Safety of Biologic Drugs In Rheumatology

Safety of biologic drugs Biologic drugs have recently revolutionized the treatment of many rheumatologic conditions such as rheumatoid arthritis, lupus, and psoriatic arthritis, to name a few. These powerful agents function by targeting a specific component of the immune system thought to be crucial in causing inflammation. Specifically, TNF inhibitors (Humira, Enbrel, Remicade, Cimzia and […]

Living with rheumatoid arthritis- the 7 golden rules

Now that we have effective medications to treat this disease, living with rheumatoid arthritis is not as scary as once it may have been. You may still want to make a couple of adjustments in your lifestyle to help control the symptoms and prevent worsening of the disease. These are the 7 golden rules to […]

Do Rheumatoid Arthritis treatments increase cancer risk?

Whether or not biologic drugs increase the risk of cancer in people with rheumatoid arthritis has been the subject of much research and concern in the past few years. Biologic drugs work by targeting and disabling a specific component of the immune system. Since rheumatoid arthritis is an autoimmune disease, targeting the immune system has […]

Treatment of rheumatoid arthritis

Rheumatoid arthritis treatment There is no cure for rheumatoid arthritis (RA). However, in the recent decades, groundbreaking advances in the treatment of rheumatoid arthritis have made treatment of this disease a lot more successful. While a great number of people with RA needed to be on disability just a few decades ago, nowadays most people […]

Rheumatoid arthritis: Diagnosis

How is rheumatoid arthritis diagnosed? Rheumatoid arthritis diagnosis can be difficult; specially if it’s early in the course of the disease. There is no one test that will definitively diagnose rheumatoid arthritis (RA). For example, the blood tests may be negative in someone who has rheumatoid arthritis and positive in someone else who doesn’t. In […]

Rheumatoid arthritis symptoms

What are some of the rheumatoid arthritis symptoms?   Rheumatoid arthritis symptoms can range from mild to moderate to severe. Although joint pain and swelling is the hallmark of rheumatoid arthritis (RA), other organs may also be affected.   Constitutional symptoms People with RA may note fever, fatigue, body aches, and weight loss Joints Rheumatoid […]

What is Rheumatoid Arthritis?

Rheumatoid arthritis Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is an autoimmune inflammatory disease mainly of the joints. The immune system is normally designed to attack foreign bodies like bacteria and viruses. In rheumatoid arthritis, the immune system abnormally attacks the joints causing inflammation and pain. Although the joints are the main targets in rheumatoid arthritis, many other tissues […]

How do I know if I have Osteoarthritis or Rheumatoid Arthritis?

Osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis are both forms of arthritis, and can cause joint tenderness and deformity. This is where their similarity stops, as they are actually very different diseases. Osteoarthritis Osteoarthritis is a form of mechanical arthritis. It is caused by wear and tear of the cartilage and joint, much like the tires of a car. The […]