Rheumatic DiseaseInfo Center

Obesity May Lower Chances of Ridding RA
If you are obese, you are putting extra strain on your joints. That excess weight is known to make osteoarthritis worse. Could obesity also make it harder to treat rheumatoid arthritis?
Obesity and RA on the Rise - Are They Linked?
As rates of obesity continue to rise, so too do rates of related diseases. Rheumatoid arthritis could be one of those related diseases.
From Mouth to Back: Gum Disease and AS
Many diseases are driven by inflammation, or the swelling of tissues and organs. Inflammation plays a part in both arthritis and gum disease. As such, there may be a link between arthritis and gum disease.
Under the Skin: Two Rx's to Treat RA
When it comes to rheumatoid arthritis, there is no one Rx that works best for all patients. A Rx that does wonders for one patient may do little for another. As such, Rx comparisons may be needed.
Arthritic Kids Face Lung Problems
Inflammatory arthritis isn't only for adults. Children can develop the condition too. This means they are not only faced with pain but also complications of living with an inflammatory disease.
Ladies with Lupus Skipping Paps
For women under 30, yearly screening is one of the best ways to detect cervical cancer. Unfortunately, many women with lupus - a condition linked to cervical problems - may be skipping out on screening.
Post-Surgery Problems for RA Patients
When arthritis causes permanent joint damage, many patients turn to joint replacement surgery. While hip and knee replacement surgeries can lead to huge improvements, they still carry serious risks.
Arthritic Double Whammy
It was once thought that patients with rheumatoid arthritis were unlikely to get gout. Now it looks like that is not the case.
Deadly Depression in RA
Living with rheumatoid arthritis can take a toll on your body and your mind. If you are a rheumatoid arthritis patient living with depression, your mental health could be making your situation worse.
New RA Drugs May Reduce Hospital Stays
Patients with rheumatoid arthritis are admitted to hospitals for a number of reasons. They may need surgery, or the inflammation caused by their disease may lead to health problems in other organs.