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Telehealth: The Advantages of Telemedicine Jun 16th, 2020

The COVID-19 pandemic has triggered dramatic changes throughout everyday life — and in the medical community as well. Not only are providers across the country postponing elective procedures, but many are also encouraging people to avoid in-office appointments to reduce their risk of exposure to this highly contagious coronavirus. But...

Tips for Alleviating Chronic Rheumatoid Arthritis Pain Jun 12th, 2020

Beverly Hills rheumatologist Dr. Susan Baker is highly skilled at providing patients the close attention and care they need to help overcome rheumatoid arthritis as much as possible. She takes a comprehensive approach to disease management and will work carefully with each patient to determine the best combination of treatment methods...

Five Things You Didn’t Know About Lupus Jun 8th, 2020

One out of every five Americans are affected by autoimmune diseases. That is 20 percent of the population, or 50 million Americans total. The immune system is responsible for protecting the human body from different kinds of germs, bacteria, and viruses. For instance, someone who is sick may have a runny nose,...

The Link Between Sjogren’s Syndrome and Infections: What You Need to Know May 24th, 2020

Sjogren’s syndrome is an autoimmune disorder that most commonly affects women over the age of 40 (although the condition also affects men and can develop at any age). An autoimmune disease is a classification of disorders that occurs when a person’s immune system mistakenly attacks healthy cells. While a clear cause...

Teen Loves Soccer Despite Rheumatoid Arthritis May 24th, 2020

A July 23, 2015 Fox 35 report entitled “Teen’s Rheumatoid Arthritis No Setback for Love of Soccer” looks at Alana Rodriguez, a 14-year-old girl who regularly plays soccer despite being diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis before the age of 1. Doctors said that Alana wouldn’t grow to be more than 4...

Second Opinions on Rheumatological Conditions May 24th, 2020

Being diagnosed with a rheumatological condition, such as rheumatoid arthritis, can be a very scary thing. Talking to another doctor is imperative because some medical professionals have access to treatments you might not be aware about, or take a more aggressive approach to the condition. Having a second opinion from...

Rheumatologist Discusses New Drug for Moderate to Severe Systemic Lupus Providing Promising Results May 24th, 2020

In early November 2015, researchers at the annual meeting of the American College of Rheumatology in San Francisco, CA, revealed the promising results of a clinical trial involving a new drug designed to treat moderate to severe systemic erythematosus. The drug, anifrolumab, significantly reduced disease activity in participants, earning it fast-track status...

Rheumatologist Comments on Actress’ Struggle With Rheumatoid Arthritis May 24th, 2020

A People Magazine article recently covered the announcement that television and film actress Megan Par lives with rheumatoid arthritis, making this the first time she has publicly disclosed information regarding her personal struggle with this chronic autoimmune disease. Park made the announcement in partnership with Joint Decisions, an educational program designed to empower...

Preconception Planning May Improve Fertility in Women With Rheumatoid Arthritis May 24th, 2020

When planning for a family, women with rheumatoid arthritis (RA) have a number of health concerns that interfere with their ability to become pregnant. However, a research team in Rotterdam, The Netherlands uncovered a few strategies for improving fertility and lowering the time to conception for men and women hoping...

New Research Finds That Medical Self Diagnosis Apps Can Offer Limited Accuracy Rates at Best May 24th, 2020

According to a recent study from Harvard Medical School, many of the most popular medical self diagnosing apps and websites currently on the market can offer limited accuracy and results when it comes to identifying a condition based on a user’s self identified symptoms. After reviewing 23 sites for the study,...

Interleukin-17a Inhibitor Holds Promise for Patients Suffering From Ankylosing Spondylitis May 24th, 2020

Researchers may have found a much-needed medication that can help control and reduce the painful symptoms of the inflammatory disease ankylosing spondylitis (AS). The medication, secukinumab, is an interleukin-17A inhibitor that has been found to suppress the body’s abnormal immune system response which causes AS. It is estimated that nearly 0.5 percent...

How Can You Avoid Arthritis? May 24th, 2020

Arthritis is a general term used to describe a range of conditions that affect the joints and ligaments. With an estimated 350 million men, women, and children (40 million in the United States alone) suffering from some form of arthritis, it’s helpful to understand the different variations of the condition, as...

Gastrointestinal Events Linked to Rheumatic Diseases May 24th, 2020

According to Medpage Today, in an April issue of Annals of the Rheumatic Diseases, researchers from the University of Zaragosa School of Medicine in Spain found that the incidence rate of any GI adverse event was 19 per 100 person- years during 6 months’ follow-up of patients with osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis...

Five Most Common Autoimmune Diseases May 24th, 2020

An autoimmune disease is the result of a malfunction in the immune system where healthy cells are mistaken for foreign bodies, causing the immune system to attack healthy cells in the body. It is estimated that as many as 50 million Americans suffer from some form of autoimmune disease. There...

Eagles Founder Glenn Frey Suffered From Several Rheumatological Conditions Prior to His Death May 24th, 2020

Following the death of Glenn Frey, the founding member of legendary rock group The Eagles, it was revealed that the musician was suffering from pneumonia, as well as rheumatoid arthritis and ulcerative colitis (also known as inflammatory bowel arthritis or Chron’s disease), both autoimmune disorders that result when the body’s immune cells mistakenly attack...

Conditions Treated by a Rheumatologist May 24th, 2020

A rheumatologist is an internal medicine physician who specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of disorders affecting the joints and soft tissues, as well as autoimmune diseases and vasculitis. Because many rheumatic conditions result from problems with the immune system, rheumatology also deals with the medical branch of immunology. Common...

Coming Soon: Homeopathic Injectable Treatments for Osteoarthritis of the Knee May 24th, 2020

For patients suffering from the pain and discomfort associated with osteoarthritis, particularly of the knees, lasting and consistent relief from symptoms can sometimes be difficult to find. Even with many treatment options for pain and inflammation management readily available on the market, such as NSAIDs (non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs), they are...

Tomatoes May Be Linked to Gout Flare Ups May 24th, 2020

Many of those who suffer from gout in Los Angeles have long believed that tomatoes are a dietary trigger for painful flare-ups, despite a notable lack of medical evidence to support the claim. However, a study recently identified that the link between tomatoes and gout is not dissimilar to other foods that...

Can Biomarkers for Inflammation Help Diagnostic Tests for Osteoarthritis in Knee Joints? May 24th, 2020

Unlike other rheumatological conditions a rheumatologist treats, like rheumatoid arthritis (RA), celiac disease (gluten intolerance), or lupus, osteoarthritis, has traditionally been categorized as a non-inflammatory disorder. As the most common form of arthritis, Osteoarthritis affects millions of people every year, resulting from the degeneration of protective cartilage in the knees. OA can lead to permanent joint...

Biological Drugs Offering Promising New Treatment for Arthritis May 24th, 2020

According to an article in Medical News Today, a study at Queen Mary University of London published in the journal Arthritis Research & Therapy found promising results in the treatment of rheumatoid arthritis through biological drugs. For their study, doctors generated antibodies capable of seeking out and traveling to damaged arthritic cartilage. Later,...

Are You Accidentally Making Your Chronic Back Pain Worse? May 24th, 2020

Living with chronic back pain leaves a person constantly searching for ways to lessen the pain. Unfortunately, the Internet is often the tool most used in searching for ways to decrease back pain, but it is not always the most reliable. Employing certain tactics to make your back pain disappear may inadvertently...

Are Women With Gout at Higher Risk for Diabetes? May 24th, 2020

According to new research, gout sufferers may be at a higher risk for developing type 2 diabetes, with women showing a higher risk than men. Data compiled from studies on 200,000 patients found that when comparing patients with gout and osteoarthritis (OA), the gout patients also had higher rates of diabetes than...

Treating Celiac Disease in Young Children May 24th, 2020

While a gluten-free diet has become incredibly popular among those looking to lose weight or improve their focus, a recent study found that children suffering from rheumatologic issues might also benefit from cutting the protein from their diets. The study, which was conducted by researchers at the Hospital for Special Surgery in...

Walking Out on Rheumatoid Arthritis-Related Fatigue May 24th, 2020

Even otherwise healthy and active people who have never spent a lazy weekend in bed, ordering takeout, and binge watching the latest season of House of Cards on Netflix can attest to one of the most puzzling of physical conundrums – the less time you spend moving, the more tired...

6 Common Questions About Arthritis May 24th, 2020

You probably know someone who suffers from arthritis, a condition which occurs when joints become inflamed. It’s estimated that 70 million Americans—or one in three individuals—suffer from some form of arthritis. Though it primarily affects older individuals, people of any age can suffer from the condition. Though arthritis is nearly...

5 Habits That Make Rheumatoid Arthritis Symptoms Worse May 24th, 2020

For the millions of people living with the effects of rheumatoid arthritis, an autoimmune disease that can cause chronic pain and joint deterioration, effectively managing symptoms is an important part of maintaining a healthy quality of life. As with any medical condition, rheumatoid arthritis can affect everyone differently. Working with...

5 Common Conditions a Rheumatologist Treats in Los Angeles May 24th, 2020

The list of illnesses under the rheumatology umbrella extends beyond 100 conditions that affect the body’s musculoskeletal system and connective tissue, which includes the: Bones Joints Muscles, ligaments, and tendons Broken down further, Beverly Hills rheumatologists provide diagnosis and treatment for every variation of arthritis, autoimmune disorders, and a range of inflammatory...

What are the Different Forms of Arthritis? May 24th, 2020

With over 100 different variations and related conditions, arthritis affects as many as 350 million people around the world; an estimated 40 million in the United States alone. Arthritis is the technical term for joint inflammation, but it is also used as an umbrella term for a wide range of rheumatological...

What Everyday Activities Can Prevent Osteoporosis? May 24th, 2020

Osteoporosis affects hundreds of thousands of people every year. As a bone disease that worsens over time, osteoporosis causes patients to slowly lose bone mass and bone mineral density. Because the bones become weaker, people suffering from the condition are much more likely to experience fractures and various complications that...

What You Need to Know About Gluten Intolerance and Celiac Disease May 24th, 2020

With a growing number of Americans diagnosed with Celiac disease every year, which results from the body’s inability to properly digest gluten, the condition has become a major concern for individuals suffering from food allergies. Understanding what Celiac is, and how gluten affects the digestive system and overall health is an important...

Who Gets Osteoarthritis? May 24th, 2020

Osteoarthritis is the most common form of arthritis, and it can affect people of any age and gender. Although the condition can damage any joint in the body, it typically affects those in the hands, knees, and lower back. Common symptoms of osteoarthritis include pain, tenderness, and joint stiffness. Because there is no...

Three Ways to Manage Rheumatoid Arthritis May 24th, 2020

If you suffer from rheumatoid arthritis, you know how painful and debilitating the condition can be. Fatigue, tender joints, and morning stiffness are all common symptoms of the disease, and although there is not a way to completely cure rheumatoid arthritis, there are certain steps and measures patients can take...

Things to Know About Bursitis May 24th, 2020

Bursitis is an inflammatory condition that can affect multiple areas of the body. Though a fairly common condition, many people are not aware of the causes, symptoms, or treatment options for bursitis. What causes the condition? What are some of the best treatment options for bursitis? Get up to speed by...

Top Five Exercises for People With Arthritis May 24th, 2020

The pain and stiffness that often accompanies arthritis can sometimes make it difficult for sufferers to enjoy their favorite sports and physical activities. Sometimes, even everyday activities like walking up and down stairs or getting in and out of the car can produce pain and discomfort, depending on where the arthritis is located and...

What is the Difference Between Rheumatoid Arthritis and Osteoarthritis? May 24th, 2020

Many people use the term arthritis interchangeably to describe the symptoms and causes of progressive joint deterioration and pain. However, there are several different forms of arthritis, which result in inflammation of the joints and results from a number of causes depending on the type. The most common form is osteoarthritis (OA), and is...

What You Need to Know About Lupus and Metabolic Syndrome May 24th, 2020

For some patients suffering from Systemic Lupus Erythematosus (SLE), there can also be an increased risk of developing metabolic disease. According to a study published in Annals of the Rheumatic Diseases, as many as one-third of patients suffering from lupus were also diagnosed with metabolic syndrome. What is Metabolic Syndrome? Guidelines from the National Institutes of...

6 Common Symptoms of Rheumatoid Arthritis May 24th, 2020

Chronic pain, stiffness, swelling, and redness are all issues that patients with rheumatoid arthritis (RA) are familiar with. Rheumatoid arthritis, which is estimated to affect 1.3% of adults in the United States, is a chronic inflammatory disease that affects a person’s joints. Although it can come and go, the condition...