By: Terry Graedon June 22, 2017 0 Comments
    How to Ease RA Pain with Fish

    Should you eat a sardine sandwich or tuna salad for lunch if you have rheumatoid arthritis? Surprisingly, fish on the menu might ease RA pain and joint inflammation. Fighting RA Pain with Fish: Resear…

    By: Joe Graedon June 5, 2017 5 Comments
    Side Effects of TNF Blockers: Enbrel, Humira, Re…

    Most drugs are double-edged swords. In other words, they have the potential both to help and to harm. But some medications have sharper blades than others. TNF blockers are great examples of this deal…

    By: Joe Graedon May 8, 2017 14 Comments
    High Drug Prices Shielded by Soaring Lobbying Bu…

    Wonder what's behind high drug prices? Have you ever heard the crude expression: "Money talks and bulls**t walks." We apologize for the obscenity. But nowhere is that crude phrase clearer than on Capi…

    By: Joe Graedon April 10, 2017 19 Comments
    Are There Reasons Not To Follow Your Doctor̵…

    The phrase "doctor's orders" often means doing something because a physician says to do it. These days that usually that means swallow a certain pill. Noncompliance or Nonadherence? Doctors have a nam…

    By: Terry Graedon December 15, 2016 4 Comments
    What Is the Link between Gum Disease and Rheumat…

    Periodontal disease has been associated with heart problems. Now investigators find that such gum infections may also be tied to the autoimmune condition rheumatoid arthritis. What Is the Connection? …

    By: Terry Graedon December 3, 2015 29 Comments
    Patients Want Doctors to Look at Them, Not the C…

    If you have seen a doctor in the last several years, the chances are good that he or she has entered your data into a computer during the visit. Electronic health records have become ubiquitous in hea…

    By: Joe Graedon October 1, 2015 10 Comments
    How Do You Make Gin-Soaked Raisins?

    Q. I have heard you talk about the raisin remedy on your radio show and I have seen reference to it on this website, but there are a lot of details that are missing. First, how the heck do you soak th…

    By: Joe Graedon September 21, 2015 2 Comments
    Lymphoma as a Side Effect of Remicade

    It can be difficult to weigh the benefits against the risks of medicines that are used to treat dreadful conditions such as rheumatoid arthritis. On the one hand, having a way to ease pain and permit …

    By: Joe Graedon February 12, 2015 4 Comments
    Modest Mercury Levels Linked to Autoimmune Condi…

    Pregnant women have long been warned to avoid eating fish high in mercury, such as tilefish, king mackerel or swordfish. That is because methylmercury can interfere with nervous system development in …

    By: Joe Graedon July 18, 2013 29 Comments
    Enbrel & Remicade Side Effects & Compl…

    Q. I have psoriatic arthritis, and asked my rheumatologist about Enbrel--advertised on TV by the famous golfer who touts it specifically for psoriatic arthritis.  Even though the ad includes a list o…

    By: Joe Graedon February 7, 2013 4 Comments
    Will Sunshine Protect You from Rheumatoid Arthri…

    Exposure to sunlight has been linked to a number of health benefits, including a reduced incidence of some cancers. New research suggests that ultraviolet light exposure may also cut the risk of rheum…

    By: Terry Graedon October 23, 2009 1 Comments
    Gum Disease Linked to Risk of Rheumatoid Arthrit…

    Brushing and flossing daily could help ward off rheumatoid arthritis, according to a new study. Rheumatologists in Minnesota studied more than 6,000 people between 1987 and 1998. Everyone had at least…

    By: Joe Graedon March 28, 2005 0 Comments
    Old Fashioned Treatment Is Good As Gold

    Rheumatoid arthritis patients have been on a roller coaster the last couple of years. Their potentially debilitating disease still remains mysterious, and promising treatments have turned out to have …