Rheumatic DiseaseInfo Center

Problem of Lupus During Pregnancy
When a woman becomes pregnant, she must be careful about what she puts in her body. If a pregnant woman is taking medications for a disease, she should know how those medications may affect her pregnancy.
What Steroids Say About Future RA
There are many different types of medications used to treat rheumatoid arthritis. Among these are steroids and a class of drugs called disease-modifying antirheumatic drugs (DMARDs).
Kidney Risk With Lupus
One of the major complications of lupus is kidney damage. While all patients with lupus have a risk of kidney damage, some patients have a higher risk than others - and ancestry might have something to do with it.
Arthritis Patients Follow Natural Path
Drugs are one way to treat arthritis but they aren't the only way. Many arthritis patients choose to add natural therapies to their treatment plan.
AS Drug Seems Safe, But Does It Help?
Patients with ankylosing spondylitis have a number of drugs to choose from. When a new drug comes along, it must go through strict testing to see if it is safe and effective.
AS Medication Didn't Change Heart Risks
A long term disease named  Ankylosing   Spondylitis has been linked to a higher risk of cardiovascular problems. A number of factors could be responsible for this increased risk, including the drugs used to treat this painful condition.
RA Tied to Deep Vein Blood Clots
Inflammation is a key part of the body's healing process. However, it is also at the root of many health problems, including rheumatoid arthritis and heart and vein disorders.
Bigger is Badder in AS
Ankylosing spondylitis on its own is enough to keep patients from living a normal, active life. Add obesity to the mix and the picture may get worse.
Arava Worked in the "Real World"
Arava ( leflunomide ) is one of the many drugs used to fight inflammation - a central feature of psoriatic arthritis. The drug may appear to work well in a research environment, but how does it fare in the "real world"?
Embracing the Brace
Knees are only meant to bend forward and backward. If a knee pops and locks up with major pain, something serious is going on there, and it's most likely an ACL injury.