the Patient’s Best Friend

In a study of 944 patients diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis (RA) within the last 12 months, investigators found that both those who were either significantly underweight or overweight/obese were less likely to achieve sustained remission than patients with normal body mass index (BMI).
“Having an elevated BMI is clearly linked to

Q&A: Anemia; Glycemic-Index; Aspirin Therapy

Q. What are the symptoms and causes of anemia, and what should I do if I suspect I have the condition?
A. Symptoms of anemia include fatigue, shortness of breath, dizziness, rapid or irregular heartbeat, headache, cold hands or feet, pale skin, and chest pain. Anemia can result from several causes:

3. Managing Other Conditions

Whether we are aware of it or not, our skin is engaged in an around-the-clock fight against forces from within and without. Regardless of the direction from which they come, if these conditions, disorders, and diseases prevail, even on a temporary basis, the results can be painful and unsightly. Box

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