June 25, 2015

BREAKING NEWS

New Numbers for Undiagnosed Psoriatic Arthritis

A new study published in the Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology has found that up to 15% of people with psoriasis may have undiagnosed psoriatic arthritis (PsA). The study, conducted by French researchers, reviewed past studies of people with psoriasis and found that up 34% of those patients had undiagnosed PsA.

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Learn to Fight Smart
ARTHRITIS COMPLICATIONS AND RELATED CONDITIONS

Learn to Fight Smart

Even for a mother who is totally healthy, children can be a challenge. They need to be fed and clothed. If they are young enough, their diapers have to be changed; if they are older, they need help with homework. They need to be read to, played with, cared for, and listened to. Lupus is disabling. Mothers with lupus describe joints so swollen and painful that they cannot lift a toothbrush to their mouth, much less buckle a child into a car seat or unscrew a jar of peanut butter.

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What's a Drug Holiday?
MEDICINES AND TREATMENTS

What's a Drug Holiday?

Holidays come in all varieties, and we usually look forward to them—but have you ever heard of a “drug holiday”? It’s pretty much what it sounds like: the discontinuation of a prescribed medication for a certain period of time. A physician would advise one for several reasons—to lessen a medication’s side effects, to remove the risk of an interaction with another medication, to lay off the medication for a while to allow it to become effective again, and to see if a patient can do without it entirely.

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Salmon with Cherry Salsa
FEATURED RECIPE

Salmon with Cherry Salsa

Cherries are full of powerful antioxidants that appear to reduce inflammation, help manage pain associated with osteoarthritis, and decrease risk of gout. Grab some tart cherries when they come into season this July and pair them with a healthy salmon in a tasty dish that will make you feel good.

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FEATURED DEFINITION

Inflammation

When the body's immune system detects an injury or infection, it responds by increasing the flow of blood and attracting various immune cells (such as white blood cells) to the injured or infected area, where they work to eliminate the problem and repair the injured tissue. However, this increased blood flow, and the subsequent enlarging of the tissues in the affected area, also brings about the pain, swelling, redness, heat, and loss of function characteristic of inflammation.

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