Latest by Christine Miller

Smoking with Rheumatoid Arthritis

We’ve all been told that smoking is harmful to one’s health. Smoking has been shown to increase the risks of heart disease and strokes. Smoking has even been linked as an environmental trigger for developing rheumatoid arthritis. People who are genet...

Why vitamin D is so important for people with RA: Part 1

ave you seen the recent news about how Vitamin D may be underestimated for its health benefits and how Americans may be terribily deficient in the vitamin? We can let the scientists battle that out, but Vitmain D may be important for those of us with ...

TNF-alpha inhibitors may prevent kidney cysts

New research published online in June in the journal “Nature Medicine” finds that the TNF inhibitor etanercept (Enbrel) may offer treatment and hope to people with autosomal dominant polycystic kidney disease (ADPKD). ADPKD is a genetically inherited ...

FDA reviewing Humira, Remicade and Enbrel for cancer risk

According to a notice published today on the Food and Drug Administration website, FDA is investigating the possible association between the use of tumor necrosis factor (TNF) inhibitors and the development of lymphoma and other cancers in children a...

Rheumatoid Arthritis Treatment, Work Disability and Employability

The pain, fatigue and limited mobility associated with RA affect all parts of a persons’ life, especially the ability to work productively. Several studies in the past few years have shown that people with Rheumatoid Arthritis tend to have a much hig...

Not exercising at all? How about PACE?

The People with Arthritis Can Exercise (PACE) Program, developed by the Arthritis Foundation, is a land-based program that helps people with rheumatoid arthritis incorporate exercise into their lives. Participants meet for 1 hour, twice a week for 8 ...

Exercise is Part of a Healthy Lifestyle for Rheumatoid Arthritis

Less than 15% of people with rheumatoid arthritis exercise 3 or more times a week That uninspiring statistic comes from a recent international study of the exercise habits of people with rheumatoid arthritis. Even more alarming, the study found that ...

RA Brings an Increased Risk of Chickenpox and Shingles

A study published in the December issue of Arthritis Care and Research found that RA patient are nearly twice as likely to develop herpes zoster (also known as shingles) as people without RA. This large, dual country population-based study also found ...

Mediterranean Diet May be Beneficial for RA

Many studies over the past several years have linked traditional diet of the Mediterranean countries such as Greece with health benefits such as lowering risk of heart disease and decreasing joint inflammation. In recent years, there have been quite ...

New AMA/ACSM Fitness Guidelines Managable for People With RA

The American College of Sports Medicine together with the American Medical Association have recently published updated exercise guidelines for adults under 65. New new set of guidelines was published to clarify and improve the previous guidelines pub...