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Antinuclear Antibody Test

What are antinuclear antibodies? Diagram shows what pathologists see under the microscope in an ANA test We normally have antibodies in our blood that repel invaders in our bodies, such as virus and bacteria microbes. Antinuclear antibodies (ANAs) are unusual antibodies, detectable in the blood, that have the capability of binding to certain structures within […]

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Through my eyes: Autoimmune conditions

Through my eyes: Autoimmune conditions

I have several autoimmune conditions: Hashimoto’s thyroiditis, psoriasis and psoriatic arthritis, celiac disease, and systemic lupus erythemus. There is currently no cure for any of the autoimmune conditions I have. Healthcare professionals define autoimmune conditions as occurring when the immune system, which normally protects the body from infection by fighting bacteria and viruses, behaves abnormally […]

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Sacroiliac Joint Dysfunction (SI Joint Pain)

Source: MedicineNet What are the sacroiliac (SI) joints? The sacroiliac (SI) joints are formed by the connection of the sacrum and the right and left iliac bones. The sacrum is the triangular-shaped bone in the lower portion of the spine, centrally located below the lumbar spine. While most of the bones (vertebrae) of the spine […]

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Osteopenia

What are treatment options and medications for osteopenia? People with osteopenia should make certain important lifestyle modifications and ensure that their dietary intake of calcium and vitamin D (vitamin D2, vitamin D3, cholecalciferol) are adequate. Management of an underlying condition causing malabsorption, such as celiac sprue, can improve bone density. Not everyone with osteopenia requires […]

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Younger Gout Patients Have Higher Odds for Blood Clots

By Alan MozesHealthDay Reporter Latest Arthritis News MONDAY, June 3, 2019 (HealthDay News) — Older age raises the odds of many ills, but for adults with gout, it’s the younger ones who have the highest risk for developing a serious blood clot, new research indicates. Gout patients of any age have a 25% greater risk […]

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Many Middle-Aged Men May Have Signs of Thinning Bones

By Amy NortonHealthDay Reporter Latest Arthritis News THURSDAY, May 30, 2019 (HealthDay News) — Brittle bones are often seen as a woman’s health issue, but low bone mass may be more common among middle-aged men than generally thought, a small study suggests. The research, of 173 adults aged 35 to 50, found that men and […]

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Health Tip: Treating a Dislocated Shoulder

(HealthDay News) — Capable of turning in a variety of directions, the shoulder is among the body’s most mobile joints. That makes it easy to dislocate, says the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons. Latest Arthritis News To treat a partially or completely dislocated shoulder, a doctor will place the upper arm bone back into the […]

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Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA): 17 Warning Signs of Serious Complications

Call a doctor immediately if you have rheumatoid arthritis and experience these symptoms Doctors themselves, or with “call partners,” cover urgent medical concerns for their patients when the office is closed. People with rheumatoid arthritis can develop certain symptoms that are really warning signs of something occurring in their bodies that is not what the […]

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Steroids for rheumatoid arthritis: Everything you need to know

Steroids for rheumatoid arthritis: Everything you need to know

Steroids, or corticosteroids, can help relieve inflammation. Since rheumatoid arthritis is an inflammatory autoimmune disorder, steroids are often one part of the treatment plan. Different steroid types exist, each with specific benefits and side effects. The corticosteroids that help treat rheumatoid arthritis (RA) are not the same as the steroids an athlete might take to […]