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Vitamin D Deficiency Get enough Vitamin D. The daily requirement is 1000 IU. This is usually obtained by exposure in the sun – about 15 minutes per day for very light skinned people. More pigmented skins may find it hard to absorb the vitamin D and you may require a supplement or fortified foods.Why is […]

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New Treatments

From pain-fighting implants to new biological drugs and breakthrough medicine, researchers have been coming up with new and innovative methods of treating rheumatoid arthritis and related diseases. Here’s a line-up of new treatment methods that offer hope RHEUMATOID ARTHRITIS Electrical implant for relief from arthritic joint pain Discovered: A molecule that can stop inflammation! A […]

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Biologics

Anti-TNF Description Anti- tumor necrosis factor drugs are a class of drugs that have been used for more than 10 years. They are used worldwide to treat inflammatory conditions such as rheumatoid arthritis, psoriatic arthritis, juvenile arthritis, Crohn’s colitis, ankylosing spondylitis and psoriasis. These drugs are able to reduce inflammation and stop disease progression. Fast […]

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Sulphasalazine

Sulphasalazine is a medicine that is used to control rheumatoid arthritis or psoriatic arthritis. This is a disease-modifying antirheumatic drug [DMARD] (also called slow-acting antirheumatic drug [SAARD]) which helps to reduce the inflammation in the joints and prevent joint and cartilage destruction in the long term. It has no direct pain relieving effect. Hence, it […]

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Methotrexate

METHOTREXATE has become the GOLD STANDARD or most preferred drug for rheumatoid arthritis. Generally, it is safe. Research has shown that patients who take these medications have fewer chances of joint damage, death and that it also prolongs the life span of those who have rheumatoid arthritis. The risks are acceptable and benefits are great. […]

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Hydroxychloroquine Sulfate

Hydroxychloroquine Sulfate Chloroquine Phosphate Hydroxychloroquine Sulfate and Chloroquine Phosphate are antimalarial drugs found to be useful in the treatment of autoimmune diseases like discoid and systemic lupus erythematosus, rheumatoid arthritis and juvenile chronic arthritis, chronic cutaneous vasculitis. These drugs are particularly effective in treating skin and joint symptoms and they have been demonstrated to reduce […]

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Osteoporosis

What Is Osteoporosis? Osteoporosis is a condition where there is a decrease in the mass and strength of the bone. This makes a person more vulnerable to fractures of the spine, hips, and wrist. Osteoporosis affects 20% of women over the age of 45 and 40% of women over the age of 75. Men are […]

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Spondylarthritis (or Seronegative Spondyloarthritis) or SPA

Spondylarthritis (or Seronegative spondyloarthritis) or SPA is the name for a family of inflammatory rheumatic diseases that includes ankylosing spondylitis; undifferentiated spondylarthritis;  reactive arthritis (known previously as Reite,  syndrome); psoriatic arthritis; and arthritis associated with the   inflammatory   bowel   diseases,  ulcerative  colitis, and Crohn’s disease. FAST FACTS The major symptom in most patients is inflammatory low back […]

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Sjogren’s Syndrome and Scleroderma

Sjogren’s syndrome is a chronic rheumatic disease. Its characteristic features are inflammation and destruction of the tear producing and salivary glands. As a result, people who suffer from Sjogren’s syndrome have progressively fewer tears and saliva and experience dryness of the eyes and mouth. Other moisture-producing glands may also be affected and causing dryness in […]

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Systemic Lupus Erythematosus (SLE)

Systemic Lupus Erythematosus is a chronic (long- lasting) inflammatory rheumatic disease which can affect various parts of the body, especially the skin, joints, muscles, heart, lung, nervous system, blood, and kidneys. Lupus involves inflammation agents, virus, bacteria). (the immune  system’s response to kill foreign There are several types of lupus: Discoid lupus affects the skin […]

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