Ask the Expert: Focus on Ankylosing Spondylitis

The SpineCommunity Presents: Ask the Expert with Dr. David Borenstein Spondyloarthritis is an immune-mediated chronic inflammation of the structures of the spine. The initial symptom is typically back pain which is often misdiagnosed.  A normal immune system fights off infections and kills abnormal cells that can grow into cancers.  In people with spondyloarthritis, immune cells […]

Ask The Nurse: Arthritis and Intimacy

Q&A with Iris Zink, MSN, RN, ANP-BC President, Rheumatology Nurses Society What are some of the ways that rheumatologic diseases can affect a woman’s physical sexual function? Sexual function can be affected in various ways, depending on a person’s unique diagnosis. For exam­ple, both Sjögren’s syndrome and systemic lupus cause vaginal and oral dryness. Diminished […]

A New Role: A Young RA Advocate Makes Her Mark

An actress shares her person­al journey with rheumatoid arthritis to offer the comfort of community to other patients. By Diana Price To fans following actress Megan Park’s career tra­jectory since she gained promi­nence in Hollywood through her por­trayal of cheerleader Grace Bowman on ABC Family’s The Secret Life of an American Teenager, the sailing has […]

More than A Bit of Back Pain: Ankylosing Spondylitis

Women can suffer for years before being diagnosed with this chronic inflammation of the spine. By David Borenstein, MD My patient, Sarah Wise, a 26-year-old woman, came to my office with a typical story. In her late teens, she noticed some low back and neck pain. Sarah was active in school sports, and her discomfort […]

Rheumatoid Arthritis: Why Is It So Hard to Explain?

By D.Z. Stone Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is not easy to describe. How does one explain a chronic and progressive autoimmune illness that typically affects the small joints of the hands and feet but may also involve other joints as well as inflammation of the lungs, heart, and eyes? A disease where one can suffer the […]

Arthritis: A Disease for All Generations

By Heather Stringer When Lauren Marchi entered college as a freshman at American University in Washington, DC, she was a classically trained pianist and ballerina. She had aspirations of pursuing degrees in piano performance and marketing while dancing on the side, but early in her senior year she was forced to question her well-laid plans. […]

Study Suggests Mediterranean Style Diet not Associated with Reduced Rheumatoid Arthritis Risk

A recently published study suggests that women who follow a Mediterranean-style do not have a reduced risk of developing rheumatoid arthritis (RA). The study published by Yang Hu of Brigham & Women’s Hospital in Boston in the Sept. 23 issue of Arthritis Care and Research evaluated data from nearly 175,000 women in two U.S. cohorts: […]

Rheumatoid Arthritis and Nutrition

It is possible that certain foods could contribute to a disease flare, but there are no data to suggest that there are universal flare-provoking foods.