Saturday, August 23, 2014

Health Guides

Lisa Emrich

Lisa Emrich, Health Guide

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Musician, Patient Advocate, Author of 'Brass and Ivory' blog, and Founder of the 'Carnival of MS Bloggers'

11th MS Disease-Modifying Drug Approved in the US

Late Friday afternoon, August 15, 2014, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) gave Biogen’s PlegridyTM (peginterferon beta-1a) a green light (i.e., approval) for use in relapsing forms of multiple sclerosis. This new drug, basically an improvement on two longtime gold standard medications, Avonex and Rebif, is a longer-acting formulation of... Read moreChevron
Lisa Emrich

Lisa Emrich, Health Guide

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Musician, Patient Advocate, Author of 'Brass and Ivory' blog, and Founder of the 'Carnival of MS Bloggers'

RA and Pain: Vitamin D Deficiency Masquerading as RA Disease Activity

Nobody would argue that rheumatoid arthritis is associated with pain. In fact, pain, tenderness, and swelling of the joints are some of the primary indications of disease activity. Nobody likes to hurt and reducing pain and associated tissue damage are goals of RA treatment. Pain is often the brain’s way of telling us that something... Read moreChevron
Emily Blosberg

Emily Blosberg, Health Guide

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Does exercise really help manage MS symptoms?

When my MS symptoms first began in 2009, I was an active 14 year old who could participate in any activity at any time. I loved to ride horses, go out with friends, and I enjoyed playing boardgames with my family until late into the night.   After my symptoms began, staying awake for more than an hour at a time was a chore! And the thought of... Read moreChevron
posted 08/13/2014, comments (0)|
Lene  Andersen

Lene Andersen, Health Guide

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Writer, Advocate, Photographer

The Month Ahead: Stigma Contest and Living Your Life with RA

Wow! Over several weeks in June and July, the community sent in some incredible submissions in the HealthCentral anti-stigma photo contest. I’d encourage you to pop over to the contest page to see some truly inspirational stories of persevering with chronic illness. While you’re there, why not vote for your favorite? You can help that... Read moreChevron
posted 08/04/2014, comments (0)|
Jackie Zimmerman

Jackie Zimmerman, Health Guide

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IBD advocate living with ulcerative colitis and multiple sclerosis

Do’s and Don’ts of Being an IBD Caregiver

Dear Caregiver,   You’re great. No, really, you’re so great for taking care of your loved one when they need you the most. Maybe you’re an experienced caregiver and maybe this is your first time. Either way, there are a few things that your patient might want you to know but is too afraid to vocalize. Please remember how... Read moreChevron
posted 07/30/2014, comments (0)|