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Have RA? Stay Heart Healthy

People with rheumatoid arthritis (RA) face additional health challenges beyond joint symptoms. For example, they have an elevated risk for heart disease. “It’s important to remember that there are other factors at work as well,” says    M. Elaine Husni, MD, Vice Chair of Rheumatology and Director of the Arthritis and Musculoskeletal Center at Cleveland Clinic. Risk […]

In the News: Anti-Inflammatory Diet; Weight Loss; Risk for Falls; Knee Replacements

Switch to Anti-Inflammatory Diet Helps to Control Rheumatoid Arthritis Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is an autoimmune disease in which chronic inflammation results in damage to joints. It is treated primarily with medications that impact the immune system in ways that reduce inflammation. Some research suggests an anti-inflammatory diet may be beneficial as well. In a study […]

The Facts About TMD

You probably don’t think twice about biting into a favorite food or making funny faces for your grandchild, but a problem with your temporomandibular joints can stop you in your tracks. The temporomandibular joints (TMJ), one on each side of your head, are like hinges that connect the lower jaw to the temporal bones of the […]

Ask the Doctors: Supplement Safety; Hip Bursitis

Q: I tried curcumin supplements for my osteoarthritis pain. I slowly worked up to a full dosage and was delighted by the effect. However, three days after reaching the full dosage I began to have stomach pain. Why isn’t there a warning on the package about this? A: The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) regulates […]

Lyme Arthritis

Anyone who spends time walking in grassy or wooded areas, even in the back yard, is probably aware of the threat of Lyme disease from tick bites. Black-legged ticks (commonly called deer ticks) can attach themselves to skin and transmit a bacterium that causes this disease. It is most prevalent in the Northeastern and Upper […]

Driving with Arthritis

Driving is an important part of staying independent, but arthritis can complicate your ability to safely operate a car. Whether stiffness in your neck prevents you from checking your blind spot, or achy fingers make it hard to turn the wheel, arthritis can make driving more difficult—and even dangerous. More than half of people with rheumatoid […]

In the News: Strength Training, Prescription Drugs, Preserving Mobility, and Arthritis

Low-Intensity Strength Training Sufficient for Knee Arthritis A cornerstone of treatment for knee osteoarthritis is exercises to strengthen muscles. A study published in JAMA (February 2021) examined whether high-intensity activity is more effective than low-intensity activity for reducing knee pain. The study compared high-intensity with low-intensity strength training in 377 people ages 50 and older […]

Surgery for Spinal Stenosis

Spinal stenosis can cause pain, numbness and tingling from the low back down the leg, making walking difficult. It often can be treated without surgery, but sometimes surgery is the best option to restore quality of life. “If you know you need surgery, don’t put it off,” advises Michael Steinmetz, MD, Chairman of the Department […]

Exercise to Keep Bones Strong

Starting at around age 30, the density of bones starts to decline. For women, the process speeds up at the time of menopause. Bones that become too weak can more easily break from a fall or other trauma. Keeping bones as strong as possible requires adequate calcium, vitamin D and weight-bearing exercise. Bone is dynamic […]