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Virus or Arthritis? Diagnosis Not Always Clear
Despite its name, the chikungunya virus has nothing to do with chickens. It may, however, have something to do with rheumatoid arthritis (RA).
Fifty Years Later, Work Remains to Curb Smoking
Fifty years ago, the US Surgeon General first warned of the dangerous effects of smoking. On the anniversary of that announcement, the current Surgeon General has released new data.
Few with Autoimmune Diseases Got HPV Vaccine
There are vaccines that protect against the human papillomavirus (HPV). These vaccines are often recommended for people with autoimmune diseases who are prone to infection. But it seems that many of these folks may not be getting the HPV vaccine.
Weakened Immunity Disrupts Mood
Bodies in top-notch shape internally tend to defend themselves against infection and a variety of disease. When those inner defenses are down, however, body and mind alike can suffer.
Shingles Stay Quiet with RA Medicine
Returning outbreaks of shingles are more common in people with rheumatoid arthritis (RA). Until now, researchers were not sure how medicines for RA would affect the chance that the painful rash would return.
Scoring Infection Risk in RA
People with rheumatoid arthritis may have a higher risk of infection than others, but doctors have found it hard to pinpoint each patient's individual risk. Now, doctors may have a new way to rate infection risk.
Cat Scratch Fever Bacteria Linked to RA
Cats are a common creature in households around the United States. We love our furry friends. But they can also carry a bacteria that could be giving us illnesses like arthritis.
Infection Risk Up in Seniors with RA
Rheumatoid arthritis can lead to more than painful joints; it can lead to other serious health problems. If doctors know which patients are at risk, they can take steps to prevent complications.
RA Drugs May Boost Infection Risk
Rheumatoid arthritis patients are commonly treated with anti-TNF medications. As with many arthritis drugs, there are concerns that anti-TNF drugs may lead to some serious side effects.
High Flu Risk in RA Patients
Every year, thousands of Americans come down with the flu. If you have a condition like rheumatoid arthritis, you may be more likely to get the flu.