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Doctors Weigh in on Chloroquine
Neil Wagner

As a treatment for COVID-19 hydroxychloroquine is questionable and a danger to some. And then there are the lupus patients who need it. Read more >

Mobility Disability: The Ten Minute Solution
Leslie Carr

People with osteoarthritis who exercised just one hour a week were 85% more likely to be able to live on their own. Read more >

Inflammation Weakens Aging Bones

Inflammation helps the body fight disease, but it can also harm bones. Read more >

When Kids Smoke Second-Hand
Alice G. Walton

Second-hand smoke has lots of risks for kids. Rheumatoid arthritis may be another. Read more >

That Pain in Your Neck
Charlotte LoBuono

Physical therapists are seeing more neck, shoulder and back problems thanks to this tech device. Some ideas for avoiding injury. Read more >

Joint Effort: Avoiding Osteoarthritis
Esther Entin, M.D.

You can lower your risk of osteoarthritis and increase your chances of staying mobile and pain-free for years to come. Read more >

A New View of Osteoarthritis
Esther Entin, M.D.

The joint damage aging often brings appears to be less the result of wear and tear and more about reversible changes at the cellular level. Read more >

Saturated Fats Damage Joints
Beth Fontenot, MS, RD, LDN

Diets high in saturated fats actually damage cartilage and joints. Other fats appear to be protective. Read more >

Gum Disease Linked to Joint Disease
Charlotte LoBuono

Your gum disease may be putting you at risk for rheumatoid arthritis. One bacteria in particular appears to play a big role. Read more >

The Real Culprit in Celiac?
Charlotte LoBuono

The cause of celiac disease and gluten intolerance may not be gluten after all. Read more >

Everybody In the Pool!
Esther Entin, M.D.

The water may be fine, but pools, spas and water parks can also be havens for water-borne pathogens. Read more >

Addicted To Pain
Alice G. Walton

Chronic pain affects the brain’s addiction pathways, suggesting new approaches to pain management. Read more >

Fertility Problems? Pain Medications May Be Responsible
Neil Wagner

Ovulation dropped by 75% and more in women taking certain over-the-counter and prescription pain meds. Read more >

Chronic Fatigue Is Real, Not a State of Mind
Neil Wagner

Two studies put to rest the idea that chronic fatigue sufferers are malingerers or worse. Read more >

Aspirin: Fever, Aches and Cardiovascular Protection
Sami Hocine

Anticoagulant drugs can cause side effects and dangerous bleeding, so for some people, aspirin is the better treatment. Read more >

Omega-3 Fatty Acids Appear to Ease Osteoarthritis Symptoms
Beth Fontenot, MS, RD, LDN

Saturated fats worsen the symptoms of osteoarthritis, but omega-3 fats seem to help. Read more >

Herbal Treatment for Rheumatoid Arthritis As Effective As Methotrexate
Charlotte LoBuono

Made from the root of the thunder god vine, TwHF reduced inflammation as well as drugs and worked even better when used in combination with them. Read more >

Do It Yourself: Simple Chores Around the House Boost Health
Alice G. Walton

Do-it-yourself work around the house can help keep the heart in shape. Read more >

Fat Cells Secrete Proteins Linked to Rheumatoid Arthritis
Charlotte LoBuono

Rheumatoid arthritis begins with factor D, secreted by fat cells in joints. Stop Factor D, stop RA. Read more >

Are You Teflon or Velcro When It Comes to Stress?
Leslie Carr

Some people find it pretty easy to shed a stressful day, but for others, it lingers... Read more >

Antidepressants Relieve Arthritis Pain
Neil Wagner

Certain antidepressants can help relieve osteoarthritis pain. Read more >

A Closer Look at Over-the-Counter Painkillers
Alice G. Walton

Turning to acetaminophen, ibuprofen and aspirin now and then is fine, but long-term use can damage organs. Read more >

Winters are Tough on Arthritis
Neil Wagner

If you have arthritis, don't let winter reduce your activity level. Keep exercising, even if it means walking at the mall. Read more >

Research Finds the Immune System A Key Player in Osteoarthritis
Michael J. Gertner

Osteoarthritis is a product of your immune system, not just wear and tear... Read more >

Aspirin, Ibuprofen May Prevent Antidepressants from Working
Neil Wagner

Taking anti-inflammatory drugs while on SSRI antidepressants can interfere with the SSRIs' effectiveness. Read more >

Paget's Disease
Robert J. Pignolo, M.D., Ph.D.

This disorder causes bony overgrowth and problems with the bone's structure. Read more >

Anger and Sadness Increase Pain
Neil Wagner

Anger and sadness tend to make a person's experience of pain worse. Read more >

Modest Exercise Can Bring the Bones Big Benefits
Alice G. Walton

Just 20 minutes of exercise a day may help reduce fractures in women with bone loss. Read more >

Study: No Effect from Taking Popular Arthritis Supplements
Neil Wagner

Joint supplements for arthritis have, unfortunately, not been demonstrated to help ailing joints. Read more >

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy with a Side of Exercise Helps Fibromyalgia
Alice G. Walton

Fibromyalgia patients better manage their pain with cognitive behavior therapy and exercise. Read more >

Don't Worry, Be Active
Neil Wagner

Exercise can reduce the anxiety people may feel when living with a chronic illness. Read more >

Over-Exercising Could Lead to Osteoarthritis
Alice G. Walton

By middle age we need to be careful about how much active exercise we do. Swimming and low-impact exercise is best. Read more >

Revenge of the Cell Phones: Cell Phone Elbow
Neil Wagner

Cubital tunnel syndrome, or cell phone elbow, results from the compression of the ulnar nerve. Read more >

Arthroscopy's Benefit For Knee OA Is Limited
Jordana Bieze Foster

Arthroscopy, the minimally-invasive surgical technique, appears to be of limited value for osteoarthritis of the knee... Read more >

Pump Up Quads For Better Postoperative Function
Jordana Bieze Foster

Strengthening quads after a total knee replacement can improve functional performance enough to rival that of healthy older adults. Read more >

Putting the Facts in Drug Ads How to Improve Drug Ads
Neil Wagner

Direct-to-consumer advertising needs to present the benefits of drugs, as well as side effects, so consumers can make decisions with their doctors. Read more >

Quad-Cartilage Connection: Strength May Protect Against Knee OA Progression
Jordana Bieze Foster

Strong quadriceps can keep knee cartilage from crumbling. Read more >

Osteoarthritis Origins: Protein Discovery Could Be Key to a Cure
Jordana Bieze Foster

A protein in cartilage appears associated with age-related articular cartilage loss, a discovery that could lead to more effective treatments for OA. Read more >

A New Way to Treat Osteoporosis?
Neil Wagner

Bones may seem like such solid, unchanging objects. In reality, they’re very dynamic. Read more >

Tai Chi: Good for the Knees?
Neil Wagner

Study says Tai Chi can help reduce the pain of arthritis. Read more >

Glucosamine And Chondroitin: A Joint Venture In Question
Jordana Bieze Foster

Glucosamine and chondroitin may not work as well together as we think. Read more >

A Drink — or Two or Three — May Prevent Rheumatoid Arthritis
Tom Gilbert

Smoking increases the risk or RA, but moderate drinking seems to reduce it. Read more >

Is Softer Better for Your Back?
Tom Gilbert

Sleeping on a hard mattress may worsen back pain. Read more >

Rheumatoid Arthritis Drugs Ease Other Auto-Immune Disorders
Tom Gilbert

Anti-TNF compounds used to treat arthritis have a positive effect on B cells, which are involved in many autoimmune diseases. Read more >

Not Better Left NSAID
Tom Gilbert

Be sure to tell your doctor if you routinely use ibuprofen or other NSAIDs because these can put you at risk for GI injury and bleeding. Read more >

Hot Pepper Pain Relief
Tom Gilbert

Hot peppers — the spicy kind — are part of a promising new approach to pain relief that appears to block pain without also disrupting thinking, balance or body awareness. Read more >

New Lyme Disease Guideline
Tom Gilbert

The treatment for Lyme disease is fairly straightforward — except when it isn't. Read more >

Do Steroids Leave Tissues Open to Injury?
Tom Gilbert

People who get a steroid injection in their shoulder might be better off waiting a few weeks before returning to regular activities or starting physical therapy, according to a new study. Read more >

Early Treatment Vital for Rheumatoid Arthritis
Tom Gilbert

Early and aggressive use of the latest rheumatoid arthritis drugs may lead to remission of this notoriously intractable disease. Read more >

A New Treatment for Lupus?
Elena Peeva, M.D., Liliane Min, M.D., and Peter Barland, M.D.

The Detection and Management of Osteoporosis
Susan C. Stewart, M.D.

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In Trials: Treatments for Rheumatoid Arthritis
Peter Barland, M.D.

For some RA sufferers, the anti-TNF drugs are not effective. Two new drugs offer an alternative. Read more >

Dry Another Day
Antigoni Triantafyllopoulou, M.D., and Peter Barland, M.D.

New RA Therapy: Immune Reeducation vs. Immunosuppression
Tom Gilbert

A promising new treatment may be able to reeducate the body's immune system to stop it from attacking healthy joint tissue. Read more >

Update on Fibromyalgia: A Real Pain
Tom Gilbert

For years, fibromyalgia sufferers have been telling sometimes skeptical doctors about their pain. Read more >

Catastrophic Antiphospholipid Syndrome (CAPS)
Juan Javier Lichauco, M.D., Jayashree Sinha, M.D., and Peter Barland, M.D.

Adult Onset Still's Disease
Juan Javier Lichauco, M.D., Jayashree Sinha, M.D., and Peter Barland, M.D.

Systemic Lupus Erythematosus (SLE): New Treatments for Mild and Severe
Elena Peeva, M.D., M.Sc., Gisele Zandman-Goddard, M.D., and Peter Barland, M.D.

SLE sufferers should not take sulfonamide drugs. Read more >

Yusuf Yazici, M.D., and Akgun Ince, M.D.

Strengthening exercises for the quadriceps can help relieve symptoms of knee arthritis. Read more >

Less Painkiller, Less Pain?
Tom Gilbert

Consider this common scenario. Read more >

Of Mice and Men and Women: The Genetics of Pain
Tom Gilbert

People experience pain differently; some are more sensitive than others. Genes may be the reason. Read more >

Fibromyalgia: Real or Imaginary?
M. Nergis Alnigenis (Yanmaz), M.D., and Peter Barland, M.D.

A low-impact exercise program may help relieve the symptoms of Fibromyalgia Syndrome. Read more >

The New COX 2 Inhibitors
Peter Barland, M.D.

Until recently, the drugs used for the treatment of chronic inflammatory diseases, such as rheumatoid arthritis (RA), were introduced either through clinical observations or as a result of a lucky guess. Read more >

Emerging Treatments: Combination DMARDS for Rheumatoid Arthritis
Peter Barland, M.D.

Until recently, most patients with early rheumatoid arthritis (RA) were initially treated with NSAIDs (nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory agents) or low doses of corticosteroids. Read more >

What's New About Gout
Peter Barland, M.D.

Gout is a disease produced by excess uric acid, a nitrogen breakdown product, in the blood (hyperuricemia). Read more >

Emerging Treatments: Viscosupplementation for Osteoarthritis
Peter Barland, M.D.

Osteoarthritis should no longer be considered an inevitable accompaniment of aging but rather a dynamic and largely treatable disease. Read more >

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